Richard Flury
Title Details

17th March 2017

320 Pages

15.60 x 23.40 cm

22 colour. 51 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: Toccata Press

Richard Flury

The Life and Music of a Swiss Romantic

by Chris Walton

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The first extensive study of the life and music of the Swiss composer, Richard Flury (1896-1967).
The late-Romantic composer Richard Flury (1896-1967) was born in Biberist, a tiny town outside the Baroque city of Solothurn in northern Switzerland. He went to school in Solothurn, later taught there, conducted its orchestra, andhad his operas and ballets performed at the local theatre by its semi-professional ensemble.

But Flury was more than just another conservative composer stuck in the provinces. His teachers included Ernst Kurth and JosephMarx of Vienna, and his music was performed by conductors such as Felix Weingartner and Hermann Scherchen and star instrumentalists like Wilhelm Backhaus and Georg Kulenkampff. His first opera was conducted by a former student ofBerg and Schoenberg who became his staunch advocate, and during the Second World War Flury worked closely with several Jewish emigré writers and musicians from Germany and Czechoslovakia.

In his music of the early 1930s, the influence of Berg and Hindemith became apparent as Flury dabbled in modernism and free tonality before moving back to a more traditionalist stance; but he was also a fine tunesmith who loved writing Viennese waltzes and violin miniatures after the manner of Kreisler. In both his aesthetic and his career, Flury offers a fascinating case of a man negotiating constantly between the centre and the periphery - and composing some very good music in the process.The book includes a 23 track CD of Flury's music.

CHRIS WALTON teaches music history at the Basel University of Music in Switzerland. He is the author of Othmar Schoeck: Life and Works (2009) and Richard Wagner's Zurich: The Muse of Place (2007).
"Professor Walton, himself a most engaging writer, beautifully evokes the provincial musical life, rural culture and landscapes of the German-speaking part of Switzerland in the first half of the 20th century." MUSICAL TIMES

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Title Details

17th March 2017

320 Pages

1.56 x 2.34 cm

22 colour. 51 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: Toccata Press