- Michael Graubart
(b Lemberg [now L′viv], April 26, 1906; d London, Aug 12, 1980). British composer of Austrian birth. Spinner’s emigration passport includes the middle name ‘Israel’. The name was never properly his; it was inserted under duress, as a result of a 1938 Nazi law requiring all Jews to include the names ‘Israel’ or ‘Sarah’ in their documentation. Unfortunately, the name has been wrongly included in some subsequent literature on Spinner, including New Grove Dictionary, second edition. He studied theory and composition privately with Pisk (1926–30) and later (1935–8) with Webern. A number of his compositions from the 1930s, including the Symphony for Small Orchestra (awarded the Emil Hertzga Prize in 1933) and the Passacaglia for 11 Instruments (awarded the Henri Le Boeuf Prize in 1936), were performed at ISCM festivals and elsewhere, but Spinner included only one of them, the Violin Sonata op.1 (...