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Helmut Lachenmann (1935-    )

Helmut Lachenmann, composer Helmut Lachenmann studied piano, theory and counterpoint at the Music Conservatory in Stuttgart from 1955 to 1958 and from 1958 to 1960 composition with Luigi Nono in Venice. The first public performances of his works took place at the Biennale in Venice in 1962 and at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt. After his teaching activity at the University in Ludwigsburg Lachenmann taught as professor for composition at the Music Conservatory in Hannover (1976–81) and in Stuttgart (1981–99). Furthermore he managed many seminars, workshops and master classes in Germany and abroad, for example several times at the Summer Courses in Darmstadt between 1978 and 2006. In 2008 Lachenmann taught as Fromm Visiting Professor at the Harvard University, Cambridge/MA. 2010 he became fellow of the Royal College of Music, London. He received numerous awards for his compositional work, for example the Siemens Musikpreis in 1997, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award London in 2004 and in 2008 the Berliner Kunstpreis as well as the Leone d’oro of the Biennale di Venezia. Lachenmann is honorary doctor at the Music Conservatory Hannover and member of the Academies of the Arts in Berlin, Brussels, Hamburg, Leipzig, Mannheim and Munich. His works are performed at many festivals and concert series in Germany and abroad.

COMPOSITIONS                                  Lachenmann Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Lachenmann on Lachenmann
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Fünf Variationen über ein Thema von Franz Schubert (Walzer cis-moll, D643), piano (1956)
Rondo, 2 pianos (1957)
Souvenir, 41 instruments (1959)
Due Giri, Two Studies, orchestra (1960)
Tripelsextett, 18 instruments (1960-61)
Fünf Strophen, 9 instruments (1961)
Echo Andante, piano (1961-62)
Angelion, 16 instruments (1962-63)
Wiegenmusik, piano (1963)
Introversion I, 18 instruments (1963)
Introversion II, 8 instruments (1964)
Scenario, tape (1965)
Streichtrio I, violin, viola and cello (1965)
Intérieur I, solo percussionist (1966)
Notturno, cello and small orchestra (1966/67)
Trio fluido, clarinet, viola and percusion (1966/68)
Consolations I, 12 voices and percussion (1967)
temA, flute, voice and cello (1968)
Consolations II, 16 voices (1968)
Air, orchestra, with percussion solo (1968-69)
Pression, cello (1969–70)
Dal niente (Interieur III), clarinet (1970)
Guero, piano (1970)
Kontrakadenz, orchestra (1970-71)
Montage, clarinet, cello and piano (1971)
Klangschatten - mein Saitenspiel, 3 Konzertflügel (pianoforte) and string ensemble (1972)
Gran Torso, string quartet (1972)
Fassade, orchestra (1973)
Schwankungen am Rand, sheet metal and strings (1974-75)
Zwei Studien, violin (1974)
Accanto, clarinet and orchestra (1975-76)
Les Consolations, chorus and orchestra (1976-78)
Salut für Caudwell, 2 guitars (1977)
Tanzsuite mit Deutschlandlied,string quartet and orchestra (1979-80)
Ein Kinderspiel, seven little pieces, piano (1980)
Harmonica, tuba and orchestra (1981-83)
Mouvement (- vor der Erstarrung), ensemble (1982/84)
Ausklang, piano and orchestra (1984–85)
Dritte Stimme zu J.S. Bachs zweistimmiger Invention d-moll BWV775, 3 instruments (1985)
Staub, orchestra (1985-87)
Toccatina, violin (1986)
Allegro sostenuto, clarinet, cello and piano (1986-88)
Tableau, orchestra (1988)
String Quartet No. 2, "Reigen seliger Geister" (1989)
"...zwei Gefühle...", Musik mit Leonardo, speaker and ensemble (1992)
Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern Musik mit Bildern (Musiktheater), theatre music, orchestra and soloists (1988-96)
Serynade, piano (1998)
NUN, flute, trombone, male chorus and orchestra (1999)
Sakura-Variationen, saxophone, percussion and piano (2000)
String Quartet No. 3, "Grido" (2001)
Schreiben, orchestra (2003)
Double (Grido II), string orchestra (2004)
Concertini, large ensemble (2005) lost..., soprano and piano (2008)
Berliner Kirschblüten, alto sax, piano and percussion (2008) [an arr. w/3variations on a Japanese folksong]
    - a continuation of the "Sakura-Variationen on the Japanese folksong 'Sakura'"
Concerto for 8 Horns and Orchestra (2010-11)

WORKS BY GENRE                                  Lachenmann Links     ~ ~ ~    Lachenmann on Lachenmann     ~ top of page ~
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Soloist(s) w/Orchestra

Chorus w/Orchestra



Instrument and Piano

Solo Instrument






Solo Instrument


Solo Percussion

Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Method Books and Etudes

LACHENMANN  LINKS                                Works by Genre     ~ ~ ~    Lachenmann on Lachenmann      ~ top of page ~
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Composing in the Tonus Virgineus - The String Quartets of Helmut Lachenmann (Fundacion BBVA)
A Guide to Helmut Lachenmann's Music (Tom Service, The Guardian)
Helmut Lachenmann: Short Portrait with Self-Portrait (Clemens Gadenstatter, Contemporary Music Review)
The Inward Beauty of Helmut Lachenmann (Chris Swithinbank)
Movement Before Paralysis – The Composer Helmut Lachenmann Turns 75 (Goethe Institute)
Music of Pristine Wildness and Liberated Noise (Jeremy Eichler,
Pression - A Performance Study (Tanja Orning, Music Performance Research)
Thinking About Helmut Lachenmann, with Recommended Recordings (Dan Albertson, La Folia)

Composer website (at Schott Music)   . . .   contact Helmut Lachenmann:  here

Lachenmann @ Wikipedia
Lachenmann @
Lachenmann @ Beckmesser
Lachenmann @ Classical Archives
Lachenmann @ Classical Composers Database
Lachenmann @ Classical Iconoclast
Lachenmann @ Classical Net
Lachenmann @ The Classical Source
Lachenmann @ ClassicsToday
Lachenmann @ col legno
Lachenmann @ composition:today
Lachenmann @ Facebook
Lachenmann @ 5:4 (Five Against Four)
Lachenmann @ La Folia (via Google Advanced Search)
Lachenmann @ The Guardian (via Google Advanced Search)
Lachenmann @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Lachenmann @ inpetto Filmproduktion
Lachenmann @ infoplease
Lachenmann @ InstantEncore
Lachenmann @ IRCAM
Lachenmann @ Klassika
Lachenmann @ Richard Lannoy Composer Blog
Lachenmann @ The Living Composer Project
Lachenmann @ Miller Theatre/Columbia University
Lachenmann @ Modern Classical
Lachenmann @ Monday Evening Concerts
Lachenmann @ MusicWeb International
Lachenmann @ The New York Times
Lachenmann @ On Contemporary Music
Lachenmann @ Sacra Profanum
Lachenmann @ Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Lachenmann @ Breitkopf & Hartel
Lachenmann @ Wilhelm Brucks
Lachenmann @ Music Sales Classical
Lachenmann @ Schott Music
Lachenmann @ Studien zum Spielen Neuer Musik

Streaming Audio
Lachenmann @ Classical Archives
Lachenmann @
Lachenmann @ MySpaceMusic
Lachenmann @
Lachenmann @ SoundCloud

Lachenmann @
Lachenmann @ ArkivMusic
Lachenmann @ CD Universe
Lachenmann @ ClassicsOnline
Lachenmann @ Discogs
Lachenmann @ ECM Records
Lachenmann @ itunes
Lachenmann @ Mode Records
Lachenmann @ Naxos

Lachenmann @ YouTube
Lachenmann @ Google Video
Lachenmann @ inpetto Filmproduktion [Helmut Lachenmann and Wolfgang Rihm in Discussion/in German]
Lachenmann @ OnLineFilm
Lachenmann @ Vimeo (via Google Advanced Search)
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Lachenmann on Lachenmann: On Music, Sound, Emotion, Art (VIDEO)

Lachenmann on Lachenmann: Discussing His Music/Sacrum Profanum (VIDEO)

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