FLOWERS OF SPRING: STORIES FROM A COMPOSER'S LIFE
Photo collage 1: (left) world premiere of APOCALYPSIS in Jena, drums in the Paris' Theater, flight over the confluence of the Amazonas and the Rio Negro, (right) in front of the "Teatro Amazonas“.
The year 2016 was kicked off by an expressive soundtrack for the thriller ZDF-thriller called LIEBE BIS ZUM MORD (LOVE TO MURDER) - finally once again a consistently exciting movie (Director: Thomas Nennstiel)... Then as a contrast thereto, I ran a workshop at the German Forum for Choral Music as "composer in residence" in front of a hundred of curious choirmasters.
CONTINUOUSLY COMPOSING WITHOUT A BREAK: On February 28, 2016 Hansjörg Albrecht (organ) played the world premiere of LUTERMANIA in Hamburg St. Johannes. Further, the following works have been composed during the spring: CRI MUET for saxophone, choral and orchestra (world premiere in Paris on April 5, 6 and 7) featuring Christian Elin (saxophone), the Nouvelle Europe Choir and Orchestra (conducted by Nicolas Krauze); LILITH. SYMPHONIC POEM, commission composition for the 100th birthday of Yehudi Menuhin (world premiere in the synagogue Augsburg on May 1st); the choral work SYMPHONIALIS EST ANIMA (world premiere for the 600th anniversary of St. Martin in Bingen/ Rhine River on May 22); double concert BERNARDUS-FRESCOS for flute, organ and orchestra (world premiere with the Baltic Philharmonic and the both soloists Lukasz Dlugoz and Roman Perucki in Gdransk on July 5); Organ Symphony No. 15 PSYCHOGRAMM for the 100th anniversary of Max Reger's death (world premiere with Bernhard Buttman in the Berlin Cathedral on July 8); orchestral work PANTA RHEI for "200 years of the region Rheinhessen" (world premiere in the State Theater Mainz on July 8); double concert TIGER, DOG & ROOSTER for sheng, percussion and orchestra (world premiere with the soloists WuWei and Li Biao and the Orchestra of the National Center of Performing Arts NCPA in Beijing on August 26).
World premieres have had an ongoing impact on me: in March I travelled to Manaus to the legendary Teatro Amazonas, where Otto Sauter performed the world premiere of IKARUS. DESIRE FOR THE LIGHT in the world's most beautiful opera (Amazonas Filarmonia conducted by Alain Trudel from Canada)... Besides I was invited as "composer in residence" to the Amazonas University, where I has been appointed as honorary professor. Then in April the world premieres of CRI MUET at three theaters of Paris...in memory of the victims of the terror attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, which was an urgent plea for Humanitas together with the variations of Beethoven's IX Symphony, which were also performed. Directly afterwards the world premiere of APOCALYPSIS. END OF TIME with the trombone quartet "Quadriga" (conducted by GMD Marc Tardue) in the Philharmonic Hall Jena. This truly was the sound-orgiastic apocalypse, which was celebrated by the audience and an enthusiastic press.
Not forgetting another highlight: in March my 7th Orchestra CD for the label WERGO was recorded together with the Hungarian cellist Laszlo Fenyö and the "Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester DSO Berlin" (German Symphony Orchestra Berlin) conducted by Ariel Zuckermann from Israel. Works for cello and orchestra. Pure musical pleasure. I cannot await the release of this CD.
By the way, the WERGO CD "SOUL PAINTINGS", which was released in December 2015 has just been the CD tip of the week at BR-Klassik and is currently sold at the Japanese CD retail chain Tower Records as "recommendation of the month"...
Cited from the editorial text of BR-Klassik:
"Dem Komponisten Enjott Schneider, diesen Eindruck vermittelt einmal mehr die vorliegende CD, stehen die disparatesten Mittel zur Verfügung und seine große Meisterschaft besteht darin, diese für manch einen verdächtige oder gar beängstigende Vielfalt stets zu bändigen und in den Dienst der musikalischen Sache zu stellen. Das Ganze versehen mit einer durchaus spirituellen Note... Sein klangliches Vokabular ist dabei stets fasslich, was ihn für die Avantgardeszene schon immer verdächtig machte, während das breitere Publikum ihn verehrt. Wohl auch, weil er mit Modernität keineswegs geizt..." (Matthias Keller).
"The present CD once more gives the impression that the most disparate resources are available to the composer Enjott Schneider and his major strength is to constantly control this - for many people- suspicious or even frightening diversity and render this diversity into the service of music. The whole provided with an entirely spiritual touch... His tonal vocabulary is thereby always comprehensible, making him always a suspect for the avant-garde scene while the broader audience adores him. Probably because he isn't at all stingy with modernity..." (Matthias Keller)
Photo collage 2: ...nightly composing (my composition demon watches me while I am composing CRI MUET!) and almost weekly publications of new music printings.
NEW CDS in the beginning of 2021Three new CD production let start the year 2021 full of hope: "eine Beethoven-Hommage NUR WER DIE SEHNSUCHT KENNT" (Enjott & Friends, Nomination for the "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" 2/2021), MOMENTS OF SILENCE "HACKBRETT IN CONCERT" with intimate settings of instruments, and a r3CD-Set "MUSIK IN DOKUMENTARFILMEN als HÖR-REISEN ZUM FREMDEN UND UNBEKANNTEN"
NEW COMPOSITIONS - early in 2021In contrast to the performers on stage - singers, soloists or ensembles - who are subject to a real professional ban, the composers can still compose and write their works.... even if the performances are permanently cancelled or have been postponed to a frustrating distance. Self-motivation has become arduous, vital flow is something other than the momentary paralysis of being winged. Nevertheless, twelve works have already been written in this year 2021.....
2 CD-Projects in November 2020Two CD-Projects in month of November 2020: "JUBILISSIMO" for brass & organ, recorded in June in Essen cathedral is now released nin November. And a new CD "Beethoven 250 Years" was recorded in Great concert Hall of University of Music in Munich....
New Musical Works...published and freshly composed in summer 2020"Despite Corona!"... some few musical works were composed and published in Summer and Autumn 2020:
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2020 with 4 World PremieresDespite the Corona Lockdown there took place four world premieres...from the organ composition to the oratorio "Beethovens Schöpfung" für Soli, Chor und Ensemble (Texts: Goethe and Beethoven)