Schnebel, Dieter (Wolfgang)
- Paul Attinello
(b Lahr, Baden, March 14, 1930). German composer, writer and theologian. After early piano study with Wilhelm Siebler and Wilhelm Resch, he attended the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik (1949–52), where his teachers included Erich Doflein. He became acquainted with the music of the Second Viennese School through fellow student Heinz-Klaus Metzger. In 1950 and 1951 he attended the Darmstadt summer courses, where he met Adorno, Stockhausen, Boulez, Varèse and Nono; it was with the generation of Darmstadt composers who attended the courses after 1957, however, with whom he would be more closely associated. After certification as a music teacher in 1952, Schnebel studied theology, philosophy and musicology at Tübingen University. His doctoral dissertation (1955) focusses on dynamics in Schoenberg’s music. His other interests included the writings of Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx, as well as those of his teachers Karl Barth and Ernst Bloch. He was also much influenced by the ideas of Cage....