German composer Wilhelm Killmayer has died on Sunday, 20 August, one day before his 90th birthday. Killmayer studied conducting and composition from 1945 to 1951 in Munich. He was also a private student of Carl Orff from 1951 and was admitted to his master class at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in 1953.

Besides his activities as composer, Killmayer tought and conducted. Killmayers first composition was Lorca-Romanzen after Federico García Lorca, premiered at the Donaueschingen Festival. He composed three symphonies, several other orchestral works, voval works, stage works, Lieder and chamber music.

His style was very personal, modern and in a way romantic at the same time.

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