Krenek, Ernst. (1900–1991)
Palffy of Wien color photograph of the Austrian-born composer, who has signed in black ink. Photographer's stamp to verso. Crease to upper left corner, else in fine condition. 4.25 x 5.75 inches (10.8 x 14.6 cm.).
"Ernst Krenek was one of the most prolific musical figures of his time. Born with the century in 1900, he lived until 1991 and was active as a composer for more than seven decades. During that time he played a part in many of the century’s significant artistic movements, from atonality to neoclassicism and from jazz-influenced writing to total serialism, with turns to Schubertian lyricism and avant-garde electronic music at various points. In addition to his astonishing productivity as a composer (his work list includes 242 compositions), he was also a prolific writer and critic as well as an avid educator. Virtually the only figure of his time to have had both superstar popular success (with his opera Jonny spielt auf) and credibility as a major modernist, the experience of exile was particularly difficult for Krenek, who continued to be productive until the very end of his life without ever recovering his earlier stature." (The OREL Foundation)