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Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian composer. Decorated Commander Order British Empire; Great Golden Insignia of Honor (Austria); Knight Commander of Order St. Gregory; recipient Great Austrian State prize, 1961. Fellow of the Royal Danish Academy, British Academy.

Background

Wellesz, Egon Joseph was born on October 21, 1885 in Vienna, Austria. Son of S. Wellesz and Ilona.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, U. Vienna, 1908. Fellow Lincoln College. Doctor of Music (honorary), University of Oxford, 1932.

Harvard visiting scholar, Dumbarton Oaks, 1954, 56-57.

Career

Privat dozent U. Vienna, 1913-1929, professor, 1929-1938. Lecturer, reader faculty of music University of Oxford, 1938-1956. Lecturer Yale, Columbia, University of California, University of Southern California, 1954, Princeton, Library Congress, 1957.

Vice president Consociation International Musicae Sacrae, 1964.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer operas: Die Prinzessin Girnara, 1921, Alkestis, 1924, Die Bakchantinnen, 1931, Incognita, 1951, others, also symphonic music, 9 string guartets, 9 symphonies. Author: Eastern Elements in Western Chant, 1947. A History of Byzantine Music and Hymnography, 1949, review edit., 1962.

      Editor: New Oxford History of Music Vols.

Membership

Fellow of the Royal Danish Academy, British Academy.

Connections

Married Emmy Stross, August 23, 1908. Children: Magda Pole, Elizabeth Maria Kessler.

father:
S. Wellesz Ilona

mother:
Ilona

spouse:
Emmy Stross

children:
Magda Pole Wellesz

Elizabeth Maria Kessler Wellesz