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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Emanuel Chvala: Symphonic poem "O posviceni" (1902) on: September 17, 2018, 12:12:48 pm
I see that there is a need to give some audible impression. So I created a computer realisation of the beginning as well. The sound file is included on my website and makes the first two sections "Morning twilight - the day awakes" and "church bell" hearable.

2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Emanuel Chvala: Symphonic poem "O posviceni" (1902) on: September 14, 2018, 08:08:07 am
I recently bought the autograph manuscript of the symphonic poem "O posviceni" (The kermis) by Czech composer and music critic Emanuel Chvala (1851-1924). The work was composed in 1902 and imitates the ongoings on the day of a kermis in a small Czech village. The composition was premiered the same year by the Czech Philharmonic and was quite popular. It received several subsequent performances and also an arrangement for piano 4 hands was made by pianist Jindrich Kaan. But only this piano reduction was published, the orchestral score seemed to be lost. I now found the score and have typeset the composition. The full score can now be downloaded free of charge from my website:

Here a few more words on Emanuel Chvala:

Emanuel Chvala was born on 1 January 1851 in Prague (Czech Republic). He studied both engineering (with a specialization on railway technology) and music. His music teachers include Josef Jan Baptist Cainer and Celestin Müller (piano) and Josef Förster and Zdenek Fibich (composition). After his studies Emanuel Chvala decided to earn a living with working in the railway industry and became later the director-in-chief of the Czech state railways. On suggestion of Josef Sladka, a famous Czech poet and journalist, Emanuel Chvala started to write also music critics for several journals and newspapers in 1878. He won considerable success as a contributor to periodicals like "Lumir", "Dalibor", "Politik" or "Hudebni revue". Emanuel Chvala also published the book "Ein Vierteljahrhundert böhmischer Musik" (A Quarter Century of Bohemian Music) in 1887, which was one of the very first surveys of Bohemian music and due to the fact that it was written in German, helped to bring the Bohemian composers to the attention of foreign audiences. Emanuel Chvala was also a great advocate of the works by Smetana, Fibich and Dvorak (who was a friend of him) and published several articles and essays about them.
Emanuel Chvala was member of the Czech Academy of Science and Arts, practitioner of the Dalcrode Society, member of the Association for Enhancement of Bohemian Music, member of the "Umelecka beseda" and member of the Committee of the Ethnographic Exposition in 1895 which shows that he was one of the most distinguished and outstanding figures of Czech music and theatre criticism around 1900.
Emanuel Chvala died on 28 October 1924 in Prague.
3  Little-known music of all eras / Swaps and Gifts / autographs, scores, etc for sale on: July 30, 2018, 02:31:10 pm
Over the years several nice items (music autographs, scores, etc) piled up in my archive. They were by-catches when I bought larger collection and was only interested in a specific item. Now that pile is so big that I would like to find better homes for these items. I created a "for sale" subpage on my website. Have a look if there is anything of interest for you:

4  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Rolf Hempel (1932-2016): Dialog, for flute and organ (1966) on: July 30, 2018, 07:09:58 am
I searched for "for flute and organ" in worldcat, focussed on musical scores and got more than 200 hits. There are surely a few doubles of course, but on the other hand my search misses all entries written in other languages and other writings (flute & organ; without the "for"; etc). Therefore I thought "hundreds" would be a serious answer. But I didn't investigate that deeper than the one minute it took me on worldcat, so maybe you are right.
5  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Rolf Hempel (1932-2016): Dialog, for flute and organ (1966) on: July 29, 2018, 05:06:38 pm
hundreds! does the instrumentation sound so weird to you?
6  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Rolf Hempel (1932-2016): Dialog, for flute and organ (1966) on: July 27, 2018, 05:45:38 pm
Rolf Hempel (1932-2016) composed the work "Dialog, for flute and organ" in 1966. The same year the composition was awarded the composition prize of the city of Stuttgart (Germany). But the score was never published and the work fell into oblivion over the years. I now have typeset the score of this award-winning composition and it can be downloaded free of charge from my website:

Here a short biography I wrote about Rolf Hempel:

Rolf Hempel was born on 23 June 1932 in Reichenbach im Vogtland (Germany). Already as a pupil at the Gymnasium he attended university courses for piano, trumpet and composition at the Robert-Schumann-Konservatorium in Zwickau. Rolf Hempel then moved to West-Berlin and studied composition and music theory under Boris Blacher, Heinz-Friedrich Hartig, Josef Rufer and Ernst Pepping at the Berliner Hochschule für Musik from 1952 to 1957.
After his studies Rolf Hempel first became lecturer at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Tübingen, then music director at the Württembergische Landesbühne. In 1971 he was appointed lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, in 1980 he became professor and from 1990 to 1997 practitioner of this insitution. Beside this work Rolf Hempel co-founded a music school and was its director from 1971 to 1976 and also co-founded the Esslinger Studiokonzerte für Neue Musik in 1985. He was the choir master for several ensembles in Esslingen and Stuttgart and was involved in the work of the Deutschen Tonkünstlerverband. In 2005 he became the honorary practitioner of the German Composers Society.
Rolf Hempel died on 18 October 2016 in Esslingen (Germany).

Beside his work as a teacher Rolf Hempel also composed music for all instrumentations: works for orchestra, concertos like the Violin concerto "Duell", chamber music, choral music and songs. Rolf Hempel received several awards for his compositions, among them are the Johann-Wenzel-Stamitz-Preis in 1987, the first prize of the Mozartverein Darmstadt in 1985 or the Esslinger Kulturpreis in 2008.
7  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Michel Philippot: Romance d'Hallewyn, for voice and ensemble (1950) on: July 26, 2018, 11:22:45 am
I would like to announce the publication of a composition by the important French composer Michel Philippot (1925-1996). I recently found the autograph manuscript of the composition "Romance d'Hallewyn", a work composed in 1950, so one of the very first compositions by Michel Philippot at the time when he was student of Rene Leibowitz. The piece is scored for voice, brass, percussion, celesta and violas and not part of the official catalogue of the composer. But I nevertheless got permission from the Philippot family to typeset and publish the work. So if you are interested in having a look into the score, download your free copy here:

Here a small biography about Michel Philippot as published on my website:

Michel Paul Philippot was born on 2 February 1925 in Verzy (France). His first studies of mathematics were interrupted by World War II, after which he decided instead to study music, first at the Conservatory of Reims, and then at the Paris Conservatoire (1945–48), where he studied harmony with Georges Dandelot. He also took private composition lessons from 1946 to 1950 with René Leibowitz, who introduced him to the music of the Second Viennese School. In 1949 he began a career at ORTF in a position as a music producer. In 1959 he became assistant to Pierre Schaeffer in the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, and later worked under Henri Barraud at France-Culture. From 1964 to 1972 he was in charge of music programs, then became a technical adviser to the Director General of Radio France and to the practitioner of the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel. From 1969 to 1976 he also taught musicology and aesthetics at the Universities of Paris I and IV, and from 1970 was Professor of Composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In 1976 he moved to Brazil in order to create the department of music at the University of the State of Săo Paulo, as well as to take up a position as Professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Condé 2001). Upon returning to France in 1983, he resumed his occupation as technical advisor to INA (until 1989) and his professorship at the Paris Conservatory (until 1990) where he had as pupils notably Denis Cohen, Philippe Manoury and Nicolas Bacri.
Seeking to solve a musical problem with the help of existent or invented mathematical models, he developed a contrapuntal style as well as a procedure of thematic variation based on continuous transformation. Rejecting literary titles and cultivating purely instrumental genres, he composed symphonic pieces (Composition pour double orchestre, 1960; Carrés magiques, 1983), concertante works (Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra, 1984), works for chamber orchestra (Pičce pour 10 instruments, 1961; Passacaille for 12 instruments, 1973; Contrapunctus X for 10 instruments, 1994), string quartet or solo instruments (Sonata for piano, 1947) and some musique concrčte (Etude de musique concrčte n° 1, 1951).
His honors include the Grand Prix national de la musique (1987), and the presidency of the Académie Charles Cros.
Michel Philippot died on 28 July 1996 in Vincennes (France).
8  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Aladar Rado (1882-1914) on: July 11, 2018, 01:17:43 pm
Aladar Rado was one of the promising composers at the turn of the century in Hungary. Born in 1882 and a student of Hans Koessler from 1904 to 1908 at the Hungarian Academy of Music he shared an identical musical biography like Bela Bartok (born 1881, Koessler student from 1899 to 1903) or Zoltan Kodaly (born 1882, Koessler student from 1900 to 1904). He received several fellowships which finally led him to Berlin where he had a first success with his opera "The black cavalier". But the career of the composer Aladar Rado was cut short by the World War I. He died on the battlefields near Belgrade on 9 September 1914, one of the early days of the war.
Aladar Rado was a prolific composer but only little of his compositions was published. I recently bought the manuscript of the "Frühlingslied (Spring song), for violin and piano" by Aladar Rado. The work was composed in 1906 and is dedicated to a person called "Bela". The score of this previously unpublished and most likely unperformed composition can be download free of charge from my website:

Below my more detailed biography about Aladar Rado:

Aladár Radó was born on 26 December 1882 in Budapest (Hungary). He began to play the piano at the age of 4 and since 1904 studied composition under Hans Koessler at the Royal National Hungarian Academy of Music. In 1908 Hans Koessler retired and Aladár Radó continued his studies under Leo Weiner. His first composition - a Suite, a string quartet, the symphony "Petőfi" and the symphonic poem "The little tavern at the end of the village" - received immediate performances and Aladár Radó was one of the most promising young Hungarian composers of his time together with other Koessler students like Bela Bartok or Zoltan Kodaly. He received the Hungarian State fellowship, a Bayreuth fellowship, the Franz-Liszt-fellowship of Budapest, and the Franz-Joseph-fellowship which allowed Aladár Radó to move to Berlin. There he continued to compose and created the opera "The black cavalier" (on words of Heinrich Lilienfein) which was performed several times in Germany and Austria and brought him great success. Aladár Radó also composed for the theatres of Max Reinhardt and was the designated principal conductor of the Reinhard Theatres with a contract starting on 1 September 1914. But in July 1914 the World War I broke out and Aladár Radó immediately enlisted for military service and was sent as a reserve officier to the front line in Serbia. He was killed on 9 September 1914 in Boljevci near Belgrade. The stepdaughter of philosopher Constantin Brunner knew Aladár Radó closely and wrote in her published diary about the last moments of the composer: "Paul Neubauer retold us the report of an eyewitness, that Aladar Rado stormed the enemy lines of machine guns in such a naive, outmoded valour with his pulled out saber and the words "Hurrah Eljen!" like the old Hungarian heros, and his company followed enthusiastically. A head shot struck him down immediately."
Aladár Radó was a prolific composer and left dozens of unpublished compositions in his estate. The four years of World War I and his death let his music fell into oblivion. It is known that Bela Bartok asked his own publisher, the Universal Edition, in 1922 to have a look into the compositions of Aladár Radó and contemplate a publication. Bartok wrote: "I don't want to exert influence on your final decision of course, all the less I don't know these compositions. But what I know of Aladar Rado is just, that he had a massive knowledge and was a favourite student of professor Koessler."
9  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Alla Penkina (*1960): Violin concerto (1995) on: July 06, 2018, 10:39:06 am
I am delighted to announce another publication of a neglected violin concerto from the 20th century: Russian composer Alla Penkina (*1960) composed her "Concerto for violin and chamber orchestra op.17" in 1995. I remained in manuscript, but now the typeset full score can be downloaded free of charge from my website:

Here is a biography of her:

Alla Penkina (Алла Валентиновна Пенкина) was born on 18 January 1960 in Pavlovo (Nizhny Novgorod Oblast in Russia). She began to play piano at the age of six, first privately under Maria Filipova, later at the music school under A. Khalkovskaya. In 1980 she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in musicology. From 1984 to 1989 Alla Penkina studied composition at the Turkmen National Conservatory in Ashgabat and completed the post-graduate course in composition in 1995 under professor Recep Allayarov, an disciple of Alfred Schnittke. She also attended masterclasses by the composers Boris Tishchenko and Theo Loevendie. In 2001 Alla Penkina received a fellowship for composers from the Russian Composers Union.
From 1989 to 1995 Alla Penkina lectured both at the music school as well as the Turkmen National Conservatory in Ashgabat, and she worked as a music editor for the Turkmenian Broadcasting Company. In 1996 she moved back to Nizhny Novgorod and lectured piano and composition at music schools. She was a jury member in the local composition competition "Young Composer" in Nizhny Novgorod. Alla Penkina also taught music theory, piano and composition at the Californian Music Center in Shenzhen (China). Since 2008 she lives permantly in Elche (Spain).
10  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Wolfgang Gabriel (*1930): Violin concerto op.17 (1971) on: June 21, 2018, 09:48:30 pm
Wolfgang Gabriel (*1930) is a renowned Austrian composer and conductor. Many of his compositions are published and were performed, but his Violin concerto op.17 from 1971 remained in manuscript. But the composer kindly granted permission to me to typeset the manuscript and publish the score through my website. Therefore I am happy to announce the free publication of the full score of the Violin concerto. It can be downloaded in pdf-format from my website:

Here is a short biography about Wolfgang Gabriel:

Wolfgang Gabriel was born on 9 June 1930 in Vienna (Austria). He grew up in a musically interested home, his father could play the piano and they often performed family music. So he also started to play the piano at the age of 6 and his first own compositions date from that time as well. Wolfgang Gabriel received regular piano lessons - in his last school year from Hans Sittner - and finished school in 1948. Already a year earlier he had started to study music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Hans Swarowsky (Kapellmeisterschule), Alfred Uhl (composition) and Grete Hinterhofer (piano). He completed his studies in 1952 and graduated with distinction in music theory and Kapellmeisterschule.

In 1954 Wolfgang Gabriel first worked as a repetiteur and lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, in 1974 he was appointed professor and directed an opera class in his last years until his retirement in 1996. In addition Wolfgang Gabriel became the principal conductor of the Akademischer Orchesterverein, one of the time-honoured non-professional orchestras in Vienna, in 1960 and directed this ensemble for nearly 50 years. And in 1988 he also took over the position of chorus master at the Bachgemeinde Wien. Beyond that Wolfgang Gabriel worked as a lieder accompanist from time to time.

Beside his diverse activities as a conductor Wolfgang Gabriel also composed music throughout his lifetime. His work catalogue contains 9 concertos for orchestra, 3 concertos for chamber ensembles, 9 string quartets, 3 wind quintets, solo concertos for piano, oboe, violin, viola, cello and double bass, chamber works for manifold instrumentations, 9 song cycles and much more. In his compositions Wolfgang Gabriel uses twelve-tone rows, but always based on the key tone and therefore as a means to an end, not as an ideology.
In 2005 Wolfgang Gabriel was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art I. Class.
After two strokes in 2010 Wolfgang Gabriel had to quit his conducting activities and now focuses on composing.
11  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Alan Richardson (1904-1978): Variations for pianoforte (1935) on: May 26, 2018, 11:24:59 pm
For those interested in more Richardson works: I just uploaded another work of him, the "Three pieces for piano" from 1934. The score is available free of charge as - on my website - usual. A few more works will follow in the next weeks.
12  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Max Reger: his last composition.. on: May 13, 2018, 12:56:14 pm
In 1916 Max Reger started to compose an "Andante und Rondo capriccioso, for violin and small orchestra". But Reger died in May 1916 before he could finish the composition. When Florizel von Reuter visited Elsa Reger, the widow of Max Reger, in Munich in 1931 due to a concert performance, he learned about the unfinished composition. He asked for the permission to complete the work which Elsa Reger granted to him. Florizel von Reuter immediately started the task and completed the composition in piano reduction within 7 days! The premiere of this version took place on 15 February 1932 in Vienna with Florizel von Reuter (violin) and Franz Schmidt (piano). The orchestration took a few months and was premiered on 7 November 1932 in Munich with Florizel von Reuter (violin), the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Siegmund von Hausegger.

The full orchestral score of the "Symphonic rhapsody" was published by Universal Edition in 1933, but was only available for hire and just as a facsimile of the autograph manuscript. The piano reduction was completely left out.
I recently bought the autograph manuscript of this piano reduction and therefore I decided to typeset my autograph to make this version available for the public. I have now finished this work and the piano reduction of the "Symphonic rhapsody" by Max Reger and Florizel von Reuter can be downloaded free of charge from my website:

Enjoy and spread the word!

13  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Alan Richardson (1904-1978): Variations for pianoforte (1935) on: May 12, 2018, 01:59:17 pm
I recently bought several sketch books of composer Alan Richardson (1904-1978) which he used to pen down musical ideas at the time around 1935. Much of the content is incomplete but there are a few completed compositions. With the kind permission of the Richardson family I am allowed to publish these previously unknown works. The first publication is "Variations for pianoforte", a set of 13 variations written in 1935 and so one of the very first compositions by Alan Richardson who later became a longtime piano professor at the Royal Academy of Music. One can find the score for free download at my website:

And here is a short biography:

Alan Richardson was born on 29 February 1904 in Edinburgh (Scotland). He learned the piano and worked as a pianist for the BBC in Scotland, before moving to London to study piano and composition under Harold Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music. Alan Richardson then worked as a pianist, he toured Australia and New Zealand in 1931 and was the accompanist for famous violinist Carl Flesch from 1936 to 1939. He also gave piano lectures at the Royal Academy of Music and was appointed professor in 1960, a position he held until his death. In 1961 Alan Richardson married renowned oboist Janet Craxton, the daughter of his former teacher Harold Craxton.
Alan Richardson died on 29 November 1978 in London.
14  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Karel Moor (1873-1945): String quartet No.2 (1902) on: April 28, 2018, 04:34:33 pm
Karel Moor (1873-1945) was a Czech conductor, choir master and composer. He studied in Prague, Vienna and Trieste, then worked in Pardubice and returned to Trieste around the trun of the century. At that time - in 1902 - he composed his String quartet No.2. It was composed in Trieste and composed for the "Quartetto Triestino" and therefore carries the same title: Quartetto triestino per quartetto d'archi. I recently bought the autograph manuscript of this composition which remained unpublished so far. Even worse most of the early compositions by Karel Moor are unknown today because his house with all his belongings burned down in 1912 and so many compositions are destroyed. Therefore I am happy to present the full score of the String quartet No.2 by Karel Moor on my website for free download:

And here is a longer biography:

Karel Moor was born on 26 December 1873 in Lazne Belohrad (Czech Republic). He first studied at the organ school in Prague under Karel Strecker, Frantisek Blazek, Karel Knittl and Augustin Vyskocil. Later he studied vocal performance in Vienna, then in Trieste.
Karel Moor first worked as a vocal reacher in Pardubice and there started to compose. After stops in again Prague and Trieste he became the conductor of the Czech Philharmonic and later of the National Theater in Brno. In 1912 the villa of Karel Moor burned down and the fire destroyed all the belongings to work in his profession as well as most of his compositions. To overcome this financial crisis Karel Moor accepts an appointment as conductor of "Choir Zoranic" in Zadar (Croatia), but quit the position shortly after due to personal and professional problems. He was then offered the position as choir master of the "Singer's Society of Spanish Jews" in Belgrade, but the outbreak of World War I ended the short tenure. Karel Moor fled from the hostile action first to Stip (Macedonia) where he worked in a school. He got wounded during a trip to Skopje, recovered at a sanatorium in Bohemia and then worked first as a Kapellmeister in Braunau am Inn, then in Ostrava, Ljubljana, Sinje, Split and finally in 1922 in Sarajevo. But Karel Moor was physically and mentally debilitated and had still financial problems, which led to the termination of his appointment in Sarajevo as well and he returned to Prague in 1923. There he worked at the newly opened Hvezda Cinema, later became bandmaster in Smichov (a district of Prague) and worked in the archive of the Czechoslovak Radio. In 1933 Karel Moor was appointed an honorary citizen of the town of Lazne Belohrad.
Karel Moor died on 30 March 1945 in Prague.
The work catalogue of Karel Moor lists more than 200 compositions. There are 10 operas like "William Ratcliff" (1904) or "The last chord" (1929), 11 operettas like "Mr. Professor in hell" (1907) and ballets. Among the orchestral works are 2 symphonic dances, a concerto for cembalo and a Romance and a Serenata No.2 for violin and orchestra. Karel Moor also composed 3 string quartets (No.1 and 2 in 1902, No.3 in 1915), a Suite for string quartet, a Piano trio, "5 Fantasies on national themes" for brass quintet and other chamber music. Among his vocal works are many songs, choral works, cantatas, masses and a Requiem.
15  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!

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