In 1903, the three founded the Vereingung Schaffender Tonkünstler which dedicated itself to presenting concerts of important modern works like those of Mahler, Reger, Strauss, Pfitzner, Schoenberg, and Zemlinsky. Mahler, then the director of the Vienna Court Opera, engaged Weigl as his rehearsal conductor. There, he coached such legendary singers as Leo Slezak, Lotte Lehmann and Selma Kurtz. Throughout this period up until the outbreak of WWI, Weigl worked diligently composing works in many genres. When the Nazis occupied Austria in 1938, Weigl emigrated to America, together with his second wife, musician and composer Vally Weigl (nee Pick) and his son.
There, he obtained a number of increasingly important teaching posts: at the Hartt School of Music, at Brooklyn College, at the Boston Conservatory and, from 1948 on, at the Philadelphia Academy of Music. He died in New York after a prolonged battle with bone marrow cancer. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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