Felix Anton Greissle

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Felix Anton Greissle

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Death: April 26, 1982 (87)
New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Josef Greissle and Therese Greissle
Husband of Gertrude Greissle (Schönberg) and Jacqueline Greissle
Father of Private User; Hermann Greissle and Private User
Brother of Private

Occupation: composer, publisher
Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About Felix Anton Greissle

Felix Greissle--private student of Schoenberg in Vienna (from 1920). He was the rehearsal coach for Schoenberg's Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen in Vienna. He conducted many early performances of Schoenberg's works, including Opp. 4, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28. He was Schoenberg's preferred arranger, and eventually made at least 16 arrangements of Schoenberg's works, including Opp. 9, 10, 16, 20, 22, 24, 26, 30, 36, 40. In 1921 he married Schoenberg's daughter Gertrud. In 1938 he emigrated to the United States, where he worked as editor-in-chief for the music publishers G. Schirmer and Edward B. Marks Music Corporation. Later he was a consultant to the Theodore Presser Company. He taught theory and composition at Columbia University, and the Philadelphia Academy of Music. He has written an unpublished biography of Schoenberg. See Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute VI/1 (June 1982) pp. 4-7 for an obituary of Greissle and X/1 (June 1987) pp. 65-81 for a fuller description of this collection.


New York Times


Published: April 28, 1982

Felix Greissle, former editor of the E.B. Marx Music Corporation and a friend and student of Arnold Schoenberg, died Monday in Manhasset, L.I. He was 87 years old.

Mr. Greissle was born in Vienna and studied with Guido Adler at Vienna University.

In 1919, Mr. Greissle became a pupil of Schoenberg and conducted and coached the first performances of his compostitions. Schoenberg composed the choral work "Satiren" (Op. 28) for Mr. Greissle, who from 1925 to 1937 conducted the Cantata Association of the Vienna State Opera.

In 1938, Mr. Greissle went to New York, and in 1946, after working as an editor for G. Schirmer, went to Marx. Mr. Greissle also taught at the 92nd Street Y, the New School and Columbia University. He had recently completed a manuscript about Schoenberg.

Surviving are his wife, Jacqueline; daughter, Lynne, and two sons, Aronld and Herman. The funeral will be at 11 A.M. tomorrow in the Fairchild Funeral Home in Manhasset.

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Felix Anton Greissle's Timeline

November 15, 1894
Vienna, Austria
April 4, 1925
Moedling, Austria
April 26, 1982
Age 87
New York, USA