Personalities | Alexander Zemlinsky | Modern Era | Classical

(A-lek-san’-der Zem-lin’ske) 1871–1942
Austrian composer

Zemlinsky was a friend, teacher and (for a while) brother-in-law of Schoenberg; unlike him he never severed his stylistic roots in the music of Strauss and Mahler. His work was long neglected or ignored, but recent interest in his four string quartets, his operas – notably Eine florentinische Tragödie (‘A Florentine Tragedy’, 1917) and Der Zwerg (‘The Dwarf’, 1922) – and his Lyric Symphony (1923) have revealed an individual of very high stature in the modern world.

Recommended Recording:
Lyric Symphony, South-West German Radio SO (cond) Michael Gielen (Arte Nova)

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