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1. April 2016

Works by Anderson and Tippett shortlisted for 2016 RPS Music Awards

We are pleased to announce that two Schott works have been nominated for 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

Julian Anderson’s Van Gogh Blue for ensemble has been shortlisted in the Chamber-scale Composition category, and Sir Michael Tippett’s fourth opera The Ice Break is shortlisted in both the Opera & Music Theatre and Audiences & Engagement categories for the recent production by Birmingham Opera Company.

The Royal Philharmonic Society has been at the heart of music for over 200 years and is dedicated to creating a future for music. Set up in 1989, the RPS independent awards celebrate the outstanding musical achievements of both young and established musicians. RPS Music Award winners will be announced at an award ceremony in London on 10 May 2016.


14. März 2016

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934–2016)

Musikgeschichte nicht nur in Großbritannien, sondern weltweit hat Sir Peter Maxwell Davies durch sein umfangreiches und vielfältiges Schaffen geprägt. Über 60 Jahre lang war er mit dem Verlag Schott verbunden: von der Sonata in D for Trumpet and Piano (1955) bis zu seiner jüngsten Kinderoper The Hogboon, die im Juni 2016 im Londoner Barbican durch das London Symphony Orchestra unter Leitung von Sir Simon Rattle uraufgeführt wird.

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19. Februar 2016

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal

Schott is delighted to announce that Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has been awarded one of classical music’s highest honours, the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal. He becomes the 102nd recipient since the medal was founded in 1870 in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Beethoven. The medal was presented to him at his home on Orkney by RPS Council Member and former Schott director, Sally Groves MBE.

In awarding the medal, the Society said: „It is the brilliance of his writing, the searing power of his imagination, the vivid theatricality and the quality of craftsmanship that engage us with the music of Peter Maxwell Davies. He has redefined what it means to be a composer and inspired new generations of musicians. We applaud him for his generosity of spirit and are proud to present him with the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal.“

Peter Maxwell Davies commented: „I am absolutely delighted and couldn’t be more honoured to receive the RPS Gold Medal. That’s the one I wanted!“


Maxwell Davies’ new opera The Hogboon, commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, will receive its premiered on 26 June 2016 by the combined forces of the LSO Discovery children’s choirs, London Symphony Chorus, and students from Guildhall School, alongside members of the LSO under Sir Simon Rattle.

29. Oktober 2015

2015 British Composer Awards Shortlist Announced

Schott is proud to announce that John Casken’s Apollinaire’s Bird and Ryan Wigglesworth’s Études-Tableaux have been shortlisted along with two works by Julian Anderson for the 2015 British Composer Awards. These prestigious awards are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) in celebration of contemporary classical and jazz composition.
Casken’s oboe concerto Apollinaire’s Bird was commissioned by the Hallé for oboist Stéphane Rancourt and premiered at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall with Mark Elder and will be performed again in April next year in Manchester and Nottingham.
The Cleveland Orchestra commissioned Ryan Wigglesworth’s Études‑Tableaux, with generous support from the Jan R. and Daniel R. Lewis Young Composers Endowment Fund, premiering the work in January 2015. It has since received performances by the BBC Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, BBC Scottish and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras.
16. Oktober 2015

New orchestral portrait disc for Ryan Wigglesworth

Today, NMC releases a new CD of orchestral works by Ryan Wigglesworth, conducted by the composer with The Hallé Orchestra. The disc also includes his dramatic cantata Echo and Narcissus, after which the album is named, performed by tenor Mark Padmore, mezzo-soprano Pamela Helen Stephen, female semi-chorus and Wigglesworth on piano.
This is a first orchestral portrait album for Wigglesworth, featuring his song cycle Augenlieder, with soprano Claire Booth, and his Violin Concerto, performed by violinist Barnabás Keleman. Also present are A First Book of Inventions for chamber orchestra and Locke’s Theatre, commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Aldeburgh Festival in celebration of Britten’s centenary.
Described by the Telegraph as ‘one of the most talented composer-conductors around’, Ryan Wigglesworth is quickly establishing a fantastic reputation across the globe; this new release is testament to his musical flair and invention.
18. September 2015

New CD of Steve Martland’s works

We are delighted to announce the release of a new double disc of Steve Martland’s works, out today on NMC.
Martland’s music is known for its distinctive muscularity and power, often amplified and rhythmically driven, and this release certainly demonstrates this. However, it also shows that he produced music with a poignant and intense beauty, as in Patrol for string quartet or his orchestral work Crossing the Border.
Once described as ‚one of the most vibrant, unconventional and dynamic forces in British music‘, Martland died unexpectedly two years ago. This fantastic new double CD is a wonderful celebration of his life and work.


21. Juli 2015

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant on CD

Discovery Music and Vision have re-released a CD of Gerald Barry’s third opera The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant recorded by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gerhard Markson. The original release on RTÉ’s own label was recorded in May 2005.
Based on the play by German dramatist Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the opera depicts events surrounding a destructive and obsessive love affair, told with Barry’s distinctive extremism and energy. Recent productions have been made by English National Opera and by Theater Basel.
Barry was recently announced Composer-in-Residence with RTÉ for a three year period beginning autumn 2015.
2. Juli 2015

Alexander Goehr at Institute of Musical Research

On 6 July 2015, Alexander Goehr will present a lecture at the Institute of Musical Research at Senate House in London. The talk, Giving the notes their names, relates to Goehr’s recent work Vanishing Word about the ways in which language and meaning diverge over time, and how man and nature become further apart.
Vanishing Word for mezzo soprano, tenor and ensemble comprises settings of verse and fragments by poets including Rilke and Bachmann, interspersed with instrumental passages. The work will be premiered in January 2016.
Goehr currently holds the position of Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge where he was a professor for more than twenty years. He will also take part in a panel in Wigmore Hall’s omodernt Festival this Sunday 5 July.
25. Juni 2015

Huw Watkins in residence at Peasmarsh Festival

Huw Watkins will be featured as guest pianist and featured composer at the Peasmarsh Festival in East Sussex, opening on 25 June. His music will be celebrated across the festival including in a portrait concert of his recent works for cello and piano on 28 June with festival director Richard Lester.
Appearing in the opening concert is Watkins’ Piano Trio, a work originally commissioned by a Peasmarsh Festival trustee and premiered by the Florestan Trio in 2009. This time the work will be performed with Watkins himself at the piano. The London Mozart Players will also perform his Three Welsh Songs, with conductor Jaime Martin.
Watkins was recently announced as Composer-in-Association with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and his chamber opera In the Locked Room will receive its German premiere by Staatsoper Hamburg on 4 July with performances running until 12 July.
22. Juni 2015

Gunther Schuller (1925-2015)

Schott Music is very sad to learn that American composer Gunther Schuller died on 21 June aged 89. Conductor, horn player, editor, virtuoso orchestrator, teacher and many things besides, Schuller has enjoyed a full career as musical polymath even before adding the role of self-taught composer who in 1957 devised ‚third-stream‘ music, fusing serialism and jazz improvisation. Schott publishes a small number of Schuller’s works including the orchestral pieces Contours (1955-58), Spectra (1956-58) and Contrasts (1961), the Piano Concerto (1962), and his later Wind Quintet (1984).
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