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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / John Luke Rose (*1933): Violin sonata No.1 op.28 (1973) on: November 16, 2017, 08:09:01 pm
British composer John Luke Rose (*1933) composed his Violin sonata No.1 op.28 in 1973. The work remained in manuscript, but now the full score can be downloaded free of charge from my website. I also included a short sound snippet. Here the link to my website:

And a link to the Wikipedia article about John Luke Rose:

2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Anyone familiar with Czech chamber music (early 20th century)? on: November 07, 2017, 03:25:10 pm

I recently bought a few books from the library of the Czech music critic Jaroslav Egon Salaba-Vojan (1872-1944). One of the books contained an untitled handwritten composition. Due to the fact that there were other handwritten compositions clearly marked as copies from other composers, this special work seems to be an original composition by Salaba-Vojan himself. But I am uncertain about this and so would like to ask:

1) Does anyone know this work (the opening bars)? Salaba-Vojan was Czech and founder of the Bohemian Arts Club in the USA, so if the work was composed by someone else he/she might be Czech/Bohemian.

2) For what kind of instruments do you think it is scored? Looks like violin+piano, but the glissando at the end of the section from piano to violin looks unusual to me.

Here is a photo of the first bars:

On my website one can find the complete score and a sound realisation (at the very end of the page):

Every help is very much appreciated!

3  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: Three British Violin Concertos from Naxos on: October 30, 2017, 09:47:30 am
Very good, so then Naxos and all the other record companies can finally come to "my" violin concertos...
4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Erik Fordell: Vedenhaltija (Sjörået), for string orchestra and timpani op.37 on: October 29, 2017, 12:55:43 pm
Great to hear you like the release. Just spread the word widely and hopefully an orchestra - most likely a Finnish orchestra - will take the chance of new repertoire.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Erik Fordell: Vedenhaltija (Sjörået), for string orchestra and timpani op.37 on: October 26, 2017, 01:31:00 pm
Erik Fordell (1917-1981) was a Finnish composer mainly writing in the romantic style. He composed a work for string orchestra and timpani in 1948 called "Vedenhaltija (Sjörået)". This title refers to the Sjörået, which is a mystical creature from the lake in Scandinavian folklore comparable to the nymphs in Greek mythology. The score was unpublished, but can now be found on my website as well as a short sound snippet:

Here is also a short biography about Erik Fordell:

Erik Fritiof Fordell was born 02 July 1917 in Kokkola (Finland). He studied music at the Helsinki Institute of Church Music and the Sibelius Academy. His teachers included Aarre Merikanto, Bengt Carlson, Eino Linnala and Leo Funtek.
Erik Fordell later worked as a teacher at the Kokkola Folk School and the Kokkola Workers' School. He was also active as a choral conductor.
Erik Fordell died on 21 December 1981 in Kaarlela, today part of Kokkola (Finland).
Erik Fordell produced an enormous output of compositions through his lifetime. There are 45 symphonies, several concertos (2 for violin), 20 string quartets, numerous chamber compositions and about 400 choral and solo songs.
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Hugo Käch: Trio for piano, violin and cello (1967) on: October 22, 2017, 04:59:07 pm
Hugo Käch (1927-2003), a renowned Swiss conductor and director of broadcasts of Classical music concerts, composed a "Trio for piano, violin and cello" in 1967, the time when he was conductor at the Wiener Staatsoper. The work seems to be unperformed and was unpublished so far, but with the kind permission of the Käch family I am now allowed to publish the full score and provide a short sound snippet on my website:

Here is a short biography about Hugo Käch:

Hugo Käch was born on 26 September 1927 in Lucerne (Switzerland). He studied music at the Lucerne Conservatory and later composition with Paul Hindemith and conducting with Igor Markevitch. Hugo Kaech then completed his studies in the master class of Herbert von Karajan and became his assistant.
In the 1960s Hugo Käch was conductor at the Wiener Staatsoper, as the first Swiss countryman ever. A few years later Hugo Käch worked in the television industry, first as an assistant, later as a director. There he found his mission and directed live broadcasts of concerts of classical music. For example Hugo Käch directed the live broadcasts of the Vienna New Year's Concerts from 1980 to 1986 or since 1982 the broadcasts from the Scala in Milano. In 1998 he directed the first recorded concert from the Forbidden City in Beijing. In total Hugo Käch directed over 500 broadcasts of concert and opera performances with all major orchestras, soloists and conductors of his time.
Beside his international career Hugo Käch was also lecturer and later director of the music school as well as choral master of the Oratorienchor, both in Schaffhausen.
Hugo Käch died on 31 December 2003 in Flurlingen, near Schaffhausen (Switzerland).
7  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Werner Haentjes: Violin concerto (1949) on: October 18, 2017, 06:39:46 pm
Werner Haentjes (1923-2001), a German composer and active part of the Darmstadt School in the late 1940s and 1950s, composed a Violin concerto in 1949. The Violin concerto was premiered at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music in the same year. Unfortunately the score wasn't published in all the years and so the work fell into oblivion. Therefore I am very happy that I got the permission from the Haentjes family to typeset the manuscript and publish the full score on my website free of charge:

A small biography about Werner Haentjes:

Werner Haentjes was born on 16 December 1923 in Bocholt (Germany). His family moved to Cologne when he was only one year old and Cologne would become his lifelong home. He became a choirboy at the Cathedral of Cologne and in 1939 began his music studies under Philip Jarnach and Heinrich Lemacher. The outbreak of World War II put an abrupt end to  that. After the war Werner Haentjes first worked as a Kapellmeister in Bielefeld and Heidelberg. In 1949 he returned to Cologne and started to work as a composer. At that time he became an active part of the Darmstadt School, was a student of Rene Leibowitz and several of his compositions were premiered at the concerts of the Summer Courses for New Music.
In addition to his modern, avant-garde compositions in twelve-tone technique Werner Haentjes worked in a second field - he composed stage music for the "Schauspiel Köln", the main theatre in Cologne. First he composed only on request, but in 1974 Werner Haentjes became the musical director of the theatre and formed the productions with his music for many years until his retirement in 1989. Over the years he worked together with such renowned directors like Hansgünther Heyme, Jürgen Flimm or Peter Zadek.
Werner Haentjes died on 20 July 2001 in Cologne (Germany).

Beside the hundreds of compositions for stage Werner Haentjes composed 2 symphonies (the first premiered by Ferenc Fricsay in 1952), concertos for violin and for horn, 3 operas (Leonce und Lena, Nichts Neues aus Perugia, Gesucht werden Tote), and a wealth of sacred, choral and chamber music. His work "Preisungen" on psalm translations of Martin Buber was performed at a commemoration at the concentration camp Dachau during the festivities of the Olympic Games in 1972.
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Stefans Grové: String quartet (1945) on: October 09, 2017, 02:58:45 pm
Stefans Grové (1922-2014) was a South African composer and one of the "fathers" and main figures in the development of Western art music in South Africa. Among his very first compositions is a String quartet (1945). I recently found a fair copy of the autograph score. The only other existing manuscript - the working copy - is archived at the Stellenbosch University. With the permission from the Grové family I am now proud to present the typeset full score at my website. There it can be downloaded free of charge and a sound snippet is included:

You are welcome to visit my site and download your own copy of the score.

A short biography of Stefans Grové:

Stefans Grové was born on 23 July 1922 in Bethlehem (South Africa). His mother worked as a music teacher, his uncle the well-known composer D. J. Roode and so he learned to play the piano, organ and flute from an early age. In 1945 Stefans Grové began to study music at the South African College of Music in Cape Town with William Henry Bell and Erik Chisholm. Later he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship as the first South African ever and so completed his master's degree at the Harvard University under Thurston Dart and Walter Piston. He also attended Aaron Copland's composition class at the Tanglewood Summer School and studied flute at the Longy School of Music.
After his studies Stefans Grové worked as a teacher first at the Bard College and then at the Peabody Institute. He returned permantly to South Africa in 1972 and was appointed lecturer at the University of Pretoria. There he remained until his death on 29 May 2014.

Stefans Grové is one of the most significant and important composers in the history of South Africa. Together with Arnold van Wyk and Hubert du Plessis he is considered as "the fathers of South African art music". He also was the first white composer to include African musical language into his compositions and forming a hybrid of "white Western" and "black South African" styles.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Joseph Holbrooke: Dramatic Overture "1914", for brass band on: October 08, 2017, 10:14:25 am
I recently found a manuscript score of the composition "1914, for brass band" by Joseph Holbrooke. This work was composed around 1920 and later revised and retitled to "Clive of India", a title under which it is known today. This revised version was published in 1940 and was test piece of the British Open Brass Band Championship, at Belle Vue, Manchester, in September 1940. It was performed from time to time in the 1940s to 70s, but then it fell more and more into oblivion.
I have now typeset the original version and one can find a score and sound sample on my website:

10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Jef Tinel, Max Herre, Leopold Materna, etc on: September 30, 2017, 07:20:22 pm
In the last months I typeset a few smaller chamber pieces, which I didn't promote individually. So here they are all together:

Jef Tinel (1885-1972): Ballade, for 4 violins, 2 violas and cello
Max Herre (1888-1956): Impromptu, for violin and piano (1923)
Max Herre (1888-1956): Fantasy for violin, cello and piano (1923)
Leopold Materna (1872-1948): Kleine Romanze, for violin and piano (1939)
Heinrich Treiber von der Treib (1899-1977): Suite for violin solo (1939)
Heinrich Treiber von der Treib (1899-1977): String quartet (1949)

You can find access to scores of all these works through the following link, which gives an overview about all the chamber music with violin in my possession:

11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Anton Bauer: Violin concerto (1921) on: August 01, 2017, 08:05:32 pm
The nearly forgotten German composer Anton Bauer (1893-1950) composed a Violin concerto in 1921. Curiously I never came across this information in all the years researching on 20th century violin concertos and just got aware of it a few weeks ago when I bought a part of the composer's estate. The piano reduction of the Violin concerto can now be downloaded from my website with a short sound snippet:

A short biography:

Anton Bauer was born on 23 January 1893 in Mallersdorf near Regensburg (Germany). He studied music at the university and the Akademie der Tonkunst in Munich. First he worked as a Kapellmeister, but was emploied as a Bavarian governmental music teacher since 1923. Anton Bauer moved a few times over the years and was active in Freising, Cham, Rosenheim and Moosburg before he returned to Munich in his late years.
Anton Bauer composed mainly vocal music like songs, choral compositions and masses. He also wrote books on music theory like Atonale Satztechnik (1925) or Der Geigenkenner (1937). And Anton Bauer intensively researched about the folk music of Bavaria and published dozens of these collected compositions (for example "20 altbayerische Ländler", "30 altbayerische Tänze").
Anton Bauer died on 30 October 1950 in Munich.
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: first twelve-tone technique compositions? on: July 28, 2017, 07:15:48 pm
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Max Kowalski: "Ihre Locken", for voice and piano on: July 27, 2017, 06:59:48 pm
OK, although I did not get an answer not to speak of any help here to my initial posting, I can now announce the publication of the score of "Ihre Locken". It can be found here:
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: first twelve-tone technique compositions? on: July 27, 2017, 02:48:32 pm
I am not familiar with the dodecaphony principles, but you can look into the piece via my website:

15  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: first twelve-tone technique compositions? on: July 26, 2017, 06:29:02 pm
Yes, I read about that. And that the first dodecaphonic composition date from around 1925 if we talk about Schoenberg, Webern, Berg. So the "Zwölftönemusik" (Twelve tones music) by Anton Bauer from 1926 is definitely of - at least - historical importance.
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