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Ernst Vogel

Ernst Vogel was born on 1 March 1926 in Stockerau (Austria). He was the grandson of Ernst Vogel (1871-1948), a manufacturer of water pumps. Therefore the composer Ernst Vogel is often referred to as "the younger".

Ernst Vogel mainly worked as a businessman for the water pump company of his family, but he was also passionate for motor sports and music. In 1948 Ernst Vogel participated in a motorbike race for the first time. In 1954 he suffered a serious leg injury and had to switch to car racing. He finished his active motor sports career in 1959, but was still involved as an official in the Austrian motor sports activities and was co-founder of the Austrian motoring association.

In terms of music Ernst Vogel studied privately composition, church music and piano  under Josef Lechthaler and Felix Petyrek since 1945, and also attended a master class with Paul Hindemith. He mainly composed music for orchestra and chamber ensembles. His output includes concertos for violin (three in total: 1957, 1968, 1983), cello, double bass, piano, organ and saxophone, 2 symphonies, orchestral works, two string quartets, a piano trio and songs. Ernst Vogel was also president of the "Wiener Singakademie", vice-president of the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra and member of the board of the Austrian Composers' Association ÖKB and the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft.
Ernst Vogel died on 29 November 1990 in Vöcklabruck (Austria).


In my possession are a few documents from the estate of Ernst Vogel which include:


A) scores:


  • String quartet No.2 (1961)
    The autograph whiteprint translucent papers with two different endings.
    The work was first self-published by the composer in 1961 and privately distributed (under the code VE 57), later the publishing house Hans Pero took over the distribution of the score. In this first version the string quartet ends in the last movement with measure 386.
    Around 1970 the publishing house Doblinger seized the rights for publication and in this second version the last movement of the string quartet ends with measure 333.
    Beside the original whiteprints with both endings I also own several copies of the first self-published score.
  • Metamorphosen / Spiegelungen for orchestra (1965)
    The work "Metamorphosen, for orchestra" was at first only an orchestral composition. But it was used again in a ballet choreographed by Ilse Lore Wöbke in Heidelberg and performed in February 1967. For the ballet the composition was retitled by Ernst Vogel into „Spiegelungen“.

    In my possession are a) a copy of the whiteprints of „Metamorphosen“, b) a printed score of Metamorphosen used by Ernst Vogel as a proofcopy and to include some additions and revisions for the ballet (like the change of the title to "Spiegelungen") and c) a printed score of "Spiegelungen" which was used by the conductor Hans Blümer at the premiere of the ballet. It includes further additions and corrections by Ernst Vogel.
  • Violin concerto No.2 (1967)
    Private print of the full score
  • Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag, for organ (1971)
    Copy of the autograph score
  • Moira - Music for strings (1976)
    Self-published score and the later publication by Doblinger
  • Spiel und Zwischenspiele, for brass instruments and organ (1977)
    Self-published score
  • miscellaneous documents
    a) a copy of the handwritten full score of the second movement of "Drei Stücke für Orchester". The movement is titled "Der ungebetene Gast"
    b) a copy of the autograph sketches for "Spiel und Zwischenspiele"
    c) a copy of the handwritten score of the last two movements of the "Sonate für Violine, Klarinette und Hohnerola"


B) books / articles


  • Sengstschmid, Johann: Grundlagen der Klangreihenlehre (1968). 64 pages. Private print. With handwritten letter to Ernst Vogel

  • Sengstschmid, Johann: Das klangliche Material im Musikschaffen unserer Zeit (1966). Sonderauflage aus dem Tätigkeitsbericht über das Schuljahr 1965/66. 18 pages. manuscript

  • Wilcek, Walter: Unterrichtskassette zum Thema „Rhythmus“ - Protokoll einer Unterrichtsstunde. 6 pages plus copies of the music examples. Copy of the manuscript

  • Blaimschein, Franz: Unterrichtskassette zum Thema "elektroakustische Musik". 5 pages. Copy of manuscript

  • Chortexte - Zusammenstellung im Auftrag der Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Musikerzieher Österreichs. Collection of 102 poems sorted in topics. Manuscript, 30 pages

  • Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF): Internationales TV-Workshop 1969 - "Konjugationen 3" von Helmut Eder und Rudolf Bayr. Beiträge zur "television totale". Manuscript for a theatre workshop where composers could set a small text to music. 12 pages

  • Press release of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) about the film „Hallelujah“ by Mauricio Kagel, 1969. 7 pages

  • Press release of the Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) that Egon Wellesz' composition „Mirabile Mysterium“ has won the Prix Italia 1969. 6 pages
  • Wiesmann, Christian: Jazz im Unterricht (III). 1978. 6 pages. Copy of the published article
  • Bartoli, Tito: 20 Studi per Contrabbasso. Private print, 2 issues, with personal inscription to Ernst Vogel dated Christmas 1966
  • Bartoli, Tito: Avviamento allo Studio del Contrabbasso. Private print, 2 issues, with personal inscription to Ernst Vogel dated Christmas 1966

C) documents about motor sports


  • log text from 26 January 1970 by Ernst Vogel for the OSK (Oberste Nationale Sportkommission für den Kraftfahrsport) about the incidents around OSK commissioner Hermann Nussbaumer, his demission and the problems in the regional branch of Upper-Austria.
  • Copy of the written demission by Hermann Nussbaumer
  • Clippings of newspaper articles by Hermann Nussbaumer
  • manuscript of the Austrian motorsports calendar 1970
  • manuscript of recommendations by the ÖAMTC (the Austrian automobile club) for the budget committee from 1970

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