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.
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
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Leo Weiner(1885-1960), Hungarian composer, studied composition at the Budapest School of Musical Arts, after travelling throuhout Europe then taught at the School of Music. His music was highly influenced by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, his works include dramatic works, orchestral music and chamber music.
Rudolf Weinwurm(1835-1911), Austrian jurist, composer, musicologist and choir leader. He studied law at Vienna University, but he turned to study music. He won the first prize at the Festival of the Choral Societies of Upper Austria and Salzburg in 1865. He composed hymn, songs.
Henrik Wergeland(1808-1845), Norwegian writer, poet, historian and linguist. His only contribution to music is: he wrote several speeches, poems and songs in connection with the Norwegian Constitution Day, and also wrote the first national anthem for children.
Lars Johan Werle(1926-2001), Swedish modernist composer,studied at the University of Uppsala, sang in the Choral Bel Canto, was active as a jazz musician, and worked as a producer for Swedish Radio. He became known for his vocal and choral music, as well as operas, such as "Drommen om Therese".
Wanda Werminska(1900-1988), Polish soprano, a member of the Warsaw opera for many years. She started her career as a mezzo, later turning to the dramatic soprano roles. She was known for her roles of Wagner, Verdi, and Puccini. She sang in Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna, Italy.
Charles Wesley(1707-1788), English hymn writer, poet and leader of the Methodist movement. He wrote hundreds of hymns and poets. Some of them were still been sang today such as And Can It Be That I Should Gain ?, O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, and Hark ! the Herald Angels Sing.
Jose Silvestre White Lafitte(1836-1918), Cuban violinist and composer(his father was Spanish and mother was Afro-Cuban), studied at the Paris Conservatory, from 1877 to 1889 he was director of the Imperial Conservatory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After which he returned to Paris. he wrote ballet music and a violin concerto.
Portia May White(1911-1968), Canadian singer(contralto), studied at the Halifax Conservatory of Music, made her debut in Toronto in 1941, and 1944 she made her international debut in New York and later toured the world. She was asked to perform for Queen Elizabeth II, at the opening of the Confederation Centre of the Arts In Charlottetown in 1964.
Henryk Wieniawski(1835-1880), Polish violin virtuoso and composer, studied at the Warsaw Conservatory, and graduated a first prize in violin, his first concert was given at St. Petersburg, was appointed solo violinist to the Czar, and taught at the St. Petersbug Conservatory. From 1874-1877 he taught at the Brussels Conservatory. he composed 2 violin concertos, and violin pieces.
Anton Wildgans(1881-1932), An Austrian poet, playwriter, and an amateur violinist and rather devoted to music. He was found of arranging private musical evenings. For a short time he was director of Vienna's Burgtheatre.
Adriaan Willaert(1490-1562), Flemish composer, studied law at the University of Paris but abandoned this in favor of music. In 1527 he became the music director of St. Mark's in Venice, where he contributed significantly to the development of the Italian madrigal and established Venice as an influential music center of the 16th century. His early style is a smooth polyphony, balanced voices and frequent use of imitation.
Healey Willan(1880-1968), English-Canadian organist and composer, born in England, studied at St. Saviour's Choir School and later at the Royal College of Organists. In 1903 he became the organist and choirmaster of St. John in London. In 1913 he emigrated to Canada and became the head and Vice-Principle of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He composed operas and other music pieces.
Alberto Williams(1862-1952), Argentine composer and teacher, studied at the Paris Conservaotry. Returning to Argentina he became teacher, pianist and conductor, and he founded the Conservatory of Buenos Aires. He wrote 9 symphonies, symphonic poems, suites, and choral music.
Malcolm Williamson(1931-2003), Australian composer and master of Queen's Music from 1975-2003. He studied horn at the Sydney Conservatory, moved to London as an organist, a proofreader and a nightclub pianist. he composed ballet music, orchestral and choral music, and piano pieces.
The stamp shows the characters of his ballet "The Display".
Meredith Willson(1902-1984), American composer, songwriter, conductor and playwriter, studied flute at the Juilliard School of Music, a member of John Philip Sousa's Band and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He moved to California , became director of KFRC and the NBC Network in Hollywood, he won the Tonny Award in 1958 for Broadway musical "The Music Man".
Wolfgang Windgrassen(1914-1974), French tenor, he made his debut at Pforzheimas Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly. After army service he became a member of the Bayreuth opera company, and succeeded his father as principal tenor. He is generally regarded as the most accomplished Wagner tenor of the past half 20th century.
Hugo (Philpp Jakob) Wolf(1860-1903), Austrian composer of Slovene origin, particularly noted for his art songs(Lieder). He begam to study violin and piano with his father, then attended the Vienna Conservatory, but later he was expelled. He served as assistant and chorus master at the Salzburg Opera, he is famed for his many beautiful songs, he composed 3 operas, instrumental music, songs(Lieder). Today he is generally ranked among the few foremost composers of Lieder.
Sir Henry Joseph Wood(1869-1944), English conductor, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and later taught there. He conducted Royalty Theater, in 1985 he founded and conducted Queen's Hall Promenade Concerts(known as "The Proms") until his death, he also founded the Nottingham Orchestra in 1899. He was knighted in 1911.
Jozef Rufin Wybicki(1747-1822), Polish general, poet and political figure. In 1797 he wrote "Mazurek Dabrowskiego"(Dabrowski Mazurka), which in 1927 was adopted as the national anthem of Poland. He was counsellor of Military Section of Provisional Temporary Council during Kosciuszko Uprising.