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Willy Burkhard, in a close up.

Willy Burkhard, in a close up.
Willy Burkhard, in a close up.
Willy Burkhard, in a close up.
Willy Burkhard, in a close up.
Willy Burkhard, in a close up.
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Willy Burkhard was a Swiss composer. Willy Burkhard was an extremely influential composer of the 20th century. Burkhard was born in Evilard, Canton of Bern, Switzerland, which is the second largest canton in all of Switzerland. He attended and graduated from a teachers' training college called the Muristalden and went on to study with E. Graf in Berne. His studies led him even further in his travels including Leipzig to study piano with Robert Teichmüller and composition with Sigfrid Karg-Elert. After Leipzig he moved on to Munich to study with Walter Courvoisier and later to Paris to work with Max d’Ollone. Although Burkhard's main interest was to compose for the voice, he is most commonly known mainly to have renovated church music. After his illness, the kindness and compassion that he received from his friends and loved ones led him to become deeply humbled and turn to religion. He wrote a large number of cantatas based on spiritual and biblical texts. Some of the reasons that he was partial to biblical texts were due to its simple yet interpretive language and its metrical forms. He was born on 17 April 1900, Evilard, Canton of Bern and died on 18 June 1955.
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