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Egon Wellesz

Austrian-born British composer, teacher and musicologist Egon Wellesz was born on 21 October 1885 and studied with Schoenberg and Guido Adler in Vienna.

He emigrated to England and was initially locked up as an enemy alien, but music critic Henry Cope Colles managed to secure his release in 1943.

Wellesz penned nine symphonies and nine string quartets, plus operas and other chamber and orchestral music, but he's best known for his studies at Oxford of Byzantine music.

He died on 9 November 1974.

A selection of M&V articles about Egon Wellesz

Ensemble. A Fascinating Insight - Georg Tintner's 'The Ellipse' and music by other Viennese émigrés, heard by Malcolm Miller

A Golden Treasury - Havergal Brian on European and American music, read by Patric Standford


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