Prize-winning Austro-Hungarian Jewish composer, teacher and pianist Hans Gál was born near Vienna on 5 August 1890. He studied at the New Vienna Conservatory and later taught there.
His Brahmsian early music was replaced by a polyrhythmic mature style.
Early successes led to an appointment as director of Mainz Conservatory in Germany from 1920 until 1933, when the Nazis occupied Mainz and Gál was dismissed and his music banned.
Forced to leave Germany, he ended up in Scotland, teaching at Edinburgh University, but never regained the platform that his music had enjoyed before his displacement, and became one of the lost generation of Jewish composers.
Gál died in Edinburgh on 3 October 1987. A significant number of recordings of his music have begun to appear in the early years of the third millennium.
A selection of M&V articles about Hans Gál
Ensemble. Nicely Alert - Sarah Beth Briggs and James Lisney in Nottingham, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Fluent Inventiveness - Viola sonatas by Gál and Krenek, recommended by Howard Smith. '... remarkable high standards.'
CD Spotlight. Contrapuntal Flight - Piano duos by Hans Gál, heard by Robert Anderson. '... played with their customary skill by Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow.'