Walter Lang (musician, 1896)

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Walter Lang (born August 19, 1896 in Basel , Switzerland ; † March 17, 1966 in Baden AG ) was a Swiss composer , pianist and music teacher .

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Walter Lang attended grammar school and then studied piano with Charlotte Schrameck and composition with Georg Haeser at the Basel Conservatory . He completed his piano studies with August Schmid-Lindner in Munich and Walter Frey in Zurich, and his composition studies with Émile Jaques-Dalcroze , Friedrich Klose and Volkmar Andreae .

He then worked as a music teacher at the Jaques Dalcroze Institute in Geneva , Basel and Hellerau, and from 1922 to 1941 he was a piano teacher at the Zurich Conservatory . During this time he also appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. As a soloist he mainly played piano works by Johann Sebastian Bach . He formed the “Lang Trio” with the violinist Walter Kägi and the cellist Franz Hindermann, and he performed as a duo with the harpsichordist Touty Hunziker-Druey. The composer Gisella Selden-Goth dedicated a four-hand version of her composition Preludio e fuga to them.

From 1942 to 1948 Walter Lang worked as a pianist and conductor in the studio of the national broadcaster Monte Ceneri in Lugano , after which he returned to Zurich. He supervised piano classes at the Zurich Music Academy, the Basel City Music Academy and the Bern Conservatory.

Walter Lang composed over 100 works, 75 of them with opus numbering. His compositions include études and study works for piano, which also meet artistic demands, as well as vocal and instrumental compositions of various musical genres up to a twelve-tone series . The journalist Hans Ehinger described him as a “master of the small form”.

He spent the last years of his life in Wettingen .

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  1. Albrecht Riethmüller , Hyesu Shin (ed.): Busoni in Berlin. Facets of a cosmopolitan composer. Steiner, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-515-08603-X , p. 65 ( Google books )