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Franz Mixa

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Born: June 3 1902 in Vienna   Died: January 16 1994 in Munich   Country: Germany and Iceland   Period: 20th Century
Mixa studied with Robert Heger, Franz Schmidt and Joseph Marx at the Vienna State Academy of Music and completed his training in 1927 with an orchestral diploma. He then worked for the 1923 to 1924 season with the Vienna Volksoper and then as assistant conductor of the Academic Orchestra Association from 1923 to 1926. In 1929 he was at the University of Vienna studying with Robert Lach, William Fischer and Guido Adler and received his Phd Read more dissertation on the clarinet in Mozart's time. In 1929 on recommendation by Robert Heger, Mixa traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland to direct the 1930 music program for the Millennium celebration of the Icelandic Parliament. He remained as director of music in Reykjavik, where he founded the Conservatory of Music, and made trips to Austria finally returning to Vienna in 1938. He then taught music theory at the Karl Franzens University in Graz and directed the opera school at the Conservatory of Styria. Mixa was a member of the Nazi Party having joined the Austrian NSDAP in 1932 and from 1938 to 1943 he was a member of the Third Reich Music Chamber held in Styria. Mixa was drafted into the German army and later captured in France in 1945, becoming a prisoner of war. After his discharge by the Allies in 1947 he returned to Austria to build the State Conservatory of Music and became its director. There he met his second wife, singer Hertha Topper who subsequently made joint concert appearances with him. With their commitment to the Bavarian State Opera, both moved to Munich, where he lived as a freelance composer for the rest of his life. From 1971 to 1973 he taught at the School of Music in Munich. Read less

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