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Stefan  Heucke

Born: May 24th, 1959
Country of origin: Germany

With his theatrical, glistening score, which transforms the orchestra into a philosophical cosmos, the composer achieves a captivating interpretation of the old myth. […] His contemporaries have rarely grasped the sense of captivating theatre music in the way this highly gifted composer has.("Das Orchester" on the world premiere of Die Ordnung der Erde)

Stefan Heucke was born in Gaildorf (Baden-Wuerttemberg) on 24 May 1959. From 1978 to 1982 he took private piano lessons with Renate Werner (Stuttgart) before continuing his musical studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Detmold, where he learnt piano with Arnulf von Arnim and harmony, counterpoint and composition with Gerhart Schäfer from 1982 to 1986. He later held a teaching post for Music Theory in the same faculty from 1989 to 2002.

In 1985, Heucke first came to public attention when he won an award at GEMA’s "Forum junger deutscher Komponisten für Orchestermusik" for the world premiere of his Vier Orchesterstücke op. 5 (Saarländisches Staatsorchester Saarbrücken, Matthias Kuntzsch). For his complete œuvre he achieved the "Förderpreis der Stadt Dortmund für junge Künstler" in 1990. Heucke won first prize at the composition competition of the "Windrose" European Festival of the Ruhr Orchestras in 2002. In 2007, he was honoured with the Hans Werner Henze Prize by the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe.

Live recordings and productions have been made by various broadcasting companies (Saarländischer Rundfunk, WDR, SDR) since 1985. Heucke has received commissions from the ARD International Music Competition, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, renowned performers such as the piano duo Grau/Schumacher and numerous German orchestras and opera houses. He composed the opera Das Frauenorchester von Auschwitz op. 47 for the 2006/07 season opening at the Vereinigte Städtische Bühnen Krefeld und Mönchengladbach. For the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2015, Heucke condensed the most important parts of the opera into a concert version, entitled Bruchstücke, commissioned by Bremerhaven Philharmonic Orchestra, who gave the world premiere. The text for Heucke’s Pater noster – unser Vater (2010), a new translation from Latin, was written by Norbert Lammert, the president of the German Bundestag. This choral work was commissioned by the Bochum Symphony Orchestra.

Heucke’s works range from miniatures for piano to chamber and vocal music as well as pieces for choir and orchestra, solo concertos, two operas, and a ballet. Der selbstsüchtige Riese for speakers and orchestra (1995), based on the fairy-tale by Oscar Wilde, is one of his most successful works. The world premiere of his dance oratorio Die Ordnung der Erde was given by Ballett Schindowski at the Music Theatre in the Ruhr, Gelsenkirchen, in 2001. The monodrama Iokaste (2014) tells for the first time the complete myth of the Labdaceans from the perspective of the Theban queen Jocasta, mother and wife of King Oedipus. The female narrators, a singer and a speaker, alternate between the roles of the seven characters.

In the season 2010/11, Heucke was the first Composer in Residence of the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker Krefeld-Mönchengladbach. He was a focal composer in the Henze Project’s concert series "Zeit::Reise" as part of the "European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010". For the bicentenary of Richard Wagner in 2013, he wrote symphonic variations on the "Hirtenweise" from "Tristan and Isolde" for full orchestra, commissioned by the Richard-Wagner-Verband Dortmund. He was Composer in Residence with the Philharmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven (2014/15) and the Staunton Music Festival (2016).

Stefan Heucke lives in Bochum and on the Italian Riviera.

1959
Born in Gaildorf (Germany) on 24 May
1978-82
Studied piano with Renate Werner in Stuttgart
1982-86
Studied piano with Arnulf von Arnim and composition with Gerhart Schäfer at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold
1985
Award for the world premiere of his "Vier Orchesterstücke" op. 5 by Saarländisches Staatsorchester under the direction of Matthias Kuntzsch at GEMA's Forum of Young Composers for Orchestral Music
1989-2002
Teaching appointment for music theory at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold
1990

"Förderpreis der Stadt Dortmund für junge Künstler" for his oeuvre

1996-98
Scholarship of the Werner-Richard-Dr.-Carl-Dörken-Stiftung Witten, enabling him to compose the dance oratorio "Die Ordnung der Erde" op. 30
1996-
Signed to Schott
2001
World premiere of the dance oratorio "Die Ordnung der Erde" op. 30 after the Gilgamesh-Epic at Musiktheater Gelsenkirchen with production and choreography by Bernd Schindowski
2002
First prize at the composition competition of the Europafestival of the Ruhr-Orchester "Windrose"
2004-06
Opera "Das Frauenorchester von Auschwitz" commissioned by the Städtische Bühnen Krefeld/Mönchengladbach. Werner-Richard-Dr.-Carl-Dörken-Stiftung scholarship awarded for the opera. World premiere in September 2006.
2005-06
Composer in Residence at the Universität Witten/Herdecke
2007
Hans Werner Henze Prize
2008
Full-length oratorio on the Blessed Nikolaus Groß commissioned by the Ruhr-Bistum Essen. World premiere on 7 October 2011 by the Duisburger Philharmoniker at the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle Duisburg.
2009
Choral work "Pater noster - unser Vater" commissioned by the Bochumer Symphoniker for the 150th anniversary of the Philharmonische Chor. Text by Norbert Lammert, president of the German Bundestag. World Premiere in November 2010.
2010
Featured Composer at the "Zeit::Reise" concert series as part of the Henze Project of the "Ruhr 2010 - Culture Capital of Europe" campaign
2010-11
First Composer in Residence at the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker: 13 concerts including the world premiere of Symphony No. 4 "Concertante" op. 59 in July 2011.
2012-14
Scholarships of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe and the Werner-Richard-Dr.-Carl-Dörken-Stiftung for "Iokaste". World Premiere in June 2014.
2013
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin commission Heucke to compose a full-length Deutsche Messe for soli, choir and orchestra using the new Translation by the President of the Bundestag, Nobert Lammert, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017
2014-15
First Composer in Residence with the Philharmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven with the world premiere of "Bruchstücke aus der Oper 'Das Frauenorchester von Auschwitz' " in May 2015
2016
Composer in Residence with the Staunton Music Festival (USA)

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  1. Durch alle Zeit...

    Durch alle Zeit...

    Adagio für Sopran und Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 35
    Instrumentation : soprano and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : Hebrew
  2. Salut 2000

    Salut 2000

    Fanfare für zehn Blechbläser
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    Instrumentation : 10 Blechwind instruments
    Edition : performance material
  3. Begrüßung - Abschied

    Begrüßung - Abschied

    (Hugo Wolf)
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    Instrumentation : medium voice and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : German
  4. Il cantico di frate sole

    Il cantico di frate sole

    für 4 Soli (SATB), gemischten Chor, Orgel und Schlagzeug
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 37
    Instrumentation : 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir, organ and percussion
    Edition : performance material
    Language : Italian
  5. Konzert

    Konzert

    für Violoncello und Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 39
    Instrumentation : cello and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  6. II. Symphonie

    II. Symphonie

    für Tenor und Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 19
    Instrumentation : tenor and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : German
  7. Der Gesang aus der tiefsten Hölle

    Der Gesang aus der tiefsten Hölle

    Zyklus für Mezzosopran und Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 26a
    Instrumentation : Mezzosoprano and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : German
  8. Bruchstücke

    Bruchstücke

    aus der Oper Das Frauenorchester von Auschwitz
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 75
    Instrumentation : 4 voices (SSSMez) and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : Hebrew - German
  9. Piano Sonata No. 2

    Piano Sonata No. 2

    "Now thank we all our God"
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 79
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 22496
    €28.00  *
  10. Nacht-Urnen

    Nacht-Urnen

    Nocturnes
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 32
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9145
    €18.50  *

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With his theatrical, glistening score, which transforms the orchestra into a philosophical cosmos, the composer achieves a captivating interpretation of the old myth. […] His contemporaries have rarely grasped the sense of captivating theatre music in the way this highly gifted composer has.("Das Orchester" on the world premiere of Die Ordnung der Erde)

Stefan Heucke was born in Gaildorf (Baden-Wuerttemberg) on 24 May 1959. From 1978 to 1982 he took private piano lessons with Renate Werner (Stuttgart) before continuing his musical studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Detmold, where he learnt piano with Arnulf von Arnim and harmony, counterpoint and composition with Gerhart Schäfer from 1982 to 1986. He later held a teaching post for Music Theory in the same faculty from 1989 to 2002.

In 1985, Heucke first came to public attention when he won an award at GEMA’s "Forum junger deutscher Komponisten für Orchestermusik" for the world premiere of his Vier Orchesterstücke op. 5 (Saarländisches Staatsorchester Saarbrücken, Matthias Kuntzsch). For his complete œuvre he achieved the "Förderpreis der Stadt Dortmund für junge Künstler" in 1990. Heucke won first prize at the composition competition of the "Windrose" European Festival of the Ruhr Orchestras in 2002. In 2007, he was honoured with the Hans Werner Henze Prize by the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe.

Live recordings and productions have been made by various broadcasting companies (Saarländischer Rundfunk, WDR, SDR) since 1985. Heucke has received commissions from the ARD International Music Competition, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, renowned performers such as the piano duo Grau/Schumacher and numerous German orchestras and opera houses. He composed the opera Das Frauenorchester von Auschwitz op. 47 for the 2006/07 season opening at the Vereinigte Städtische Bühnen Krefeld und Mönchengladbach. For the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2015, Heucke condensed the most important parts of the opera into a concert version, entitled Bruchstücke, commissioned by Bremerhaven Philharmonic Orchestra, who gave the world premiere. The text for Heucke’s Pater noster – unser Vater (2010), a new translation from Latin, was written by Norbert Lammert, the president of the German Bundestag. This choral work was commissioned by the Bochum Symphony Orchestra.

Heucke’s works range from miniatures for piano to chamber and vocal music as well as pieces for choir and orchestra, solo concertos, two operas, and a ballet. Der selbstsüchtige Riese for speakers and orchestra (1995), based on the fairy-tale by Oscar Wilde, is one of his most successful works. The world premiere of his dance oratorio Die Ordnung der Erde was given by Ballett Schindowski at the Music Theatre in the Ruhr, Gelsenkirchen, in 2001. The monodrama Iokaste (2014) tells for the first time the complete myth of the Labdaceans from the perspective of the Theban queen Jocasta, mother and wife of King Oedipus. The female narrators, a singer and a speaker, alternate between the roles of the seven characters.

In the season 2010/11, Heucke was the first Composer in Residence of the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker Krefeld-Mönchengladbach. He was a focal composer in the Henze Project’s concert series "Zeit::Reise" as part of the "European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010". For the bicentenary of Richard Wagner in 2013, he wrote symphonic variations on the "Hirtenweise" from "Tristan and Isolde" for full orchestra, commissioned by the Richard-Wagner-Verband Dortmund. He was Composer in Residence with the Philharmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven (2014/15) and the Staunton Music Festival (2016).

Stefan Heucke lives in Bochum and on the Italian Riviera.

Works
Chronology
1959
Born in Gaildorf (Germany) on 24 May
1978-82
Studied piano with Renate Werner in Stuttgart
1982-86
Studied piano with Arnulf von Arnim and composition with Gerhart Schäfer at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold
1985
Award for the world premiere of his "Vier Orchesterstücke" op. 5 by Saarländisches Staatsorchester under the direction of Matthias Kuntzsch at GEMA's Forum of Young Composers for Orchestral Music
1989-2002
Teaching appointment for music theory at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold
1990

"Förderpreis der Stadt Dortmund für junge Künstler" for his oeuvre

1996-98
Scholarship of the Werner-Richard-Dr.-Carl-Dörken-Stiftung Witten, enabling him to compose the dance oratorio "Die Ordnung der Erde" op. 30
1996-
Signed to Schott
2001
World premiere of the dance oratorio "Die Ordnung der Erde" op. 30 after the Gilgamesh-Epic at Musiktheater Gelsenkirchen with production and choreography by Bernd Schindowski
2002
First prize at the composition competition of the Europafestival of the Ruhr-Orchester "Windrose"
2004-06
Opera "Das Frauenorchester von Auschwitz" commissioned by the Städtische Bühnen Krefeld/Mönchengladbach. Werner-Richard-Dr.-Carl-Dörken-Stiftung scholarship awarded for the opera. World premiere in September 2006.
2005-06
Composer in Residence at the Universität Witten/Herdecke
2007
Hans Werner Henze Prize
2008
Full-length oratorio on the Blessed Nikolaus Groß commissioned by the Ruhr-Bistum Essen. World premiere on 7 October 2011 by the Duisburger Philharmoniker at the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle Duisburg.
2009
Choral work "Pater noster - unser Vater" commissioned by the Bochumer Symphoniker for the 150th anniversary of the Philharmonische Chor. Text by Norbert Lammert, president of the German Bundestag. World Premiere in November 2010.
2010
Featured Composer at the "Zeit::Reise" concert series as part of the Henze Project of the "Ruhr 2010 - Culture Capital of Europe" campaign
2010-11
First Composer in Residence at the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker: 13 concerts including the world premiere of Symphony No. 4 "Concertante" op. 59 in July 2011.
2012-14
Scholarships of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe and the Werner-Richard-Dr.-Carl-Dörken-Stiftung for "Iokaste". World Premiere in June 2014.
2013
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin commission Heucke to compose a full-length Deutsche Messe for soli, choir and orchestra using the new Translation by the President of the Bundestag, Nobert Lammert, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017
2014-15
First Composer in Residence with the Philharmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven with the world premiere of "Bruchstücke aus der Oper 'Das Frauenorchester von Auschwitz' " in May 2015
2016
Composer in Residence with the Staunton Music Festival (USA)
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per page
  1. Durch alle Zeit...

    Durch alle Zeit...

    Adagio für Sopran und Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 35
    Instrumentation : soprano and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : Hebrew
  2. Salut 2000

    Salut 2000

    Fanfare für zehn Blechbläser
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    Instrumentation : 10 Blechwind instruments
    Edition : performance material
  3. Begrüßung - Abschied

    Begrüßung - Abschied

    (Hugo Wolf)
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    Instrumentation : medium voice and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : German
  4. Il cantico di frate sole

    Il cantico di frate sole

    für 4 Soli (SATB), gemischten Chor, Orgel und Schlagzeug
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 37
    Instrumentation : 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir, organ and percussion
    Edition : performance material
    Language : Italian
  5. Konzert

    Konzert

    für Violoncello und Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 39
    Instrumentation : cello and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  6. II. Symphonie

    II. Symphonie

    für Tenor und Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 19
    Instrumentation : tenor and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : German
  7. Der Gesang aus der tiefsten Hölle

    Der Gesang aus der tiefsten Hölle

    Zyklus für Mezzosopran und Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 26a
    Instrumentation : Mezzosoprano and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : German
  8. Bruchstücke

    Bruchstücke

    aus der Oper Das Frauenorchester von Auschwitz
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 75
    Instrumentation : 4 voices (SSSMez) and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : Hebrew - German
  9. Piano Sonata No. 2

    Piano Sonata No. 2

    "Now thank we all our God"
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 79
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 22496
    €28.00  *
  10. Nacht-Urnen

    Nacht-Urnen

    Nocturnes
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 32
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 9145
    €18.50  *

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