Thomas Bocklenberg

Foto: © Claus von Weiss

Composing and Playing

Most of my compositions are written for smaller ensembles, but there is also music for orchestra or electronic music. There are numerous compositions for lute, theorbo and guitar, including pieces of different styles as well as music for teaching.
Among the plucking instruments, especially lute and theorbo have fascinating tonal properties. 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 and theorbo music and new developments in instrument making. For this, a special page on this website is Contemporary Lute Music.

The event depends on the development of the corona pandemic

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New page: Revisions & Versions

Since February 2020 there is the new page with continuously updated information about revised editions, new versions and errata pages of some compositions. Some special playing techniques are described. In addition to error corrections, the errata pages can also contain improvements to explanatory texts or notes to make the notation easier to read.

Gitarrenstücke für Dich – Buch 1-6

Guitar Pieces for You – Book 1-6
This is a collection of guitar pieces that are also suitable for teaching. Most of the 230 mostly short pieces were written in 2020. Some pieces are written for two guitars, for some pieces there is an optional second guitar.

Volume 1 very easy
Volume 2 easy
Volume 3 easy to medium
Volume 4 medium 1
Volume 5 medium 2
Volume 6 medium difficult

Rumba-Stringtime, 4 Guitars, Cover

Rumba Stringtime for 2 or 4 Guitars

A piece (not only) for young guitarists.

Very easy to medium

Duration: ca. 3’20 (with appendix 4′)

Cover: The Bear on the Bridge (Jacaras) for Baroque Guitar

“The Bear on the Bridge” (Jacaras) for Baroque Guitar

Premiere on September 4, 2020 by Michael Freimuth, baroque guitar during. Part of his solo concert with baroque music by J. S. Bach and S. L. Weiss.

Location and date: Gitarren Festival Ruhr – Bleckkirche at Gelsenkirchen Sept. 4, 2020, 8 p.m.

This piece is part of “ECOS DE LA DANZA”, a series of solo dances for various historical plucked instruments

Duration: approx. 3 ′

Interview mit AutoFluk (1986) for 4 Channel-Tape

New audio samples

Electronic composition. Realization 1985-1986 at ICEM – Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen by the composer. Analog Synthesizer SYNLAB (Hofschneider, Berlin).

Duration: 20’03”. Audio sample

Am Grat - 4 Short Pieces for Guitar (2019)

Am Grat – 4 Short Pieces for Guitar (2019)

The pieces for Guitar are based on the opening motif a-b-c of the Chaconne in F Minor for Organ by Johann Pachelbel, which I transposed for an earlier arrangement to A minor and edited for guitar. The motif itself can only be heard hidden in these pieces, but forms the starting point for all fields of the composition. The studies are, despite their brevity, unique items, but can also be performed in the order given here.


Getastet – Balance – Moment – Am Grat

Total ca. 7’30”

Geister / Ghosts for Theorbo (Cover)

Ghosts I&II for Theorbo (2017 / 2019)

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 techniques are used as well as playing with slide.
Suitable for medium theorbo size.

9 sets, ca. 18′

Read more on page Contemporary Lute Music…

Blind Touch for Lute and Viol (cover)

Blind Touch for Lute and Viol (2016)

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.

ca. 8′

Premiere took place within the concert series “Sonorizzonte” April 30, 2017, 6 pm at Alte Hofkapelle der Münchner Residenz.
Performed by Michael Freimuth, Laute and Arno Jochem, Viola da Gamba.

Read more on page Contemporary Lute Music…

Allez Barré Vol. 1 & 2 - englisch edition

Allez Barré Vol.1&2 (1991-2013)

The short pieces should help to get into the barre technique on the guitar.

Book 1 provides easy pieces for guitar lessons, intended for students who are familiar with two-part-playing, chord playing, tirando and the beginnings in playing harmonics, legato and position shifting. 
Instead of key signatures only accidentals are used.

Book 2 for advanced players provides short pieces for practicing half, middle and full barre, combined with frequent position shifting.