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date: 20 August 2019

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  • Paul Ulveling


(b Diekirch, July 7, 1922; d Aix-en-Provence, Sept 29, 1989). Luxembourg composer, musicologist and teacher. He studied piano, harmony and composition at the Zürich Conservatory with Paul Müller and Rudolf Mittelsbach (1946–52), at the Cologne Musikhochschule with Hans Mersmann, Philippe Jarnach and Rudolf Petzold (1952–5) and in Paris with Max Deutsch and André Jolivet (1955–6). He graduated at the Luxembourg Ecole Normale in music education with his thesis Das Lied als Ausgangspunkt und Mittelpunkt der Musikerziehung in der Normalschule (1956). He was professor of musical education at the Institut Pédagogique (1964–85) and lecturer in music history, analysis and harmony at the Luxembourg Conservatoire (1954–87). He was elected a member of the Grand-Ducal Institute in 1962, and two years later he was invited by the government to prepare a syllabus for music teaching in primary schools.

Though not numerous, his works represent a turning-point in Luxembourg music history, and he taught most of the new generation of Luxembourg composers (Jeannot Heinen, Claude Lenners, Johny Fritz, Marcel Wengler and Henri Rodesch). His preference was for chamber music, and his essentially personal style cannot be assigned to any particular school. He worked mainly within a polyphonic, polytonal or polymodal idiom in which melody is the point of departure and which is characterized by whole-tone, tetratonic and pentatonic scales and chords....

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