David KraehenbuehlWAC member David Kraehenbuehl died on January 3, 1997 in La Crosse at the age of 73. Mr. Kraehenbuehl had a long and well established career as a composer, educator, and performer. He was a guest composer at the spring, 1991 WAC conference in La Crosse, and had some pieces performed at the WAC concert in La Crosse last spring.
Mr. Kraehenbuehl was born in Urbana, Illinois. He studied at the University of Illinois and at Yale University under Paul Hindemith. When Hindemith left Yale, he chose Mr. Kraehenbuehl as his successor. In addition to teaching, he was an accomplished pianist and concertized with members of the Juilliard Quartet and the LaSalle Quartet. He was founder and first editor of the Journal of Music Theory and co-author of the National Keyboard Arts Program. He was responsible for writing and publishing a considerable amount of educational literature primarily for keyboard.
Mr. Kraehenbuehl moved to La Crosse from the east coast in 1982 while working for the J. S. Paluch Publishing Co. in Chicago. He also worked as the music programmer and arranger for all of the musical exhibits at the House on the Rock in Spring Green. His works range from short pedagogical keyboard works to large choral and orchestral compositions, all of which are of the highest musical quality. He will be missed by many people both locally and nationally.
WAC Newsletter, February 1997
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