Chamber Music

Karl Weigl Foundation

Sonata for Viola and Piano (1940)
Adagio - Allegretto commodo - Allegro
performed by Garth Knox, viola and Stephane Ginsburgh, piano

CD 1 contains vocal music
CD 2 contains instrumental music

Recorded and mixed at Hungaroton Studios in Budapest, October 1999
Cover design by Ric Kallaher

The Karl Weigl Foundation

Allegretto commodo (4:43)

Allegro (5:16)

On Karl Weigl

Born on 6 February 1881, studied composition with Zemlinsky and Robert Fuchs, piano with Anton Door and musicology with Guido Adler.
His music was popular with the audience and critics and highly appreciated by his colleagues: he was- apart from Zemlinsky and Schoenberg- one of the central figures of the „Society of Creative Musicians“ („Vereinigung schaffender Tonkuenstler“).
After working as a coach for soloists at the Hofoper under Gustav Mahler in 1904-06, he lived as a freelance composer and music-teacher. In 1918 he was engaged by the „New Vienna Conservatory“ as a theory teacher and was highly esteemed in this position and also as „Lektor“ (teaching music theory) at the University of Vienna.
In 1938 Weigl lost any chance of survival in his jobs because of his Jewish origin and emigrated with his family to United States where, after initial difficulties, he took up teaching and composing and became head of the theory department at Boston Conservatory and also worked for the Philadelphia Academy. He died on 11 August 1949.
Weigl's first compositions can be compared with the early works of Schoenberg or Zemlinsky. When Schoenberg developed his 12-tone music Weigl followed anorther path: his personal, highly expressive style is charactarized by a chromatically determined harmony and colourful instrumentation. Major compositions are the „Phantastic Intermezzo“, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Furtwängler, his symphonies, one piano- and a violin-concerto and the cantata „Weltfeier“. Today importance is attached to his chamber music and Lieder.
Pablo Casals wrote in 1941: „Karl Weigl's music will not be lost. One will come back to it when the storm will have passed. One will come back to those who have written real music.“


Karl Weigl Foundation

Karl Weigl Papers at Yale University Library