Franz Thürauer
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Instrument: piano

Thürauer Franz


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