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Leyendecker, Ulrich

*29.01.1946

Ulrich Leyendecker studied composition and piano at the Music Academy in Cologne from 1965 until 1970. He became a lecturer in 1971 and in 1981 Professor of Composition and Theory at the Hamburg Music Academy.

In 1994 he moved to the Mannheim Music Academy, where he became an Emeritus in 2005. Since 1986 he has been a member of the Free Academy of the Arts in Hamburg, and since 1997 a member of the corresponding academy in Mannheim.

With his point of departure in the Second Viennese School, Leyendecker developed his own style during the 1970s, contrasting the dominating strictness of serialism with an unorthodox and non-academic modernity. The broad arches of his music, while decisively determine the essence of his creative process, are the expressive means of his way of composing – searching for long-term continuity without losing sight of careful detailwork. Each rhythmic element is precisely coordinated and notated, requiring extreme precision in performance.