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Erich Korngold (1897 - 1957)

1. Childhood

Monday 30 August 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Monday 6 September 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

Erich Korngold's childhood was one of incredible precocity. Having begun composition at the tender age of six, by the time he was eleven he had produced a piano sonata in which the daring harmonies and inventions impressed no less a figure than Mahler.

He studied with Alexander von Zemlinsky and before he had even reached his teens had produced further works of such genius that his father Julius, the music critic of an influential Austrian newspaper, arranged for them to be printed at his own expense. He then distributed them to influential luminaries in Germany such as Richard Strauss, Engelbert Humperdinck and the conductor Artur Nikisch. Having received a universally complimentary response from them, the stage was set for his son's glittering career as a composer.

With Donald Macleod.

Duration:

1 hour

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