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KAREL MENGELBERG

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Period

1902 - 1984

Genre

classical

Biography Karel Mengelberg

Karel Mengelberg was born on July 18, 1902 in Utrecht and died on July 11, 1984 in Amsterdam. Musical education He studied composition with Willem Pijper. From 1923 until 1927 he studied at the State Academy for Music in Berlin. His main teachers were Julius Prüwer (direction) and Siegfried Ochs (choir). He ...
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Biography Karel Mengelberg

1902 - 1984

Karel Mengelberg was born on July 18, 1902 in Utrecht and died on July 11, 1984 in Amsterdam.

Musical education
He studied composition with Willem Pijper. From 1923 until 1927 he studied at the State Academy for Music in Berlin. His main teachers were Julius Prüwer (direction) and Siegfried Ochs (choir). He also studied with Hermann Scherchen (direction) and from 1929 until 1932 with K.W. Wagner (acoustics).


Activities

From 1924 until 1927 he worked in Germany as a conductor. From 1927 until 1930 he was conductor of the Neue Stadttheater in Greifswald and guest-conductor in Königsberg (Stadttheater and Radio). Up to 1933 he was a musical advisor of the Reichs Rundfunkgesellschaft in Berlin and chef?Tonmeister of the Deutschlandsender. From 1933 until 1934 he worked at the Banda Municipal in Barcelona and from 1935 until 1937 at Ukrainfilm in Kiev. In 1938 he took up residence in Amsterdam. He worked as a teacher and conductor. He was from 1947 until 1956 managing director of the music school in Amersfoort, and from 1955 until 1956 conductor of the opera company Forum in Enschede. From 1945 until 1972 he has been music critic of the daily newspaper Het Vrije Volk, and he wrote in music periodicals such as Mens en Melodie and Preludium. From 1938 until 1962 he was secretary of the Genootschap van Nederlandse Componisten (Society of Dutch Composers).


Compositions

Karel Mengelberg composed works for orchestra, chamber music, ensembles and solo instruments as well as vocal compositions and music for theatre and films.


Prizes

In 1950 and 1954 he was awarded the Grote Prijs voor Compositie van de Stad Amsterdam, in 1951 the Prix Italia for his radio plays.

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