Personalities | Franz Schmidt | Modern Era | Classical

(Frants Shmit) 1874–1939
Austrian composer

A remarkably versatile musician, Schmidt played the piano, the organ and the cello and was a skilful conductor; he was also a vastly learned one (he knew much of the standard orchestral and chamber repertory by heart). He was both a friend of Schoenberg and his opposite: his comprehensive knowledge of the Austro-German tradition led him to develop it, in a style that is close to Anton Bruckner (1824–96). His most important compositions include two operas, four symphonies, five major chamber works and, above all, his visionary oratorio Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln (‘The Book with Seven Seals’).

Recommended Recording:
Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln, soloists, Wiener Singverein, Vienna SO (cond) Horst Stein (Calig)

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