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FRANZ SCHMIDT  

(1874 - 1939)

A piano pupil of Leschetizky and composition pupil of Bruckner, Franz Schmidt earned his living at first as a cellist in the Vienna Court Opera, where he experienced conflict with Mahler. He later taught composition at the Vienna Staatsakademie and was director of the Musikhochschule from 1927 to 1931. His work as a composer has something in common with Max Reger, particularly in music for the organ.

Stage Music

Schmidt's opera Notre Dame, based on Victor Hugo, had some success and excerpts, notably an Intermezzo, are heard in concert programmes.

Vocal and Choral Music

Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln (The Book with Seven Seals), based on the Apocalypse, has its own place among modern oratorios.

Orchestral and Chamber Music

Schmidt wrote four symphonies, Variations on a Theme of Beethoven for piano left hand and orchestra and a piano concerto for the left hand, these last, with various chamber works, for the pianist Paul Wittgenstein, brother of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who had lost his right arm in the 1914-1918 war.

Organ Music

Schmidt added considerably to the repertoire of organ music, with a series of chorale-preludes, preludes and fugues, toccatas and sets of variations.


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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ADAGIO - The Ultimate Collection Naxos
8.570015-16
Orchestral
FAMOUS AUSTRIAN COMPOSERS - STRAUSS / MOZART, W.A. / SCHUBERT, F. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / HAYDN, F.J. / HAYDN, M. / ALBRECHTSBERGER, J.G. Capriccio
C49370
Orchestral
Intermezzo: Intermezzi from Operas Naxos
8.554703
Orchestral
Intermezzo: Intermezzos from Carmen, Cavalleria Rusiticana, Pagliacci and more Naxos
8.570046
Orchestral
Organ Recital: Brembeck, Christian - CORELLI, A. / BACH, J.S. / KREBS, J.L. / KARG-ELERT, S. / REGER, M. (Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele) Oehms Classics
OC419
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Zukriegel, Gerhard - HOFHAIMER, P. / MUFFAT, G. / MOZART, W.A. / SCHMIDT, F. / BRESGEN, C. / REGER, M. (Famous European Organs) Capriccio
C10357
Instrumental
SCHMIDT, F.: Buch mit sieben Siegeln (Das) (Vogt, Zeppenfeld, Kalna, Ranch, NDR Chorus, Latvian State Choir, Hamburg Philharmonic, S. Young) Oehms Classics
OC1840
Choral - Sacred
SCHMIDT, F.: Notre Dame [Opera] Capriccio
C10248-49
Opera
SCHMIDT, F.: Notre Dame [Opera] (G. Jones, J. King, K. Moll, H.R. Laubenthal, RIAS Chamber Chorus, St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir, Perick) Capriccio
C5181
Opera
SCHMIDT, F.: Symphony No. 1 / Notre Dame Marco Polo
8.223119
Orchestral
SCHMIDT, F.: Symphony No. 1 / Notre Dame, Act I: Introduction, Interlude and Carnival Music (Malmo Symphony, Sinaisky) Naxos
8.570828
Orchestral
SCHMIDT, F.: Symphony No. 2 / Fuga Solemnis (Malmo Symphony, Sinaisky) Naxos
8.570589
Orchestral
SCHMIDT, F.: Symphony No. 3 / Chaconne (Malmo Symphony, Sinaisky) Naxos
8.572119
Orchestral
SCHMIDT, F.: Symphony No. 4 (Moralt) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80262
Orchestral
SCHMIDT, F.: Symphony No. 4 / Variations on a Hussar's Song (Malmo Symphony, Sinaisky) Naxos
8.572118
Orchestral
SCHMIDT, F.: Variations on a Hussar's Song / Fantasia / Chaconne (Stančul, Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic, Rumpf) Capriccio
C5274
Orchestral
SCHMIDT: Clarinet Quintet in A Major Marco Polo
8.223414
Chamber Music
SCHMIDT: Clarinet Quintet in B-Flat Major / Romance Marco Polo
8.223415
Chamber Music, Instrumental
Role: Lyricist 
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