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Johannes X. Schachtner: Concerts in Late 2016

Two concert highlights featuring music of Johannes X. Schachtner in Gauting and Munich will be presented during the Christmas season this year.

On 17 December 2016 Schachtner’s new work “Canonic Meditation” (on Luther’s chorale “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her”) for six-part choir will be given its world premiere at the concert “O du stille Nacht” at Gauting City Hall. The Chamber Choir of the ‘collegium:bratananium’ will perform under the direction of Johannes X. Schachtner. This concert will be presented twice on this same evening.

In addition, the “Fragments from the Holy Mass III” for trumpet instruments and organ by Johannes X. Schachtner will be performed on the evening of 31 December 2016 at the Munich Erlöserkirche (starting at 9 PM) with the trumpeter Matthew Sadler and the organist Michael Grill.

The composer has supplied the following commentary on “Canonic Meditation”:
“When I was a student, using canonic elements to generate the form of a composition was a pleasurable area for exercise. As I now approached my fourth invention entitled ‘Canon’, I again undertook such ‘canonic exercises’ after ten years. Because I found a particularly significant connection between the descending melody of the Lutheran song ‘Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her’ and a constantly sinking canon (in a completely different tonal language) found in my ‘Canon invention’, I made an independent work for a capella choir out of this spontaneous compositional exercise.”

17 December 2016
City Hall, 5 and 7 PM
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Canonic Meditation” on Luther’s chorale
‘Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her’ for six-part choir
Chamber choir of the ‘collegium:bratananium’
Johannes X. Schachtner (direction)

31 December 2016
Erlöserkirche Schwabing, 9 PM
Johannes X. Schachtner:
“Fragments from the Holy Mass III” for trumpet instruments
and organ
Matthew Sadler (trumpet instruments)
Michael Grill (organ)


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