The Info List - Heinrich Sutermeister

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Heinrich Sutermeister
Heinrich Sutermeister
(12 August 1910, Feuerthalen
– 16 March 1995, Vaux-sur-Morges) was a Swiss composer, most famous for his opera Romeo und Julia.


1 Life and career 2 Works

2.1 Stage and broadcast works 2.2 Concert, chamber and religious music

3 References

Life and career[edit]

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During the early 1930s he was a student at the Akademie der Tonkunst in Munich
where Carl Orff
Carl Orff
was his teacher and Orff remained a powerful influence on his music. Returning to Switzerland
in the mid-1930s, he devoted his life to composition. He wrote some works for the radio, starting with Die schwarze Spinne
Die schwarze Spinne
in 1936, before turning later to television opera. His most successful stage work was Romeo und Julia, premiered in Dresden in 1940 under Karl Böhm. Sutermeister's penultimate stage work, Madame Bovary, first given in Zurich
in 1967, is loosely based on Flaubert's novel. With many characters cut, it consists largely of monologues for Emma Bovary, who was sung by Anneliese Rothenberger. For his final opera, he adapted Eugène Ionesco's play Exit the King (Le Roi se meurt). According to musicologist Elizabeth Forbes, this opera, premiered in 1985 at Bavarian State Opera, with only six characters, a tiny chorus and small orchestra, this work, in its modest way, is as effective as anything Sutermeister wrote. [1] He was the brother of Hans Martin Sutermeister; their grandfather was the folklorist Otto Sutermeister. Works[edit] Stage and broadcast works[edit]

See List of stage and broadcast works by Sutermeister.

Concert, chamber and religious music[edit]

1. Piano Concerto, 1943 Capriccio for unaccompanied Clarinet in A,1947 Die Alpen, fantasy on Swiss folksongs, 1948 Gavotte de Concert, for trumpet and piano, 1950 2. Piano Concerto, 1953 Missa da Requiem, 1952–1953 1. Cello Concerto, 1954–55 3. Piano Concerto, 1961–62 Poème funèbre – En mémoire de Paul Hindemith for string orchestra, 1965 Omnia ad Unum, cantata, 1965–66 2. Cello Concerto, 1971 Te Deum, 1975 Clarinet Concerto, 1975–76 Consolatio philosophiae, 'Scène dramatique', 1979


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^ Elizabeth Forbes."Obituary: Heinrich Sutermeister. The Independent on Sunday, 20 March 1995.


Warrack, John and West, Ewan (1992), The Oxford Dictionary of Opera, 782 pages, ISBN 0-19-869164-5 Operone page on Sutermeister, accessed 1 April 2011

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