Full name: Werner Joseph Egk (Mayer-)
Born: May 17, 1901 in Auchsesheim, Bayern, Germany
Died: July 10, 1983 in Inning am Ammersee, Bayern, Germany
Sport: Art Competitions
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Werner Egk was the pseudonym of Joseph Werner Mayer and was composed of the initials of his wife, the violinist Elisabeth Karl. He represented the styles of Neo-Classicism and Modern Music Theater. From 1936-40 he was Kapellmeister at the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, and until 1945 worked as a freelance composer. At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, he received an Olympic gold medal in the category “Compositions for Orchestra” for his work Festive Music for the Olympiad. In 1939 the Nazi dictatorship awarded him a music award handed over by Reichspropagandaminister Joseph Goebbels. After World War II, Egk fought in court against his supposed "sympathy" with the Third Reich, but the accusation of his "inaction" never was spared. From 1950-53 he was Head of the School of Music in Berlin-Charlottenburg, and from 1969 – 1971 was President of the German Music Council. His most important works were Peer Gynt, Circe and The Revisor.
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