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.
MARCO POLO – a monumental opera in Guangzhou & BeijingExciting News in may 2018: Sometimes silent as my election as official member of the „Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts“ or my nomination as „Honorary Artistic Advisor“ of Guangzhou Opera House. Sometimes with frenetic applause as the performances of my opera MARCO POLO (composed and sung in chinese language) in Guangzhou and Beijing. All over China it was a sensation in media and cultural life.
Latest CD „MAGIC OF IRREALITY“ WERGO/NaxosEnthusiastic reviews of the latest CD „MAGIC OF IRREALITY“ at Label WERGO distributed by NAXOS with two double concertos, recorded october 2017 with Siberian State Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Lande, conductor) in Krasnoyarsk: Jiemin Yan (Erhu) and Wen-Sinn Yang (Cello) playing ISOLDE & TRISTAN, Otto Sauter (piccolo trumpet) and Sergei Nakariakov (flugelhorn) playing DREAMDANCERS.
Turbulent and wild..... but a creative summer 2017During my intense work with Chinese language, culture and history while composing the MARCO POLO opera, some very personal insights also happened. For example, the Chinese proverb: "If the roots are deep, the wind is not to be feared". In fact, even impossible things can be accomplished if everything is deeply rooted in one's own will and nature.
News Fall 2016 until Spring 2017"Creativity as a whirlwind, news from end 2016 to spring 2017". So many concerts and world premieres, encounters with people and (natural) musicians, composition of new works, projects, ideas.
...via music connected with friends all over the worldMAKING MUSIC IN THE 7x24 MODE... with all the consequences: composing, being in charge of editions (horrible job of "proofreading"), world premieres, repeated performances, travels and living at the airport ( Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Gdansk, Cologne, Taipei, Beijing), rehearsals and conducting, CD productions... luckily all of the above is combined with friendship and wonderfully inspiring encounters... being a musician could be a dream job, if there weren't the increasing exploitation of the data giants and the "all-for-free" mentality of the music users. Therefore, I'm putting so much time into cultural policy (Berlin-Brussels-current amendment of the legal systems) as President of the German Composers Association, in order to fight for a touch of a livable future for my colleagues...