Schiske, Karl (Hubert Rudolf)
- Sigrid Wiesmann
(b Raab [now Győr, Hungary], Feb 12, 1916; d Vienna, June 16, 1969). Austrian composer. He studied at the Vienna Conservatory, where his teachers included Roderich Bass, Julius Varga, Kanitz and others, at the Vienna Musikhochschule and at the University of Vienna (DPhil 1942). After working as a freelance composer, he was appointed professor of composition at the Vienna Music Academy in 1952. He was also involved in the Darmstadt summer courses (from 1955) and served as visiting professor at the University of California, Riverside (1966–7). His other activities included organizing the music programme for the Innsbruck Jugendkulturwochen (1956–66). His music shows the influence of Franco-Flemish polyphony and the styles of Palestrina, Bach, Stravinsky, Hindemith and Webern. Although receptive to new ideas, he never yielded to trends. His early works are vital and sparkling. Later, he adopted a reductionist aesthetic characterized by tonal purity and textural transparency. A strict use of polyphony and serial techniques, and an economy and synthesis of thematic material were central aspects of his style....