Walter Braunfels

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Born: 19 December 1882 — Köln — Germany
Died: 19 March 1954 — Köln — Germany
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Worklist in German

(Source: Ute Jung: Walter Braunfels. Regensburg 1980)

Stage Works

  • Op. 3 "Falada", Märchenoper nach Karl Wolfskehl (1905), Fragment
  • Op. 6 "Der goldene Topf", Märchenoper nach E. T. A. Hoffmann (1906), Fragment
  • Op. 11 "Was ihr wollt" (Shakespeare), Schauspielmusik (1908), Klavierauszug
  • Op. 12 "Prinzessin Brambilla", Phantasiestück nach E.T.A. Hoffmann (1908)
  • Op. 14 "Macbeth" (Shakespeare), Schauspielmusik (1909), Fragment
  • Op. 30 "Die Vögel", Lyrisch-phantastisches Spiel in 2 Aufzügen nach Aristophanes (1919)
  • Op. 35 "Don Gil von den grünen Hosen", Musikalische Komödie in 3 Aufzügen nach Tirso de Molina (1923)
  • Op. 39 "Der gläserne Berg" (Elsner-Örtel), Weihnachtsmärchen (1928)
  • Op. 40 "Galathea", griechisches Märchen nach Silvia Baltus (1929)
  • Op. 50 "Verkündigung" (P. Claudel), Mysterium in 1 Vorspiel und 4 Akten (1935)
  • Op. 51 "Der Traum ein Leben", dramatisches Märchen in 1 Vorspiel, 3 Aufzügen und 1 Nachspiel (1937)
  • Op. 57 "Die heilige Johanna" (Braunfels), Handlung in 1 Vorspiel und 3 Aufzügen (1943)
  • Op. 71 "Der Zauberlehrling", Tanzballade für das Fernsehen nach J. W. v. Goethe (1952)
  • Op. 72 "Das Spiel von der Auferstehung des Herrn", nach dem Alsfelder Passionsspiel von H. Reinhart (1954)

Choral Works

  • Op. 17 "Offenbarung Johannis", für Tenor-Solo, Doppelchor und gr. Orchester (1909)
  • Op. 28 "Die Ammenuhr", für Knabenchor und Orchester (1919)
  • Op. 32 "Te Deum", für gem. Chor, ST-Soli, gr. Orchester und Orgel (1921)
  • Op. 37 "Große Messe", für gem. Chor, SATB-Soli, Knabenchor gr. Orchester und Orgel (1926)
  • Op. 37b "Kleine Messe" (Kurzfassung von Op. 37 für kleine Chöre mit Introitus und Graduale)
  • Op. 41 Zwei Männerchöre: 1. "Sonnenuntergang" (Hölderlin), 2. verschollen (1925)
  • Op. 45 "Adventskantate", für Bariton, Chor und Orchester (1933)
  • Op. 52 "Weihnachtskantate", für Sopran, Bariton, Chor und Orchester (1937)
  • Op. 54 "Passionskantate", für Bariton, Chor und Orchester (1943)
  • Op. 56 "Osterkantate", für Sopran, Chor und Orchester (1944)

Orchestral Works

  • Op. 15 Symphonische Variationen über ein altfranzösisches Kinderlied (1909)
  • Op. 18 "Ariels Gesang" (Shakespeare), für kleines Orchester (1910)
  • Op. 20 Serenade Es-Dur, für kleines Orchester (1914)
  • Op. 22 "Carnevals-Ouvertüre", Ouvertüre zur Oper "Prinzessin Brambilla" Op. 12 (1911)
  • Op. 25 Phantastische Erscheinungen eines Themas von Hector Berlioz (1917)
  • Op. 34 Don Juan-Variationen, klassisch-romantische Phantasmagorie für großes Orchester (1924)
  • Op. 36 Präludium und Fuge, für großes Orchester (1925)
  • Op. 42 Divertimento für Radio-Orchester (UA 1932), verbrannt
  • Op. 43 2 Weihnachtsmärchen für Schulorchester, verschollen (gleiche Opus-Nummer für ein Orgeltoccata vergeben)
  • Op. 48 Suite e-moll, für Orchester (1936)
  • Op. 68 "Musik für Streichorchester", mit 2 Hörnern, Solo-Violine und -Viola (1947)
  • Op. 69 Sinfonia Brevis, für Orchester (1948)

Concerts

  • Op. 8 "Hexensabbat", für Klavier und Orchester (1906), verschollen
  • Op. 21 Konzert für Klavier und Orchester A-Dur (1911)
  • Op. 38 Konzert für Orgel, Knabenchor, Streichorchester und vier Blechbläser (1927)
  • Op. 47 "Schottische Phantasie", für Viola und Orchester
  • Op. 49 Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester, unvollendet
  • Op. 64 Konzertstück, für Klavier und Orchester (1946)
  • Op. 70 "Hebridentänze", für Klavier und Orchester (1951)

Songs with Orchestra

  • Op. 19 "Chinesische Gesänge" (H. Bethge), für hohe Stimme und Orchester (1914)
  • Op. 26 "Auf ein Soldatengrab" (H. Hesse), für Bariton und Orchester (1915), verschollen
  • Op. 27 2 Hölderlin-Gesänge, davon erhalten: "An die Parzen" (1918)
  • Op. 53 "Die Gott minnende Seele", Liederkreis nach Mechthild v. Magdeburg, für Sopran und Kammerorchester (1936)
  • Op. 58 "Romantische Gesänge", nach 5 Gedichten von Brentano und Eichendorff, für hohe Stimme und Orchester (1942)
  • Op. 59 "Der Tod der Kleopatra", Konzertszene für Sopran und Orchester (1944)
  • Op. 62 "Von der Liebe süß’ und bittrer Frucht", Gesänge nach dem Japanischen, für Sopran und Orchester (1945)
  • Op. 65 "Trauer-, Tanz- und Werbelieder", für Koloratursopran, Kammerchor, Kammerorchester und Cembalo (1952), verschollen

Songs with Piano

  • Op. 1 Sechs Gesänge (Wolfskehl, Wenghöfer, St. George), (UA 1913)
  • Op. 2 Lieder im Volkston, verschollen
  • Op. 4 Sechs Gesänge (Hölderlin, Hebbel, Hessel, Goethe)
  • Op. 7 "Federspiel", aus "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" (1905)
  • Op. 13 "Nachklänge Beethovenscher Musik" (Brentano) (1910)
  • Op. 29 3 Goethe-Lieder (1916/17)
  • Op. 44 2 Carossa-Lieder (1932)

Piano Works

  • Op. 5 Bagatellen (UA 1908)
  • Op. 9 Scherzo für 2 Klaviere (1905), verschollen
  • Op. 10 Studien (1908)
  • Op. 16 Lyrischer Kreis - 7 Stücke (UA 1912)
  • Op. 24 Kleine Stücke, für 4 Hände (2 Klaviere)
  • Op. 31 Vor- und Zwischenspiele (1920)
  • Op. 33 Präludien (1921)
  • Op. 46 Variationen über ein altfranzösisches Kinderlied, für 2 Klaviere (1946)
  • Op. 54b "Kleine Kette für Michael", 6 Klavierstücke (1938)

Chamber Works

  • Op. 60 1. Streichquartett a-moll "Verkündigungsquartett" (1944)
  • Op. 61 2. Streichquartett F-Dur (1944)
  • Op. 63 Streichquintett fis-moll, für 2 Violinen, Viola, 2 Violoncelli (1945)
  • Op. 67 3. Streichquartett e-moll (1947)

Life

Braunfels got his first musical instructions by his mother, a great-niece of Louis Spohr and friend of Liszt and Clara Schumann. 12 years old he studied the piano with James Kwast (who also taught Hans Pfitzner) at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. Later he became a student of law and economics at the University of Munich until a performance of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde brought a change of direction. So in 1902 he went to Vienna for one year to study the piano with Theodor Leschetizky and performed successful for many years. (As late as 1949 he performed Beethoven’s Diabelli-Variations in Radio.) Back in Munich he studied composition with Ludwig Thuille, head of the Munich School. In 1925 a fruitful period began as co-director of the newly constituted Cologne Hochschule für Musik. During the Third Reich Braunfels had to give up his post on account of being half-jewish. Though his works were banned he decided to stay in Germany and continue to compose. After the war he was asked to rebuild the Cologne Hochschule whose president he became in 1947. He retired in 1950.

Great artists performed Braunfels’s works including Walter, Abendroth, Furtwängler, Jochum, Klemperer and Wand. So in 1920 when Bruno Walter premiered the Opera "Die Vögel" (Aristophanes) this was Braunfels’s breakthrough. In the 1920s he was ranked as one of Germany’s leading opera composers next to Strauss and Schreker. During the Nazi-regime he worked with Paul Claudel on the Opera "Verkündigung". A cycle of religious cantatas (Advent, Christmas, Passion, and Easter) confirmed his belief in Christian humanism. His late works, e.g. the chamber music of the 40s, are much more restrained but of great beauty, comparable to Beethoven’s last quartets. There are works like the Sinfonia Brevis (1948) which show an expressive linearity very near to Hindemith but Braunfels was a romantic by heart till his end. Seen as old-fashioned in post-war Germany he was largely forgotten after his death.

Since the 1990 a modest revival of his work has taken place including some recordings. A thorough Live and Works appeared in 1980 written by Ute Jung.

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