Einige meiner Solo- und Kammermusikstücke sind für Laute, Theorbe und Barockgitarre geschrieben. Angesprochen sind Lautenist*innen, die bereit sind, sich auf neue Klangerfahrungen und spielerische Herausforderungen einzulassen. Bei manchen Stücken verwende ich ungewöhnliche Spieltechniken, die besondere Anforderungen an die Spielerin / den Spieler stellen. Es gibt weitere Abweichungen von der Norm, wie bspw. das Stoppen von Basschören, die Verwendung eines Slides oder das Anbringen eines zusätzlichen Bundes. Sofern nicht anders angegeben, wird eine gleichschwebende Tonleiter empfohlen.
A number of my solo and chamber pieces are written for lute, theorbo and baroque guitar. Addressed are lutenists who are prepared to get involved in new sound experiences and playing challenges. In some pieces, I use unusual playing techniques which means special requirements for the player. There are more deviations from the norm, for instance stopping of bass courses, use of a slide or affixing of an additional fret. Unless otherwise noted, equal tempered scale is recommended.
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DER BÄR AUF DER BRÜCKE / THE BEAR ON THE BRIDGE
FANTASIE IN NOMINE II
GEISTER / GHOSTS I&II
PRELUDE, MOMENT, ÈTUDE
for Lute and Bass Viol (2016 / Revised Edition 2020) | circa 8′
In this piece, rhythmic 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.Lute with 6 or 7 courses, ViolNotation: french tablature (lute) and standard notation (Viol)Tuning: equal tempered recommendedAnnotations: German/EnglishSpecial playing techniques: Some percussive effects such as hammer-on of the fretting hand also for the Viol, tambora and standard harmonics. Exactly defined tempo changes.Premiere: Munich 04-30-2017 within the concert series „Sonorizzonte“ at Alte Hofkapelle der Münchener Residenz by Michael Freimuth, Lute and Arno Jochem, Viol
Blind Touch – Audio samples
for Violin, Descant Recorder, Bass Viol, Lute (2014) | circa 6’30“
„Dedicated to Hans-Georg Büchel“
Violin, Descant Recorder, Bass Viol, Lute with 6 or 7 coursesViolin part can be played on baroque violinNotation for Lute: french tablature or standard staff notationTuning: equal tempered recommendedAnnotations: German/EnglishPremiere: Bonn 10-04-2014 by the ensemble „Quadro con Liuto“, Bonn
Codex Brevis – Audio samples
for Lute 10 courses (2000, Revised Edition 2017) | circa 10′
Prelude – Calmo, meditativo – Vivo – Moderato con spirito – Tempo giusto – Cadenza – Moderato – Tempo giusto – Meditation melancholico – Adagio, calmoLute in G 10 coursesNotation: french tablature and graphicsTuning: equal tempered recommendedAnnotations: German/EnglishTuning: standardSpecial playing techniques: Down- and upstrokes with plucking handPremiere: Swiss 2009 at Gommer Abendmusiken by the composer
Basis of FANTASIE IN NOMINE II for Lute/Archlute solo is a gregorian melody, which is first used by John Taverner in the 1st half of the 16th century for his mass „GLORIA TIBI TRINITAS“.Since the renaissance there are numerous works based on this cantus firmus melody, especially by English composers. The title „In nomine“ refers to the text of Taverner’s „Benedictus“: Benedictus qui venit in nomine domini…
for Lute 6 courses (2000) | circa 5′
Four studies for thumb-index technique of the plucking hand in moderately tonal style:1. Presto possibile, costante2. Con aumenti e contrasti3. Moderato, leggiero4. Andante moderato e vivoLute in G 6 coursesNotation: french tablature and music notationTuning: equal tempered recommendedAnnotations: German/EnglishTuning: standard
for Theorbo 14 courses (2017 / New Version 2019) | circa 18′
From the tonal intermediate world, always on the threshold of the non-tangible.In addition to the special tuning of the bass courses, many different percussive articulations and playing technique are used as well as playing with slide. Microphone amplification is desirable.7 movementsNotation: french tablature, graphic notationTuning: equal tempered recommendedAnnotations: German/EnglishSpecial playing techniques: Affixing of imaginary markings on the soundboard in order to play with a slide up to the 24th fret, hammer-on and hammer-on-harmonics als with the plucking hand, étouffé, tambora, special techniques for arpeggio, legato and plucking. Percussive effects on the soundboard.
for Theorbo 14 single courses (2009 / Revision August 2022 published by Bergmann Edition) | 13′
„People in Tokyo – activity and contemplation in a hustling and bustling city“
To play also on a large instrumentOptional use of a 13th fretNotation: french tablatureTuning: equal tempered recommendedAnnotations: German/EnglishSpecial playing techniques: Extended use of lower bass courses. Orientation and accuracy of the plucking hand thumb. Some special sound effects for the plucking hand. Slurs in high positions.Premiere: Bielefeld-Dornberg 01-24-2016 at concert series for early music by Michael Freimuth
Kokoro – Audio samples
Lute 8 courses (2014/15) | circa 4’20“
3 movements:1. Prélude réel2. Moment3. ÉtudeNotation: Standard Notation (Modern tablature (numbers) in preparation)Tuning: equal tempered recommendedAnnotations: English
Tiorbino or Theorbo 14 courses (2013 / Revised Edition 2020) | circa 6’30“
This jazz oriented piece is available in two versions: for Tiorbino / Theorbo and for Piano.The versions are adapted to the playing technique of the instrument, but otherwise differ insignificantly. I recommend choosing a medium or small instrument with the highest possible tuning.Notation: Modern tablature (numbers)Tuning: equal tempered recommendedAnnotations: German/English
for Theorbo in A 14 courses with stopped courses 1-7 (8) (2015 / Revised Edition 2020) | circa 5’20“
Theorbo in A with stopped courses 1- 7 (optional stopped course 8).To play on a small or medium sized instrument.Notation: combination of modern tablature (numbers) and staff notation for the bass stringsTuning: equal tempered recommendedAnnotations: EnglishSpecial playing techniques: Hammer-on with fretting hand, percussion on the soundboard, different types of arpeggio.
for Lute 10 courses and Archlute 13 courses – 1 Player (1988) | 23′
9 movements:Einleitung · Resonanz I · Intonation I · Glissando I · Kadenz I · Intonation II · Resonanz II · Glissando II · Kadenz IILute 10 courses and Archlute 13 courses (1 player)To play also on a large instrumentsNotation: modern tablature and graphic notation (manuscript)Tuning: equal tempered recommendedAnnotations: German/EnglishSpecial playing techniques: A lot of new playing techniques. Use of feather and slide.Premiere: Folkwang University Essen 11-19-1989 by Michael Freimuth
Ricercar I – Audio samples
for Baroque Guitar (2014 / New Version 2019) | 3′This piece is part of „ECOS DE LA DANZA“, a series of solo dances for various historical plucked instruments
Baroque Guitar – course 5 highRestriction in rapidity when using a larger instrumentNotation: standard staff notationTuning: equal tempered recommendedAnnotations: German/EnglishSpecial playing techniques: Percussive effects such as golpe, ghost notes and slap.
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