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Among his most important works you should mention "Irdische Klaenge", a
‘meta-symphony’ consisting of five separate works composed 1980-1992, viz. (i)
‘Irdische Klaenge’, Symphony in two movements, op. 37 (1980),(ii) Funf
Naturstuecke, op. 45 for orchestra (1984), (iii) Mit den Reisenstiefeln, op. 60
(1991), (iv) Uluru, op. 64, (v) Timpani Concerto, op. 54 (1887-88). The premiere
of Liebestraume for ensemble (1962) caused a uproar at Darmstadt
because of its tonality and caused a break with Stockhausen, who was formerly
Forty years ago, Kurt Schwertsik co-founded "die reihe" (see HK Gruber). Since then the ensemble has been faithfully performing and establishing modern music.
Although it is somewhat difficult to pigeon-hole his work, it is obvious that Kurt Schwertsik is one of Austria’s most outstanding composers, and he is also highly regarded for his role in demonstrating new aspects of modern music in a traditional music setting.
Kurt Schwertsik’s most popular works are the "Starckdeutsche Lieder und Tänze", the Violin Concerto, the "Wiener Chronik" and his "Sinfonia Sinfonietta", which was performed by the RSO, Vienna in the Cultural Capital City, Thessalonika, in 1997.