Alexander von Zemlinsky

Alexander von Zemlinsky Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    14th October 1871
  • Died
    15th March 1942
  • Birthplace
    Vienna, Austria

Alexander Zemlinsky or Alexander von Zemlinsky was an Austrian composer, conductor, and teacher. Zemlinsky was born in Vienna to a highly multicultural family. Alexander studied the piano from a young age. He played the organ in his synagogue on holidays, and was admitted to the Vienna Conservatory in 1884. Zemlinsky also met Arnold Schoenberg when the latter joined Polyhymnia, an orchestra in which he played cello and helped found in 1895. The two became close friends and later mutual admirers and brothers-in-law when Schoenberg married his sister Mathilde. Zemlinsky gave Schoenberg lessons in counterpoint, thus becoming the only formal music teacher Schoenberg would have. In 1897 Zemlinsky's Symphony No. 2 (chronologically the third he had written, and sometimes numbered as such) was a success when premiered in Vienna. His reputation as a composer was further helped when Gustav Mahler conducted the premiere of his opera Es war einmal (Once Upon a Time) at the Hofoper in 1900. In 1899 Zemlinsky secured the post of Kapellmeister at Vienna's Carltheater.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Lieder, Op.2 Compilation Voice(s) and Piano
Ländliche Tänze, Op.1 Dance Piano
Fantasien über Gedichte von Richard Dehmel, Op.9 Fantasy Piano
Der Zwerg, Op.17 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Eine florentinische Tragödie, Op.16 Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Kleider machen Leute Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Sarema Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
4 Gesänge, Op.8 Piece Voice(s) and Piano
5 Gesänge, Op.7 Piece Voice(s) and Piano
6 Songs after Poems by Maeterlinck, Op.13 Piece Voice(s) and Piano
Gesänge, Op.5 Piece Voice(s) and Piano
String Quartet No.1, Op.4 Quartet String Quartet
String Quartet No.2, Op.15 Quartet String Quartet
Psalm 23, Op.14 Sacred Mass Choir and Orchestra
Cello Sonata Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
Ehetanzlied, Op.10 Song Voice(s) and Piano
Walzer-Gesänge, Op.6 Song Voice(s) and Piano
Clarinet Trio, Op.3 Trio Chamber group