René Leibowitz is 103 Today!

Philosophical Library would like to wish a happy 103rd birthday to René Leibowitz. Born on February 17, 1913 in Warsaw, Poland, Leibowitz is well-known for his contributions as a composer, conductor, theorist and educator. His passion for music began at a young age as he studied the violin and composed his own music at eight years old. He participated in violin recitals in his home town as well as Prague, Vienna and Berlin. Leibowitz went on to study composition and orchestration in Paris. He later began teaching and was viewed as highly influential as an educator as he taught many of France’s most promising composers. He was also able to complete many recordings as a conductor, including recordings for Reader’s Digest.

René Leibowitz received praise for his published piece Schoenberg and his School which shared his theoretical views on Schoenberg’s compositions. Within these pages, Leibowitz examines the music of Schoenberg and relates his pieces to Western polyphony along with discussing the major works of Alban Berg and Anton Webern. Toward the end of the book, Leibowitz provides hints for the future of music if the traditions these three composers continue on through today’s young musicians. To learn more about and purchase this title, please click here.

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