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date: 22 October 2019

Furrer, Beatlocked

  • Sigrid Wiesmann
  • , revised by Daniel Ender


(b Schaffhausen, Dec 6, 1954). Austrian composer and conductor of Swiss birth. After taking piano lessons at the Schaffhausen Conservatory, he studied at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik from 1979 to 1983 with Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (composition) and Otmar Suitner (conducting). In 1985 he co-founded the Klangforum Wien (first called Société de l’Art Acoustique) of which he was artistic director until 1992, in which year he became professor of composition at the Graz Hochschule für Musik. He has also been guest professor of composition at the Frankfurt Hochschule für Musik since 2006 as well as at the Basel Hochschule für Musik in 2007–8. In 1996 he was composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival and featured composer at the Salzburg Festival. In 2005, the Wien Modern festival presented an extended portrait of his music.

Most of Furrer’s works establish several musical processes at once, with harmonic and rhythmic developments remaining mostly in the background and becoming evident only from time to time. He has experimented with form in a number of compositions. In ...

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