Richard Hoffmann
Registered as:

Hoffmann Richard

Compositions

# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category
1 Notturno (Gute Nacht, gute Nacht, bis alles wacht) - für doppeltes Streichquartett, in memoriam Walter Szmolyan 1995
2 MONO/POLY - for Piano 1994
3 Two Songs 1990
4 Lacrymosa '91 - for orchestra and chorus 1990
5 Two Poems - aus Albert Girauds "Pierrot Lunaire" 1986
6 Les adieux - for orchestra and chorus 1980
7 Intavolatura 1980
8 String Quartet #4 - (scordatura - trompe l'oreille) with computer generated sounds 1977
9 in memoriam patris 1976 8m
10 Souffleur - for standard-size symphony orchestra without conductor 1975 11m
11 Changes for Chimes 1974 7m
12 Decadanse - for ten players 1972 10m
13 String Quartet #3 - (on revient toujours) 1972 20m
14 Music for Strings 1971 22m
15 memento mori 1966 25m
16 Orchestra Piece 1961
17 String Trio 1961 - 1963 ~ 15m
18 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra 1959 16m
19 Mutterauge - für Chor a cappella 1958
20 Variations for Piano #2 1957 12m
21 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 1954 17m
22 Passacaglia for Organ 1953 5m
23 Two Songs for Soprano and Piano 1953
24 Piano Sonatina 1952
25 Orchestra Piece 1952
26 Variations for Piano #1 1951
27 Fantasy and Fugue for Organ - In Memoriam Arnold Schoenberg 1951 5m
28 Tripartita - for Violin solo 1950
29 Three Songs for Soprano and Piano 1950
30 String Quartet #2 1950
31 Piano Quartet 1950
32 Duo for Piano and Violin 1949 4m
33 Duo for Viola and Cello 1949 5m
34 Three Songs 1948
35 Trio for Piano, Violin and Bass Clarinet 1948
36 Violin Concerto 1948
37 Three Small Pieces for Piano 1947
38 String Quartet #1 1947
39 Piano Sonata 1945
40 Prelude and Double Fugue for String Orchestra 1944

General Information

Date of Birth:  20. April 1925
Place of Birth:  Vienna
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Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1930

first lessons (Aurel Nemes)

1932

First Viennese Children's Orchestra: member

1934

first composition lessons (Georg Tinter)

1936 - 1939

Cornwall Park School, Auckland (New Zealand)

1940 - 1942

Auckland Grammar School, Auckland (New Zealand)

1942 - 1945

University of New Zealand, Auckland: Bachelor of Music

1943 - 1944

University of New Zealand, Auckland: lessons with Frederick Page

1947 - 1951

composition

1949 - 1951

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA): musicology (Walter Rubsamen)

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1948 - 1951

assistant and secretary of Arnold Schoenberg

1951 - 1953

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA): teaching

1954 - 2004

Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio (USA): teacher for music theory

1954 - 2004

Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio (USA): member of the Oberlin String Quartet (second violin)

1955 - 1956

visiting professor

1956 - 2004

Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio (USA): teacher for composition

1957

University of New Zealand, Auckland: lectorship for contemporary music

1957

University of Otago, Dunedin (New Zealand): lectorship for contemporary music

1957

invitation

1957

Victoria University: lectorship for contemporary music

1969

Arnold Schoenberg Complete Edition (Mainz and Vienna): ever since co-editor

1974

participation at the congress of the Internationale Schönberg Gesellschaft

1976

Experimental Electronic Music Studio (MIT): invitation

1980 - 2004

director of the seminars - since 1987 also cooperation with the Oberlin Conservatory of Music

1983

International Webern Congress: participation

1984

International Computer Conference: invitation

1984

participation at the congress of the Internationale Schönberg Gesellschaft

1991

Mozart/Schönberg-Symposium: participation

1994

International Hauer Congress: participation

research activity, especially in the area of Viennese School

numerous guest professorships and lectures on music of the Viennese School at all major U.S. universities, a.o.Harvard (1970), Columbia University (1977), Princeton, Southern California, University of Iowa (1976), in Canada (University of Toronto) and Europe - e.g. University of Vienna (1984), University of Glasgow, Napier College Edinburgh etc.

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation
1935

first public performance of an early orchestral suite

1960

numerous other performances in the U.S. and Europe

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

Fromm Music Foundation

Cleveland Chamber Symphony

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1943

Auckland: centennial scholarship

1950

Huntington Hartford Foundation: Prize for composition

1953

Huntington Hartford Foundation: fellowship

1955

Huntington Hartford Foundation: fellowship

1956

Huntington Hartford Foundation: fellowship

1959

Huntington Hartford Foundation: fellowship

1966

National Institute of Arts and Letters: prize

1968

scholarship

1970

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: fellowship

1971

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: fellowship

1976

National Endowment of the Arts: grant

1977

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: fellowship

1978

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: fellowship

1978

National Endowment for the Arts: grant

1979

National Endowment for the Arts: grant

1984

Senior Fulbright Grant

1991

honor for arts and culture

Description of Style

Out of Hoffmann's close association with Schoenberg grew his technique of composition which, though serial in method, uses tone-rows that are not necessarily dodecaphonic. In practice, every element of his music - the intervals, metres, rhythms, timbres and dynamics - is systematically organized.

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