Genzmer belongs to the most important composers of
the 20th century. Always being sceptical towards the dogmatism
of the vanguard trend and thus following his teacher Paul
Hindemith, he represents a music which is aimed to directly
address the player as well as the listener. Genzmer says about
his attitude "Music should be vital, artistic and understandable.
It shall reach the interpreter as being practical, then the
listener as being understandable."
Genzmer was born in Bremen/Germany on
9th February 1909. Crucial impulses for his artistic path
came through encountering the works of Paul Hindemith, by
whom he started to study composition in Berlin in 1928.
Following extensive activities in different
areas of the musical world Genzmer was finally appointed teacher
for composition at the newly founded high school for music
in Freiburg i.Br. in 1946.
In 1957 he was appointed professor for composition in Munich
where he is living since then.
Genzmer was and is a passionate teacher,
and he can base this on an unusual and manifold Œuvre
of composing, on an enormous knowledge and admiration of and
respect for the history of music, on a superbly creative capability
and composing competence, as well as on an amazing knowledge
of other disciplines such as literature, art or natural science.
He was influenced by many composers, for example Debussy,
Hindemith, Bartók and Strawinsky, but as a composer
he found his own style, his own language and expressed this
in a manifold of musical forms. Indeed, the catalogue of Genzmer
is very rich, contains pieces for orchestra, compositions
for voices as well as chamber music for all instruments. Remarkable
is the significance of the concerto genre. For Genzmer a concerto
is ideal to show the individualism of the musician as well
as the characteristics of the different instruments. Harald
Genzmer shows an admirable knowledge of using these possibilities
as well as an understanding of the task the musician has to
accomplish. In addition he has a nearly unfailing fantasy
and vitality in discovering and experimenting with new methods,
which give his music their own liveliness and timbre. Genzmer
once said "The principle of composing is also service
for the mankind".
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