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Intermezzo for Woodwind Octet

Franz Schreker

Arranged by Tony Turrill from the Intermezzo for strings

2Fl./2Ob./2Cl./2Bsn

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Few people will immediately recognise the name Schreker.  Franz Schreker was born in 1878. He was Austrian and Jewish  After studying composition and the violin at the Vienna conservatory, at the age of 34, he was appointed to be a  professor there and soon established a reputation for both his teaching and his compositions. His  first staged opera  Der Ferne Klang (The Distant Sound.) was a great success. In 1920  he soon moved to become  director of the prestigious Berlin Academy of Music. .   In 1924, at the height of his popularity, he was considered to be one of Germany’s  leading musicians , some  rated him on a par with Richard Strauss.  However, in the late 1920s, the Nazis started to attack  Schreker's performances and in 1932 , the premiere of his last opera, Christopherus, was abandoned due to violent anti-Semitic  threats from the Nazis.  In the same year, they forced his resignation from the academy and then   set about  obliterating  all traces of his music.  He died two years late from a stroke. The opera Christopherus was  finally resurrected in 1978

This intermezzo was conceived in 1900 as a stand alone work . It is a brief work but an elegant one

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