Rudi Stephan (Composer)
Born: 29th July 1887, Worms, Germany
Died: 29th September 1915, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine
Rudi Stephan was a German composer of great promise who, shortly before the First World War, was considered one of the leading talents among his generation. He died in the war aged 28.
Stephan was born at Worms, Grand Duchy of Hesse. He became a composition pupil of Bernhard Sekles at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt and of Heinrich Schwartz and Rudolf Louis in Munich, where he settled after completing his studies in 1908. He left only a few works: his liking for pointedly neutral titles along the lines of 'Music for ...' has caused him to be seen as a forerunner of the 'New Objectivity' of the post-war era, but his music is in fact in a hyper-expressive late-Romantic idiom which has more plausibly been seen by some as a kind of proto-Expressionism.
Further Reading: Stephan
The tenor talks to Katherine about his recent recording of songs by Mahler, George Butterworth, Rudi Stephan and Kurt Weill with Antonio Pappano, released at the end of October on Warner Classics.
The tenor and pianist join forces for a programme of Butterworth, Rudi Stephan, Kurt Weill and Mahler to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day next month.
All Works: Stephan
- Abendfrieden (1)
- Am Abend (1)
- Auf den Tod einer jungen Frau (2)
- Die ersten Menschen (1)
- Groteske (3)
- Heimat (1)
- Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied - Sechs Lieder auf Texte von Gerda von Robertus (6)
- Liebeszauber (1)
- Lieder (7) nach verschiedenen Dichtern (2)
- Memento vivere (Frühfassung) (1)
- Mitternacht for bass and reed organ (2)
- Momento vivere (1)
- Music for Orchestra (1910) (2)
- Music for Orchestra (1912) (6)
- Music for Violin and Orchestra (1911) (2)
- Musik für Harmonium (1)
- Musik für Saiteninstrumente (4)
- Pappel im Strahl (1)
- Up de eensame Hallig (2)
- Waldnachmittag (2)
- Waldstille (1)
- Weihnachtsgefuhl (2)
- Zwei ernste Gesänge (2)