Franz Thürauer
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Instrument: piano

Thürauer Franz

Compositions

# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category Sheet Music Shop
1 6 Piano Pieces 2015
2 movement for string quartet 2015
3 In diesem Sommer - for Bariton and Piano 2015
4 Adagio 2014
5 Double Concerto 2014
6 Duo - for clarinet and piano 2014
7 Dramatische Szene aus William Shakespeares "Richard III" 1999
8 Wein und Wasser - Heitere Oper in vier Bildern nach anonymen mittelalterlichen Quellen 1998
9 Tableau - für großes Orchester 1997
10 Christ ist erstanden 1996 8m
11 Prolog 1995 5m
12 Agnus, Communio, Sonata, Gratiarum Actio 1995 20m
13 Magnificat 1995 23m
14 Rondo notturno 1994 9m
15 Vom Unvergänglichen 1994 15m
16 Doppelkonzert 1993 23m
17 Von der Vergänglichkeit - Sieben Sonette von William Shakespeare 1993 24m
18 Lukas-Passion 1993 1h 35m
19 Metamorphosen 1992 8m
20 Kleine Walzerszene 1992 6m
21 Shadows 1992 16m
22 Der Landsknecht von Kärnten - Kirchenoper 1991 50m
23 Violinkonzert 1991 23m
24 Hommage à Marilyn 1990 13m
25 Sonata 1989 ~ 16m
26 Veni, sancte spiritus - Kantate 1988 11m
27 Mosaik 1987 14m
28 An den Flüssen Babels 1984 6m
29 Winter-Serenade 1982 8m
30 Kammermusik für 13 Spieler

General Information

Year of Birth:  1953
Date of Birth:  25. September 1953
Place of Birth:  Wolfenreith

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

first musical experience on the clarinet

in the family cultivation of ("good, old, real") folk music

studies in church music

studies in church music

studies in composition

studies in composition

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1978 - 1979

piano teacher

1991 - 1992

lectureship (aural training, solfeggio)

monastry Melk: music educator at the high school

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1982

promotional award

1983

Award of the Country of Lower Austria

1984

state scholarship for composition

1990

promotional award

1990

Hanns-Koren-Award

Description of Style

In terms of composition Thürauer took his starting point with impressionism. Like many of his colleagues, he was soon confronted with the difficulty to choose his own path. Being probably a more difficult matter than everin our century. [...] Burt helped with taking a decision by animating Thürauer to remember his especially pronounced rhythmic talent and then to deal particulary with the neoclassical oeuvre of Stravinsky.

Thürauer was not simply following this advice, but also raised again his until then somehow untapped passion for organ music, which led to an intensive study of the organ works of Olivier Messiaen. But he also confronted himself with Joseph Haydn. He sees in him an "undoubtedly intellectual composer who deliberately covered up his brainwork". This is also what Franz Thürauer wants to achieve at: the composition of pieces that can indeed be understand clearly in their structure, but their first moment appeal should lie with their emotional statement. Consequently Thürauer is also a devotee of tonality. He describes tonality not only as a "fascinating concept," but sees "in this new form of variety in tonality, regardless of how it may present itself in the end, a way to promote musical development".

Walter Dobner, in: Musikfreunde, [Programmzeitschrift], 12/1993

Press Reviews

26. July 1994

Thürauer's basic interpretation is guided by the ones of great song composers. But though he is committed to melody, harmony, and interpretation of the text like they have been, his musical version of the six Shakespeare sonnets draws a  lot from current musical sensitivity. As such, they continue the tradition of the orchestral song, as it was cared about by Gustav Mahler,  in a most impressive way.

St. Galler Tagblatt

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