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« on: September 04, 2012, 05:26:27 pm »

Hermann Schroeder Piano Concerto

Tiny Wirtz, Piano
Köln Radio Symphony Orchestra
Wilhelm Schrichter, conductor

From the collection of Karl Miller

Radio Broadcast, Date Unknown

Wikipedia Bio

Hermann Schroeder (26 March 1904 in Bernkastel – 7 October 1984 in Bad Orb) was a German composer and a Catholic church musician.

He spent the greatest part of his life’s work in the Rheinland. His main sphere of activity as composer, conductor and organist were in addition to his work as Professor of choral conducting, counterpoint and composition at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and conducting various semiprofessional ensembles such as the Bach-Verein Köln and the Rheinischer Kammerchor.

Schroeder's works are characterized by the employment of elements of Gregorian chant, harmonized with quintal and quartal harmonies.

The following quotation describes his creative principle most clearly: "connection to the church-mode melos in the chromatic realm while simultaneously retaining the relativity of the intervallic values."[verification needed]

Important works: Missa Gregoriana, Missa dorica, Hermann und Leander (opera), organ music, folk-song settings, German settings of the Ordinary and Proper of the Mass.

Bio from Schott Music

Hermann Schroeder, born on 26 March 1904 in Bernkastel-Kues (Mosel), died on 7 October 1984 in Bad Orb, studied at the Cologne Musikhochschule (1926-30) with Heinrich Lemacher and Walter Braunfels (composition), Hans Bachem (organ), Hermann Abendroth (conducting) and Dominicus Johner (Gregorian chant). He was music teacher in Cologne (1930-38) and cathedral organist in Trier (1938/39).

From 1946-1981 he taught music theory at the Cologne Musikhochschule and was director of Cologne’s Bach Society (1947-1962). With H. Lemacher, Schroeder has published several textbooks on harmony, counterpoint and musical form, which have gained wide currency in German-speaking countries. In 1952 he was awarded the Robert Schumann Prize of the city of Düsseldorf, in 1955 the first prize in the organ competition at Haarlem/the Netherlands, in 1956 he received the Arts Prize from the state of Rheinland-Pfalz (1956) and in 1974 he was appointed honorary doctor by the University of Bonn.

Schroeder is one of the most important German composers of the  20th century for organ. His music combines elements of the Middle Ages (fauxbourdon, ostinato technique, Gregorian modes), 20th-century polyphony and the linear, atonal writing of Hindemith. The chamber music for organ and other instruments constituted a special field of his musical activity.

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