CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL

This collection comprises my instrumental music for various ensembles. The composition process was sometimes inspired by algorithmic composition software, sometimes not. All music here can and should be played live on stage, but here it is realized with virtual instruments (=samples).

Marianische Suite derived from "Tanz, Marie!", a project with Würzburg-based dancer Andrea Kneis. It was composed for 3 pianos or 3 MIDI keyboards in 2012. The MIDI version here is GM-compatible, it plays on any soundcard.

Improvisation für Blechbläser is a 2011 composition for 8 different brass instruments: piccolo trumpet, trumpet, trombone, wagner tuba, tuba, bass trombone, contrabass trombone and contrabass tuba. It evolveld from a straight improvisation on a MIDI keyboard. To play this composition via MIDI, you have to own the Special Edition Brass Standard + Extended Libraries by Vienna Instruments. Get more technical help here.

2010 is an orchestral composition for Strings (Violas, Double Basses), Brass (French Horns, Contrabass Tuba), Winds (Oboe, Englishhorn, Bassoon), Piano, and Percussion (Marimba, Rails, Concert Toms, and Cymbal). To play this composition via MIDI, you have to own the following Special Edition Libraries by Vienna Instruments: Strings (Standard), Brass (Extended), Woodwinds (Standard), Percussion (Standard). Get more technical help here.

2005 is an orchestral composition for Strings (Violas and Double Basses only), Brass (3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 8(!) French Horns), Percussion (Vibraphone, Gongs, Crotales, Rails, Wind Chimes and - last not least - a Thundersheet) and a Piano, which is tuned one quarter-tone (50 cents) lower than all other instruments. The composition's name fills a gap in the "Jahreszahlen" series. Back in 2005, I worked on a composition that primarily was called "2005", but it developed in another direction and was renamed to "Cello Scene". Later on, I continued the "Jahreszahlen" series with "2006" and so the gap came into being. To play this composition via MIDI, you have to own the following Special Edition Libraries by Vienna Instruments: Strings (Standard), Brass (Extended), Percussion (Standard). Get more technical help here.

The Improvisation für Streichorchester is for a large String Orchestra of Violins, Violas, Celli and Double Basses. It evolveld from a straight improvisation on a MIDI keyboard in autumn 2009. To play this composition via MIDI, you have to own the Special Edition Strings Standard Library by Vienna Instruments. Get more technical help here.

My second string quartet Streichquartett 2009 evolved from a quick sketch done in summer 2009. It is my first composition to use Vienna Instruments To play this composition via MIDI, you have to own the Special Edition Strings Standard Library. Get more technical help here.

2009 is a chamber music composition for Contrabass, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Piccolo Flute, Flute, Piano and Vibraphone. The music was laptop-composed during a "composer-in-residence" vacation in Lieberose (Brandenburg / Germany) in August 2009. The piece shifts between elegiac sections at the beginning and at the end to a Reggae-like minimalistic section in the composition's center. To play this composition via MIDI, you have to own the following Special Edition Standard Libraries by Vienna Instruments: Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion. Get more technical help here.

For Marimba emerged from a piano improvisation in September 2008. To play this composition via MIDI, you have to own the Special Edition Percussion Standard Library by Vienna Instruments. Get more technical help here.

2008 is a chamber music composition for Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Oboe, Englishhorn, Contrabassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Piano and Marimba. The music was laptop-composed during a "composer-in-residence" vacation in Lieberose (Brandenburg / Germany) in August 2007. A rhythmically and harmonically freewheeling section in the composition's center is sharply contrasted by two rigidly minimalistic sections at the beginning and at the end of the piece. To play this composition via MIDI, you have to own the following Special Edition Standard Libraries by Vienna Instruments: Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion. Get more technical help here.

The Streichquartett 2007 (String Quartet 2007) was composed very fast in the last days of February - 2007, of course.

2007 (Lieberose) is a chamber music composition for Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Oboe, Englishhorn, Contrabassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Piano and Marimba. The music was laptop-composed during a "composer-in-residence" vacation in Lieberose (Brandenburg / Germany) in rainy summer 2006. It's in an almost pure minimalist style.

Bernhard is a composition for string orchestra, composed in 2006. Learn more about the composition's concept here (in German).

The Cello Scene for Cello, Contrabassoon, Celesta, Harp and Percussion was composed in 2006.

2006 is an orchestral composition for Strings, Brass, 2 Pianos and 2 Marimbas. It consists of almost pure contrapunctual minimal music in the tradition of Steve Reich. The music was desktop-composed in spring and summer 2006 using a MIDI Keyboard and a sequencer. To play this composition via MIDI, you have to own the following Special Edition Libraries by Vienna Instruments: Strings Standard, Brass Standard, Brass Extended, Percussion Standard. Get more technical help here.

For Harp and For Guitar were created in Autumn 2005 using Music Mouse by Laurie Spiegel.

2004 is a chamber music composition for 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Contrabass, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Flute, Oboe, Englishhorn, Bassoon, Clarinet, and Percussion written in 2005. The music was desktop-composed with a MIDI Keyboard and a sequencer.

2003 is an orchestral composition for Strings, Brass, Celesta, Harp, Percussion and Piano, which is tuned one quarter-tone (50 cents) lower than all other instruments. The music was desktop-composed in 2003 using a MIDI Keyboard and a sequencer.

Clarinet Scene is a piece of chamber music for Clarinet, Cello, Contrabass, Oboe, Englishhorn und Contrabassoon written in 2001. Its musical base material was generated with Christian Banasik's software AFSTS.

The Septett is an 8-piece suite of 7 small compositions (the last set is a reprise of the first one) composed in 2001. It is written for 2 Trumpets, 2 Violas, Accordion, Guitar, Banjo, Contrabass and Percussion (o.k. that's nine instruments, nevertheless, no more than 7 musicians are playing simultaneously). Sets 1, 2 and 5 were written with the help of Paul Whalley's algorithmic composition softwareTangent, Sets 3, 5, 6 and 7 are inspired by Lars Kindermann's sonification tool MusiNum. [Editorial Hint: Earlier versions of this music were published here under "Theatermusiken" and "Morbient".]