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Kanitz (Ernest) papers
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Description
Correspondence, scores, recordings, and ephemeracorrespondence of Austrian emigre composer and teacher Ernest Kanitz (1894-1978). Kanitz continuously devoted himself to the systematic study of piano, theory and composition. In 1930 he founded the Vienna Women's Chorus, with which he brought new choral music to the public in Vienna, Paris, Brno and Budapest. In July 1938, Kanitz emigrated to the United States with his wife and children. Once there, he began teaching music and also appeared as conductor of various women's choruses and student orchestras. After his wife passed away from Hodgkin's disease in 1944, he moved to Los Angeles. By November 1945, he was appointed to the faculty at the USC School of Music, where he taught until his retirement in 1959.
Background
Ernst Kanitz was born April 9, 1894 in Vienna. He studied law at the University of Vienna (J.D. 1918), but continuously devoted himself to the systematic study of piano, theory and composition with Richard Heuberger (1912-1914) and Franz Schreker (1914-1920). Early successes as composer (principally the premiere of the oratorio "Das Hohelied" in 1921) aided his musical career, which also led to teaching. Beginning in 1922, he was a Professor of Theory and Analysis at the New Vienna Conservatory and had numerous private students in composition. In 1930 Kanitz founded the Vienna Women's Chorus, with which he brought new choral music to the public in Vienna, Paris, Brno and Budapest. The chorus remained in existence until Kanitz's emigration to the United States in 1938.
Extent
85.26 Linear Feet 58 boxes
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
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