Erik Werba

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Erik Werba (born May 23, 1918 in Baden , Lower Austria ; † April 9, 1992 in Hinterbrühl , Lower Austria) was an Austrian composer and pianist .

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Erik Werba was the son of the Graz- born composer, music director and vice-president of the Austro-Hungarian Musicians Association Ludwig Werba (1884–1945), founded in 1896 , who was victim of an air raid on April 2, 1945 in Baden near Vienna ( Brenekgasse 2).

After graduating from high school in Baden in 1936, Erik Werba attended the Academy for Music and Performing Arts as well as the University of Vienna , where he received his doctorate in 1940. phil. received his doctorate . Werba then worked as a music critic and headed the Mozart community after the Second World War. In addition to his work as a music consultant and secondary school teacher, he specialized in piano accompaniment .

The appointment as an unscheduled civil servant (teacher) in 1940 resulted in a political appraisal, which was initially positive in the National Socialist sense. Shortly thereafter, however, the Gestapo and the NSDAP raised serious concerns about Werba, who had proven his political unreliability in particular by signing a manuscript with an alias .

From 1945 to 1946 Werba was Kapellmeister at the Stadttheater Baden , from 1949 to 1990 he was professor for song and oratorio at the Vienna Music Academy , from 1964 to 1971 also at the Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Graz (established in 1963) . He gained international fame as the accompanist of prominent singers such as Irmgard Seefried , Christa Ludwig , Walter Berry , Kim Borg , Peter Schreier and Nicolai Gedda . He also taught song accompaniment in Salzburg, Ghent, Stockholm, Tokyo and Helsinki. He was also active in the editorial offices of the Mozart community's newsletter “Figaro”, the “ Austrian Music Journal ” and the “Music Education” periodical. He also emerged as a composer of stage and chamber music as well as songs.

Erik Werba was buried for rest in the Maria Enzersdorf cemetery.


  • Ich bin .. , for high voice and piano (1936)
  • Bow your head , for high voice and piano (1936)
  • I sat in front of a dark forest , for high voice and piano (1936)

Work (selection)

  • Roland Tenschert, -: Richard Strauss on his 85th birthday . Gerlach, Vienna 1949, OBV .
  • - (Ed.): Tenor album from the repertoire of Julius Patzak . (Music printing). Doblinger, Vienna 1951, OBV .
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , - (Ed.): Baritone-Bass-Album. 17 arias, songs and monologues from operatic works . (Music printing). Doblinger, Vienna 1953, OBV .
  • Josef Marx , a study . Österreichischer Bundesverlag, Vienna 1962, OBV .
  • -, Wolfgang Kraus (Hrsg.): Hugo Wolf or Der zornige Romantiker . Molden, Vienna (among others) 1971, OBV .
  • Erich Marckhl . Lafite, Vienna 1972, OBV .
  • Hugo Wolf and his songs . Österreichischer Bundesverlag, Vienna 1984, OBV .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ K .:  Baden city news. In memoriam Ludwig Werba. In:  Badener Zeitung , No. 32/1945 (LVI. Volume), July 14, 1945, p. 3, top left (online at ANNO ).Template: ANNO / Maintenance / bzt
  2. May 21, 1968: Erik Werba's 50th birthday
  3. Erik Werba: The role and importance of the singer in Homer, Hesiod and Pindar . Dissertation. University of Vienna, Vienna 1940, OBV .
  4. a b Franziska Dzugan: Chameleons in the forest of leaves. The roots of the ÖVP party journalists in Austrofascism, National Socialism, democracy and resistance. A collective biographical analysis using the examples “ Wiener Tageszeitung ” and “ Linzer Volksblatt ” 1945 and 1947 to 1955, respectively . Dissertation. University of Vienna, Vienna 2011, p. 171. - Full text online (PDF; 1.4 MB) .
  5. "Seefried, Ludwig, Berry and Borg were the singers with whom I have traveled the world." - Erik Werba in an older studio interview, broadcast on May 24, 2018 in Listening to Voices on Ö1
  6. ^ Working group for music education in Austria (AGMÖ): Music education with AGMÖ news . AGMÖ, Vienna 1947/48–, OBV .
  7. ^ Austrian Cartel Association (ed.): Erik Werba . In: , accessed on November 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Inscription Deutschordenshof, Singerstraße: Erik Werba 1960 (accessed June 11, 2014)