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Wolpe, Stefan

Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1972 AD
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.