music database

The mica-music database contains comprehensive entries on contemporary Austrian composers, performers, bands and ensembles. The main focus currently lies on the genres contemporary music and jazz.
An extensive presentation of performers from other genres can be found in the SR-Archive for Austrian pop music:, women in electronical music:,

Full discographies by Austrian performers are listed under:

The English version of the composer-database was co-funded by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation and by the AKM.

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Courtesy of B. J. Schaeffer ©

Boguslaw Schaeffer, composer, musicologist, graphic artist, author and teacher was born in Lvov (now: Lviv, Ukraine) on the 6th of June, 1929, and received his first musical education in Opole, Krakow, and from Luigi Nono. In the 1950s, he worked as a composer, as well as a critic and editor for the music magazine "Ruch Muzyczny", for Radio Krakow and the music publisher "Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne". In addition, he has been working as a teacher for musicology at the Uniwersytet Jagiollonski in Krakow, as well as a teacher of composition at the Krakow University of Music, since 1963. From the 1960s onwards, his compositional activities increased, also in the form of cooperation with the "Studio Eksperymentalne" of the Polish Broadcasting Corporation, a time during which he wrote his first electronic music compositions. In 1966 he graduated (PhD) at the University of Warsaw. Between 1986 and 1997 he held full professorship for composition at the Mozarteum Salzburg. In 1995 he became honorary member of the Polish ISCM/SIMC. Schaeffer's musical oeuvre comprises more than 400 compositions of all genres, 30 stage plays, which have been translated into 16 languages, as well as numerous scientific contributions in musical journals and books ("Almanach polskich kompozytorow wspolczesnych" 1966,"Nowa Muzyka: Problemy wspolczesnej techniki kompozytorskiej", 1958, and many more.) Since the 1960s, his works have been regularly performed at the Warsaw Autumn Festival and at 60 feature concerts (in Oslo, Amsterdam, Princeton, Mexico City, Salzburg, Istanbul, Berlin, Vienna etc.)

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