Born: October 21, 1885, Vienna, Austria
Died: November 9, 1974, Oxford, England
Period: 20th Century
An Austrian-born British composer and musicologist, Egon Wellesz was also noted as a scholar of Byzantine music. Wellesz knew 20th century music well and was a friend of composers Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg. At the time of the Anschluss, Wellesz was in the Netherlands and eventually made his way to England, but was interned as an enemy alien until released in 1943 due to the intercession of The Times music critic H. C. Colles.
Read more As with other more famous composers, Wellesz composed nine symphonies. His individual musical style is modern yet with hints of tonality. He composed 112 works with opus numbers as well as 20 more works without opus number. The music of Egon Wellesz is well worth exploring and some of his works have at last been recorded in recent years. Read less