Swiss composer Wildberger dead at 84
From The Australian - August 25, 2006
Jacques Wildberger, widely considered the most important Swiss composer of the 20th century, died aged 84, fellow composer Heinz Hollinger said today.
Wildberger was born in Basel on January 3, 1922. He died yesterday at his home in Riehen, in the Basel canton, Hollinger said.
In 1944 the composer joined the Swiss Party of Labour, the country's communist party, and composed pro-communist songs for cabaret and popular theatre, but left the party three years later, disillusioned with Stalinism.
He became the student of the Russian composer Wladimir Vogel in 1948. His first works were published in the 1950s, including Tre Mutazioni in 1958, a composition for chamber orchestra which attempts to reconcile the styles of Arnold Schoenberg and the Viennese school and composers like Frenchman Pierre Boulez.
Wildberger taught at the music academy in Karlsruehe, Germany, from 1959 to 1966, then at Basel's conservatory until 1987.