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Wellesz

(German ˈvɛlɛs)
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(Biography) Egon (ˈeːɡɔn). 1885–1974, British composer, born in Austria
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Although the Musikblatter des Anbruch was also produced by a publishing house, this journal too became editorially independent from it, profiting from the collaboration of a remarkable number of well-known contributors such as Bartok, Berg, Casella, Frederick Delius, and Egon Wellesz. In 1920, Guido Gatti became the journal's only correspondent from Italy.
Egon Wellesz; 13 Books of Motels published by Pierre Attaingnant 1534 and 1535, limited edition ('200 copies), ed.
While the BBC was beginning to establish itself as a true national institution in early 1923, Williams herself was still a sixth-form student with dreams only of heading to the local university in Cardiff and yet to embark upon her musical studies with such luminaries as Ralph Vaughan Williams and Egon Wellesz. Her first engagement with the BBC's activities came relatively swiftly, listening in to its offerings on her family's first crystal set within two months of its Cardiff station's first broadcast in February 1923 and meeting the station's first director, Maj.
This Mahlerian tradition can be most immediately appreciated in the symphonies of Egon Wellesz, Karl Weigl, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Marcel Tyberg (blatant imitation), and Bernstein himself.
Schoenberg's influence was certainly not strong in England at the time, but Humphrey Searle had studied with Anton Webern and Egon Wellesz with Schoenberg.
She travelled to Britain in the 1940s to study Byzantine and early Greek music with Egon Wellesz, and right through the 1950s was a prominent figure in British musical life, singing at the Proms and becoming a favourite performer of Britten - hence the role of Miss Jessel, first performed in Venice.
The very first issue carried an essay by Alois Haba (see CM 3/2005) on The Development of Music Composition and Theory with Respect to Diatonic, Chromatic and the Quarter-Tone System and an article by Egon Wellesz on Music of Our Time.
Analyses of the Mahler symphonies have usually been published in German (including studies by Paul Bekker, Egon Wellesz, Otto Nodnagel and Curt Rudolf Mengelberg) and English (including Deryck Cooke, Donald Mitchell, Neville Cardus, Kaikhosru Sorabji and Colin Matthews), with a few holdouts in other languages including Simon Vestdijk (Dutch) and Inna Barsova (Russian).
When he left his native Austria following the Anschluss of 1938, Egon Wellesz was an established composer (pupil of Schoenberg, admirer of Mahler and Strauss) and a musicologist whose specialisms included Byzantine music, Gregorian chant and the Baroque opera.
He made rich, albeit selective, use of the contemporary scholarship of a veritable phalanx of musicologists: Curt Sachs, Joseph Yasser, Egon Wellesz, Francis W.