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Julian Anderson wins RPS Award 2016

Schott is delighted to announce that Julian Anderson’s Van Gogh Blue has been awarded a 2016 RPS Award for Chamber-Scale Composition.

Taking inspiration the letters of Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh Blue is about finding joy in ‘the sheer stuff of which art is made’ – in Van Gogh’s case colour, in Anderson’s case sound. Instrumental colour plays a large role – the use of two mobile clarinettists within the ensemble allows for new colours as their sound moves through the acoustic space of the hall.

Van Gogh Blue was a co-commission between The Serge Koussevitzsky Music Foundation, Wigmore Hall and Casa da Música and was premiered by the Nash Ensemble and Alexandre Bloch in November 2015. The Talea Ensemble gave the US premiere in March and Remix Ensemble will perform the work next season in Portugal.

RPS Music Award winners were announced last night at the annual award ceremony in London. The RPS Music Awards are the UK’s most prestigious awards for live classical music, celebrating the outstanding brilliance of distinguished musicians, composers and young artists.


schott aktuell – the journal 3/2016: Children’s Opera

26 June will see a world premiere that is sure to be a very emotional occasion for everyone involved. The last large-scale work by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, a new children’s opera entitled The Hogboon will be performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at London’s Barbican Centre. This piece was completed just a few weeks before Sir Peter (or “Max” as he was universally known) passed away following a long battle with leukaemia. Throughout his life, Max was always deeply committed to involving young people in classical music, and so it is fitting in many ways that this work will be his swansong.

Given this major premiere, and Max’s legacy in this field, we felt that it would be an appropriate time to dedicate an issue of Aktuell to opera for young people. This is an area that Schott has been committed to for many years, publishing classic works such as Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdinck, Henze’s Pollicino and Rota’s Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, as well as acclaimed recent pieces such as Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr Fox, Richard Ayres’ The Cricket Recovers and Peter Pan, and the works of Elisabeth Naske. We hope you enjoy exploring this rich and important area of the repertoire.

I would also like to express, on behalf of Schott Music, our great sadness at the passing of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies with whom we enjoyed a long-standing, productive and most enjoyable relationship. Our thoughts are with his friends and loved ones at this time.

– from the editorial by Sam Rigby, Schott Music London


World Premieres: Julian Anderson: Incantesimi · Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: The Hogboon · Hans Werner Henze: Suite Die Zikaden · Thomas Larcher: Symphony No. 2 · Elisabeth Naske: Jubellaut zum Jubiläum · Pēteris Vasks: Concerto · Heinz Holliger: Airs · Toshi Ichiyanagi: Symphony No. 10 · Christian Jost: Konzertstücke · Dieter Schnebel: Yes, I Will, Yes! and more

First Nights: Peter Eötvös: Der goldene Drache in Bremerhaven · Arnold Schönberg: Moses und Aron in Paris · Richard Strauss: Salome in Genua · Paul Hindemith:Mathis der Maler in Dresden · Toshio Hosokawa: Hanjo in Bern · Aribert Reimann: Lear in Paris · Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Erfurt· Mikis Theodorakis: Zorbas in Paris · Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakow: Mozart und Salieri in Košice and more

Repertoire Recommendations: Children’s Opera

In Memoriam: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016)

Birthday: Klaus Doldinger: 80th Birthday on 12 May 2016

New Publications · New Recordings

Repertoire: Hans Werner Henze: Pollicino


Schott Music auf der Musikmesse in Frankfurt 2016

Die Musikmesse ist die internationale Fachmesse für Musikinstrumente und Noten, Musikproduktion und -vermarktung sowie ein weltweit einzigartiges Musikevent. Von klassischen Instrumenten, Gitarren und Bässen, Blasinstrumenten und Schlagwerk bis hin zu elektronischem Equipment deckt das Angebot den gesamten Musikerbedarf ab.

Mit neuem Konzept lädt die Musikmesse auch dieses Jahr wieder Besucher vom 7.-10. April ein, die Welt der Musik neu zu entdecken. Die Messe ist täglich von 10 bis 19 Uhr für Fach- und Privatbesucher geöffnet.

Besuchen Sie Schott Music in der Halle 8, Stand E42 und lernen Sie unsere Novitäten 2016 kennen.

Zacky_Bob_Schilder_200pxEin besonderes Highlight in diesem Jahr sind die Veranstaltungen mit unserem Autor Peter Autschbach, der seine neue Gitarrenschule Gitarre lernen mit Zacky & Bob in Halle 8, Stand E50 vorstellt. Am Samstag, dem 09.04. von 17:35 bis 17:55 Uhr, sowie am Sonntag, dem 10.04. von 12:35 bis 12:55 Uhr können Sie mehr über die Gitarrenschule erfahren, die sich an Kinder ab 8 Jahren richtet.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihren Besuch!


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.




Schott Music auf dem bdpm Kongress in Hannover



Vom 18. bis 20. März 2016 veranstaltet der Bundesverband Deutscher Privatmusikschulen e.V. (bdpm) gemeinsam mit dem Europäischen Keyboard und Orgellehrer Verband (EKOL) seinen 11. Bundeskongress im Hannover Concgress Centrum “HCC”. Der Themenschwerpunkt lautet “Musikschule 2020”.

Auch Schott Music wird vor Ort in der Fachausstellung vertreten sein und zahlreiche Produkte präsentieren.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihren Besuch!


Schott Music auf der Leipziger Buchmesse 2016

Die Leipziger Buchmesse findet dieses Jahr vom 17. bis 20. März statt. Über 1.500 Aussteller werden mit eigenem Stand vertreten sein. Täglich von 10-18 Uhr kann die Messe besucht werden. Wir von Schott Music befinden uns in Halle 4, Stand A301, wo Sie sich einen Eindruck von unserem aktuellen Programm verschaffen können. Wir freuen uns auf Ihren Besuch!


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CH CBE (1934–2016)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, at the age of 81.
One of the foremost composers of our time, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies made a profound contribution to musical history in the UK and beyond through his wide-ranging and prolific output. His longstanding relationship with Schott spans more than 60 years, from the Sonata for Trumpet in D and Piano (1955) to his last major work, The Hogboon, a children’s opera completed in the last months of his life, which will receive its world premiere in June 2016 with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Recognised as a successor to the avant-garde generation of Ligeti, Lutosławski, Berio and Xenakis, as well as a composer of a distinctly British hue, Maxwell Davies’ output embraces every conceivable classical genre from symphonies and concertos to opera, music theatre, ballet, film, choral and more. He was also an experienced conductor, and had a lifelong commitment to community outreach and education, writing much music for young people. His keen sense of social responsibility was threaded through many of his works, touching on major issues such as war, the environment and politics.
Born in Salford, Lancashire on 8 September 1934, Maxwell Davies attended Royal Manchester College of Music where he was part of the so-called Manchester School with contemporaries Harrison Birtwistle, John Ogdon, Elgar Howarth, Richard Hall and Alexander Goehr. He later studied with Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt. In 1971 Maxwell Davies moved to the Orkney Islands, where he founded the St Magnus Festival in 1977.
Maxwell Davies held the post of Master of the Queen’s Music from 2004–2014. He was knighted in 1987 and made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in the New Year 2014 Honours List. In February 2016, he was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, the highest accolade the society can bestow, in recognition of outstanding musicianship.
Max (to all who knew him) passed away of leukaemia on 14 March 2016 at his home in Orkney. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies was managed by Intermusica, and his works published by Boosey & Hawkes, Chester Music, and Schott Music.



Wilfried Hiller: 75th Birthday on 15 March 2016


Wilfried Hiller’s music of the last few years has gravitated to two polarities. In his recent stage works Der Flaschengeist (Munich 2014) and Das Salzburger Spiel vom verloren Sohn (Salzburg 2015), he displayed his fascination with the inner conflicts and existentially emotional vulnerability of the protagonists. In contrast, his latest ensemble works Skulpturen der Liebe, … und dennoch Das große Lächeln, Gaia, Nachtschattentänze im Skulpturengarten and most recently Kosmos, have explored thematic relationships between music and the visual arts. Antje Tesche-Mentzen’s paintings and sculptures in particular have inspired him to create new forms of musical expression, and explore tone painting and sculpted structures.
Wilfried Hiller explains his new piano cycle Kosmos – 34 miniatures:

In a film portrait of dancer, painter and sculptor Antje Tesche-Mentzen, I learned that in former times she was a proficient pianist. When she told me that she intended to begin playing again, I promised to compose her a cycle for her new beginning: 34 miniatures, some of them with a direct connection to her paintings and sculptures. The main part of Kosmos was composed in 2014, 400 years after Albrecht Dürer created his copperplate engraving ‘Melencolia I’, in which a magic square appears. In a magic square, numbers are arranged in a grid so that their sum in each column, row, and the two diagonals is the same number. In the square I have chosen, the magic number is 34.

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The sheet music edition has recently been published and is available from specialist dealers and the Schott Online Shop. The world premiere of Kosmos with pianists Lika Bibileishvili and Volker Banfield is part of the Hiller birthday celebrations on 15 March at the Orff Center in Munich.

We offer our heartfelt congratulations on his 75th birthday!


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.