[ Translator's note: Readers should not be confused by the apparent multiplicity of music colleges in Vienna. The institution known since 1998 as the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, (but often referred to as the 'Musikhochschule', or sometimes 'Musikakademie'), has gone under the following names in the period relevant to this document: Staatsakademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst (1919-1923; 1931-41); Akademie and Fachhochschule (1923-1931); Reichshochschule für Musik Wien (1941-45); Akademie (1945-70); Hochschule (1971-1998). The Konservatorium der Stadt Wien a separate institution, of comparable standing (but not size). ]


Theophil Antonicek

* 22.11.1937 in Vienna, 19.4.2014 in Vienna. Musicology studies at the University of Vienna with Erich Schenk (doctorate 1962, Habilitation/postdoctoral lecture qualification 1978). Taught there as Universitätsdozent and as Ao. Universitätsprofessor (adjunct professor), supervising master’s and doctoral theses until 2013. From 1963 through 1999 Antonicek was a member of the commission for musical research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, from 1984 as a corresponding member, from 1995 as a full member of academy’s Division of Humanities and the Social Sciences; member of the executive commission of the Society for Publishing the 'Denkmäler der Tonkunst in Österreich'. From 1998 through 2014 academic head of the Anton Bruckner Institut Linz.

Hans Bauernfeind

* 1.9.1908 Klein-Stetteldorf (Lower Austria), † 19.3.1985 Vienna. Completed teacher training college, had his musical training at the Vienna Musikhochschule (composition with Joseph Marx and Josef Lechthaler, organ, conducting and music for schools). From 1930 active as organist, choral conductor and music teacher. Honours included Cultural Prize of Lower Austria; wide range of compositions with an emphasis on choral music.

Richard Bletschacher

* 1936 Füssen am Lech (Bavaria). Studied theatre, musicology, and philosophy in Munich, Heidelberg, Paris and Vienna; Dr. phil. 1959. 1959-1967 assistant stage director and dramaturg at the Theater in der Josefstadt, and later at the Vienna State Opera; 1967-1996 stage director, Vienna State Opera; numerous productions on tour and abroad. 1982-1996 head dramaturg at the Vienna State Opera. From 1982 to 1990 he taught at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. From 1961 active as opera librettist, providing texts for ten full-length operas and ten one-acters with composers Peter Ronnefeld, Iván Eröd, Kurt Schwertsik, Franz Thürauer, Erich Urbanner, Ernst Ludwig Leitner and Alfred Schnittke. He also authored twenty books, and opera translations and Lied texts. Since 1977 member, and since 2000 first Vice-President, of the Austrian PEN Club.

Rüdiger Bornhöft

* 1939 Fürstenberg/Havel. Studied 1954-1962 at the Fachgrundschule für Musik in Neustrelitz and at Rostock Konservatorium (violin, viola, piano). Active as orchestral musician (viola) in Schwerin, Rostock and Bremerhaven. Since 1980 proof-reader for the Bruckner Complete Edition (symphonies, masses, orchestral parts; also with editorial responsibilities). Collaboration on the new editions of Mahler symphonies No. 5 and No. 6 (score and orchestral parts) for the Mahler Complete Edition Vienna.

Günter Brosche

17.2.1939, † 27.3.2023. Studied at Vienna University (theatre studies, musicology); Dr. phil. 1962. Instrumental studies (violin, piano, organ) at the Akademie für Musik and darstellende Kunst and at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien. In 1964 he started to work at the Austrian National Library, becoming in 1981 Director of the Music Collection, and of the Institut für Österreichische Musikdokumentation; appointed Hofrat 1984. Since 1975 secretary of the International Richard Strauss Society and editor of the Richard Strauss-Blätter. From 1997 lecturer in archive and library studies at the Institut für Musikwissenschaft of the University of Vienna. Numerous publications on Austrian musical history from the 17th to 20th centuries, focusing on Beethoven, Bruckner, Richard Strauss, and the musical collection of the Austrian National Library. Series editor for the following publications: 'Publikationen des Instituts für Österreichischen Musikdokumentation' (25 volumes to date), 'Katalog der Sammlung Anthony van Hoboken' (completed in 17 volumes) and 'Musica manuscripta' (7 vols.).

Franz Burkhart

* 19.9.1902 Vienna, † 20.10.1978 Vienna. Studied musicology at the University of Vienna, where his teachers included Adler, Lach, Ficker, Fischer and Haas; studied violin, piano and composition privately, and choral conducting with Ferdinand Grossmann. He was professor at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, choral conductor, founder and conductor of the Wiener Kindersingschule, chairman of the music committee of the Österreichischer Sängerbund, president of the Österreichisches Orgelforum. Numerous honours including: Cross of Honour for Science and Art, Austrian State Prize, 'Goldenes Ehrenzeichen' for services to the Republic, Cross of the Knights of the Papal Order of St Gregory. Compositions in all fields of choral music..

William Carragan

Studied composition with Alfred Swan, piano with Stanley Hummel and Gilbert Kalish, and harpsichord with Louis Bagger; concert artist of many years' standing. From 1965 he was Professor of Physics at the Hudson Valley Community College in Troy (New York), where he has been a consultant since his retirement in 2001. In the musical field, he has undertaken a reconstruction of the first performance version of Bruckner's Symphony No.1 (recorded for Naxos). 1979-1983 completion of the Ninth (performed and recorded several times), 1989 completion of Schuberts Symphony No. 8 (likewise performed several times). In 1996 William Carragan organized the only international symposium in the western hemisphere to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bruckner's death; in recent years numerous publications on performance practice in Bruckner's works.

David Chapman

received his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Rutgers University, where he teaches courses in music history, performance practice, and ethnomusicology. He is the author of the monograph 'Bruckner and the Generalbass Tradition' (Vienna: Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2010) and is currently preparing an edition of Bruckner's "Nullte" Symphony (WAB 100) for the New Anton Bruckner Complete Edition series. He has contributed articles and reviews to various scholarly journals, including 'Eighteenth-Century Music', 'Ad Parnassum: A Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music' and the 'Galpin Society Journal'.

Benjamin Gunnar Cohrs

* 21.9.1965, † 21.11.2023. 1989-1994 studied conducting, flute, piano, and voice in Bremen, and 1994/95 as a DAAD-Scholar stipendiary in Adelaide. In 1984 he made his conducting debut in his home town of Hamelin (Hameln, Saxony) and has appeared internationally as a guest conductor (i.a., Russian National Orchestra, Moscow; Royal Flanders Philharmonic; Czech Philharmonic; Philharmonia Hungarica); since February 2002 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the New Queen's Hall Orchestra (London). Cohrs furthermore works as a freelance arts journalist and musicologist. He collaborated on the performance version of the incomplete Finale to Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 (Samale-Phillips-Cohrs-Mazzuca). He has been active as an editor for the Bruckner Complete Edition since 1995.

Rudolf H. Führer

* 20.8.1938 Vienna, 20.3.2022. Studied law at Vienna University, Dr. jur. 1966. From 1958 to 1963 he studied oboe at the Akademie für Musik in Vienna. From 1968 he worked for the Vienna publishers Doblinger, where he was for many years director of the stage and concert department; from 1988 until his retirement in 1998 he was Director of Publications. Wide-ranging editorial activities, mainly in the series Diletto musicale and the Johann Strauß Complete Edition (both Doblinger).

Wolfgang Grandjean

* 1944 Trier/Mosel. 1964-1970 studied in Saarbrücken (school music, piano with Walter Blankenheim, music theory and composition with Heinrich Konietzny); first performances of his own compositions, regular concerts as Lied accompanist, recordings and broadcasts on Saarland Radio. 1970-1974 studied musicology at Bonn University, and composition at the Musikhochschule Köln with Karlheinz Stockhausen und electronic composition with Hans Ulrich Humpert. 1973 Teacher (music theory) at the Folkwang-Hochschule, Essen; 1979 Professor; since 1988 member of the college Senate. Principal research fields: Anton Bruckner, questions of music theory, most recently W. A. Mozart as theorist. Detailed list of publications and compositions under http://wolfgang-grandjean.de.

Franz Grasberger

* 2.11.1915 Gmunden (Upper Austria), † 25.10.1981 Vienna. Studied musicology at Vienna University with Robert Lach and Robert Haas. 1935-1937 studied church and school music at the Staatsakademie in Vienna. From 1938 he worked at the Music Collection of the Austrian National Library and was Director from 1970 to 1980. 1954-1972 lecturer in musical bibliography at Vienna University. From 1970 RISM director for Austria. 1972 co-founder of the Institut für Österreichische Musikdokumentation. 1974-1981 chairman of the commission for musical research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences; 1978 foundation of the Anton Bruckner Institut Linz (ABIL). Organizer of numerous exhibitions (i.a., Hugo Wolf 1960, Richard Strauss 1964, Anton Bruckner 1974 in Vienna and 1977 in Linz) and symposiums. Publications on composers such as Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss, and on library-associated topics and music analysis and theory. Editor of Hugo Wolf's letters to Melanie Köchert (1964), and of works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss and Hugo Wolf.

Renate Grasberger

* 1941 Vienna. Studies at the Academy of Applied Arts (ceramics) and art history at the University of Vienna. Active since 1960 at the Austrian National Library, from 1964 in its music collection. Participation in publications and projects of Franz Grasberger, 1978 – 2006 work for the Anton Bruckner Institute, Linz; since 2007 honorary work in the Anton Bruckner Research Unit of the former commission for musical research, today department of musicology at the ACDH-CH. Publications mainly about Anton Bruckner, e. g. “Anton Bruckner Catalogue of Works”, “Bruckner Bibliography” (2 vols.), “Bruckner Iconography” (as yet 3 vols.); with Erich W. Partsch: “Bruckner – skizziert”, with Elisabeth Maier: “Die Bruckner-Bestände des Stiftes St. Florian” (3 vols.). Participation in exhibitions (e. g. “The Masters’ Manuscripts” GdM 1966, Upper Austrian State Exhibition 1996 St. Florian / Anton Bruckner) and their respective catalogues.

Andrea Harrandt

* 1960 Vienna. Studied musicology and theatre. Since 1980 collaborator at the Anton Bruckner Institut Linz (ABIL), since 1984 member of the commission for music research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Co-editor of the ABIL series of publications, editor of the Mitteilungsblätter der Internationalen Bruckner-Gesellschaft, editor of the letters of Anton Bruckner for the Bruckner Complete Edition. Since 2004 on the staff of the Music Collection of the Austrian National Library.

Uwe Harten

* 1944 Ehrhorn/Soltau (Niedersachsen), spent his youth in Hamburg, resident since 1964 in Vienna; studied musicology and history of art in Hamburg and Vienna, with a dissertation on Carl Debrois van Bruyck. Since 1972 collaborator (1985-1997 member) of the commission for music research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 1974-1990 musicological secretary, and then member of the praesidium of Gesellschaft zur Herausgabe von Denkmälern der Tonkunst in Österreich (DTÖ). Collaboration on the work of the Anton Bruckner Institut Linz (ABIL) from the year of its foundation (1978). 1988-2000 deputy musicological director of ABIL. 1977-2000 co-organizer of the Linz Bruckner symposiums. Until 2000 General Editor and co-publisher for ABIL. His own publications include Anton Bruckner. Ein Handbuch (Salzburg-Vienna 1996). Numerous essays and lectures, and articles for a variety of lexicons. President of the International Hans Rott Society, founded in 2002 (www.hans-rott.org)

Paul Hawkshaw

* 1950 Toronto. Professor of Music History Emeritus at the Yale University School of Music. Studied at Toronto University (trombone, history of music) and at Columbia University, New York (musicology). Ph. D. in 1984 with the dissertation “The Manuscript Sources of Anton Bruckner's Linz Works: A Study of his Working Methods from 1856 to 1868”. Editor of ten volumes of the Anton Bruckner Complete Edition including the extensive critical report on the Eighth Symphony and, along with Erich Partsch, the facsimile of the “Kitzler Studienbuch”. Author of the Bruckner biography in “The New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians” and numerous other publications on the composer. Since 2004 coeditor of the “Wiener Bruckner-Studien” for the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Recipient of the Bruckner Society of America’s Kilenyi Medal of Honor (May 2011).

Erwin Horn

* 1940 Würzburg. Studied in Würzburg, graduating in theology, teaching, music theory and church music; diploma in Gregorian chant from Essen. 1971-1977 regional cantor for the diocese of Würzburg; 1977-1980 teacher of organ and music theory at the Kirchenmusikschule Regensburg; from 1980 at the Konservatorium der Stadt Würzburg (since 2001 Hochschule für Musik): 1980-1997 lecturer in music theory, 1997-2001 Director, 2001-2003 Press Officer. Editor of the Orgelbuch zum Gotteslob and Orgelstücke zum Gotteslob. His contributions to musicological publications have principally been concerned with both Anton Bruckner and Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Franz Schmidt, Felix Mendelssohn, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, Girolamo Frescobaldi und Hans Rott. Transcriptions and CD-recordings of symphonic movements by Anton Bruckner and Wagnerian operatic roles. Co-initiator of the Würzburg Bruckner Festivals.

Crawford Howie

Crawford Howie is a retired University professor (University of Manchester, UK), but still active as a musicologist, lecturer, editor and occasional performer. His main interests lie in 19th-century Austrian music, the life and works of Anton Bruckner and Franz Schubert in particular, and he has written or co-written several books and published several articles on these two composers. For the New Anton Bruckner Complete Edition he has prepared the new edition of Bruckner’s Mass in D Minor.

Hans Jancik

* 10.8.1905 Vienna, † 4.12.2001 Vienna. Diploma from the Akademie in 1927 in church music, Dr. phil. in musicology from Vienna University 1929. Jancik pursued a career as a librarian and was, among other things, Director of the Library of the Austrian Patents Office until his retirement in 1970. Among his writings was a fundamentally important biography of Michael Haydn, he edited such works of Michael Haydn as the C minor Requiem, and collaborated on the Critical Complete Edition of the works of Anton Bruckner. Numberless articles in standard musical reference works testify to his many-sided musical knowledge. When the Internationale Hugo Wolf-Gesellschaft Wien was founded, Hans Jancik was appointed General Editor of the Complete Critical Hugo Wolf Edition. In 1961 Jancik was appointed Hofrat, in 1965 he received the ring of honour of the Internationale Bruckner-Gesellschaft, which he served as General Secretary from 1951 to 1970; in 1971 he received the 'Goldenes Ehrenzeichen' for services to the Republic of Austria, and in 1973 the Hugo Wolf medal of the Internationale Hugo Wolf-Gesellschaft.

Benjamin M. Korstvedt

Graduated B.A. (summa cum laude) in music history, composition, and comparative literature from Clark University (Worcester/USA) and received the Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation on Bruckner's Fourth Symphony. He has held faculty positions at the University of Iowa und University of St. Thomas (St. Paul/USA) and is now Professor of Music at Clark University and President of the Bruckner Society of America. He is the author of a monograph on Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 (Cambridge 2000), numerous articles on Bruckner and related topics, as well as 'Listening for Utopia in Ernst Bloch's Musical Philosophy' (Cambridge 2010). He was awarded the Kilenyi Medal of Honor from the Bruckner Society of America in 2010.

Andreas Lindner

Musicology and communication sciences at the University of Vienna, concert performance studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Following activities at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, at the Austrian public-law broadcaster ORF, and several research projects he became music archivist of the Vienna Philharmonic in 2006, and joined the academic board of the Anton Bruckner Institute. Practicing musician.

Walburga Litschauer

* 1954 Klagenfurt. Read musicology and theatre studies at Vienna University, at the same time studying piano at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien with Hans Bohnenstingl (graduating in 1979). 1980 Dr. phil. in Vienna with the thesis Studien zum italienischen Lied. Since 1980 director of the Vienna working group of the Neue Schubert-Ausgabe at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and member of the editorial committee; editor of the piano works of Franz Schubert. Since 1979, Walburga Litschauer has also collaborated on the Bruckner Complete Edition. From 1990 to 1995 general secretary of the Musicologica Austriaca. In 1992 she was awarded the 'Grand Prix Franz Schubert' for exceptional achievements in the field of Schubert research. Participation in international congresses, lectures in Austria and abroad, radio broadcasts, musicological consultant and participant in the Schubert-Tage of the Carinthian Summer. On the committees of several musicological and academic societies in Austria and abroad, since 1998 President of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Musik, and lecturer at Vienna University.

Elisabeth Maier

* 1947 Vienna. Studies at the University of Vienna (musicology, drama studies, catholic divinity) and at the City of Vienna Conservatory (piano). 1971 artistic diploma, 1973 Dr. phil. promotion, 2006 Mag. theol. graduation. 1970 – 1980 academic RISM specialist at the music collection of the Austrian National Library; since 1981 staff member commission for musical research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), resp. department of art and music historical research of the ÖAW (now ACDH-CH); participation at the Anton Bruckner Institute since its establishment 1978, its managing director from 1987 – 2005. Secretary General of the Vienna Catholic Academy from 1993, its president 2014 – 2017. Numerous publications on Anton Bruckner as well as lectures in Austria and abroad, radio broadcasts, films, reviews, exhibition planning (e. g. project director of the Upper Austrian State Exhibition / Anton Bruckner in St. Florian Monastery, 1996). 2006 cultural medal of the State of Upper Austria for merits in Bruckner research, 2013 honorary member of the Bruckner Society of America.

Leopold Nowak

* 17.8.1904 Vienna, † 27.5.1991 Vienna. Dr. phil. 1927 in musicology, from 1932 to 1973 lecturer at the musicological institute of Vienna University. In 1946 Nowak was appointed Director of the Music Collection of the Austrian National Library, its premises having been bombed and its collections moved elsewhere. His name is inseparably associated with the rebuilding and restocking of the Music Collection. While he was Director, Nowak became General Editor of the Bruckner Complete Edition; the editions he made and published from 1951 onwards – the familiar 'blauen Bände' – are his most enduring memorial. Nowak's meticulously prepared Bruckner scores, with their philologically exact adherence to Bruckner's final will, provide the basis for the orchestral parts which, made available by the Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag, are nowadays used all over the world to give authentic performances of the music of Anton Bruckner.

Angela Pachovsky

* 1964 Vienna. Studied musicology and romance philology at Vienna University; 1991 Dr. phil. with a thesis on Joseph Messner. 1991-1993 research in Rome, (with a publication, together with Leopold M. Kantner, on the Sistine chapel in the nineteenth century); 1994-1999 collaboration on a research project on musical relationships between Austria and northern Italy in the nineteenth century, with publications on this subject. Since 1995 she has been on the staff of the Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag, and since 1999 active in the editorial management of Doblinger music publishers, Vienna. Since 2019 managing Director of Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag.

Erich Wolfgang Partsch

* 1959 Vienna, † 2014 in Vienna, Studied musicology and teaching in Vienna; Dr. phil. 1983. Collaborator at the Anton Bruckner Institut Linz, Vice-President of the International Gustav Mahler Society, teacher at the Franz Schubert Konservatorium in Vienna. Lectures in Austria and abroad, exhibition concepts, currently around 60 publications on the musical history of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Klaus Petermayr

* 1973 in Vöcklabruck, Upper Austria. After first training as a cook, studies of musicology, German, and art history at the universities of Salzburg and Vienna. He is active mainly in the fields of Bruckner, folk music scholarship as well as in Upper Austrian music history. Numerous field studies in Upper Austria and Salzburg as well as among the Upper Austrian emigrants to the Carpathian part of Ukraine and Romania. Additional research topics: Austrian baroque music, especially Johann Joseph Fux and Gregor Joseph Werner, music and tourism. Since 2019 head of the music collection of the Upper Austrian State Museum (today Landes Kultur-GmbH), academic head of the Anton Bruckner Institute, member of the academic commission of the Österreichisches Volksliedwerk. Numerous publications. Lives in Schörfling am Attersee, Upper Austria.

John Alan Phillips

* 1960 Adelaide; studied at the University of Adelaide (piano and musicology) and 1983-1985 in Vienna (conducting with Reinhard Schwarz and composition with Alfred Uhl). He continued his university studies in Adelaide, writing on the incomplete finale of Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 (Ph.D. thesis, 2002). He teaches music history and theory, piano, and voice in Adelaide and is active as pianist, conductor, choir trainer, and composer. In 1998 he was elected National Secretary of the Musicological Society of Australia. From 1989 he collaborated with Nicola Samale, Benjamin Gunnar Cohrs and Giuseppe Mazzuca on a completion of Bruckner's Ninth Symphony, which was given its first performance on 3.12.1991 in Linz and privately published in 1992 (CD-recording 1998 by the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen conducted by Johannes Wildner on the Sonarte label, Kassel).

Anton Reinthaler

* 1950 Offenhausen (Upper Austria). Studied church music, and Lied and oratorio at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, also qualifying as a teacher of music and voice. 1974-2001 director of church music for the Linz diocese, since 1986 Domkapellmeister at Linz Cathedral. He has been active both as an editor of vocal music and as a composer (masses, motets, arrangements, children's mass settings, music for cantor and schola, wind music). Composers' prize of Lower Austria.

Thomas Röder

* 1950 Stuttgart. Completed his studies at the Nuremberg Conservatory with the „Staatliche Musiklehrerprüfung“ and received his doctorate at the University of Erlangen with a dissertation on Bruckner's 3rd Symphony. Since 1991 collaboration on the Anton Bruckner Complete Edition. He was personally entrusted by Nowak with the task of drawing up the critical report on the three editorial versions of Bruckner's Third. From 1982 to 2010 lecturer for music theory at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, from 2010 to 2015 the same position at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. In addition to Bruckner, one focus of interest is Nuremberg's music history.

Herbert Seifert

* 1945. Teaches musicology at Vienna University, where he read musicology and theatre studies, 1970 doctoral thesis on the Baroque composer Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani. From 1966 he was an assistant at the Musicological Institute, where he qualified as a university lecturer in 1981 with a thesis on opera at the Viennese court in the seventeenth century. His numerous publications and lectures have been devoted first and foremost to Austria's musical history, to the beginnings of opera, and to musical performance practice.

Andrea Sommer-Mathis

* 1956. Dr. phil. 1982 from Vienna University in theatre studies and romance philology with the thesis "Tu felix Austria nube" aus theaterwissenschaftlicher Sicht. Theatrale Festveranstaltungen anläßlich der Hochzeiten Maria Theresias und ihrer Kinder, published after extensive revision in book form by the Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag. As musicological consultant to the Kommission für Kulturwissenschaften und Theatergeschichte, she devoted herself for many years to research into theatre, festivity and ceremonial at Renaissance and post-Renaissance European Habsburg courts (particularly Spain). Since 2000 administrative director of the historical institute of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Rome.

Isabella Sommer

* 1965 Vienna. Studied flute at the Vienna Musikhochschule, qualifying as a music teacher and taking her diploma in musicology with a dissertation on Hugo Wolf's String Quartet in D minor. In addition to numerous musicological projects and work on publications, Isabella Sommer has since 1992 collaborated on the Hugo Wolf Complete Edition and since 1996 has been an editor for Doblinger's Johann Strauß Complete Edition.

Leopold Spitzer

* 28.5.1942 Bad Ischl, † 2.12.2020 Gmunden. Professor of singing at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, having himself studied singing and music teaching at the Akademie für Musik (as it was then known), and German philology and musicology at Vienna University. After finishing his studies, he taught music theory at the Akademie (by then known as the Hochschule für Musik), at the same time making concert appearances as a vocal soloist. In 1978 he was given a class as a singing teacher; as director of the singing department he was responsible for the internal and external reorganization of vocal training, for which he was in 1996 awarded the 'Großes Ehrenzeichen' for his services to the Republic of Austria. In addition to his teaching activities at the Musikhochschule, to courses in Lied interpretation in Austria and abroad, and to sitting on juries for competitions, he has regularly written on a number of subjects including harmony in the work of R. M. Rilke and Albert von Thimus, specialized matters related to singing teaching and musical training at conservatory level, and Hugo Wolf.

Karlhans Urbanek

* 1.11.1943 Metz (France), † 22.7.2000 at Schloß Weitra in the Waldviertel (Lower Austria). He grew up in Vienna and from the age of fourteen was active as a choir conductor, later also as organist and music teacher. He founded a publishing house of his own, specializing in choral literature.

Manfred Wagner

* 1944 Amstetten (Lower Austria). Since 1974 Professor for history of culture and thought at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna. 1992-94 Vice-President and 1995-97 President of the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften Wien (IFK), and since 1997 President of the International Schönberg Society, council member of the Fonds zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF) and of the specialized consultative council on educational research, chairman of the board of the NÖ Kulturwirtschaft Ges.m.b.H. Points of focus in his work: fine arts, music, cultural and educational policy, promotion of the arts, media research, reception research.

Othmar Wessely

* 31.10.1922 Linz, † 20.4.1998 Vienna. Studied at the Bruckner-Konservatorium in Linz und at Vienna University with Erich Schenk. Dr. phil. 1947 with the thesis Anton Bruckner in Linz. In 1950 he was appointed assistant at the musicological institute of Vienna University. He qualified as university lecturer in 1958 and was appointed Professor of Musicology in Graz in 1963 and Director of the Musicological Institute. From 1971 until his retirement in 1992 he was Professor of Musicology at Vienna University. From 1974 to 1991 he was President of the Gesellschaft zur Herausgabe von Denkmälern der Tonkunst in Österreich. From 1982 he led the commission for musical research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and was musicological director of the Anton Bruckner Institut Linz. Numerous publications, primarily on the music of the Renaissance, and on Upper Austrian musical and cultural history.

John Williamson

John Williamson is Professor emeritus at the University of Liverpool. He studied Music and History at the University of Glasgow before completing a doctorate on Mahler at Balliol College, where his supervisors included Egon Wellesz, Robert Sherlaw Johnson and Frederick Sternfeld. His publications include 'The Music of Hans Pfitzner', 'Richard Strauss: ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’', 'The Cambridge Companion to Bruckner' and numerous essays and reviews. He is a pianist whose repertory stretches from Haydn to Messiaen and Stockhausen, and a regular performer on alto and tenor trombone and sackbut.

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