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Schweinitz, Wolfgang von

*07.02.1953

Wolfgang von Schweinitz began studying composition and music theory at the age of fifteen at the American University in Washington D.C. with Esther Ballou. After that he continued his studies in Hamburg, completing his education with György Ligeti. Following a stay at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics in Stanford (California) he received a stipend in 1978/1979 at the Villa Massimo in Rome. The composer, a recipient of numerous honours, lived in Schleswig-Holstein for a long time, then moving to Berlin.

His catalogue of works includes nearly all genres, whereby the main emphasis lies in the area of chamber music. Schweinitz has identified, as an essential concern of his compositional work, the attempt at a “re-humanisation of music” after belief in technical advances and rationalism has only led to a “hypertrophic materialism.”