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COMPOSER: Ruth Sch├Ânthal

Ruth Sch├Ânthal

born 27.06.1924 in Hamburg
dead 11.07.2006 in Scarsdale (N.Y.City)

Biography: [English version below]
Ruth Sch├Ânthal war eine deutsch-amerikanische Komponistin, Pianistin und Professorin an der New York University und dem Westchester Conservatory of Music.
Sie wurde als Tochter j├╝discher Eltern geboren, die aus Wien stammten. Ihr Vater war Inhaber eines L├Ât- und Schwei├čbetriebes in Berlin und pflegte vielf├Ąltige kulturelle Interessen. Sch├Ânthal begann schon im Alter von f├╝nf Jahren zu komponieren und galt im Berlin der 1930er Jahre als Wunderkind. Sie studierte 1930 bis 1935 Klavier, Musiktheorie und Komposition am Stern'schen Konservatorium in Berlin. 1935 wurde sie von den Nationalsozialisten mit allen anderen j├╝dischen Kommilitonen vom Konservatorium relegiert.
1938 emigrierte sie mit ihrer Familie nach Stockholm, wo sie sich an der K├Âniglich Schwedischen Akademie f├╝r Musik einschrieb. Dort ver├Âffentlichte sie 1940 erstmals eine Komposition, ihre Sonatine f├╝r Klavier. 1941 wurde die politische Situation auch in Schweden zu unsicher. Die Familie floh ├╝berMoskau und Wladiwostok nach Mexiko. Sie studierte ab 1941 Komposition bei Manuel Ponce in Mexico City und feierte als Komponistin und Pianistin gro├če Erfolge. Sie lernte Paul Hindemith kennen, als dieser eine Tour durch Mexiko unternahm. Er war von ihrem Talent so beeindruckt, dass er ihr ein Stipendium f├╝r ein Studium an der Yale University verschaffte. Von 1946 bis 1948 studierte sie bei Paul Hindemith an der Universit├Ąt Yale. Nach ihrem Abschluss in Yale 1948 verdiente sie zun├Ąchst ihren Lebensunterhalt mit den Kompositionen von Werbespots und Popsongs.
Mit zunehmendem Erfolg als Komponistin stellte sie ihre Karriere als Konzertpianistin zur├╝ck, trat aber regelm├Ą├čig als Interpretin eigener Werke auf. Ruth Sch├Ânthal wurde Dozentin am Westchester Conservatory of Music. Bis zuletzt war sie als Professorin f├╝r Komposition an der New York University aktiv. Sie lebte viele Jahre lang in New Rochelle, zuletzt in Scarsdale bei New York.
42 Jahre nach ihrer Emigration reiste die Komponistin 1980 erstmals wieder nach Deutschland, sie gab ein Konzert und nahm an einer Podiumsdiskussion in Berlin teil. In der Folge unternahm sie zahlreiche Konzert- und Vortragsreisen durch Deutschland. Eine dauerhafte R├╝ckkehr kam f├╝r sie nicht mehr in Betracht. Seit 1997 verlegt der Kasseler Furore Verlag Sch├Ânthals Kompositionen.
1999 richtete die Berliner Akademie der K├╝nste das Ruth-Sch├Ânthal-Archiv mit Briefen, Fotos und Dokumenten ein, das in Anwesenheit der Komponistin er├Âffnet wurde. Ihrem letzten Willen entsprechend wurde nun auch ihr k├╝nstlerischer Nachlass dem Berliner Archiv ├╝bergeben. Das Werkverzeichnis Sch├Ânthals umfasst mehr als 100 Musikst├╝cke, unter anderem drei Opern, zahlreiche Orchesterwerke, Ballettmusik und Lieder, darunter das Streichquartett ÔÇ×In Memoriam Holocaust".

Ruth Sch├Ânthal was a German-American composer, pianist and professor at New York University and the Westchester Conservatory of Music.
She was the daughter of Jewish parents who came from Vienna. Her father owned a welding and soldering operation in Berlin and had a variety of cultural interests. Sch├Ânthal began composing at the age of five and was considered in 1930s Berlin to be a child prodigy. She began studying piano, music theory and composition in 1930 at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin, but she was expelled from the conservatory in 1935 by the Nazis, along with all other Jewish students.
Sch├Ânthal then immigrated with her family to Stockholm, where she enrolled at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. There she published in 1940 her first composition, her Sonatina for Piano. By 1941 the political situation was also becoming too uncertain in Sweden. The family fled through Moscow and Vladivostok and ended in Mexico, where she studied composition from 1941 under Manuel Ponce in Mexico City, enjoying great success as both a composer and a pianist. While she was touring through Mexico, she met Paul Hindemith, who was so impressed with her talent that he was able to secure her a scholarship at Yale University. In 1946 she began studying there under Hindermith. After graduating from Yale in 1948, she initially earned a living composing music for advertisements and pop songs.
As she became increasingly successful as a composer, she put her career as a concert pianist aside and appeared regularly as an interpreter of her own works, becoming a lecturer at the Westchester Conservatory of Music. Until the end she was also active as a professor of composition at New York University. She lived many years in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York, and then finally in nearby Scarsdale.
42 years after she emigrated, the composer traveled again for the first time to Germany, where she performed in a concert and took part in a panel discussion in Berlin. Subsequently, she undertook a number of concert and lecture tours in Germany, though she never considered returning there permanently. Her compositions have been published by Furore Verlag in Kassel since 1997.
In 1999, the Berlin Academy of Arts established the Ruth Sch├Ânthal Archive with letters, photographs and documents. The archive was opened in a grand celebration with the composer present. Her last will and testament also bequeathed her artistic legacy to the Berlin archive. Sch├Ânthal's catalogue of works contains more than 100 pieces of music, including three operas and numerous orchestral works, ballet music and songs, among which is the string quartet "In Memoriam Holocaust".

Works by Ruth Sch├Ânthal
WorkYearComposer
"Kl├Ąnge von Ferne" (Sounds from Far Away)2000
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
10 Piano Pieces in a Mostly Festive Mood, Song: Potpourri1975-1976
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
10 recital pieces for piano, Song: Miniatures Book I - Elementary1955
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
10 recital pieces for piano, Song: Miniatures Book II - Junior1961
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
11 recital pieces for piano, Song: Miniatures Book III - Lower Intermediate1955
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
13 Musical Scenes for the Older Student, Song: Near and Far1973
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
14 Inventions for Harpsichord or Piano1984
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
2 Lieder f├╝r Sopran und Klavier, Song: Das rote Zimmer18.8.1945
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
2 Lieder f├╝r Sopran und Klavier, Song: Der m├╝de Soldat15.8.1945
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
24 Preludes for piano, Song: In Hommage of ...1978
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
2nd movement of the Concerto Romantico for piano and orchestra, Song: Theme and 9 Variations in e minor1942
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
4 Epiphanies for Viola Solo1976
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
6 Pr├ęludes f├╝r Klavier1944-1945
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
6 Pr├ęludes f├╝r Orchester (Revision of 6 Pr├ęludes f├╝r Klavier)1945-1946
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
6 Songs for Children1951
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
65 Celebrations for piano or organ1993-1994
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
7 Songs on Love and Sorrow, Song: A Woman's Last Word1977
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
7 Songs on Love and Sorrow, Song: Go From Me1977
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
7 Songs on Love and Sorrow, Song: Poor Bit of a Wench1977
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
7 Songs on Love and Sorrow, Song: The Dove Descending1977
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
7 Songs on Love and Sorrow, Song: These are the Days1977
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
7 Songs on Love and Sorrow, Song: Wild Nights1977
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
7 Songs on Love and Sorrow, Song: With Rue My Heart is Leaden1977
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
8 Lieder - Early Songs, Song: Arme Heilige1945
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
8 Lieder - Early Songs, Song: Erste Rosen erwachen6.5.1946
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
8 Lieder - Early Songs, Song: Ich will ein Garten sein1.10.1945
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
8 Lieder - Early Songs, Song: Ihr M├Ądchen seid wie die K├Ąhne ...30.10.1945
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
8 Lieder - Early Songs, Song: Meine fr├╝hverliehnen LiederSch├Ânthal, Ruth
8 Lieder - Early Songs, Song: Noch ahnst du nichts vom Herbst des Haines...Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
8 Lieder - Early Songs, Song: Wei├če SeelenM├Ąrz 1941
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
8 Lieder - Early Songs, Song: Wie soll ich meine Seele halten ...Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
9 Lyric-Dramatic Songs for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, Song: A Pity Beyond All Telling1950
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
9 Lyric-Dramatic Songs for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, Song: He Tells of a Valley Full of Lovers1950
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
9 Lyric-Dramatic Songs for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, Song: I Made my Song a Coat1950
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
9 Lyric-Dramatic Songs for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, Song: I Will Arise Now1950
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
9 Lyric-Dramatic Songs for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, Song: That the Night Come1950
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
9 Lyric-Dramatic Songs for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, Song: The Everlasting Voices1950
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
9 Lyric-Dramatic Songs for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, Song: The Second Coming1950
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
9 Lyric-Dramatic Songs for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, Song: The Travail of Passion1950
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
9 Lyric-Dramatic Songs for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, Song: To a Child Dancing in the Wind1950
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
A Bird Over Jerusalem1992
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
A Bird's Song About...1991
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
Abendruhe mit s├╝├čem Traum (1993)1993
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
Abendruhe mit s├╝├čem Traum (1996)1996
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
Bajo las Palmas f├╝r Violine und Klavier1941
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
Bird Calls for piano (junior)1981
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
Blue Preludes for piano1963
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
By the Roadside1975
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
Capriccio Espagnol f├╝r Klavier1945
(written)
Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
Collages (Songs of my Childhood)Sch├Ânthal, Ruth
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