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COMPOSER: Walter Arlen

Walter Arlen

born 31.07.1920 in 31.07.1920 Vienna

Biography:

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 Walter Arlen (Aptowitzer): geb. in Wien, 31.07.1920
Arlen war einer jener unz├Ąhligen Talente, die aufgrund des ÔÇ×Anschlusses" 1938 kein Studium an der Musikakademie in Wien beginnen konnten. Die Flucht nach Amerika 1939 bedeutete f├╝r ihn, seine Familie und deren Besitz, ein Warenhaus in Ottakring, das von den Nazis ÔÇ×arisiert" wurde, zur├╝ckzulassen. In Chicago studierte er bei dem Komponisten Leo Sowerby und erhielt die M├Âglichkeit, Kopist bei Roy Harris, Amerikas f├╝hrendem Orchesterkomponisten, zu werden. Das Trauma der Vertreibung und Enteignung setzte sich fort: Seine Mutter und andere Verwandte ver├╝bten Selbstmord. Arlen sorgte f├╝r den Lebensunterhalt der verbliebenen Familienmitglieder und arbeitete als Musikkritiker bei der Los Angeles Times - wodurch er auch mit vielen Komponisten wie Darius Milhaud, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco und Igor Strawinsky freundschaftlich verbunden war. Er gr├╝ndete und leitete die Musikabteilung der Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Wie F├╝rstenthal komponierte Arlen gewisserma├čen als Therapie und blieb der erweiterten Tonalit├Ąt verhaftet. Unterst├╝tzt und ermutigt durch seinen Lebenspartner Howard Myers komponierte er, ohne je an eine ├Âffentliche Auff├╝hrung zu denken. Eine Auff├╝hrung im kleinen Kreis im J├╝dischen Museum Wien im Jahr 2008 war die Basis der Entdeckung Arlens als eines der au├čergew├Âhnlichsten Liedkomponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts.

Walter Arlen (born Aptowitzer): born in Vienna, 31.07.1920
Arlen was one of countless young talents denied entry to the Academy of Music in Vienna by Hitler's annexation of Austria in 1938. Escape to America in 1939 meant abandoning his family and their large department store, "aryanised" by the Nazis. Studies in Chicago with the composer Leo Sowerby led to an opportunity of becoming the amanuensis (copyist) of American symphony composer Roy Harris. The trauma of dispossession remained with Arlen: his mother and other relatives committed suicide. Arlen eventually managed to support his remaining family members by working as a music journalist at the Los Angeles Times, where he became close to a number of musicians and composers such as Darius Milhaud, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Igor Stravinsky. He subsequently founded and headed the music department at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Like Fuerstenthal, Arlen composed for therapy but stayed wedded to tonal modernism. Supported and encouraged by his lifelong companion Howard Myers, he never intended his works to be publicly performed. Only a small performance at Vienna's Jewish Museum in 2008 led to his discovery as an exceptional composer of twentieth-century art-song.

 

Works by Walter Arlen
WorkYearComposer
( Five) Songs Without WordsArlen, Walter
Music example Two NocturnesArlen, Walter
Music example Wenn die Letzte Blaue gehtArlen, Walter
A Chorale for OrganArlen, Walter
After MagritteSeptember 22, 1996
(written)
Arlen, Walter
Altes Lied und HumoreskeArlen, Walter
ArabesqueArlen, Walter
Arbeit macht freiArlen, Walter
Behold, You are BeautifulArlen, Walter
Diary EntriesArlen, Walter
Drei Masken nach JawlenskyArlen, Walter
Du bist der GartenAugust 1937
(written)
Arlen, Walter
Elegy for F.D.R.Arlen, Walter
Endymion. A PentaptychArlen, Walter
EphemeraArlen, Walter
Epithalamium - A Wedding ContemplationArlen, Walter
Es geht wohl andersArlen, Walter
Fantasia and ToccataI. May 22, 1991 / II. June 4, 1991
(written)
Arlen, Walter
Five Poems Without WordsI. 1986/1997
(written)
Arlen, Walter
Five Songs of Love and YearningArlen, Walter
Flora - A Meditation for Piano SoloArlen, Walter
Four Songs for Medium VoiceArlen, Walter
Fragment: Lines from the Seventh Duino Elegy by Rainer Maria RilkeArlen, Walter
French SuiteArlen, Walter
Houses of WorshipArlen, Walter
Houses of WorshipArlen, Walter
LandscapesArlen, Walter
MeaningArlen, Walter
MementosI. July 1, 1998 / II. March 27, 1997 / III. July 27, 1997 / IV. January 4, 1998
(written)
Arlen, Walter
Monotypes - I want a houseArlen, Walter
Monotypes - Preludio CapricciosoArlen, Walter
Monotypes - Saudades Do MilhaudArlen, Walter
MonotypesArlen, Walter
MosaicsArlen, Walter
Nocturne for Solo Trombone and Chamber BandArlen, Walter
Prelude and ToccataArlen, Walter
Prologue and Air - Two Fragments from The Song of SongsArlen, Walter
Psalm 126Arlen, Walter
Psalm 90Arlen, Walter
Reflection (Stil Life)Arlen, Walter
ReiterliedArlen, Walter
Remembrance of Things Past - Evening in the ForestArlen, Walter
Remembrance of Things Past - NovemberArlen, Walter
Remembrance of Things Past - Reflections, Zagreb 1926Arlen, Walter
Remembrance of Things Past - Sonnet XXXArlen, Walter
Remembrance of Things Past - Summer NightArlen, Walter
Remembrance of Things Past - The GardenArlen, Walter
Rhapsody in Blue and White - Souveniers from ChinaArlen, Walter
RitterArlen, Walter
SoldatengrabArlen, Walter
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