Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waechter, Eberhard

Eberhard Waechter(1929-1992), Austrian baritone, studied at the University of Vienna and Vienna Academy of Music, made his debut in 1953 at the Vienna Volksoper, then sang in Vienna State Oper, Covent Garden, Salzburg Festival and New York Metopolitan Opera. In 1987 he became the general manager of the Vienna Volksoper, and in 1991 he became the head of Vienna State Oper. He was known for Mozart, Wagner and Richard Strauss.

Wagner, Richard

Richard Wagner (1813-1883), German operatic composer. *********************** *********************** ******* For more Wagner stamps: 1. Wagner 200th birth anniversary stamps(2013): Click Here ******** 2. All other issues: Click Here

Warlop,Michel

Michel Warlop (1911-1947), French jazz violinist, he was one of France's early native stars on the violin: he accompanied singers in the mid 1930's , and worked with Stephane Grappelli. In the early 1940's he was a member of Raymond Legrand's orchestra, and he led his own string septet from 1941 to 1943.

Waxman, Franz

Franz Waxman(1906-1967), German/American composer of film scores, born in Germany and moved to US in 1935. In 1947 he founded the Los Angeles International Music Festival. He composed mainly for film scores, he received 12 Academy Award nominations, and winning two for "Sunset Boulevard" and "A Place in the Sun", other popular films are: Rebecca, Suspicion, Rear Window. His other well-known work is "Carmen Fantasie".

Weber, Carl Maria von

Carl Maria von Weber(1786-1826), German composer, the founder of German national opera of Romantic School, and perhaps a poineer in modern pianistic composition. He took lesson from Heuschkel and Michael Haydn, in 1813 he served as a conductor at Prague National Theater; later reorganized the Royal Opera in Dresden. He composed operas(Der Freischuts, Euryanthe, Oberon), orchestral and piano music.

Webern, Anton von

Anton von Webern(1888-1945), Austrian composer and conductor, obtained a doctorate degree from Vienna University, studied with Schoenberg, whose atonal musical system he adopted, but with some individual changes, one of the outstanding members of the Schoenberg circle. He composed 5 symphonies, orchestral and chamber music.

Weill, Kurt

Kurt(Julian) Weill(1900-1950), German composer, studied at the Berlin Hochschule, then with Busoni. After success of his 1-act opera "Der Protagonist", he has since composed highly versatile and ingenious modern stage works. In 1935 he emigrated to US and composed musicals with success, such as "Street Scene", "Lady in the Dark" etc.