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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / songs by Ben Weber, Francisco Mignone, Carlos Veerhoff,.. on: March 26, 2018, 09:20:03 pm
I recently found several autograph manuscripts of previously unpublished songs for voice and piano. I managed to get permission for publication of these works and I am happy to announce the release of scores by several important 20th century composers! All scores are available only through my website, are published for the first time ever and can be downloaded free of charge! You can find songs by:

Ben Weber (1916-1979): important US composer and the first American composer who has published a composition in twelce-tone technique
Francisco Mignone (1897-1986): one of the most important Brazilian composers ever
Carlos Veerhoff (1926-2011): renowned German composer who also wrote in twelve-tone technique

Scores by these composers and several others can be found here on my website:

Enjoy and share if you like!

2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: free score library on: March 05, 2018, 05:08:34 am
Thanks for the offer! I see that I have to explain something:

The 100+ scores I mentioned above are only published by me. I have typeset them from manuscript and they were unpublished before. So you can find scores of these works only on my website:

And then I have also a normal score library of scores that were published by other publishing houses. That list of around 600 violin concertos can be found here:

And there one can see that I indeed also miss the Podkovirov score, so if you can send it to me, I would be pleased. Contact information on my website.


3  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / free score library on: March 04, 2018, 07:27:51 pm
With free scores on my website for more than 100 compositions from the 20th century I found it necessary to create a subpage to filter the available works via the instrumentation. So below is a link to the starting page and please check for your most beloved instrument:

Enjoy and hopefully you find the one or other interesting score for yourself. It's all free!

4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Tison Street (*1943): Labyrinth - Fantasy for violin and chamber orchestra on: February 18, 2018, 11:18:53 pm
Tison Street, born 1943 in Boston (USA) is a renowned composer and normally published by G. Schirmer. Therefore I am proud to say that I got the chance to publish the score of his "Labyrith - Fantasy for violin and chamber orchestra". The work was composed in 2000 and premiered in the same year by none less than Joseph Silverstein, the longtime concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. On my website one can find the full score as well as a complete recording of the work:

Here a longer biography about Tison Street:

Tison Street was born in Boston (USA) on 20 May 1943. After studying violin with Einar Hansen from 1951-59, he studied a composition with Leon Kirchner and David Del Tredici at Harvard, where he received bis B.A. in 1965 and M.A. in 1971. Among his awards and fellowships are the Naumberg Recording Award, an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and N.E.A. grant, the Brandeis Creative Arts Award, a Rome Prize Fellowship, and a Friedheim Award. During the years 1979 to 1983, he was associate professor of music at Harvard. He has also taught at U.C. Berkeley and Boston University.

Tison Street's works have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New Hampshire Symphony, and the North Carolina Symphony, and many other ensembles, as well as by such soloists as Peter Serkin and Ani Kavafian. The New York Philharmonic performed his "Adagio in E-flat for oboe and strings" in 1983, then in 1993 commissioned "Bright Sambas" for their 150th anniversary celebration. Recent projects include "Zodiac Bagatelles", and "Labyrinth for solo violin and chamber orchestra", both for the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, completion of "Jewel Tree", "Two Latin Anthems for mixed chorus", and a new string quartet "Round, Gigue, and Perforation". In November 2004 the Boston Classical Orchestra premiered "Symphony V: Colonial Scenes", a work co-commissioned by the Orchestra and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Enrico Terni (1879-1960): Humoreske for violin and piano (1949) on: February 14, 2018, 06:42:35 pm
Enrico Terni, Italian composer and born in Alexandria (Egypt), is today only known for being the husband of the more famous Italian writer Fausta Cialente. But Enrico Terni was an important figure in the cultural life in Alexandria between 1920 and 1950. I recently found an autograph manuscript of a "Humoreske for violin and piano" by him which dates from 1949. You can find the score for free download on my website:

Here is a longer biography:

Enrico Terni was born 1879 in Alexandria (Egypt) to a wealthy Jewish family of Italian origin. He studied music in Florence and returned to Egypt after his studies to work as a composer and musicologist. Enrico Terni became an important part of the cultural life in Alexandria. He organised concerts and met many British and Italian artists who emigrated to Egypt at that time. So Enrico Terni became a close friend of British writer E.M. Forster, who wrote the short story "A Musician in Egypt" about him. Enrico Terni also met the famous Italian writer Fausta Cialente and they married in 1921. In 1935 Enrico Terni was one of the founding members of the "L'Atelier d'Alexandrie", a society to support musicians, painters, writers and other artists. He also wrote articles on music and reviews for several newspapers and journals in Egypt. Enrico Terni died on 1 May 1960.

Enrico Terni composed orchestral music: Symphonic poem "Marsyas" for orchestra after Henri de Regnier, Praeludium for orchestra, the orchestral poems "Amphytrite", "Episode" and "Poeme elegiatique" and the incidental music "Leda". Among his chamber music compositions are two string quartets, three violin sonatas, Prex dolorosa for violin and piano, a Sonata chromatica and Four portraits for piano.
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Kenneth Klauss (*1923): Violin concerto (1969) on: February 08, 2018, 04:59:37 am
Thanks for your reaction and I am happy that you like the concerto too!
7  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Kenneth Klauss (*1923): Violin concerto (1969) on: February 07, 2018, 05:03:30 am
US composer Kenneth Klauss, born 1923 in South Dakota and a student of Ernst Toch, composed a Violin concerto in 1969. In my personal opinion this work is one of the finest concertos in the 20th century. Therefore I am proud and pleased to announce the publication of both the full score as well as a complete recording of the work on my website!

8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Max Büttner: Trio for 3 harps op.41 (1929) on: February 04, 2018, 02:30:43 pm
The score of the "Trio for 3 harps op.41" composed in 1929 by German composer and professional harpist Max Büttner (1891-1959) can be download free of charge from my website:

Here a short biography about Max Büttner:

Max Büttner was born on 29 January 1891 in Rodach (Germany). From 1905 to 1907 he played in the city orchestra of Sonneberg, in the season 1907/08 in Uerdingen. In 1909 Max Büttner began to study piano and harp with Max Saal in Berlin, since 1917 counterpoint with Hermann Wolfgang von Waltershausen in Munich and since 1926 conducting with Hugo Röhr.
He mainly worked as a harpist, from 1910 to 1912 in the Blüthner-Orchester in Berlin, than in the Royal Opera Orchestra Berlin, the Hoftheaterorchester in Dessau and finally became the prinicipal harpist of the Bavarian State Orchestra, a position he held from 1916 to 1947. Since 1919 Max Büttner also worked as professor at the Akademie der Tonkunst in Munich.
Max Büttner died in 1959.
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / The Princes of Prussia as composers on: February 02, 2018, 05:31:16 pm
Recently I found three interesting handwritten (and partly autograph) manuscripts of compositions by Prince Albert (son) of Prussia (1837-1906) and his son, Prince Joachim Albert of Prussia (1876-1939). For all three compositions no scores are available and so I decided to typeset them. The scores are now available for free download from my website:

Prince Albert (son) of Prussia: Siegeshymnus (Victory hymn), for military band (1866)

Prince Joachim Albert of Prussia: Tango 1926, for small orchestra & A la plus belle, Valse-Boston, for small orchestra (1927)

Please check it out if you are interested in royal music...
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Paul G. Bonneau: Violin concerto "American Dream: I want to rule the World" on: January 31, 2018, 06:29:40 pm
Paul Gregory Bonneau was born 1962 in Chicago. In 2005 he composed a Violin concerto with the provoking title "American Dream: I want to rule the World". It was premiered a year later by Lewis Wong and the score is now available free of charge from my website:

The composer gave an additional note to the composition and an explanation of the title:

"American Dream: I want to rule the World is composed in three sections, each more dissonant then the preceding one. The solo violinist plays a proactive role throughout, with the orchestra "reacting"; to the impetus of the soloist. Each section is brought to a close as the orchestra, seemingly impatient with the views of the soloist, takes over the melodic material and disavows itself of the soloist. The final section is composed in a canon. Canon is literally defined as a law or rule. In music a canon is defined as one voice leading with a musical phrase or idea, and subsequent voices repeating literally what the first voice articulates, been prohibited "by law"; to deviate from the lead voice. The popular children's song "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" is perhaps the simplest example of a well-known musical canon. My canon in this third section begins in concordance with the rules of a musical canon (in this case a canon at the interval of a major second), but eventually goes terribly awry. The musical construction is embodied in, and is a reflection of, the title of the work.

The title of the work and what it means are meant to express views that are entirely my own. But as one may wonder as to what American Dream means, here are a few words: I love the United States of America. I am grateful to have been born a citizen of this country. Our U.S. Constitution is arguably the greatest document outlining a system of government ever written and enacted. And it is my opinion that we, as a nation, are in troubling times. What was once a noble dream, the American Dream, which has meant that anyone in the United States need only work hard with honesty and integrity to achieve a fulfilling life of freedom and prosperity; has metastasized to mean American Dream: I want to rule the World.

I am but an artist, helpless to enact major change. I have one resource: my art, and through it, I will not remain silent."
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Erich Keller (1918-2010): concertmaster of the Bavarian RSO on: December 22, 2017, 10:55:46 am
Erich Keller (1918-2010) was a violinist and the concertmaster of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1945 till his retirement in 1981. He also championed the chamber music and founded the Keller String Quartet, the Munich Chamber Trio (for violin, cello, piano), the Convivium Musicum Munich and was part of the Munich Nonett. In his student days Erich Keller also composed and I had the luck to find these compositions a few weeks ago. I have typeset three compositions of Erich Keller - a Romance for violin and piano, a String quartet and a Waltz for orchestra - and all these scores can be downloaded free of charge from my website. I also added a small sound snippet for the Romance:

Here a long biography of Erich Keller:

Erich Keller was born on 21 July 1918 in Augsburg (Germany). He learned violin from an early age and after finishing school he studied music at the conservatory in Augsburg. From 1938 to 1942 he studied violin under Wilhelm Stross at the „Akademie der Tonkunst“ in Munich and attended a masterclass with Georg Kulenkampff in 1941. During World War II he also studied medicine and passed the first section of the medical examination to work as an army doctor in Italy.

In 1945 he became the principal concertmaster of the symphony orchestra of the Bavarian radio (Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks) and remained in this position till his retirement in 1981. So Erich Keller was a major part of the development of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra from the restart after World War II to one of the best orchestras in the world, first under principal conductor Eugen Jochum, later under Rafael Kubelik.

Beside his work in the orchestra Erich Keller was highly interested in chamber music and was part of different ensembles. Together with his wife, the pianist Elisabeth Schwarz, and the cellist Max Braun he formed the „Münchner Kammertrio“. Erich Keller also founded the „Keller Quartet“ in 1945 together with Karl Schindler (2nd violin), Adalbert Huber (viola) and Max Braun (cello). And he was part of the „Münchner Nonett“, an ensemble that was founded in 1960 and composers like Harald Genzmer, Werner Egk, Günter Bialas or Berthold Hummel wrote compositions especially for this formation. In 1950 Erich Keller also founded the chamber orchestra Convivium Musicum. In addition to his performing Erich Keller also taught at the conservatory in Augsburg and the Musikhochschule in Munich.

Erich Keller died on 08 September 2010.
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Tome Mancev (*1950): Violin concerto (1985) on: December 19, 2017, 08:15:19 am
The Macedonian composer Tome Mancev (*1950) composed his Violin concerto op.22 in 1985. It was premiered in 1986 by the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra under Igor Dzadrov and violinist Ratka Dimitrova. The full score only existed in manuscript, but I received the request to typeset and publish the score. Now my work is finished and one can download the full score from my website free of charge:

A short biography of Tome Mancev:

Tome Mancev was born 1950 in Gevgelija (Macedonia) and is a composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed in Asia, USA, Australia and Europe. Tome Mancev studied at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and there earned his BMus in pedagogy in 1973, BMus in music theory and pedagogy in 1975, then studied composition there with Vlastimir Nikolovski and earned his BMus in 1979. He later studied composition and other subjects with Jiri Dvoracek at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague from 1980–81, on a fellowship, and from 1982-1988  studied composition with Jiri Dvoracek and Josef Ceremuga. Later he studied orchestration with Dimitar Sagaev at the Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music in Sofia from 1995–99, where he earned his Dr sci.

Among his honours are Third Prize twice in the competition for choral music TEHO in Tetovo (1978, for Harvester, Op. 10; 1990, for War, Op. Cool, the Pance Pesev Prize for the best macedonian composition three times from the Macedonian Composers Association in Skopje (1989, for Symphony No. 2, 'Paganophony', Op. 23; 1995, for Old Song, Op. 27; 2002, for Exodus, Op. 30), Life achievement award from the society of music pedagogues/teachers of R Macedonia (2014) and Trajko Prokopiev for life achievement from the Macedonian Composers Association in Skopje (2015).

He has taught composition, instrumentation and orchestration, music instruments, technique of XX century composition, music analysis at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University since 1990, where he has been Professor of Composition since 2000, on undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies.
13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Karim Elmahmoudi (*1972): Solemn Prologue for violin and strings (2010) on: December 15, 2017, 04:44:22 pm
I am proud to announce another publication of a full score of a composition for concertante violin on my website. This time by Los Angeles-based composer Karim Elmahmoudi. His "Solemn Prologue for violin and strings" was composed in 2010 and received its world premiere right away. Karim Elmahmoudi works as an arranger and orchestrator for film, television and computer games, so expect a highly accessible composition:

Here is a short biography about him:

Los Angeles based composer, Karim Elmahmoudi (*1972) was originally from the ancient port city of Alexandria, Egypt, and moved to the United States while a child.  Led by an early fascination in science and astronomy, he first studied Aerospace Engineering, but then switched to music and studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Composition extension program and privately with Alexis Alrich for five years.  He also attended the University of Southern California Thornton Graduate School of Music where his professors included Christopher Young, James Newton Howard, Pete Anthony, Richard Kraft, Joel McNeely, Jeff Atmajian, and Lennie Moore. Additionally, he further studied with composer and orchestrator Conrad Pope, whose credits include film scores for “Star Wars”, “Jurassic Park” and the “Harry Potter” series.

Karim Elmahmoudi has contributed to many projects as arranger and orchestrator for films, television and video games. In 2006 he worked together with Christopher Young on film projects like “Spiderman 3”, “Sleepwalking”, and “Untraceable”. He also arranged and orchestrated music for video games like “Grim Fandango” (Lucasarts), “Star Wars – The Old Republic” (Lucasarts), “Disneyland Adventures” (Disney), and “Dante’s Inferno”(Electronic Arts).

Among the compositions by Karim Elmahmoudi for concert hall are two symphonies, a dozen symphonic poems and chamber music including a brass quintet (“Flourish and Plight”), a string quartet, a duet for flute and harp (“Beyond the Farthest Skies”), and about a dozen piano works.  Karim had the great opportunity to combine his passions for space and music with his three part series of tone poems starting with the symphonic fantasy “Orbit” from 2012.  This work was premiered in November 18, 2012, by the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra with David Weiss conducting.  It was chosen by the California Science Center (permanent home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour) to be played hourly as part of their IMAX presentations and has been heard by over three million people over the past years.  A rehearsal excerpt of this work can be heard here (Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Marlene Pauley conductor). Other works in this space trilogy include “Earthrise” (2015, premiered by the La Sierra University Ensemble conducted by Gio Santos), and the newly completed “Cosmic Horizons” (2017).

Besides his work as an arranger and orchestrator, Karim Elmahmoudi also plays the bass trombone in various orchestras.  He performed with the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony of which he is was the Composer-in-Residence (2008-2016).

Additionally, he has received commissions/grants for compositions from the Los Angeles City Arts Counsel, Flagstaff Arts Counsel, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and BMI.

Karim Elmahmoudi was awarded the BMI Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007, Nova Award in 2014, and is a three time semi-finalist of the American Prize in Composition (2015, 2016, 2017).
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Karen De Pastel: Concertante for violin and string orchestra op.2 (1966) on: December 10, 2017, 09:41:54 pm
I am proud to announce the publication of another fascinating violin concerto by Karen De Pastel. Karen De Pastel (*1949) is an Austrian composer and she composed her "Concertante for violin and string orchestra op.2" in 1966 at the age of just 17. The work received immediate performance in 1967 by the Thalia Symphony Orchestra in Seattle. The work was performed several times since then, always from the handwritten manuscript, but now I had the honour to typeset and publish the work on my website. The score is available free of charge as always and is accompanied by a small sound snippet from a performance:

Here a short biography of Karen De Pastel:

Karen De Pastel was born on the 27th of June, 1949 in Bellingham,Washington (USA). Her mother, Helen De Pastel, a renowned concert violinist and violin instructor, taught her voice and violin lessons at an early age. Karen later studied violin with Emanuel Zetlin and piano with Madam Berthe Poncy Jacobson at the University of Washington in Seattle, privately. After finishing high school she moved to Austria and studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Her teachers were Eva Braun-Prix (violin), organ (Dr. Rudolf Scholz), composition (Dr. Friedrich Neumann), piano (Richard Hauser) and correpetition (Robert Schollum and Franz Holetschek).  She graduated with honors from all these five major subjects. Karen De Pastel also attended masterclasses for organ with Anton Heiller, Dorthy de Rooij, Tagliavini and Rössler. From 2006 till 2012 she studied conducting with the famous composer and conductor Vassil Kazandjiev in Bulgaria.

Karen De Pastel began performing as concert pianist and violinist in 1961 and was chosen to hold the position of concertmistress in several orchestras, first in Olympia and Seattle (WA, USA), later also in Vienna. In 1973 she developed a new perspective in her musical life by becoming an active concert organist, first working at the St. Othmar church in Mödling. Later she accepted the position of monastery organist and choirdirector at the Monastery Lilienfeld in 1975. After three years Karen De Pastel founded an annual Music Festival in Stift Lilienfeld, performing operas and symphonic works by great masters under her direction. Inspired by the success of these festivals, Karen De Pastel took the initiative and founded the International Summer Academy in Lilienfeld for Musik and Arts in 1982, including masterclasses for voice and all instruments. She has continuosly directed both festivals to this very day, leading them to world wide recognition and receiving multible honors for her cultural achievements.

Besides her involved responsibilities in connection with these festivals and with the direction of the music academy at the Monastery Lilienfeld, Karen De Pastel still performs concerts internationally as solo organist, violinist, pianist and conductor, also performing with such distinguished orchestras as the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra or the NÖ Tonkünstlerorchester, to name only a few. From 1974 till 2014 Karen De Pastel taught organ, violin and piano at the music conservatory in St. Poelten and piano, organ and theory as professor at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, regularly holding masterclasses for organ, piano and composition in several countries such as in Bulgaria (for 12 years), Iceland and USA (Interlochen, Detroit, Tacoma)

For her efforts and achievements Karen De Pastel has received multiple awards. After winning several competitions in piano, violin, viola and composition in the USA, she was awarded the Cultural Prize of the City of Lilienfeld in 1987, the Golden Cross of the Monastery Lilienfeld 1999, the Silver Cross of Lower Austria in 2005, the International Mozart Award in 2009 plus the Da Vinci Diamond 2014 and the Sir Isaac Newton Award 2017 from the IBC Cambridge, highlighted by the coveted „Würdigungspreis der NÖ Landesregierung“ 2014 and  the Liese Prokop Outstanding Womens Award in 2017.

Karen De Pastel has been active as a composer from the very beginning of her musical career, her first compositions dating from school days in Olympia including a string quartet and the Concertante for violin and string orchestra. Since then she has composed concertos, chamber music, songs, sacred music for choir, cantatas and works for solo instruments and orchestra.
15  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:

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