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Barbara  Heller

Born: November 6th, 1936
Country of origin: Germany
"Music is a sensory experience to which I bring structure."
"For me, composing means applying my own filter to the constant flow of internal and external sounds. Listening to, imagining and inventing music is like building bridges between the physical and the metaphysical world."

Barbara Heller was born in 1936 in Ludwigshafen, where her father was an art restorer and conservator. She studied music in Mannheim and Munich and taught piano at the Mannheim Academy of Music from 1958 to 1962. Heller studied composition under Hans Vogt (Mannheim) and Harald Genzmer (Munich), won a scholarship to study film music in Sienna in 1963 and was awarded several scholarships at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (International summer courses for new music) in Darmstadt, where she has lived as a freelance composer and pianist since 1963. From 1970 to 1975 she documented and archived the estate of the composer Hermann Heiß from Darmstadt; she was an active member of the board of the Institut für Neue Musik und Musikerziehung Darmstadt (Institute for New Music and Musical Education) from 1986 to 1993. In 1978 Barbara Heller became a founder member of the international working group "Women in Music", serving on its board of directors until 1981, when she took over archive management there. Since 1976 she has dedicated considerable energy to previously neglected works by female composers. Research, teaching and editorial work have taken up a great deal of her time and she has frequently been invited to share the results of her work with the public in lectures and radio broadcasts. She has edited works by Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn and other contemporary female composers, performing these pieces herself and appearing as a soloist with a number of chamber ensembles.

In 1989 Barbara Heller decided to stop performing as a pianist and concentrate entirely on her work as a composer. Since then she has written more piano music, chamber music and songs. She also enjoys collaborating with other composers and performers from time to time, engaging in experiments and investigating other art forms: this has involved working with painters and actors, composing film music, composing with tape recordings and sound installations produced with other artists. Recent compositions include two string quartets and her bassoon quartet, as well as arrangements and adaptations of her earlier works for various combinations of instruments (most of them commissioned by performing musicians). Barbara Heller"s music is increasingly characterised by openness and a love of experimentation, often moving away from conventional musical notation to challenge performers to explore improvisation in creative and imaginative ways. She continues to receive invitations to present her music in concerts in Germany and abroad.

In 2005 Barbara Heller was awarded the Aloysia Assenbaum Memorial Prize by the GEDOK association of female artists in Heidelberg. The German edition of "Encounters with Barbara Heller" (ed. Ulla Levens) was published by Wolke in Hofheim in 2006. Barbara Heller often seeks refuge in Nature, in the Odenwald forest or on the island of La Gomera, as an escape from the sometimes hectic pace of her travels and busy city life. Being close to Nature is a source of inner strength, bringing fresh awareness of her personal sound cosmos. Reflection and quiet self-assurance, inner and outer peace, have become increasingly important. This feeling infuses her most recent works. Her approach has changed over the last fifteen years, relying on sparser sounds and breaking melodies up into minute components – sometimes reduced to just a few notes or even a single interval. She puts her trust in space and time, purging her writing of all extraneous effects to refine it into "a quest for the essence of music". The results can even sound archaic as the music becomes increasingly meditative in its focus on stillness – possibly positing an alternative to the hectic pace of everyday life. Barbara Heller has so far produced works of great stylistic range and continues to develop as a musician, with plenty of plans for the future…
Her style has evolved constantly, yet her music remains alive as it evokes the eternal flux of existence.

www.barbaraheller.de

Dr. Anne Stegat, 2011
Translation: Julia Rushworth
© 2011 SCHOTT MUSIC GmbH & Co. KG, Mainz

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  1. Evening Flower

    Evening Flower

    from: Musical Flowers
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    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9048 Q12341
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  2. Where is this Waltz Going?

    Where is this Waltz Going?

    from: Waltzes for Every Day
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    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9047
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  3. Rain Flower

    Rain Flower

    from Musical Flowers No. 13
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    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Editor : Birtel, Wolfgang
    Instrumentation : violin and piano
    Edition : score and part
    Order No. : ED 21561 Q18238
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  4. Poppy

    Poppy

    from: Musical Flowers No. 2
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    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Editor : Birtel, Wolfgang
    Instrumentation : violin and piano
    Edition : score and part
    Order No. : ED 21561 Q18239
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  5. Playing Around

    Playing Around

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    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9055 Q19933
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  6. Joy and Sorrow

    Joy and Sorrow

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    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 8617
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  7. Come una colomba

    Come una colomba

    Wie eine Taube. Liederzyklus
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    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : soprano and piano
    Language : German - Italian
    Order No. : ED 9246 Q3168
    €15.99  *
  8. White Keys, Black Keys

    White Keys, Black Keys

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    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9918 Q6334
    €11.99  *
  9. Sounds and Signs

    Sounds and Signs

    14 Pieces for Cello solo
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    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : cello
    Order No. : CB 199 Q6644
    €12.99  *
  10. Musical Flowers

    Musical Flowers

    25 Piano pieces
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    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 20374 Q6711
    €15.99  *

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"Music is a sensory experience to which I bring structure."
"For me, composing means applying my own filter to the constant flow of internal and external sounds. Listening to, imagining and inventing music is like building bridges between the physical and the metaphysical world."

Barbara Heller was born in 1936 in Ludwigshafen, where her father was an art restorer and conservator. She studied music in Mannheim and Munich and taught piano at the Mannheim Academy of Music from 1958 to 1962. Heller studied composition under Hans Vogt (Mannheim) and Harald Genzmer (Munich), won a scholarship to study film music in Sienna in 1963 and was awarded several scholarships at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (International summer courses for new music) in Darmstadt, where she has lived as a freelance composer and pianist since 1963. From 1970 to 1975 she documented and archived the estate of the composer Hermann Heiß from Darmstadt; she was an active member of the board of the Institut für Neue Musik und Musikerziehung Darmstadt (Institute for New Music and Musical Education) from 1986 to 1993. In 1978 Barbara Heller became a founder member of the international working group "Women in Music", serving on its board of directors until 1981, when she took over archive management there. Since 1976 she has dedicated considerable energy to previously neglected works by female composers. Research, teaching and editorial work have taken up a great deal of her time and she has frequently been invited to share the results of her work with the public in lectures and radio broadcasts. She has edited works by Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn and other contemporary female composers, performing these pieces herself and appearing as a soloist with a number of chamber ensembles.

In 1989 Barbara Heller decided to stop performing as a pianist and concentrate entirely on her work as a composer. Since then she has written more piano music, chamber music and songs. She also enjoys collaborating with other composers and performers from time to time, engaging in experiments and investigating other art forms: this has involved working with painters and actors, composing film music, composing with tape recordings and sound installations produced with other artists. Recent compositions include two string quartets and her bassoon quartet, as well as arrangements and adaptations of her earlier works for various combinations of instruments (most of them commissioned by performing musicians). Barbara Heller"s music is increasingly characterised by openness and a love of experimentation, often moving away from conventional musical notation to challenge performers to explore improvisation in creative and imaginative ways. She continues to receive invitations to present her music in concerts in Germany and abroad.

In 2005 Barbara Heller was awarded the Aloysia Assenbaum Memorial Prize by the GEDOK association of female artists in Heidelberg. The German edition of "Encounters with Barbara Heller" (ed. Ulla Levens) was published by Wolke in Hofheim in 2006. Barbara Heller often seeks refuge in Nature, in the Odenwald forest or on the island of La Gomera, as an escape from the sometimes hectic pace of her travels and busy city life. Being close to Nature is a source of inner strength, bringing fresh awareness of her personal sound cosmos. Reflection and quiet self-assurance, inner and outer peace, have become increasingly important. This feeling infuses her most recent works. Her approach has changed over the last fifteen years, relying on sparser sounds and breaking melodies up into minute components – sometimes reduced to just a few notes or even a single interval. She puts her trust in space and time, purging her writing of all extraneous effects to refine it into "a quest for the essence of music". The results can even sound archaic as the music becomes increasingly meditative in its focus on stillness – possibly positing an alternative to the hectic pace of everyday life. Barbara Heller has so far produced works of great stylistic range and continues to develop as a musician, with plenty of plans for the future…
Her style has evolved constantly, yet her music remains alive as it evokes the eternal flux of existence.

www.barbaraheller.de

Dr. Anne Stegat, 2011
Translation: Julia Rushworth
© 2011 SCHOTT MUSIC GmbH & Co. KG, Mainz
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  1. Evening Flower

    Evening Flower

    from: Musical Flowers
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9048 Q12341
    €1.99  *
  2. Where is this Waltz Going?

    Where is this Waltz Going?

    from: Waltzes for Every Day
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9047
    €1.99  *
  3. Rain Flower

    Rain Flower

    from Musical Flowers No. 13
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Editor : Birtel, Wolfgang
    Instrumentation : violin and piano
    Edition : score and part
    Order No. : ED 21561 Q18238
    €1.99  *
  4. Poppy

    Poppy

    from: Musical Flowers No. 2
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Editor : Birtel, Wolfgang
    Instrumentation : violin and piano
    Edition : score and part
    Order No. : ED 21561 Q18239
    €1.99  *
  5. Playing Around

    Playing Around

    Download Edition
    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9055 Q19933
    €1.99  *
  6. Joy and Sorrow

    Joy and Sorrow

    Download Edition
    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 8617
    €10.99  *
  7. Come una colomba

    Come una colomba

    Wie eine Taube. Liederzyklus
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : soprano and piano
    Language : German - Italian
    Order No. : ED 9246 Q3168
    €15.99  *
  8. White Keys, Black Keys

    White Keys, Black Keys

    Download Edition
    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9918 Q6334
    €11.99  *
  9. Sounds and Signs

    Sounds and Signs

    14 Pieces for Cello solo
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : cello
    Order No. : CB 199 Q6644
    €12.99  *
  10. Musical Flowers

    Musical Flowers

    25 Piano pieces
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heller, Barbara
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 20374 Q6711
    €15.99  *

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