Franz Lehrndorfer

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Franz Lehrndorfer
Born(1928-08-10)10 August 1928
Died10 January 2013(2013-01-10) (aged 84)
Occupation
  • Organist
  • Composer
  • Pedagogue
Organization
Awards

Franz Lehrndorfer (10 August 1928 – 10 January 2013) was a German organist, composer, and pedagogue.

Biography[edit]

Organ at the Frauenkirche in Munich

Franz Lehrndorfer[1] was born in Salzburg and spent his youth in Kempten. He received his first music lessons from his father, a choir director and musicologist and began to play the organ at age nine. From 1948 until 1951, Lehrndorfer studied sacred music in Munich and obtained a master class diploma in organ performance in 1952. Upon graduation, he worked as music instructor for the Regensburger Domspatzen, under music director Theobald Schrems. In 1962, he began his teaching career at the Musikhochschule München, first as adjunct professor of organ, later (from 1969 until 1993) as professor and department chair of sacred music and organ performance. From 1969 until 2003, Lehrndorfer was organist at the Frauenkirche in Munich.

He was particularly known for his organ improvisations, both in concert and on recordings. As a performer, he often included music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Max Reger, as well as works by contemporary composers, such as Karl Höller or Harald Genzmer, in his programs. In 2001, he played the premiere of Genzmer's Concerto for organ, which he subsequently edited for Schott Music.[2]

As an organ consultant, Lehrndorfer was in charge of several major organ projects, such as the 1980 Georg Jann organ at Tegernsee Abbey,[3] or the organs at the Frauenkirche in Munich (1993/1994).[4][5]

On the occasion of Lehrndorfers 80th anniversary in 2008, more than 50 of his former students celebrated at the Musikhochschule Munich.[6] Franz Lehrndorfer died at age 84 in Munich.[7][8]

Awards[edit]

Students[edit]

Many of Franz Lehrndorfer's former organ students became concert organists, obtained positions at important churches or faculty positions in Germany and abroad:

Compositions[edit]

Organ[edit]

  • Eight Variations on "Maria, dich lieben" (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 1995)
  • Nine Choral Preludes on Christmas chorals from the Gotteslob hymnal (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 2001)
  • Theme and eleven Variations on "Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann" (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2002)
  • Easy Preludes to Advent and Christmas chorals from the "Gotteslob" hymnal (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2003)
  • Organ Preludes to Easter chorals from the "Gotteslob" hymnal (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 2007)
  • Introduction, Variations, Fugue, and Hymnus on "Gott mit dir, du Land der Bayern" (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 2008)
  • "Nun freut euch, ihr Christen" (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2008)
  • "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2009)
  • Concerti antici "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" and "Lobet den Herren" (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 2010)
  • Meditation and Variations on "O du fröhliche" (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 2010)
  • Variations on "Zu Bethlehem geboren" (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 2010)
  • Partita on "Macht hoch die Tür" (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2011)
  • Fanfare, in: Kölner Fanfaren, ed. Winfried Bönig and Hans-Peter Bähr (Bonn: Dr. J. Butz, 2012)
  • Alla Marcia mit Musette, in: Festliche Orgelmusik (vol. 4), ed. Wolfgang Bretschneider (Bonn: Dr. Josef Butz, 2014)
  • Fifteen Choral Preludes on hymns from the "Gotteslob" hymnal and the Protestant hymnal (Evangelisches Gesangbuch) (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2015)

Piano[edit]

  • Music for Christmas Time (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2007)
  • "Nun freut euch, ihr Christen" (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2008)
  • Four Variations on "Sankt Martin" (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2015)

Piano for four hands[edit]

  • Music for Christmas Time (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2007)

Vocal Works[edit]

  • Sah ein Knab ein Röslein stehn & Zogen einst fünf wilde Schwäne for SATB choir (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 1978)
  • Zu Bethlehem geboren & In dulci jubilo for SATB choir (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 1978)
  • Kein schöner Land for SATB choir (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 1981)
  • Schlaf wohl, du Himmelsknabe for two flutes, cello, and SATB choir (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 1982)
  • Kein Feuer, keine Kohle & Das Lieben bringt groß Freud for SATB choir (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 1985)
  • O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig for SATB choir (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 1987)
  • Missa in C major for SATB choir (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 1995)
  • Missa "In gloria Dei" for SATB choir (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 1995)
  • Missa mundi for SATB Choir and organ (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2002)
  • Missa in memoriam Theobald Schrems for four-part male choir (2008, unpublished)[9]

Editor[edit]

  • Franz Xaver Schnizer: Six Sonatas op. 1 for harpsichord (piano) or organ (Stuttgart: Carus, 1980)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Intrada and Fugue in C major from K. 399 (385i) (Eichstätt: Jubilate, 1994)
  • Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in D major (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 1994)
  • Johann Melchior Molter: Concerto Pastorale (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 1995)
  • John Stanley: Concerto in D major (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 1996)
  • John Stanley: Concerto in A major (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 1999)
  • John Stanley: Concerto I in E major (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 1999)
  • John Stanley: Concerto III in B major (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2000)
  • John Stanley: Concerto VI in C major (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2000)
  • Harald Genzmer: Concerto for organ (Munich: Schott, 2002)
  • Harald Genzmer: Sinfonisches Konzert no. 2 for organ (Mainz: Schott, 2003)
  • Giuseppe Tartini: Eleven slow Sonata movements (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2011)
  • Joseph Rupert Ignaz Bieling: Concerto in B major and three Sonatas (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2015)
  • George Frideric Handel: Concerto in G minor (Munich: Opus-Verlag, 2015)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Dux et comes. Festschrift für Franz Lehrndorfer zum 70. Geburtstag (book and CD), edited by Hans D. Hoffert and Klemens Schnorr. Regensburg: Universitätsverlag Regensburg, 1998. ISBN 3-930480-68-9.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Website (in German). Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  2. ^ Harald Genzmer: Concerto for organ. Schott Music. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Jann Opus 42, Katholische Pfarrkirche St. Quirinus, Tegernsee (in German). www.jannorgelbau.com. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Jann Opus 197, München, Liebfrauendom, Chororgel (in German). www.jannorgelbau.com. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Jann Opus 199, München, Liebfrauendom, Hauptorgel (in German). www.jannorgelbau.com. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Geburtstagsfest zum Achtzigsten von Prof. Franz Lehrndorfer (in German). www.trierer-orgelpunkt.de. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Leitner, Hans. In memoriam Franz Lehrndorfer (in German). www.jannorgelbau.com. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Franz Lehrndorfer Obituary. Celestial Harmonies Label, Tucson, AZ. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Bischöfliche Pressestelle (6. November 2008). Ehemalige Regensburger Domspatzen singen Missa zum Gedächtnis an Domkapellmeister Theobald Schrems (in German). Archived from the original on February 10, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2018.

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