Ernst Krenek Institut


1900         Born on 23 August in Vienna

1906         first music lessons; first compositions

1916         begins his studies with Franz Schreker at the Vienna Music Academy

1918         military service

1919         study of philosophy at the University of Vienna (two semesters)

1920 –23  Krenek follows Franz Schreker to the State School for Music in Berlin; meets               Ferruccio Busoni, Hermann Scherchen, Eduard Erdmann, Artur Schnabel and others

1921         first compositions using free atonality

1923 –25  residence in Switzerland; encounters Friedrich Gubler (arts section editor of the Frankfurter Zeitung), Rainer Maria Rilke, and Werner Reinhart

1924         first encounter with Theodor W. Adorno; trip to France; acquitance with the music of Igor Strawinsky and "Les Six"; compositional approach to neoclassicism; marries Anna Mahler

1925 –27  assumes post as Paul Bekker's assistant at the Kassel State Opera; study of Schubert's music; "romantic" compositional phase

1927          follows Paul Bekker as his assistant to Wiesbaden State Opera; 
                  premiere of Jonny spielt auf in Leipzig; and international recognition 

1928          marries actress Berta Haas (Hermann); returns to Vienna; meets Karl Kraus

1929          trip to North Africa; intensification of life-long literary activity; writes for the music journal Anbruch and for the Frankfurter Zeitung; exploration of music esthetic questions, study of twelvetone- technique

1932 –33  founds music journal Dreiundzwanzig together with Alban Berg, Rudolph Ploderer, and Willi Reich; active in the International Society for New Music; first compositions using twelve-tone technique

1933         commissioned by the Vienna State Opera for Karl V; Krenek's name put on the Nazis' blacklist in Germany

1934         following a Nazi-tainted campaign, the minister of education cancels the première of Karl V; trip to Spain

1935 –37  intense literary activity; writes articles for the Wiener Zeitung; concerts and lectures in Vienna and other cities

1937         first trip to the USA

1938         second trip to the USA; leaves Vienna directly after Austria's Anschluss to the German Reich; concerts and lectures in American exile

1939 –42  Professor of Music at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; guest lecturer at the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin

1942–47   Professor of Music, Head of the Department of Music, and Dean of the School of Fine Arts at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota

1945         Receives American citizenship

1947–49   guest lecturer at universities and colleges in New Mexico and Los Angeles and at the Chicago Musical College

1947–66   permanent residence in Los Angeles

1948         first publication of his autobiography Selbstdarstellung in German

1950         marries composer Gladys Nordenstrom; resumes concert and lecture tours in Europe; lecturer at the International Darmstadt Summer Courses

1954         Krenek Festival in Madison, Wisconsin

1956         serial compositions; study of electronic music and medieval counterpoint

1957         guest professor at Princeton University

1960         Krenek Festival in Venice

1963         Krenek Festival founded by the North Carolina Music Society in Raleigh

1965         Krenek Festival in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; guest professor at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusettes

1966         moves to Palm Springs, California

1967         guest professor at Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland and at the University of Hawaii

1968         European tour with rigorous conducting and teaching activities 

1969         First Krenek Festival at the "steirischer herbst" arts festival in Graz, Austria

1974         Krenek Festival at California State University Northridge 

1975         75th birthday celebration at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California; Twin Cities Music Festival in Honor of Ernst Krenek at Hamline University in Minnesota; Krenek festivals at California State University Northridge and University of California, San Diego

1978         Ernst Krenek Archive founded at the University of California San Diego

1979         Krenek Festival at the University of California Santa Barbara

1980         Ernst Krenek Archive founded at the Vienna City and State Library; ten-city tour through the USA and Canada (sponsored by the German Goethe Institut)


1982         Our Thanks to Ernst Krenek, exhibition by the Vienna City and State Library; Krenek begins to spend summers at the Arnold Schönberg House in Mödling (near Vienna) 

1984         première of Karl V. at the Vienna State Opera 

1985         Krenek Festival, University of California San Diego

1986         First award ceremony for the Ernst Krenek Prize of the City of Vienna, donated to celebrate his 85th birthday

1990         Krenek Archive (USA) Newsletter first published 

1991         dies on 22 December in Palm Springs 

1992         transferral of remains and burial in an honorary grave contributed by the City of Vienna

1994         Ernst Krenek Society Palm Springs founded

1997         Ernst Krenek Institute Vienna founded 

2004         Inauguration of the Ernst Krenek Institute Private Foundation (, Krems a.D./Austria

2008         inauguration of the Ernst Krenek Forum, Minoritenkloster Stein, Krems an der Donau; permanent exhibition dedicated to his life and work

2012         reprint of Kreneks autobiography Im Atem der Zeit. Erinnerungen an die Moderne, including a version for audiobook; publication of an anthology of eclectic texts (In der Zeiten Zwiespalt)

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