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Hans Ulrich Engelmann (Composer)

Born: September 8, 1921 - Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
Died: January 8, 2011 - Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany

The German composer, Hans Ulrich Engelmann, studied composition with Hermann Heiss and Wolfgang Fortner. He was a regular attendee of the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, and he was particularly affected by the twelve-tone classes of René Leibowitz (1948) and Ernst Krenek (1951), which helped him move from free atonality to serialism. Eventually, he would publish a history of the courses. In 1947, he began studying musicology with Gennrich Friedrich and Helmut Osthoff, earning a Ph.D in 1952. He also studied philosophy with Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Hans-Georg Gadamer.

A brief marriage took Hans Ulrich Engelmann to Iceland from 1953-1954, before returning to Darmstadt to work as the music adviser and composer for the Hessisches Landestheater for the next seven years. His next post was in the same capacity at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, where his tenure lasted from 1961 to 1969. He also held the same position one more time at the Städtische Bühnen in Bonn in 1972-1973. In 1969, he began teaching at the Frankfurt Musikhochschule, and he remained on the faculty there for 17 years. Among his notable students: Gerhard Müller-Hornbach, Hans-Jürgen von Bose, Adrian Oswalt, Claus Kühnl, Wolfgang Kleber, Ralf Emig, Rolf Rudin, Karl-Wieland Short.

In the early 1960's, Hans Ulrich Engelmann began to incorporate techniques like electronic sound generation, graphic notation, jazz and collage into his music. By the end of the decade, he had assembled a pluralistic style which he showcased in large multimedia works such as Ophelia (1969). From 1974 to 1979, he was largely occupied with revising his earlier work, before returning to smaller, less eclectic compositions.

A recipient of many scholarships and awards throughout his career, some of Hans Ulrich Engelmann's most notable honours include scholarships from Harvard and the Villa Massimo (1960, 1967, 1983), the Lidice Prize of Radio Prague (1960), the Stereo Prize of the German broadcasting industry (1969), the Johann Heinrich Merck Award (1971), the Goethe Medal (1986), the Order of the BRD (1991) and the Hessian Order pour le merite (1997).

Selected Works

Stage:
Doctor Faust's Höllenfahrt, Op. 4 (1949-1950)
Magog, Op. 16 (1955-1956)
Noche da luna (pantomime for dancers) (1958)
Der verlorene Schatten, Op .22 (1960)
Der Fall van Damm, Op .30 (1966-1967)
Ophelia, Op .36 (1969)
Revue, Op .43 (1972-1973)

OrchestraL:
Music for Strings, brass & percussion (1948)
Violin Concerto (1948)
Impromptu (1949)
Orchestral Fantasia (1951)
Partita (1953)
Strukturen (1954)
5 Pieces (1956)
Polifonica (1957)
Partita für Streichorchester und Schlagzeug, Op. 12 (1957)
Ezra Pound Music (1959)
Trias (1962)
Shadows, scenes (1964)
Sonata, Op .32 (1967)
Capricciosi (1968)
Sinfonies (1968)
Modelle II (1970)
Sinfonia da camera (1981)
Adagio et Aria (1996)
Concerto for percussion ensemble (2001)
Theatre Music, im memoriam Leonard Bernstein (2002)

Vocal:
Consolationes, for chorus & strings (1952)
Elegia e canto, for soprano, piano & strings (1952)
Komposition in 4 Teilen, for soprano, flute, piano, & percussion (1953)
Die Mauer, for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra (1954)
Atlantische Ballade, for alto, baritone, percussion trio, & strings (1955)
Nocturnos, for soprano & orchestra (1958)
Incanto, for soprano, saxophone, & percussion ensemble (1959)
Eidophonie, for chorus & percussion (1962)
Commedia humana, for speaker, double chorus, cello & tape (1972)
Missa Popularis, for chorus & orchestra (1980)
Les chansons, for soprano, flute, clarinet, viola, cello & piano (1982)
Stele für Büchner, for alto, baritone, chorus & orchestra (1986-1987)
Omnia tempus habent, for chorus (1996)

Chamber:
Jazz-Sonatine, for piano (1945)
Piano music (1945)
Toccata, for piano (1947)
Cello Sonata (1948)
Piano Suite No. 1 (1948-1950)
Olaf’s Blues, for guitar & piano (1949)
2 Piano Pieces (1950)
Piano Suite No. 2 (1952)
String Quartet (1952)
Integrales, for alto saxophone & piano (1954)
Permutazioni, for flute, oboe, clarinet & bassoon (1959)|
Variante, for flute (1959)
Cadenza, for piano & tape (1961)
Timbres, for harp, celeste, piano, percussion quartet & tape (1963)
Mobile I ‘Fragmente’, for piano & synthesizer (19671971)
Mobile II, clarinet & piano (1968)
mini-music to siegfried palm, Op .38, for cello (1970)
Modelle I oder ‘I love you Bäbi’, for chamber ensemble (1970)
Klangstück, for violin & piano (1974)
Divertimento, for piano duo (1980)
Assonanzen, for cello duo (1983)
Epitaph für einen imaginären Freund, for trumpet & piano (1983)
Inter-Lineas, for alto saxophone, clarinet & percussion a sax (1985)
Dialoge, for piano & percussion (1986-1990)
Clarinota, for clarinet (1991)
Tastenstück, for piano (1991-1993)
Essay, for organ (1992)
Ciacona, for flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone, piano, violin, viola, & cello (1993)
Modus, for bassoon (1993)
Memoires à René Leibowitz, for guitar (1994-1997)
Black Invocations, for saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano & double bass (1995)
per Luigi, for flute, clarinet, cello, percussion & tape (1996)
Jazz-Capriccio, for piano (2001)


Source: Wikipedia Website (July 2011)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2011)

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