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KARL AMADEUS HARTMANN  

(1905 - 1963)

Karl Amadeus Hartmann was born in Munich on 2nd August 1905. He studied at the Academy of Music in Munich with Josef Haas, then became a student of Hermann Scherchen, and later of Anton Webern in Vienna. His first international success dates from 1935, when his symphony “Miserae” received its première at the Prague International Music Festival. A year later his first string quartet won first prize in the Carillon-Genf competition, and in 1939 audiences heard his Symphony “L’Oeuvre”.

During the years of World War II, little was heard of Hartmann outside Germany, but he continued to compose extensively. He was one of the first German artists to profess his pacifist creed and with a small group of his friends engaged in an underground resistance against the oppressive Nazi regime. His First Symphony (revised twice after the war) uses poems by the American, Walt Whitman. After the war, he cofounded a series of contemporary music concerts under the name of Musica Viva, in order to promote the music of composers who had suffered censorship during the Hitler regime.

In 1952 he was elected a member of the German Academy of Fine Arts and soon after became president of the German section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. Hartmann died in Munich on 5th December 1963. He left eight symphonies and other works for orchestra, two string quartets, vocal and chamber works. Musicologist Alfred Leonard summarized Hartmann’s music as follows: “It leaves an impression of deep seriousness, of contemplation rather than action, of widerange ideas, of never-flagging intensity, of a passion that carries the listener from climax to climax. This music knows hardly any relaxation, and its predominantly small tone steps lend it extraordinary tension.”

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Role: Classical Artist 
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Role: Classical Composer 
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BERG / HINDEMITH / HARTMANN: Piano Sonatas / SCHOENBERG: 3 Piano Pieces Naxos
8.570401
Instrumental
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 6 / HARTMANN: Symphony No. 6 SWR Classic
CD93.051
Orchestral
HARTMANN, K.A.: Concerto funebre / Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4 (Spivakov, Cologne Gurzenich, Conlon) Capriccio
C10893
Concerto, Orchestral
HARTMANN, K.A.: Piano Concerto / Violin Concerto / Symphonische Hymnen (Bergmann, Schneiderhan, Bavarian Radio Symphony, R. Kubelík) Orfeo
C718071B
Concerto, Orchestral
HARTMANN, K.A.: Simplicius Simplicissimus (Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2005) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101255
Opera DVD
HARTMANN, K.A.: Simplicius Simplicissimus [Opera] (C. Nylund, C. Gerhaher, Munich Radio Orchestra, U. Schirmer) BR-Klassik
403571900301
Opera
HARTMANN, K.A.: Sinfonia tragica / Concerto for Viola and Piano (Masurenko, Zichner, Berlin Radio Symphony, Janowski) Capriccio
C71112
Orchestral, Concerto
MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concerto No. 4 / Symphony No. 8 / HARTMANN, K.A.: Suite No. 2 / Concerto funebre (Kim, Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic, Inkinen) Oehms Classics
OC512
Concerto, Instrumental
Violin and Double Concertos - SMYTH, E. / VÍTĚZSLAVA K. / HARTMANN, K.A. / MARTINŮ, B. (EntArteOpera Festival) (Irnberger, Salomon, Sieghart) Gramola Records
Gramola99098
Concerto
Violin Music (German) - PFITZNER, H. / HARTMANN, K.A. / ZIMMERMANN, B.A. (Lautenbacher, Faerber, Köhler, Wich) Vox Box
CDX-5134
Concerto
Vocal Music - DALLAPICCOLA, L. / HARTMANN, K.A. / SCHWEINITZ, W. von (Barainsky, Erdmann, Soffel, Henschel, Bauni, Reimann) (Lieder) Orfeo
C558061A
Vocal
Role: Lyricist 
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