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is considered today the most important pioneer of Contemporary Music in Poland, and an early dodecaphonist * came to Vienna in 1914, and earned a doctorate in 1923 under Guido Adler * from 1924, teached atonal compositional techniques in Lvov * after the annexation of western Ukraine by the USSR in 1939, he assumed the professorship for composition at the State Conservatory and the post of prorector, and was appointed as secretary of the Composers’ Association of Soviet Ukraine * was compelled to bow to the dictates of socialist realism following an accusation of formalism * after the capture of Lvov by the Germans in 1941, he and his family were resettled in the Wieliczka ghetto * apparently killed at the beginning of 1944 in a mass execution

Works by Józef Koffler include:
40 Polish Folk Songs op.6 (1925) for piano
Piano Concerto op.13 (1932)
Symphony No.2 op.17 (1933) for orchestra
Ukrainian Sketches op. 27 (nach 1941) for string quartet

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