TOCCATA ‘SCHLAFES BRUDER’ (‘Brother of Sleep’) (Sheet music Schott Music International, Mainz ED 8525) came into being in 1994 as a soundtrack to the screen adaptation of Robert Schneider’s novel ‘Schlafes Bruder’ and has become established as a popular work for organ with several CD recordings.
A ROSE IS A ROSE...“ Interludes for organ, was premiered in 2002 at the International Ingolstadt Organ Days and was innitially part of the 40-minute Requiem ‘In the Name of the Rose’. Five rose sketches as mandalas, from ‘Rose Maria’ to ‘Rose Transience’. Sheet music at Schott Music ED 9920.
‘STERBEN’ (‘Dying’) according to a poem by Manfred Hausin, (1983, sheet music through the author), was premiered by Enjott Schneider on the St. Mary’s organ in the Basilica of Ottobeuren and requires a fully automatic organ in order to generate the wished-for strange (almost electronically-sounding) acoustic world with half-drawn stops.
AT THE EDGE OF TIME. REFLECTIONS ON MOZARTS REQUIEM KV 626 is the organ version of the same-named orchestral piece, inspired by Johannes Skudlik, and came into being as a tribute in the Mozart year 2006. The 16 min. work was premiered in the cathedral of Seville, Spain. An emotional braiding originates from motifs and patterns of Mozart’s Requiem KV 626. A furioso middle part, inspired in rhythm and motif by the ‘Dies irae’, leads in great escalation with a strange and existentially concussive sound-agglomeration to sudden silence and into nothingness: over a long pedal point the music trembles once more and cites Mozart‘s ‘Lacrimosa’ — exactly as outstretched and fragmental as the last surviving work preserved in his handwriting. Thereafter, he dies: one could sense something of the BRINK OF TIME. Material at Schott Music ED 9990
ATACCOT for organ (and seven drumbeats ad libitum) is a curiosity with which Enjott Schneider effectively concluded his own concerts as an organist during the stage of his time studies (1980-1987): it is J.S. Bach’s famous ‘Toccata’ – however played backwards note by note. Sheet music at Schott Music ED 9938, recording on the CD TE DEUM with Jürgen Geiger.
TOCCATA SOPRA S-P-D was premiered by Enjott Schneider in 1981 in the concert series Musica Sacra Viva in St. Anna, Munich. With a twinkle in one’s eye, the strictly implemented three-note-motif sheds light on the party history of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD): after a progressive start, routine and stagnation is the name of the game. Sheet music through the author.