The kulmbach composer horst lohse has turned 70 years old. On the occasion of his anniversary, the city of kulmbach, together with the municipal music school, the upper franconia foundation, music franz and the cantorate, organized a concert in the petrikirche in honor of the kulmbach composer. The focus was on lohse’s "new music".
the works written by the composer, who was born in kulmbach in 1943, have been heard all over europe. Lohse can make performances in st. Petersburg and in rome, he has received the friedrich baur prize for his achievements. He is a celebrity in professional circles. And it was also lohse who co-founded the new music association in bamberg in 1986. Until 1991 he acted as chairman, again and again he made a name for himself with his new music.
Flowers for the wife
but horst lohse is not only a composer. He worked as an elementary school teacher in bamberg and as a lecturer at the university of music in wurzburg. City councilor eddi trapper recalled the stations of the kulmbacher and was pleased about the concert that was initiated in his honor. While musically horst lohse with his three songs "to the river", "eldorado", "A dream" after setting the tone with poems by edgar allan poe, the composer’s own wife sabine lohse, daughter of the artist caspar walter rauh, stole the show: it was her birthday on the evening of the concert and she therefore took home the bouquet of flowers. The husband took it easy, because his music shaped the evening.
The cycle "fischgesange"
johannes kunel (guitar) and michael herrschel (narrator) interpreted poems from the cycle "fischgesange" to the pictures of caspar walter rauh. The poems were penned by the kronach writer and artist ingo cesaro. And also with the composition "fremder vogel" (strange bird) from the opera "sabelita, created two years ago and completed in 2012, horst lohse showed his compositional talent. Michael herrschel read the text, monika teepe (soprano) and lorenz trottmann made music.
But not only secular things were thematized. Horst lohse also took on the seven deadly sins and interpreted them musically. Sirka schwartz-uppendieck played "luxuria – wolllust", "acedia – inertia" and "avaritia – geiz" on the organ – and touched the listeners in the heart.
In the ramp light
at the concert for horst lohse, not only his own compositions were heard, but also other kulmbach composers – or composers who have a connection to kulmbach – were put in the spotlight. Harald streit and lorenz trottmann stretched the bow into the past and let the intrada and galliarda in G by johann staden resound. Johannes staden was born in nuremberg in 1581, and was organist to the margrave of bayreuth from 1604 onwards. After a fire, he moved his residence to kulmbach in 1605. Anja gimpel-henning, lisa stenglein, susanne trottmann and walter schleicher performed four dance movements from "neue teutsche lieder", also by johann staden.
on this composition is even "culmbach" noted as location. Two arias from the opera "seelewig" by sigmund theophil staden, the second son of johann staden, were performed. This was, after all, the first german opera that has been preserved in its entirety. Monika teepe (soprano) sang, lorenz trottmann played the piano. At the concert there was also the "album sheet" by johann lauterbach, a composer born in kulmbach who became known as a violin virtuoso and was concertmaster of the sachsische staatskapelle in dresden, on the program.
as a surprise there were two world premieres to be heard in the petrikirche. It was written by lorenz trottmann from kulmbach, who is only 21 years old and studies piano at the hochschule fur musik in nuremberg as well as trombone. Trottmann played the very tender and appealing work "fragmente, op. 19" as well as "the city". He was accompanied by julia hausler (soprano).