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Heinrich Sutermeister

Heinrich Sutermeister

Pays d'origine: Suisse
Date d'anniversaire: 12 août 1910
Date de décès: 16 mars 1995

À propos de Heinrich Sutermeister

Sutermeister was born in Feuerthalen (near Schaffhausen) on 12 August 1910.  After first philological studies in Basle (Music History with Karl Neff and German Literature) and a short academic stay at Paris he studied from 1932 to 1934 at the Munich Academy for Musical Arts as a pupil of Walter Courvoisier (Harmonics and Counterpoint) and Hugo Röhr (Conducting) as well as with Carl Orff.  He was for a short time opera coach at the Berne Municipal Theatre before settling at Vaux-sur-Morges, on Lake Geneva, as a freelance composer.

Operas, partly written for radio and TV, and ballets, all the stage works world-wide performed at the most important opera houses and ballet companies, and orchestral music as well as chamber and vocal music demonstrate the wide range of Sutermeister’s musical oeuvre.

In 1958 he was made president of the Swiss Association for Mechanical Copyrights "Mechanlizenz", a post he held until 1980.  From 1963 to 1975 he was in charge of a composition class at the Hannover Hochschule fuer Musik. In 1967 he was awarded the Price of the Swiss Composers Association.  Since 1977 he was a corresponding member of the Bavarian Fine Arts Academy.

Heinrich Sutermeister died in Vaux-sur-Morges (Waadt District) on 16 March 1995.

Liste d'œuvres



Born on 12 August in Feuerthalen (near Schaffhausen)

Attends grammar school in Basel

Studies music history wirh Karl Neff, and German literature

Piano lessons with Charlotte Schrameck

Study visit in Paris

Studies at the "Akademie der Tonkünste", Munich, with Walter Courvoisier (harmony and counterpoint) and Hugo Röhr (conducting)
Coach at the Stadttheater Bern
First performance of "Romeo und Julia" in Dresden
First performance of "Die Zauberinsel" in Dresden
First performance of "Niobe" in Zürich
First performance of "Raskolnikoff" in Stockholm

13 April Marries Verena Renker

First performance of  "Die schwarze Spinne" in St. Gallen

First performance of "Der rote Stiefel" in Stockholm

First performance of  "Missa da Requiem" in Rome with Herbert von Karajan
First performance of "Titus Feuerfuchs" in Basel

Appointed president of "Schweizerische Mechanlizenz" (until 1980)
Award-winner of the "Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs dramatiques"
Teaches a composition class at the "Staatliche Hochschule für Musik", Hannover
Opera Award of the City of Salzburg
First performance od "Madame Bovary" in Zürich

Award by the "Schweizerischen Tonkünstlerverein"

16 June Birth of daughter Anna-Katharina

First performance of "Ecclesia" in Lausanne Cathedral
Member of the "Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste"
First performance of "Le Roi Bérenger" in Munich
Is awarded the "Prix de la Fondation Pierre et Louisa Meylan" in Lausanne

First performance of "Gloria" in Morges with Pierre Arn
Heinrich Sutermeister dies on 16 March in Morges (canton Waadt)