Franz Thürauer
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Instrument: piano

Thürauer Franz


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

General Information

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


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


1978 - 1979

piano teacher

1991 - 1992

lectureship (aural training, solfeggio)

monastry Melk: music educator at the high school


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

promotional award


Award of the Country of Lower Austria


state scholarship for composition


promotional 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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