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Born in Hanover as Reinhard Schwarz in 1904 * Studied in Munich and Cologne under Walter Braunfels, Philipp Jarnach, Karl Ehrenberg and Heinrich Boell as well as in Ried, from 1927–29, under Heinrich Kaminski, with whom he kept up a close relationship * 1929–35 organ teacher and choirmaster in Innsbruck * from 1938 teacher of composition at the Berlin Academy of Music (1955 professor, 1969 head of the composition department * first success with Partita for orchestra (1935) * after the war, turned to large-scale compositions again, such as Introduction and Fugue for string orchestra (premiered in 1949 by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Celibidache), the Concert for violin and orchestra (1953), the Sinfonia diatonica for a small orchestra (1957) and the Symphony in C (1963) * toured the USA, Japan and Korea, guest professor in Seoul * major religious choir works (central work Die Botschaft (“The message”), 1979–82) as well as songs and organ music

Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling’s works include:
Concert for violin and orchestra (1953)
Largo (1957) for trumpet and orchestra
Piano Sonata (1968)
Quintet on an theme by Padre Martini for winds and piano

„Schwarz-Schilling always takes up the clear forms and elaborate techniques of the musical tradition in a very personal way. At the same time, however, his very controlled ways show him to be a child of his restless time. Thus there is always a subliminal, powerfully urging expressivity which continually shines through.“ – Christoph Schlüren

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