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Wolpe, Stefan

Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1972 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Composers


1902 - Born in August 25th in Berlin. German composer in Palestine and America.

1916 - Received instruction in piano and theory.

1920 - Wolpe was already recognized as a "phenomenal pianist" by those who knew him; he was to remain a pianist at heart, always having a preference for its crisp tones.

1933 - He left Berlin, arriving practically penniless in Vienna where he met, was befriended by, and studied with Anton v. Webern.

1934 - He became head of the composition department at the Conservatory of Jerusalem.

1938 - He was a student of Ferruccio Busoni, Anton v. Webern and Hermann Scherchen.

1939 - He left Palestine and emigrated to the United States, via Brussels.

1948 - Wolpe founded the Contemporary Music School in New York City whose alumni are composers of music both classical and jazz.

1949 - Received the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

1955 - He was chairman of the music department at C.W. Post College of Long Island University.

1972 - He was plagued with the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease to which he finally succumbed on April 4th in New York City.


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