Rudi Spring

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Rudi Spring
Born (1962-03-17) 17 March 1962 (age 56)
Lindau, Germany
EducationMusikhochschule München (with Wilhelm Killmayer and Heinz Winbeck)
AwardsVilla Massimo

Rudi Spring (born 17 March 1962) is a German composer of classical music, pianist and academic. He is known for vocal compositions on texts by poets and his own, and for chamber music such as his three Chamber Symphonies.


Born in Lindau, Rudi Spring received piano instructions from Alfred Kuppelmayer (1918–1977), starting in 1971. He studied chamber music in 1978 in Bregenz with Heinrich Schiff, with whom he also played in concert. He studied at the Musikhochschule München from 1981 to 1986 composition with Wilhelm Killmayer and Heinz Winbeck, and piano with Karl-Hermann Mrongovius.[1][2]

He composed songs and song cycles, inspired by poems of Heinrich Heine, Hermann Lenz, including Galgenliederbuch (after Christian Morgenstern, four volumes), Nero lässt grüßen (song cycle after Martin Walser's monodram), So nah in der Ferne (song cycle after poems of Wolfgang Bächler), Liederfolge für mittlere Singstimme und Klavier after poems of August Stramm, Else Lasker-Schüler, Ingeborg Bachmann and Jakob van Hoddis. Several of them were recorded by the Bayerischer Rundfunk, with singers such as Martina Koppelstetter.[3]

Since 1987 he has been teaching several subjects at the Musikhochschule, first vocal coaching then ear training, musical analysis and pitch space, since 1999 Lied interpretation.[1]

Spring received commissions of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council, a member of the International Music Council), the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Munich Puppet Players, the International Bodensee Festival and the Hugo-Wolf-Akademie Stuttgart, among others.[1]

Together with composer Michael Neunteufel (born 1958), he was interviewed by Alfred Solder (born 1949) of the ORF, broadcast on 16 October 1987, entitled Musik hören, Musik verstehen (Listen to music, understand music). The premiere of Canto sopra un’ idea frattale in 2005 in Vienna was documented in a film Die Kochsche Schneeflocke, directed by Norbert Wartig (born 1973), produced by LNW Film.

In 2005 Spring was awarded the fellowship of the Villa Massimo in Rome.[4]

In 2008 two of his songs appeared on a CD of Salome Kammer, together with music of Cole Porter, Luciano Berio, and Alban Berg, among others.[5] In 2009 he accompanied Salome Kammer at the Rheingau Musik Festival in songs and Chansons of the 1920s to 1940s.[6] He played the piano in a trio concert at the Gasteig, with Jens Josef (flute) and Graham Waterhouse (cello), performing Martinů's trio and the premiere of the flute version of Gestural Variations; every composer contributed a Christmas carol, with Spring setting Maria durch ein Dornwald ging.[7]


  • 1987 Feldkircher Kulturpreis
  • 1988 Bayerischer Staatlicher Förderpreis für junge Künstler
  • 2002 Internationaler Bodenseekulturpreis
  • 2005 Villa Massimo

Selected works[edit]


  • Er trieb einen kleinen Finsternishandel op. 71 (1999), for speaker, Klangfiguren (half puppet, half instrument), accordion and violoncello, libretto on aphorisms of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, premiere 10 June 1999 in Schloss Seefeld, Munich Puppet Players, Maria Reiter, Heinrich Klug
  • Zwischen Blick hinter Grund op. 74e,1 (2000), text: Rudi Spring, premiere 1 April 2001 in Saulgau, Salome Kammer, Rudi Spring, recorded in 2002 by SFB Berlin[5]
  • An der steilen, roten Felswand op. 74e,2 (2002), text: Rudi Spring, premiere 2 May 2002 in Benediktbeuern, Salome Kammer, Rudi Spring (piano and speaking voice)[5]
  • Die Donau und ihr Geist op. 78 (2002), fairy tale melodram for speaker, pantomimes and sextet (clarinet, Tenorhackbrett, accordion, celesta/piano, violin and double bass), libretto: Andrea Haupt and Elisabeth Verhoeven (after the book of Dorothea Rein), premiere 10 November 2002 in Stuttgart, Elisabeth Verhoeven, theatre group of the Musikschule Stuttgart, direction: Andrea Haupt


for voice and one to six instruments
  • Galgenliederbuch op. 19, (1983–2000) for voice and piano, after Galgenlieder (1895–1905) of Christian Morgenstern
  • Abend der Kindheit op. 20a (1983) for soprano and quintet (clarinet, horn, harp, violin and violoncello), text: Hermann Lenz, premiere 1983 at the Musikhochschule München
  • So nah in der Ferne op. 52 (1984–91), song cycle for soprano (or mezzo-soprano) and trio: flute, viola and violoncello, texts: Wolfgang Bächler. premiere 13. November 1992 in Augsburg, Adelheid Maria Thanner, Bettina Fuchs, Gunter Pretzel, Anja Lechner, recorded in 1992 by BR
  • Liederfolge op. 54 (1992/97) for voice and piano, premiere nos 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 in Weilburg, 27 July 1995, Dietrich Henschel, Fritz Schwinghammer, recorded in 1998 in Brussels, premiere nos 4 and 6 in Prien am Chiemsee, 25 October 1998, Martina Koppelstetter, Rudi Spring, recorded in 1999 by BR
  • Ach sender schenke op. 55 (1992/93), prelude, song cycle and dance, for baritone and quintet (clarinet/Bassett horn, percussion, Tenorhackbrett, viola and violoncello, texts: Ulrich von Winterstetten, premiere 11 June 1993 in Schloss Achberg, Anselm Richter, Wolfgang Meyer, Stefan Hüge, Marianne Kirch, Hariolf Schlichtig, Manuel Fischer-Dieskau
  • Incontro op. 79 (2003), canzone in dialogue for baritone and piano (or Hammerflügel). text: Francesco Petrarca, premiere 30 May 2004 in Biedenkopf, Eckelshausener Musiktage, Martin Bruns, Jan Philip Schulze
for voice and ensemble/orchestra
  • Entzündet op. 70e (2001) for Chanson baritone, accordion and string orchestra, text: Konstantin Wecker, premiere 24 June 2001 in München, Gasteig, Konstantin Wecker, Maria Reiter, Abonnentenorchester of the Münchner Philharmoniker, conductor Heinrich Klug
  • Heimkunft (Chamber Symphony No. 3) op. 74 (2000/01) for mezzo-soprano (or contralto), flute, clarinet, trumpet, accordion, harp and string orchestra, text: Friedrich Hölderlin, Heimkunft. An die Verwandten (1801–04), premiere 19 May 2001 in Tettnang, Neues Schloss, Christa Mayer
for voices a cappella


for one to four players
  • Sonatine (op. 1; 1979) for violoncello and piano, recorded 1980 by the (ORF in Linz, Heinrich Schiff, Rudi Spring
  • Quartett (op. 47; 1989) for two flutes, Naturton-Hackbrett and piano
  • Canto sopra un’ idea frattale (op. 81e; 2005) for bassoon and organ, premiere 28 April 2005 in Vienna, Radio-Kulturhaus of the ORF
  • Risonanze (op. 82b; 2005) for flute, premiere 6 July 2005 in Rome, Villino of the Villa Massimo, Roberto Fabbriciani [born 1949])
or five to eight players
  • Praeludien (op. 37; 1986/87) for string sextet and Klavier, premiere 12 May 1992 in Schwaz, Wiener Streichsextett, Rudi Spring [Klavier]), recorded in 1992 by ORF in Innsbruck
for ensemble/orchestra
  • Szene 1 (op. 10; 1981, revised 1987) for violoncello and orchestra, premiere 28 November 1981 in Prague, Heinrich Schiff, Prager Symphoniker, conductor Jiří Bělohlávek [born 1946]
  • Chamber Symphony No. 1 (op. 63; 1995) for 12 brass players, premiere 6 June 1995 in Berlin
  • Chamber Symphony No. 2 (op. 68; 1997) for clarinet/tenor saxophon, horn, percussion, accordion and string orchestra, premiere 12 February 1998 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz, Münchener Kammerorchester, conductor: Jobst Liebrecht


  1. ^ a b c "Rudi Spring (born 1962)". vierdreiunddreissig. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Interview Rudi Spring / Auf eine existentielle Musik hin" (in German). 1 January 1998. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Rudi Spring (*1962) / Verzeichnis sämtlicher Kompositionen und Bearbeitungen (1979 bis 2009)" (PDF) (in German). Rudi Spring. 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Stipendiaten der Villa Massimo 2005". Villa Massimo. 2005. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Salomix-max – Voice Without Limits / Salome Kammer". 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  6. ^ Daniel Honsack (24 July 2009). "Ganz besondere Heimatlieder / RMF Salome Kammer und Rudi Spring im Parkhotel Schlangenbad" (in German). Wiesbadener Tagblatt. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Konzertante Musik für Flöte - Cello - Klavier" (in German). Graham Waterhouse. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2010.

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