Brief History of Oskar Sala:
Oskar Sala, a prominent music composer and physicist best known for introducing electronic music to the worlds of TV, film, and radio, would have turned 112 years old today, Monday, July 18.
Oskar Sala is being celebrated in memory of the renowned composer with his very own Google Doodle; here is all the information you need to know about the so-called “one man orchestra.”
Oskar Sala The Legend
Sala was a German physicist, composer, and forerunner of electronic music who played the trautonium, a device that can be considered a precursor to the synthesiser.
Oskar Sala was born on July 18, 1910, in Greiz, Germany, and was immediately surrounded by music because both of his parents were musicians: his father, Paul, an ophthalmologist, had musical abilities of his own, while his mother, Annemarie, worked as a singer.
Oskar Sala began learning the piano and organ as a young child, and by the time he was 14, he was writing sonatas and songs for the violin and piano. As a young adult, Sala gave classical piano recitals. After moving to Berlin in 1929, he continued his musical studies at the Berlin Conservatory under the tutelage of violist and composer Paul Hindesmith.
Oskar Sala was captivated by the trautonium when he first heard of it and the opportunities it offered. Sala developed a strong desire to master the instrument and advance it even farther; this desire motivated him to pursue his academic interests in physics and music.
Oskar Sala studied physics at the University of Berlin to diversify his understanding of arithmetic and the natural sciences before specialising in the advancement of trautonium.
Oskar Sala created the mixed trautonium, which had two manuals and pedals, after the Second World War. Trautonium’s unique chemical composition allowed it to play many sounds or voices simultaneously.
Oskar Sala also created the Quartett-Trautonium, Concert Trautonium, and Volkstrautonium in addition to the mixture trautonium.
Oskar Sala gave his initial blend of trautonium to the German Museum for Contemporary Technology in 1995, and in 2000 he gave the Deutsches Museum his whole estate.