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Wilhelm  Killmayer

Born: August 21st, 1927
Died: August 20th, 2017
Country of origin: Germany
Upcoming :
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2017-09-29 | München (Germany), Residenz, Herkulessaal — 20:00
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal

A single note is very precious for me - like a crystal or a flower. (Wilhelm Killmayer)

Wilhelm Killmayer was born in Munich on 21 August 1927. He spent his early childhood in Mitterndorf near Dachau, but subsequently moved to Munich with his family on the death of his father. Killmayer received regular piano tuition from the age of six. After passing his Abitur, he studied conducting and composition at Hermann Wolfgang von Waltershausen’s Musikseminar in Munich (1945-1951). Alongside courses in musicology given by Rudolf von Ficker and Walter Riezler, Killmayer simultaneously undertook private studies with Carl Orff (1951-1953) and subsequently entered his master class at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Munich (1953/54). From 1955, Killmayer taught music theory and counterpoint at the Trappsches Konservatorium in Munich and was employed by the Bavarian State Opera as ballet conductor between 1961 and 1964. After two scholarship sojourns in Rome in the Villa Massimo (1958 and 1965/66), Killmayer became a freelance composer and settled in Frankfurt am Main in 1968. He was appointed as professor of composition at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich in 1973. After becoming emeritus professor in 1992, Killmayer divided his time between Munich and Lake Chiemsee.

As early as the post-war decades, the young composer had turned his back on the theoretical dogmas of serial music and developed his own personal style born primarily out of his study of 19th century musical traditions. Orchestral works such as Nachtgedanken (1973), the three Sinfonien (“Fogli”, 1968; “Ricordanze”, 1968/69 and “Menschen-Los”, 1972/73 rev. 1988) and the three Kammermusiken (The woods so wilde, 1970; Schumann in Endenich, 1972 and Kindertage, 1973) were created within the conflicting fields of ostinato repeats of individual motives and rhythms and a frequently radical reduction of compositional devices. In his stage works La Buffonata (1959/60) and Yolimba (new version 1970), both set to texts by Tankred Dorst, Killmayer enabled the stylistic mediums of parody and musical humour to permeate the realms of contemporary music.

The individual note and its melodic power lie at the core of Wilhelm Killmayer’s aesthetics. The voice is the most natural medium for melody and this concept was borne out by Killmayer in many of his vocal compositions. During the 1980s, he composed the three cycles of Hölderlin Lieder which exist in two versions with either piano or orchestral accompaniment, subsequently followed by the Eichendorff Lieder (1991), Trakl Lieder (1993 and 1996) and Härtling Lieder (1993). In 2006, Killmayer composed a setting of Heinrich Heine’s ballad Ali Bey, and a year later Eduard Mörike’s Der Feuerreiter.

In 1954, Killmayer was awarded the prize by the Music Foundation in Chicago for his Missa brevis. In 1957, he received the Kulturpreis from the City of Munich for Une leçon de français and in 1965 the Prix Italia. Killmayer was awarded a scholarship by the Cité des Arts in Paris and participated in the Rostrum of Composers, also in Paris, in 1974 with his Sinfonia 1 “Fogli”. In 1989, he received the Paul Hindemith Prize under the auspices of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, in 1993 the Bayerische Maximiliansorden for Science and Art and in 2010 the chamber music prize presented by the Christoph und Stephan Kaske Foundation.

Killmayer has been a full member of the Bavarian Akademie der Schönen Künste (since 1972) and the Berlin Akademie der Künste (since 1980).

1927
Born in Munich on 21 August, the son of the district senior teacher Wilhelm Killmayer who died in 1932
Spends his childhood in Mitterndorf near Dachau until 1932, lives in Munich from 1932
1933
Piano lessons
1934
Primary education at a “Volksschule”
1937
Secondary education at the Maximiliansgymnasium in Munich (= grammar school emphasing classical languages)
1945
Studies composition and conducting with H.W. von Waltershausen
1947
Final exams at the Munich grammar school after an interruption in his education due to the war
1949
Studies at the university, main subject: musicology (von Ficker, Riezler); subsidiary subjects: German studies, Italian
1951
Private lessons with Carl Orff
1953
Attends the master class of Carl Orff at the Staatliche Hochschule, Munich
1954
Prize of the Fromm Music Foundation, Chicago, for "Missa Brevis"
1955
Teacher of theory and counterpoint at the Trapp Conservatory in Munich
1957
Culture Prize of Munich
1958
First stay in Rome; Villa Massimo scholarship, Rome
1961
Ballet conductor at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich
1965
Prix Italia for "Une leçon de français"
1965-66
Second stay in Rome; Villa Massimo scholarship, Rome
1968
Moves to Frankfurt/Main
1970
Stay in Paris; Scholarship of the Cité des Arts, Paris
1972
Full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Art
1973
Professor of composition at Munich's Staatliche Hochschule für Musik
1974
Rostrum of Composers, Paris, for "Symphony No. 1"
1975
Moves to Munich
1980
Member of the Berlin Academy of Art
1983
Birth of the twins Felix and Ferdinand
1989
Marries Martina Soll
1990
Birth of his daughter Susanna Caecilie
1993
Member of the Bavarian Maximilian Order of Science and Art
2010
Prize of the Christoph und Stephan Kaske Foundation. Wilhelm Killmayer lives in Munich and Frasdorf
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2017-09-29 | München (Germany), Residenz, Herkulessaal — 20:00
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal

Gallery

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  • Sept Rondeaux
    4. Le temps a laissié son manteau
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSAAA)
    Language: French
    €1.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Sept Rondeaux
    6. Les petits enfançonnets "Quant n'ont assez fait"
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSMezAA)
    Language: French
    €1.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Sept Rondeaux
    7. Retour de Melancolie "En verrai ge jamais"
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSAAA)
    Language: French
    €2.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Laudatu II
    "Laudatu si mi signore per sora nostra"
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: score
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SSAATTB); organ ad lib.
    Language: Old Italian
    €2.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Sept Rondeaux
    1. La vraie histoire de douleur "Dedens mon Livre de Pensee"
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSAAA)
    Language: French
    €1.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Sept Rondeaux
    3. Le tourment caché "Plus penser que dire"
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSAAA)
    Language: French
    €1.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Sept Rondeaux
    5. Dans la maison de doleur
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSAAA)
    Language: French
    €1.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Sept Rondeaux
    2. Les fourriers d'Esté sont venus
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSMezAA)
    Language: French
    €1.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Neue Sprichwörter und Geschichten
    1. Drei Kanons
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB)
    Language: German
    €2.99
    Incl. 19% Tax

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A single note is very precious for me - like a crystal or a flower. (Wilhelm Killmayer)

Wilhelm Killmayer was born in Munich on 21 August 1927. He spent his early childhood in Mitterndorf near Dachau, but subsequently moved to Munich with his family on the death of his father. Killmayer received regular piano tuition from the age of six. After passing his Abitur, he studied conducting and composition at Hermann Wolfgang von Waltershausen’s Musikseminar in Munich (1945-1951). Alongside courses in musicology given by Rudolf von Ficker and Walter Riezler, Killmayer simultaneously undertook private studies with Carl Orff (1951-1953) and subsequently entered his master class at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Munich (1953/54). From 1955, Killmayer taught music theory and counterpoint at the Trappsches Konservatorium in Munich and was employed by the Bavarian State Opera as ballet conductor between 1961 and 1964. After two scholarship sojourns in Rome in the Villa Massimo (1958 and 1965/66), Killmayer became a freelance composer and settled in Frankfurt am Main in 1968. He was appointed as professor of composition at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich in 1973. After becoming emeritus professor in 1992, Killmayer divided his time between Munich and Lake Chiemsee.

As early as the post-war decades, the young composer had turned his back on the theoretical dogmas of serial music and developed his own personal style born primarily out of his study of 19th century musical traditions. Orchestral works such as Nachtgedanken (1973), the three Sinfonien (“Fogli”, 1968; “Ricordanze”, 1968/69 and “Menschen-Los”, 1972/73 rev. 1988) and the three Kammermusiken (The woods so wilde, 1970; Schumann in Endenich, 1972 and Kindertage, 1973) were created within the conflicting fields of ostinato repeats of individual motives and rhythms and a frequently radical reduction of compositional devices. In his stage works La Buffonata (1959/60) and Yolimba (new version 1970), both set to texts by Tankred Dorst, Killmayer enabled the stylistic mediums of parody and musical humour to permeate the realms of contemporary music.

The individual note and its melodic power lie at the core of Wilhelm Killmayer’s aesthetics. The voice is the most natural medium for melody and this concept was borne out by Killmayer in many of his vocal compositions. During the 1980s, he composed the three cycles of Hölderlin Lieder which exist in two versions with either piano or orchestral accompaniment, subsequently followed by the Eichendorff Lieder (1991), Trakl Lieder (1993 and 1996) and Härtling Lieder (1993). In 2006, Killmayer composed a setting of Heinrich Heine’s ballad Ali Bey, and a year later Eduard Mörike’s Der Feuerreiter.

In 1954, Killmayer was awarded the prize by the Music Foundation in Chicago for his Missa brevis. In 1957, he received the Kulturpreis from the City of Munich for Une leçon de français and in 1965 the Prix Italia. Killmayer was awarded a scholarship by the Cité des Arts in Paris and participated in the Rostrum of Composers, also in Paris, in 1974 with his Sinfonia 1 “Fogli”. In 1989, he received the Paul Hindemith Prize under the auspices of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, in 1993 the Bayerische Maximiliansorden for Science and Art and in 2010 the chamber music prize presented by the Christoph und Stephan Kaske Foundation.

Killmayer has been a full member of the Bavarian Akademie der Schönen Künste (since 1972) and the Berlin Akademie der Künste (since 1980).

Works
Chronology
1927
Born in Munich on 21 August, the son of the district senior teacher Wilhelm Killmayer who died in 1932
Spends his childhood in Mitterndorf near Dachau until 1932, lives in Munich from 1932
1933
Piano lessons
1934
Primary education at a “Volksschule”
1937
Secondary education at the Maximiliansgymnasium in Munich (= grammar school emphasing classical languages)
1945
Studies composition and conducting with H.W. von Waltershausen
1947
Final exams at the Munich grammar school after an interruption in his education due to the war
1949
Studies at the university, main subject: musicology (von Ficker, Riezler); subsidiary subjects: German studies, Italian
1951
Private lessons with Carl Orff
1953
Attends the master class of Carl Orff at the Staatliche Hochschule, Munich
1954
Prize of the Fromm Music Foundation, Chicago, for "Missa Brevis"
1955
Teacher of theory and counterpoint at the Trapp Conservatory in Munich
1957
Culture Prize of Munich
1958
First stay in Rome; Villa Massimo scholarship, Rome
1961
Ballet conductor at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich
1965
Prix Italia for "Une leçon de français"
1965-66
Second stay in Rome; Villa Massimo scholarship, Rome
1968
Moves to Frankfurt/Main
1970
Stay in Paris; Scholarship of the Cité des Arts, Paris
1972
Full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Art
1973
Professor of composition at Munich's Staatliche Hochschule für Musik
1974
Rostrum of Composers, Paris, for "Symphony No. 1"
1975
Moves to Munich
1980
Member of the Berlin Academy of Art
1983
Birth of the twins Felix and Ferdinand
1989
Marries Martina Soll
1990
Birth of his daughter Susanna Caecilie
1993
Member of the Bavarian Maximilian Order of Science and Art
2010
Prize of the Christoph und Stephan Kaske Foundation. Wilhelm Killmayer lives in Munich and Frasdorf
Performances
Conductor: Jörg Widmann
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2017-09-29 | München (Germany), Residenz, Herkulessaal — 20:00
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal
Conductor: Pablo Druker
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2017-12-08 | München (Germany), Philharmonie im Gasteig, Carl Orff -Saal
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  • Sept Rondeaux
    4. Le temps a laissié son manteau
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSAAA)
    Language: French
    €1.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Sept Rondeaux
    6. Les petits enfançonnets "Quant n'ont assez fait"
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSMezAA)
    Language: French
    €1.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Sept Rondeaux
    7. Retour de Melancolie "En verrai ge jamais"
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSAAA)
    Language: French
    €2.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Laudatu II
    "Laudatu si mi signore per sora nostra"
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: score
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SSAATTB); organ ad lib.
    Language: Old Italian
    €2.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Sept Rondeaux
    1. La vraie histoire de douleur "Dedens mon Livre de Pensee"
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSAAA)
    Language: French
    €1.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Sept Rondeaux
    3. Le tourment caché "Plus penser que dire"
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSAAA)
    Language: French
    €1.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Sept Rondeaux
    5. Dans la maison de doleur
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSAAA)
    Language: French
    €1.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Sept Rondeaux
    2. Les fourriers d'Esté sont venus
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: female choir (SSSMezAA)
    Language: French
    €1.99
    Incl. 19% Tax
  • Neue Sprichwörter und Geschichten
    1. Drei Kanons
    Composer: Killmayer, Wilhelm
    Edition: choral score
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB)
    Language: German
    €2.99
    Incl. 19% Tax

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