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1  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.
2  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.
3  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).
4  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.
5  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:

6  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!

7  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...
8  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.
9  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.
10  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).
11  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.
12  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.
13  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:

14  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:

15  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.
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