New compositions in 2021... in defiance of the Covid lockdown.
For many months now, music culture (which thrives on large ensembles and the "we" experience of synchronised emotional storms!) has been in a hard lockdown with bans on events, evening curfews, closed philharmonic halls, concert halls and theatres. Prospects of a new start are nowhere to be felt, cancelled concerts, a soporific permanent sitting in front of the computer with its unbearable livestream, and paralysing lack of action as well as underchallenge have led to depression everywhere. Hope for a "like before" has become a foreign word!
In 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, in addition to three orchestral works (all published by Musikverlag Ries & Erler) such as SINFONIE NO. 8 "DIE GLOCKE" FOR SOPRAN, CHORUS & ORCHESTRA (for the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra), the "BRANDENBURGER REMIXED" in honour of the 300th anniversary of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 (for a concert series by trumpet soloist Otto Sauter) and the triptych LE DONNE DI SANDRO BOTTICELLI (for the European Festival Weeks in Passau), they are mostly chamber music ensembles that can just about be realistically planned given the event restrictions imposed by the Corona pandemic:
(in the order of the time of composition)
LIEDER DER NATUR (Goethe) for soprano and piano (for the soprano Ute Ziemer)
FARBEN DER GLOCKE for vocal ensemble and percussion (for a CD production of the Regensburg vocal ensemble "Stimmgold") (Strube Musikverlag Munich)
PER SOMNIUM for flute, percussion and piano, a scene after the Goldberg Variation No. 13 by J.S. Bach
BEYOND THE SILENCE for clarinet and tenor dulcimer (Ries & Erler Verlag)
SOMBRAS FRAGMENTARIAS. Oscillating thoughts on the "Pavane de Spaigne" for piano (M. Prätorius on the occasion of his 350th birthday)
RITUALS. Percussion quartet for the Ensemble Stefan Blum at the Straubinger Musiktage and for a CD production WERGO (Ries & Erler Verlag)
WENN DIE VERNUNFT SCHLÄFT, SINGEN DIE SIRENEN for saxophone & piano for a CD scholarship of the soloist Christoph Enzel (Ries & Erler Verlag)
NOTTURNO OSCURO "...erbärmlich gekrümmt" per pianoforte for a Franz Schubert CD project by pianist Jelena Stojkovic
"...AFTER THE APOCALYPTIC". TOCCATA UND VISION for organ solo for a collector's edition "Musik in Corona-Zeiten" of the DMR German Music Council.
Informations to all these works you find in this website in zthe list of works .
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"
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)
August 2020 Worldpremiere "WUHAN 2020"SYMPHONIC POEM "WUHAN 2020" - was commissioned by China government in month of February - and the Premiere should take place 6th of March, and was postponed till August 2020.