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Fritz Winckel


German acoustician and musicologist Fritz Winckel (1907–2000) was a founding member of the Studio of the Technical University of West Berlin. With Rüdiger Rüfer he created the electronic score for Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia, originally created for Deutsche Oper Ballet and later expanded into three acts and brought into the repertory of The Royal Ballet.

Winckel was born in Bregenz and studied acoustics and natural sciences at Berlin Technical University. In the 1930s he worked as an engineer for a studio of experimental music in Berlin before going on to further studies at Berlin University, working on the neo-Bechstein (the first ‘electric’ piano, with radio and record player) and on the related structures of music and language. In 1950 he took a doctorate in engineering and that year joined the Technical University’s faculty, teaching communications science in music and language. In 1953 he founded the Studio for experimental music and composition with Boris Blacher, and in 1968 started a course in experimental music at the university. His books included Music, Sound and Sensation: a Modern Exposition (English translation 1967).

Winckel was a member of the International Association for Research in Singing and an honorary member of the Association Française pour l’Etude de la Phonation et du Langage.