Thomas Koschat

Thomas Koschat
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Born8 August 1845
Klagenfurt, Austria
Died19 May 1914(1914-05-19) (aged 68)
Vienna, Austria
Occupationsinger, composer

Thomas Koschat (8 August 1845 – 19 May 1914) was an Austrian composer and bass singer. He popularized Carinthian folk music across Europe and the Americas.


Koschat was born on 8 August 1845 in the Viktring district of Klagenfurt.[1] From 1865 to 1867 he attended the Technical University of Vienna, studying chemistry, but he did not obtain a degree.[2] Instead his imagination was captivated by music, and he formed his first vocal quartet in 1866.[3] He joined the Vienna State Opera in 1867, singing bass.[4] In 1874 he joined the choir at St. Stephen's Cathedral.[2] From 1877 until 1906 he performed with the Koschart Quintet. That year he also joined the choir at the Hofmusikkapelle and served as soloist there.[2] As a composer he was known for his Kärntnerlieder, folk songs of Carinthia arranged by himself, or else his own compositions set in that style.[1] With his men's quartet and quintet he toured Europe and the Americas, where the performances of his Carinthian music were enthusiastically received.[2][3] For most of his life he resided in Vienna.[1] Nonetheless he was made an honorary citizen of Klagenfurt in 1907 owing to the local nature of his work.[1] Koschat died in Vienna, at his home on Strobachgasse in the 5th district, on 19 May 1914.[1] He was buried at Annabichl (de) near Klagenfurt.[1]

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