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Peter  Wittrich

Born: November 28th, 1959
Country of origin: Germany
Upcoming :
2020-04-02 | München (Germany), Einstein
2021-05-15 | München (Germany), Musikhochschule
The merging together of craftsmanship, inspiration and accessibility – the three pillars of artistic creation – confer upon each individual piece an unmistakable sound quality, which I see as the indispensable goal of any kind of contemporary composition. (My) music should communicate as rationally as a polished literary text, with the emotional impact of an atmospheric picture.
(Peter Wittrich)

Peter Wittrich was born in Freising in Northern Bavaria on 28 November 1959. After his school-leaving exams he initially began training as a secondary school teacher at the Munich Academy of Music; soon afterwards he began to study composition with Professor Dieter Acker at the same institution, graduating with a master’s diploma.

While still a student he started winning prizes in composition, including first prize at the 1985 Erding international organ festival for the organ piece Fantasia on D-Eb-C-A. Numerous other prizes followed, especially for choral and instrumental works, such as a first prize for his ‘Sixteenth-Century Drinking Song’ in the composition class at the international Franz Schubert Choral Festival in Vienna (1997), first prize awarded by the Franz Josef Reinl Foundation in Vienna for Segnali capricciosi for trumpet and orchestra (1998) and first prize in 1999 at the international competition for European church music in Schwäbisch Gmünd with Hymnal Motet, a composition for choir and organ.

From 1989 until 2004 Peter Wittrich was a full-time lecturer in music theory at the College of Music and Drama in Munich; since 2004 he has been Professor of music theory and piano studies for schoolteachers at the same college.

The main focus of his creative work is in choral works, church music and instrumental pieces. In addition, he is particularly keen on engagement in education, composing for children and for young people.
With his ensemble Solisti Deo Gloria and the Peter Wittrich-x-tett, in parallel with the introduction of the new German Catholic hymnal he presents a varied palette of new song arrangements and re-compositions, producing extraordinary arrangements of dance music and light entertainment pieces.

This stylistic range is also reflected in his compositions. Chorales and the tradition of motet-writing are combined with jazz elements (Organ Blues, Missa in Blue), traditional melodies are set within highly structured compositions, some of them subtly infused with a hint of irony (Christmas Sonata) and contemporary detail is merged with archaically traditional foundations in a style that goes straight to the roots of the emotions.
2020-04-02 | München (Germany), Einstein
2021-05-15 | München (Germany), Musikhochschule

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  1. Kommet, ihr Hirten

    Kommet, ihr Hirten

    Aus Böhmen
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    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Author : Singer Pur,
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SAATBB)
    Edition : Songbook
    Language : deutsch
    Order No. : ED 20711 Q8160
    €2.99  *
  2. Es wird scho glei dumpa

    Es wird scho glei dumpa

    Aus Tirol
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    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Author : Singer Pur,
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SAATBB)
    Edition : Songbook
    Language : deutsch
    Order No. : ED 20711 Q8163
    €2.99  *
  3. Rosestock, Holderblüh

    Rosestock, Holderblüh

    nach einem Volkslied aus Schwaben
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    Composer : Silcher, Friedrich
    Editor : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SAATBB)
    Edition : Songbook
    Language : deutsch
    Order No. : ED 20301 Q14775
    €1.99  *
  4. Mädle ruck ruck ruck

    Mädle ruck ruck ruck

    nach einem Volkslied aus Schwaben
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    Composer : Silcher, Friedrich
    Editor : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SAATBB)
    Edition : Songbook
    Language : deutsch
    Order No. : ED 20301 Q14779
    €2.99  *
  5. Puzzle of Knight

    Puzzle of Knight

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    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9055 Q19932
    €1.99  *
  6. Police Car in Chase

    Police Car in Chase

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    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9055 Q19935
    €1.99  *
  7. The Merry Peasant

    The Merry Peasant

    Humorous variations on a theme by Robert Schumann in barious styles from Bach to Liszt
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    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 20904 Q7268
    €11.99  *
  8. Double Bass Tales

    Double Bass Tales

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    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : double bass and piano
    Order No. : KBB 16 Q20930
    €15.99  *
  9. Prayer on the Hills

    Prayer on the Hills

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    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : vibraphone
    Order No. : ED 21821 Q21322
    €8.99  *
  10. Lobe den Herren

    Lobe den Herren

    Jazz Partita
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    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : organ
    Order No. : ED 21913 Q21538
    €11.99  *

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The merging together of craftsmanship, inspiration and accessibility – the three pillars of artistic creation – confer upon each individual piece an unmistakable sound quality, which I see as the indispensable goal of any kind of contemporary composition. (My) music should communicate as rationally as a polished literary text, with the emotional impact of an atmospheric picture.
(Peter Wittrich)

Peter Wittrich was born in Freising in Northern Bavaria on 28 November 1959. After his school-leaving exams he initially began training as a secondary school teacher at the Munich Academy of Music; soon afterwards he began to study composition with Professor Dieter Acker at the same institution, graduating with a master’s diploma.

While still a student he started winning prizes in composition, including first prize at the 1985 Erding international organ festival for the organ piece Fantasia on D-Eb-C-A. Numerous other prizes followed, especially for choral and instrumental works, such as a first prize for his ‘Sixteenth-Century Drinking Song’ in the composition class at the international Franz Schubert Choral Festival in Vienna (1997), first prize awarded by the Franz Josef Reinl Foundation in Vienna for Segnali capricciosi for trumpet and orchestra (1998) and first prize in 1999 at the international competition for European church music in Schwäbisch Gmünd with Hymnal Motet, a composition for choir and organ.

From 1989 until 2004 Peter Wittrich was a full-time lecturer in music theory at the College of Music and Drama in Munich; since 2004 he has been Professor of music theory and piano studies for schoolteachers at the same college.

The main focus of his creative work is in choral works, church music and instrumental pieces. In addition, he is particularly keen on engagement in education, composing for children and for young people.
With his ensemble Solisti Deo Gloria and the Peter Wittrich-x-tett, in parallel with the introduction of the new German Catholic hymnal he presents a varied palette of new song arrangements and re-compositions, producing extraordinary arrangements of dance music and light entertainment pieces.

This stylistic range is also reflected in his compositions. Chorales and the tradition of motet-writing are combined with jazz elements (Organ Blues, Missa in Blue), traditional melodies are set within highly structured compositions, some of them subtly infused with a hint of irony (Christmas Sonata) and contemporary detail is merged with archaically traditional foundations in a style that goes straight to the roots of the emotions.
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2020-04-02 | München (Germany), Einstein
2021-05-15 | München (Germany), Musikhochschule
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  1. Kommet, ihr Hirten

    Kommet, ihr Hirten

    Aus Böhmen
    Download Edition
    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Author : Singer Pur,
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SAATBB)
    Edition : Songbook
    Language : deutsch
    Order No. : ED 20711 Q8160
    €2.99  *
  2. Es wird scho glei dumpa

    Es wird scho glei dumpa

    Aus Tirol
    Download Edition
    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Author : Singer Pur,
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SAATBB)
    Edition : Songbook
    Language : deutsch
    Order No. : ED 20711 Q8163
    €2.99  *
  3. Rosestock, Holderblüh

    Rosestock, Holderblüh

    nach einem Volkslied aus Schwaben
    Download Edition
    Composer : Silcher, Friedrich
    Editor : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SAATBB)
    Edition : Songbook
    Language : deutsch
    Order No. : ED 20301 Q14775
    €1.99  *
  4. Mädle ruck ruck ruck

    Mädle ruck ruck ruck

    nach einem Volkslied aus Schwaben
    Download Edition
    Composer : Silcher, Friedrich
    Editor : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : mixed choir (SAATBB)
    Edition : Songbook
    Language : deutsch
    Order No. : ED 20301 Q14779
    €2.99  *
  5. Puzzle of Knight

    Puzzle of Knight

    Download Edition
    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9055 Q19932
    €1.99  *
  6. Police Car in Chase

    Police Car in Chase

    Download Edition
    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9055 Q19935
    €1.99  *
  7. The Merry Peasant

    The Merry Peasant

    Humorous variations on a theme by Robert Schumann in barious styles from Bach to Liszt
    Download Edition
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 20904 Q7268
    €11.99  *
  8. Double Bass Tales

    Double Bass Tales

    Download Edition
    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : double bass and piano
    Order No. : KBB 16 Q20930
    €15.99  *
  9. Prayer on the Hills

    Prayer on the Hills

    Download Edition
    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : vibraphone
    Order No. : ED 21821 Q21322
    €8.99  *
  10. Lobe den Herren

    Lobe den Herren

    Jazz Partita
    Download Edition
    Composer : Wittrich, Peter
    Instrumentation : organ
    Order No. : ED 21913 Q21538
    €11.99  *

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