Biography

"... and mix surprise and enigma, magic and shock, imtelligence and abandon,
form and antiform."
(Stefan Wolpe, from "Thinking Twice", 1959)


Born on August 25th of 1902 in Berlin, Stefan Wolpe spent his early years in the artistic and political ferment of the Weimar Republic. He studied at the Berlin Staatliche Hochschule für Musik and was influenced by Busoni, the Melos Circle around Hermann Scherchen and Heinz Tiessen, and the artists of the Bauhaus at Weimar. In 1933 Wolpe studied briefly with Anton Webern before emigrating to Palestine in 1934.Wolpe taught at the Palestine Conservatory and was a leading advocate for new music among such young composers as Haim Alexander and Herbert Brün.

In 1938 Wolpe emigrated to the U.S.A., settling in New York, where he taught and took an active part in the musical life of the city. Among his students were Claus Adam, Elmer Bernstein, John Carisi, Morton Feldman, Isaac Nemiroff, George Russell,Tony Scott, Ralph Shapey, and David Tudor.
From 1952-56 Wolpe was Director of Music at Black Mountain College, and from 1957-67 he was head of the music department at C.W Post College, Long Island University. During those years he was a frequent lecturer at the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music.
Wolpe's many commissions included the Symphony for Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Piece in Three Parts for Piano and 16 Instruments for the Fromm Foundation, the Chamber Piece No. 1 for Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, the Trio for the Group for Contemporary Music, and the String Quartet for the Juilliard String Quartet.

In 1963 Wolpe received the New York Music Critics Circle Citation and the first of two Guggenheim Fellowships. In 1966 he was awarded the medal of the Brandeis University Creative Arts Awards and was inducted as a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Among the composers who acknowledge Wolpe's influence during this period are Matthew Greenbaum, Harvey Sollberger, and Charles Wuorinen.
On April 4, 1972, Stefan Wolpe died from the effects of advanced parkinsonism.

Wolpe composed in many genres and styles a music characterized by intense vitality and physical presence. He reconciled a utopian populism with a profound faith in the value of the individual imagination.

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Stefan Wolpe

Lieder mit Klavierbegleitung
1929 - 1933

Item Number: 3244

Price: 68,00 €