Alexander von Zemlinsky

Biography

Born: October 14, 1871; Vienna, Austria   Died: March 15, 1942; Larchmont, NY  
Although he himself was a highly gifted composer, Austrian-born Alexander Zemlinsky is today better remembered as the man who taught both Arnold Schoenberg and Erich Wolfgang Korngold than for his own creations. Zemlinsky was born to a Vienna-based Polish family in 1871. After attending the Vienna Conservatory from 1887 to 1892 (first studying piano with Anton Door and later composition with J.N. Fuchs) he joined the Wiener Tonkünstlerverein Read more (Vienna Composer's Society) in 1893. He made the acquaintance of Arnold Schoenberg in 1895, teaching him counterpoint for many months, and thus becoming that remarkable musician's only formal teacher.

Zemlinsky's Piano Trio, Op. 3, had already received the approval of Johannes Brahms (to whose music the work bears a strong resemblance), who recommended the work to Simrock for publication, and his Viennese reputation was furthered by the successful premiere of his Symphony No. 2 in 1897 and by Mahler's presentation of his opera Es war einmal in 1900.

Zemlinsky served as Kapellmeister at the Carltheater in Vienna from 1899 until his appointment as Kapellmeister at the Volksoper in 1906. From 1911 until 1927 he worked in Prague as opera conductor of the Deutsches Landestheater, where he gave the premiere of Schoenberg's Erwartung in 1924. Moving from Prague to Berlin at the end of his tenure with the Landestheater, Zemlinsky served first as Kapellmeister at the Kroll Opera where he worked under Otto Klemperer, and later as professor at the city's Hochschule für Musik. Fearful of the frightening state of politics in Berlin, Zemlinsky returned to Vienna in 1933, devoting himself to composition full-time (while still making occasional appearances as a conductor), before relocating to the United States in 1938. He died in Larchmont, New York four years later.

Zemlinsky's music, highly regarded by the Viennese circle which he did a great deal to help create, has since fallen into disuse. While his early music owes a great deal to Brahms, by the turn of the century Zemlinsky had adopted a more progressive Wagnerian chromaticism. As the Schoenberg circle's innovations during the early decades of the twentieth century grew more and more daring, however, Zemlinsky responded with an increased belief in the value of tonality. Of particular value is the Lyrische Symphony, Op. 18, of 1923, which set the precedent for (and was quoted in) Alban Berg's Lyric Suite of 1926. Read less
Zemlinsky: String Quartets Vol 2 / Escher Quartet
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 573088   Number of Discs: 1
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Zemlinsky: Symphonies No 1 And 2 /Seipenbusch, Rajter, Et Al
Release Date: 03/18/2003   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557008   Number of Discs: 1
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Zemlinsky: Piano Music / Avenhaus
Release Date: 06/21/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557331   Number of Discs: 1
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Zemlinsky: Cello Sonata, Trio/ Müller, Ottensamer, Hinterhuber
Release Date: 04/29/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570540   Number of Discs: 1
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Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony - Berg: Lyric Suite Pieces / Graf, Houston Symphony
Release Date: 05/26/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572048   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    Brahms And His Contemporaries / Moser, Rivinius
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 93206 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Robert Fuchs,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Johannes Moser,  Paul Rivinius
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  • 77.
    Zemlinsky: Posthumous Songs / Ziesak, Blochwitz, Vermillion, Schmidt
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 9893 Release Date: 08/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Performer:  Iris Vermillion,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Cord Garben,  Andreas Schmidt  ... 
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  • 78.
    Zemlinsky: Cello Sonata;  Goldmark, Korngold / Wallfisch
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5806 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Karl Goldmark,  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  John York
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  • 79.
    Zemlinsky, Danzi, Ligeti, Et Al / Zemlinsky Wind Quintet
    Label: Orf   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Franz Danzi,  György Ligeti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Kurt Franz Schmid,  Andrea Krauk,  Gottfried Pokorny,  Heidrun Wagner-Lazendorfer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zemlinsky Wind Quintet
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  • 80.
    Verboten Und Verbannt - Mendelssohn, Meyerbeer, Berg, Etc / Hampson, Rieger
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 708061 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Eric Zeisl  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfram Rieger
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  • 81.
    Strauss, Mahler, Wolf, Zemlinsky / Diana Damrau
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 702061 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Hugo Wolf,  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Stephan Matthias Lademann,  Diana Damrau
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  • 82.
    Des Knaben Wunderhorn / Thomas Hampson, Geoffrey Parsons
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 44923 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gustav Mahler,  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons,  Thomas Hampson
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  • 83.
    Enna;  Zemlinsky: Seejungfrau / Dausgaard, Et Al
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8226048 Release Date: 06/20/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Auguste Enna,  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Performer:  Ylva Kihlberg,  Inger Dam-Jensen
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish National Children's Choir
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  • 84.
    Beethoven, Brahms, Zemlinsky / Piazzini, Nagy, Gerlinger
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2119 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Performer:  Carmen Piazzini,  Jürgen Gerlinger,  Vidor Nagy
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  • 85.
    Schönberg, Zemlinsky, Mahler / Vienna Piano Trio
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3421354 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Gustav Mahler,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Piano Trio
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  • 86.
    Vienne 1900
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5039 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Strauss,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Anne Gastinel,  Dawn Upshaw,  Stefan Litwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Amaury Du Closel,  Alain Lombard,  Laurence Equilbey  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France,  Arditti String Quartet,  Danish String Quartet  ... 
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  • 87.
    Zemlinsky, Korngold, Bloch: Psalms / Viotti
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 4036 Release Date: 07/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Ernest Bloch,  Igor Markevitch
    Performer:  Yelena Prokina
    Conductor:  Marcello Viotti,  Peter Rundel,  Peter Ruzicka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus
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  • 88.
    Zemlinsky: Piano Music / Avenhaus
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557331 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Performer:  Silke Avenhaus
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  • 89.
    Klimt - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558146 Release Date: 05/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Richard Strauss,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Zagórzanka,  Peter Hill,  Ruxandra Donose,  Thomas Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Karol Stryja,  Zdenek Kosler,  Takuo Yuasa,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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  • 90.
    Zemlinsky: Symphony In D Minor, Die Seejungfrau / Beaumont
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10138 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Conductor:  Antony Beaumont
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Zemlinsky: Symphony In D Minor, Die Seejungfrau / Beaumont
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5022 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Conductor:  Antony Beaumont
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Kabarett / Jean Stilwell, Robert Kortgaard, Et Al
    Label: Cbc Musica Viva   Catalog: 1162 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Frederick Holländer,  Nico Dostal,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Marie Berard,  George Kohler,  Robert Kortgaard,  James Spragg  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Tiefenbach
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  • 93.
    Zemlinsky: Symphonies No 1 And 2 /Seipenbusch, Rajter, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557008 Release Date: 03/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Conductor:  Edgar Seipenbusch,  Ludovic Rajter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Zemlinsky: Symphonische Gesange, Lyric Symphony / Chailly
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473734 Release Date: 03/10/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd,  Alessandra Marc,  Willard White,  Heinz Kruse  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Choir,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    Label: Bella Musica   Catalog: 312340 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky
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  • 96.
    Mahler-werfel: Complete Songs;  Zemlinsky: Songs Op 7
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999455 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alma Mahler,  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Performer:  Cord Garben,  Christian Elsner,  Ruth Ziesak,  Iris Vermillion
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  • 97.
    Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony; Hartmann: Gesangsszene
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 535001 Release Date: 09/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Julia Varády
    Conductor:  Lothar Zagrosek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Angelika Kirchschlager - When Night Falls
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64498 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim,  Richard Rodgers,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  John Williams,  Helmut Deutsch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Metropolitan Ensemble
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  • 99.
    Zemlinsky: String Quartets No 3 & 4 / Artis Quartett Wien
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5604 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johanna Müller-Hermann,  Alexander von Zemlinsky
    Performer:  Johannes Meissl,  Herbert Kefer,  Peter Schuhmayer,  Othmar Müller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artis String Quartet
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  • 100.
    Rabl, Brahms, Zemlinsky / Ensemble Kontraste
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2368 Release Date: 04/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Walter Rabl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Kontraste
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