Compofactur MusikVerlag publishes arrangements for gramophone recordings of the well known Austrian composer Robert Schollum (1913–1987), who also distinguished himself as arranger, conductor, music teacher, music critic and musicographer.
From 1958 Robert Schollum was commissioned by Prof. Dr. Heinrich Haerdtl for the Austrian Vanguard company. His orchestral arrangements for the highly successful recordings with the Viennese opera singer Erich Kunz and the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera under the baton of Anton Paulik for the Vanguard label enjoyed great popularity.
Compofactur MusikVerlag has gradually published Schollum’s arrangements of Lieder by Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Mozart, Reger, Schubert, Schumann, Silcher and Wolf, which were released in 1961 on the Vanguard album »Best Loved German Songs« (VSD 2086) with the artists already mentioned.
Baritone Benno Schollum will give the first performance of his father’s orchestration of Schubert’s Lied An die Musik, written around 1960, on 20 December 2017 in Moscow at a Gala Concert on the occasion of the 85th birthday of Vladimir Fedoseyev with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra.
The editions are based on Schollum’s autographs, which are held in the composer’s estate at the Music Collection of the Austrian National Library (ÖNB) in Vienna. Compofactur MusikVerlag is greatly indebted to the heirs of Robert Schollum – Benno and Walter Schollum – for their permission for publication as well as Dr. Andrea Harrandt from the Austrian National Library (ÖNB) in Vienna, who kindly provided reproductions of the autograph scores.
Robert Schollum studied at the New Vienna Conservatory and at the Vienna Music Academy (piano and organ with Carl Lafite, music theory with Egon Lustgarten, composition with Joseph Marx, conducting with Rudolf Nilius). He then worked for decades in various musical positions. 1959–1983 Schollum held a lectureship and finally became Professor for Lied and Oratorio at what is now the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he also taught stylistic studies and vocal accompaniment.
Furthermore Schollum worked at the Austrian Radio (ORF) and as an active member of a number of committees and associations and was, among others, President of the Austrian Composers’ Association and the Austrian Association for Research into Vocal Music.