A Fascinating Insight
Georg Tintner's 'The Ellipse' and
music by other Viennese émigrés,
heard by MALCOLM MILLER
A UK premiere of The Ellipse by Georg Tintner, the Viennese émigré composer who found refuge in Australia and New Zealand, formed the centrepiece of Singing a Song in a Foreign Land, Music for String Quartet and Voice, a concert which explored works for this expressive vocal-instrumental medium by émigré composers, notably Ernst Toch, Karl Weigl and Egon Wellesz, whose music was banned during World War II and who suffered career interruption and dislocation. The concert, which attracted a sizeable audience to the Britten Theatre of the Royal College of Music [London UK] on 24 April 2013, was the second of a series presented as part of Project Esther, devised by Norbert Meyn, Professor of Vocal Studies, in cooperation with Jeunesse Musicale Schwerin, Exil Arte Vienna and Pro Quartet, Paris. The enterprising project also includes interviews with scholars and workshops and seminars shedding light on the context and interpretation of the works, most of which are still unfamiliar.
Georg Tintner (1917-99) is one of the less familiar Viennese émigrés, a composer and conductor who had studied with Wellesz and Weingartner and who fled in 1938 to New Zealand, later moving to Australia in 1954 and Canada in 1987...
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