Brunhilde Sonntag

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Brunhilde Sonntag (27 September 1936 – 18 December 2002) was a German composer, musicologist and music teacher.

Biography[edit]

Brunhilde Sonntag was born in Kassel, Germany. She studied organ at the School of Church Music in Schlüchtern and education at the Pedagogical Institute Jugenheim. From 1959-63 she worked as a teacher at the Friedrich Ebert School in Frankfurt and took private composition lessons from Kurt Hessenberg. From 1963-69 she studied composition at the Hochschule for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Otto Siegl and Gottfried von Einem, and took a teaching position in the Department of Music of the Justus Liebig University, Giessen.

From 1973-77 Sonntag studied musicology at the Philipps-University in Marburg, and graduated with a PhD. She took a position as assistant professor at the College of Education Westfalen-Lippe, Münster Department. From 1981-92 she worked as a professor at the University-GH-Duisburg, and in 1992 took a position as professor at the University of Wuppertal.[1]

Sonntag published a number of books and professional articles on music. She served as co-editor of the Journal of Music Education, co-editor of the cultural magazine Sound Tracks, and editor of a series on music, art and consumerism in LIT Verlag, Münster.[2][3]

Works[edit]

Sonntag composed for orchestra, chamber ensemble, voice, choir, and solo instrument. Selected works include:

  • Auf einem Baum ein Kuckuck saß cantata (1958)
  • Wenn die Tale blühn choral cantata (1958)
  • Christ ist erstanden (1958)
  • Hausbau-Stück for piano (1959)
  • Schädelvariationen for soprano and piano (1967/68)
  • Fantasie und Fuge über EGAH for organ (1976)
  • Vier Klavierstücke (1978/1981)
  • EKG collage (1981)
  • Der tragische Tausendfüßler (1981)
  • Hallelujah! Variationen über "Oh, when the Saints go marching in" for soprano, clarinet and piano (1981)
  • Briefe an Verleger song for tenor and piano (1981)
  • Kume, kum, Geselle min for organ (1982)
  • Von guten Mächten (setting "Von guten Mächten" by Bonhoeffer) for choir a cappella (1982)
  • Fünf Lieder with text from P. Celan and R. Ausländer for soprano and piano (1983)
  • Verwandlungen Studie for orchestra (1983)
  • Aber ich sage Euch: Liebet Eure Feinde for choir, speaker and organ (1983)
  • Flötenspiel song with test from H. Hesse (1984)
  • Drei Miniaturen for oboe, clarinet, trumpet (1984)
  • Fünf Miniaturen for organ (1984)
  • Streichquartett (1984)
  • Stagnationen trio for flute, horn and cello (1986)
  • Spiegelungen for piano (with text) (1987)
  • Akrostichon for solo guitar (1987)
  • Tefilla for piano (19879
  • Wiegenlied für Stefan for guitar solo (1988)
  • Drei Lieder with text from Ulla Hahn for soprano and piano (1988)
  • ANIMUS 2 for string quartet (1988)
  • FARBENKUGEL for organ (1988)
  • Et vitam venturi saeculi for organ (1988)
  • DIALOG for guitar duo (1989)
  • O Tod, wie bitter bist du for orchestra (1991)
  • Fünf Lieder with Japanese text for soprano and guitar (1991)
  • Rote Bänder for guitar duo (1991)
  • Danse fatale for violin and accordion (1991)
  • Fünf Lieder with text from Busta for soprano and guitar (1991)
  • SOLO für Esther for solo chello (1991)
  • Dein Schweigen ist groß" text from R. Ausländer and M. Jaroschka choir a cappella (1991)
  • Wie grau es auch regnet three songs with text from G. Eich for soprano, oboe, flute and guitar (1992)
  • Als wär's ein Engel for piano (1992)
  • LAUDATE for tenor, violin and organ (1992)
  • Musik for String Quartet (1992)
  • Studie for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello (1993)
  • Es ist ein Schnitter, heißt der Tod for string quartet (1993)
  • IRRITATIONEN song with text from J.v.Eichendorff, R.M. Rilke, H. Hesse, E. Burkart for mezzosoprano and piano (1994)
  • DIE MÖVE JONATHAN for string quartet, flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet and piano (1994)
  • IRRITATIONEN with text from J.v.Eichendorff, R.M.Rilke, H.Hesse. E.Burkart for soprano, string quartet, flute, oboe, piano and guitar (1994)
  • JAKOB LITTNERS AUFZEICHNUNGEN AUS EINEM ERDLOCH (W.Koeppen) music for speaker, string quartet, flute, oboe,trumpet and piano (1994)
  • Bist ein Weinen in der Welt Songs with text from Else Lasker-Schüler for soprano and piano (1994)
  • Zwei Klavierstücke (1994)
  • Münchner Flötenduo for Elisabeth and Edmund Weinzierl-Wächter (1995)
  • Ein trauriger Tag songs with text from Marta Krutul (1995)
  • SHALOM (1995)[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Brunhilde Sonntag". Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Life and work of the composer Brunhilde Sonntag". Retrieved 22 November 2010. 

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