Enjott Schneider

Enjott Schneider...

....still dreams of a universal comprehension of the world and its people, of the unity of arts and science. ...a multifaceted musical persona, incorporating several autonomous characters. There is the composer for the concert hall and musical theatre with an extensive repertoire,...the composer for film and television, ...the musician as pianist, organist and conductor, ...the sound designer in the recording studio, ...the musicologist (with a long list of publications), ...the author who asks questions on cultural psychology in books and essays, ...the teacher (as Doctor Professor) at the Music and Theatre Academy in Munich.... and the politician in cultural affairs as Member of the Board of GEMA (German Authors Rights Society), President of German Composers Association, Chair of German Music Council.


Music is art - versus commerce and capitalism.

Enjott Schneider Member of the Supervisory Board of GEMA , President of German Composers Association DKV, Chair of the German Music Council. He was born in Weil am Rhein (Germany) in 1950. He studied music and musicology in Freiburg (im Breisgau) and was awarded his PhD in 1977.

From 1979-2012 he taught at the University of Music and performing arts in Munich (first as professor of the theory of music, later – starting in 1996 - as professor of composing for films).

He has published books dealing with time and rhythm and with composing for films.

He has himself written more than 1000 soundtracks, for major films like “Stalingrad”, “23”, “Schlafes Bruder” “Armageddon”, “Stauffenberg” and TV- Productions ranging from soap operas to epic TV-movies.

Enjott Schneider has created numerous compositions for the stage and the genres of chamber, orchestral and chamber music, and special consideration needs to be given to seven operas, such as “The Salome-Principle” (Gelsenkirchen 2000), “Gatekeeper Thiel” (Görlitz 2004) and “Fürst Pückler – I’m a child of fantasy” (Görlitz 2006), and also three orchestral symphonies “Bell- Symphony: A Song to life” based on texts from the Buchenwald concentration camp (Cathedral Steps Festival Erfurt 1999) and “Sisyphos” (Herkules Hall Munich 2001), “Chinese Seasons” (Leoben 2008). Works are performed worldwide from New York, Brasil, Canada to Taiwan, China, Japan, Russia.

Schneider was awarded the Bavarian Film Prize for “Rama Dama” (dir. J.Vilsmaier), the German Filmprize for “Wildfeuer” (dir. J.Baier) and for “Silent Shadows” (dir. Sherry Horman), and the fipa d’or (best film music) for “Jahrestage” (Margarethe von Trotta). 2007 Deutscher Fernsehpreis” (best film score) for “Die Flucht” (dir. K. Wessel) and “Nicht alle waren Moerder” (J. Baier).

A special interest of his is composing organ music (16 large organ symphonies, 2 organ concertos) and sacred music (8 large oratorios, works for choirs). A series of CDs “Enjott Schneider: Sacred Music (Volume 1-11)” with the label “ambiente audio” documents some of these compositions. Schneider's music reflects a wide range of genres from avantgarde to film, and seeks to tap the creative potential of contrasting streams within a postmodern ethos.      

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