Alwin M. Schronen – The new face on the choral scene
Soulful and expressive choral music – intense and full of vitality
First finding success on the German choral scene with his a cappella works, Alwin M. Schronen is now making a name for himself internationally. The Saarland-based composer writes sacred and secular works for both amateur choirs and professional chamber choirs, writing at different levels of difficulty for a range of choral genres.
Schronen celebrates his versatility and does not believe in committing himself to any one creative path. In fact, he has a passion for the restaurant trade and even runs a small wine shop complete with its own beer brewing courses! There – as he does in his music by using old motifs or texts – he has combined the old and the new, renovating an old house and filling it with both vintage and modern furniture.
Although some of his works present challenges to the choir, his music always remains singable and down-to-earth, whilst still retaining the ability to transport any audience. His Missa Argentina, for example, is vernacular in its use of well-known motifs, but uplifting in its overall effect. Stufen for male-voice chamber choir and violin, premiered at the chor.com in Dortmund in 2015, is more challenging; the secular text by Hermann Hesse is juxtaposed with an ethereal sound world in the choir and violin, requiring experienced and competent singers.
Winner of numerous composition awards, Schronen regularly runs his own video competitions in which choirs are invited to make a video of one of his pieces, and the winning choir receives a tailor-made choral work. In 2015, his piece An den Mond and its English version Moon reached several women’s choirs in this way, and Schronen in turn received many fantastic videos of his work. The current competition for men’s choir, with the piece Light & Love among others, runs until December 2016.
Works for mixed choir:
Works for women’s choir: