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WERNER EGK - COMPOSER
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Original 3” x 5” autographed photograph of the composer conducting a recording session from record producer James Mallinson’s collection.

Egk (1901-1983) historically was a first rate composer who remained in Germany during World War II.  A close competitor of Carl Orff, he never joined the Nazi Party, though he did compose for them. His best remembered work, the 1938 opera “Peer Gynt” was heard by both Hitler and Goeebels and praised.  Goebbels awarded him a gold medal and 10,000 Marks for the compositions “Olympische Festmusik für orchester” and “Waffentanz” written for the 1936 Olympics.  He was exonerated of collaboration with the Nazi’s by a tribunal in 1947.

Egk was the stage name of Werner Mayer.  An acronym of his wife’s combined name, Elizabeth Karl. He studied piano with Anna Hirzel-Langenham and composition with his future competitor Carl Orff at the Munich Hoschule für Musik.  He established himself in Munich after graduating from the Conservatory.  While he composed music in a wide number of genres, his first love was opera and ballet and he composed several of each, but also significantly worked as a conductor in opera houses. (He also composed works for puppet theatre.)   From 1938-1941 during the War, he was a leading conductor at the Berlin Staatsoper.  From 1941-1945 he was the head of the German Union of Composers.  He was absolved by the tribunal in 1947 and from 1950-1953 he was the Dirigent of the Berlin Hocschule für Musik.

As a composer Egk was prolific, 7 operas written between 1933 and 1963, 4 full ballets between 1940 and 1969.  While he did write orchestra music, his output included his Kleine Symphonie and then sonatas, concertos, suites and other shorter works for orchestra.  His chamber works were largely early including a piano trio and a string quintet as well as songs.

An originalist composer of superb quality!