Ernst Pepping

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Ernst Pepping (12 September 1901 in Duisburg – 1 February 1981 in Spandau) was a German composer of classical music.

Professional career[edit]

Pepping studied composition at the Berliner Hochschule für Musik with Walter Gmeindl between 1922 and 1926. In 1934 he was appointed a teacher for music theory and composition at the Spandauer Kirchenmusikschule in Spandau, where he remained for much of his life. Among his many students was Helmut Barbe (de). Pepping taught also at the Berliner Hochschule from 1935 to 1938, and again from 1947 to 1968 as a professor of church music and composition.

Pepping received honours for his compositions, an honorary doctorate from the Freie Universität Berlin in 1961 and the Kirchliche Hochschule Berlin-Zehlendorf (de) in 1971.


  • Three symphonies (recorded on cpo) 1932, 1942 (F minor), 1944 (E flat) (Die Tageszeiten).[1]
  • A piano concerto (1950)
  • Variations for orchestra (pub. 1949)[2]
  • Zwei Orchestertücke über ein Chanson des Binchois (1958)[3]
  • Masses, Motets and other works for liturgical use including
    • Deutsche Choralmesse (1931)[4]
    • Und ist ein Kind geboren" Motet (1936)
    • Ein jegliches hat seine Zeit Three Motets from Leviticus (1937)
    • Jesus und Nikodemus (1938)
    • Deutsche Messe (1938)[4]
    • Missa Dona nobis pacem (1948) [4]
    • Heut und ewig Liederkreis nach Gedichten von Goethe for a cappella choir
    • A setting of the Te Deum (1956)[4]
    • Die Weinachtsgeschichte des Lukas" a cappella choir (1959)
    • "Passionsbericht des Matthäus" a cappella choir (1960)
    • A setting of the 23rd Psalm (published 1962)
  • Organ works (a CD of which was released by cpo in 1992, including his second concerto for organ, the Chorale Partita, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern on Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, four fugues, and the partita Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig)
    • Organ sonata (pub. 1958), other works
    • Three Fugues on BACH (pub. 1949)
    • Grosses Orgelbuch I: Advent & Christmas (pub. 1941)
    • Grosses Orgelbuch II: Passion (pub. 1941)
    • Grosses Orgelbuch III: Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Michaelmas (pub. 1941)
    • Kleines Orgelbuch (pub. 1941)
  • Piano works
    • Sonatine (1931)
    • Sonata for piano (pub. 1937)
  • Songs
    • Liederbuch nach Gedichten von Paul Gerhard for mezzo-soprano & piano (1946)


  1. ^ Barnett, Rob (May 2006). "Musicweb Review of cpo Recording of Pepping Symphonies". Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  2. ^ OCLC 22394557.
  3. ^ "Entry for the Binchois Pieces at Sheet Music Plus". Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d Strimple, Nick (2005). Choral Music in the Twentieth Century at Google Books, p. 38. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 1-57467-122-7.