- Christian Heindl
(b Rudolstadt, Feb 27, 1924; d Baden, September 22, 2005). German composer, active in Austria. He received his first musical education in Weimar, but had to give up the idea of an instrumental career when he was severely wounded in Russia in 1943. After the war, he studied conducting and opera direction in Weimar. He became assistant director in Jena in 1947 and director in Sondershausen the following year. In 1950 he began composition study with Boris Blacher in Berlin (1950–52); he later worked with Werner Egk and Oscar Fritz Schuh, among others. He wrote several pieces of incidental music for the theatre, as well as film scores. When his opera Julietta op.15 (1957), first performed at the Salzburg Festival in 1959, received negative reviews from some critics, he partially retreated from public musical life. Having acquired a farmhouse in Taxenbach in the Austrian Alps in ...