The German composer, Dietrich Manicke, went to school in Dresden (1942-1947). He studied composition (with Fidelio Finke and Gustav Mraczek), music theory, conducting and music pedagogy at the National Academy for Music and Theatre in Dresden, where he stays as a teacher for composition and music history after his graduation.
First successful performances of Dietrich Manicke's works, including Passacaglia and Fugue for orchestra (1947); supported by, among others, conductors Erhard Mauersberger, Bongartz and Rudolf Kempe. From 1950 to 1955 he studied musicology in Berlin and Münster; doctorate on W.A. Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Freie Universität Berlin From 1950 to 1953 he was lecturer in music theory at the Deutsche Hochschule für Musik in Berlin; from 1957 to 1960 at the Berlin church music conservatory; and from 1960 to 1986 at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie in Detmold (composition theory and practise; professorship in 1967).
Dietrich Manicke was awarded the city of Dresden’s Carl Maria von Weber Prize for composition, and the Johann Wenzel Stamitz Prize by the Künstlergilde. In his musical aesthetics and style follows Paul Hindemith. Refined polyphonic writing, often intuitive at its first inception, and reinterpreting baroque and classical forms. Main output in orchestral and chamber works, special focus on sacred music. Interpreters of his compositions include Alun Francis, Werner Andreas Albert, Karlheinz Zöller, Saschko Gawriloff, Hans Maile, Dieter Klöcker and Janos Kulka. Manicke also wrote a two-part method on polyphonic setting and studies on Heinrich Schütz and Ernst Pepping. He is married to singer Annelies Westen, and lives in Detmold.