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JOSEPH MESSNER - ORGANIST

Autographed 4” x 6” real photograph of the Austrian organist at a 4 manual German Romantic organ, but not the Salzburg Dom where he was the long time organist and choir director.

The Tyrolean born Messner (1893-1969) moved to Salzburg to study music in 1905 at the Kapellhaus. While in high school he also attended the Mozarteum.  He finished his studies at the Munich Conservatory with composer Friedrich Klose and organist Josef Becht.  In 1922 after a concert of his music, the Archbishop of Salzburg appointed him 2nd organist at the Salzburg Dom.  In 1926 he was appointed the Salzburg Dom Choir Master and Organist.  His organ works were so popular that several German towns held Joseph Messner Festivals and in 1924 the town of Duisberg held “Joseph Messner Days”.

In 1934 Messner appeared as the cathedral conductor in a film entitled “The Immortal Song” about the origin of the Christmas Carol “Silent Night” which is linked to Salzburg as Gruber wrote it in the suburbs of the town. 

Messner supported the annexation of Austria and changed his composition style from “dissonance” to “pleasant sounds” to suit the new overlords.  His allegiances were to effect his life after the War.  Two examples of how his political choice changed his life for the worse include, in 1946 when the rector position came open at the Mozarteum and he was the natural choice, he was denied.  Still a problem in 1968 his collection of Dom concerts planned for the Salzburg Festspiele were dropped from the official program.  That said, the Church never removed him from his position.

As a composer, Messner wrote a variety of works including, three symphonies and smaller symphonic works, the incidental music for “Jedermann” at the Salzburg Festspiele in 1926 and re-wrote new music in 1960, 3 operas, a musical, several Masses and smaller choral works with orchestra, or organ, 3 concertos, the official Salzburg Festspiele fanfare for brass band, works for wind ensemble, a string quartet, solo piano and organ works and songs.  

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