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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.

 

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Blind Touch for Lute and Viol (2016)

 

Sheet music available soon as a Bocklenberg Music self-publication.

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.

Premiere 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


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Codex Brevis – Scherzo ex anima IV (2014)

 

New score available soon as a Bocklenberg Music self-publication.

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.