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Karl Höller (Composer)

Born: July 25, 1907 - Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
Died: April 14, 1987 - Hausham, Upper Bavaria, Germany

The German composer and teacher, Karl Höller, received training in piano, organ, and cello in Bamberg. He then was a student of Zilcher (composition) at the Würzburg Conservatory and of Joseph Haas and Waltershausen (composition), Gatscher (organ), and Hausegger (conducting) at the Munich Academy of Music. He also took courses with Sandberger at the University of Munich.

After teaching at the Munich Academy of Music from 1933 to 1937 and the Frankfurt am Main Hochschule für Musik from 1937 to 1946), Karl Höller taught from 1949 to 1972 a master-class in composition at the Munich Hochschule für Musik, where he also served as its president from 1954 to 1972. In 1955 he became a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts and in 1958 honorary member of the Bavarian Academy of fine Arts. His compositional style owed much to late Romanticism.

Works

Orchestral:
Organ Concerto (1930; revised 1966)
Hymnen über gregorianische Choral-melodien (1932-1934)
Chamber Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra (1934; revised 1958)
Symphonische Phantasie über thema von Frescobaldi (1935; revised 1965)
2 violin concertos (1938, revised 1964; 1947-1948)
Passacaglia und Fuge (1939)
Heroische Musik (1940)
2 cello concertos (1940-1941; 1949)
2 symphonies (1942-1946; 1973)
Sweelinck Variationen "Mein junges Lebe hat ein End" (1950-1951)
Piano Concerto (1973)

Chamber:
8 violin sonatas (1929, revised 1968; 1942; 1943; 1944; 1945; 1946; 1947; 1949)
Piano Quartet (1930; revised 1955)
6 string quartets (1938, revised 1966; 1945; 1947; 1947; 1948; 1949)
Cello Sonata (1943; also for Viola and Clarinet, 1967)
Piano Trio (1944; also for Harp, Violin, and Cello, 1966)
Trio Sonata (1946; also as Concerto Grosso for 2 Violins and Piano, 1965)
2 flute sonatas (1947, 1948)
Viola Sonata, "in memoriam
Paul Hindemith" (1967)

Piano:
Zwei leine Sonaten for Piano, 4 Hands (1943)
3 small sonatas (1946)
Tessiner Klavierbuch (1961)

Vocal:
Missa brevis (1929)
Weihnachts- und Passionmusik (1932)
Requiem (1932)
Tenebrae factae, Good Fiday motet (1937)

 

Source: Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997); Classical Composers Database
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (March 2008)

Use of Chorale Melodies in his works

Title

Chorale Melody

Year

Chorale Variations on Helft mir Gottes Güte preisen and Jesu meine Freude Op. 22

Jesu, meine Freude

1936

O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen, Partita on the Choral for organ, Op. 1

O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen

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