Austrian composer of symphonies, chamber music and songs, Karl Weigl was born in Vienna on 6 February 1881, the son of a bank employee and keen amateur musician, and studied privately with Alexander Zemlinsky. At the Vienna Music Academy he studied composition with Robert Fuchs, and at the University of Vienna he studied musicology with Guido Adler.
When the Nazis occupied Austria, Weigl moved to the USA, where he taught at the Hartt School of Music, Brooklyn College, Boston Conservatory and the Philadelphia Academy of Music.
Weigl contracted bone marrow cancer and died in New York on 11 August 1949.
A selection of M&V articles about Karl Weigl
Ensemble. A Fascinating Insight - Georg Tintner's 'The Ellipse' and music by other Viennese émigrés, heard by Malcolm Miller
Ensemble. A Remarkable Event - Paul Sarcich visits the West Cork Chamber Music Festival
Ensemble. Telling Power - Malcolm Miller attends the final concert in a series devoted to music by banned composers
Record Box - Instant Blend - Weigl the unknown, with Basil Ramsey