Felix Mottl

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Mottl, Felix


Born Aug. 24, 1856, in Unter-St.-Veit, near Vienna; died July 2, 1911, in Munich. Austrian conductor and composer.

Mottl attended the Vienna Conservatory, where he studied composition with F. Dessoff, music theory with A. Bruckner, and conducting with J. Hellmesberger. In 1881 he became conductor at the grand-ducal opera house in Karlsruhe and until 1892 was director of the Philharmonic Society of Karlsruhe (in 1893 he became its general music director). In 1903, Mottl became an opera conductor and in 1904, a conductor at the Academy of Music (with H. Bussmeyer) in Munich. He made many concert tours, which included appearances in Moscow and St. Petersburg (1910, 1911).

Mottl was one of the outstanding representatives of the German school of conducting and an eminent interpreter of the works of R. Wagner. He composed musical works and made a number of arrangements and adaptations for orchestra of other composers’ pieces.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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In 1897, as a part of the Schubert centennial celebrations, a performance of the work took place under Felix Mottl's direction.
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He listened to recordings, read biographies and other books on conductors, and considered reviews of performances for his discussion, which begins with Wagner himself, then chronologically treats his pupils Hermann Levi, Felix Mottl, and Karl Muck, and Viennese, American, German, and Russian conductors Arthur Nikisch, Albert Coates, Gustav Mahler, Felix Weingartner, Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini, Artur Bodanzky, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Fritz Busch, Erich Kleiber, Hans Knappertsbusch, Clemens Krauss, Karl Bohm, Richard Strauss, Otto Klemperer, and Fritz Reiner.
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The performance was given under the direction of Felix Mottl, with a German and Austrian cast.