Thomas Bocklenberg

Thomas Bocklenberg

Composing and Playing

Most of my compositions are written for smaller ensembles, but there is also music for orchestra or electronic music. For some years now, I have been applying myself to compositions for lute, theorbo and guitar very intensively, including music for tuition.
Among the plucking instruments, especially the lute has fascinating tonal properties. Considering the multifaceted music scene today, there is a chance for composers and players to break away from the cliché of a merely historical instrument. It would pave the way for contemporary lute music and new developments in lute making.
As a player of Lute, Theorbo, Guitar and Baroque Guitar, continuo an solo music of renaissance and baroque belong to the repertory, as well as compositions of my own.



10.09.2017 Harmonischer Gottedienst “500 Jahre Reformation”
Trutz Nachtigall – Frühe Vokal- und Instrumentalmusik aus der Zeit Friedrich Spees. Ltg.: Ulrike von Weiß
Location: Evangelische Kirche Urdenbach
Address: Urdenbacher Dorfstraße 15, Düsseldorf – Urdenbach.
Time: 11:00 Uhr.
Harmonischer Gottesdienst anlässlich des Jubiläumsjahres: 500 Jahre Reformation.
Harmonic service on the occasion of the anniversary year: 500 Years Reformation.

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CLM – Downloads of New Lute Music

Selected new music for lute instruments and chamber music with lute by Thomas Bocklenberg is now published at Scores are available as free downloads. You can get detailed information about each piece, if possible with audio sample.





Blind Touch for Lute and Viol (2016)


Blind Touch (sheet music) available on

In this piece, rhythmics and tempo structures are a particular challenge for the players. To interpret the piece properly, the players have to find closest proximity despite the tonal diversity of the instruments.

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Premiere within the concert series “Sonorizzonte” April 30, 2017, 6 pm at Alte Hofkapelle der Münchner Residenz.

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Codex Brevis – Scherzo ex anima IV (2014)


New score available on

The piece is composed for Violin, Descant Recorder, Bass Viol and Lute.  It was premiered in 2014 by  the ensemble Quadro con Liuto, Bonn.
It is dedicated to Hans-Georg Büchel. As player and organizer he merits recognition for the performance of Ancient Music for many years. not only in the Bonn area . Furthermore, he was open-minded for New Music and has premiered some contemporary works.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017, 6 pm


3 rd concert of the series “Sonorizzonte” with the premiere of “Blind Touch” for Lute and Viol by Thomas Bocklenberg

Jessica Kuhn: Baroque Cello, Violoncello piccolo / Michael Freimuth: Theorbo and Lute / Arno Jochem de La Rosée: Viol, Lyra Viol.
Alte Hofkapelle der Münchner Residenz,  Residenzstraße 1, München
Chamber music and solo works from the baroque and early classical period by Marais, Visée, Haydn a.o. . Contemporary music by Penderecki and Bocklenberg (UA).

Entrance: 30 € / 20 € for students. Tickets: +49 (0)151 20 977 881 or via e-mail:
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Trutz Nachtigall - Foto: Claus von Weiß

Sunday, June 18, 2017, 5pm


Trutz Nachtigall – Early vocal and instrumental music. Dir.: Ulrike von Weiß

Monastery church at Neuwerk, Mönchengladbach