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Stefan  Heucke

Born: May 24th, 1959
Country of origin: Germany
Upcoming :
Conductor: Golo Berg
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2020-03-30 | Münster (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 19:30 | World Premiere
Conductor: Golo Berg
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2020-03-31 | Münster (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 19:30

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.
2011
World premiere of the oratorio "Nikolaus Groß" Op. 62 in October with Duisburg Philharmonic in Duisburg and Essen.
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)
2016
Opening of the new concert hall in Bochumer with the cantata "Baruch Atá Adonaj – Blessed art thou, Lord" Op. 78
2017
World premiere of "A German Mass" Op. 80 with the Rundfunkchor Berlin and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Mainz, Halle and Berlin
2018
World pemiere of the symphonic poem "Transformation" Op. 92 with WDR Symphony Orchestra on occasion of the official end of coal mining in Germany
2019
World premiere of the one-hour piano work "Diabelli Variations on a Theme by Franz Schubert" Op. 76 in Amsterdam with pianist Ana-Marija Markovina
Conductor: Golo Berg
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2020-03-30 | Münster (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 19:30 | World Premiere
Conductor: Golo Berg
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2020-03-31 | Münster (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 19:30

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  1. At the last Trump

    At the last Trump

    Download Edition
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    Instrumentation : trombone and piano
    Order No. : ED 20220 Q6626
    €17.99  *
  2. Seven Songs of Death

    Seven Songs of Death

    for high voice and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    Instrumentation : voice and piano
    Language : German
    Order No. : ED 20449 Q6916
    €24.99  *
  3. Seven Songs of Death

    Seven Songs of Death

    for medium voice and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    Instrumentation : voice and piano
    Language : German
    Order No. : ED 20450 Q6917
    €18.99  *
  4. Seven Songs of Death

    Seven Songs of Death

    for low voice and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    Instrumentation : voice and piano
    Language : German
    Order No. : ED 20451 Q6918
    €18.99  *
  5. Sonata

    Sonata

    for bass clarinet (or violoncello) and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 23
    Instrumentation : bass clarinet in Bb (or cello) and piano
    Order No. : ED 9847 Q6263
    €19.99  *
  6. Nacht-Urnen

    Nacht-Urnen

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

    Der selbstsüchtige Riese

    Märchen für Sprecher oder Sprecherin und Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 20
    Instrumentation : speaker (male or female) and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : German - English
  8. Die Ordnung der Erde

    Die Ordnung der Erde

    Tanzoratorium nach dem Gilgamesch-Epos für Tänzer, Sänger und großes Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    text compilation : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 30
    Edition : performance material
    Language : German
  9. Konzert

    Konzert

    für Bassklarinette und Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 33
    Instrumentation : bassclarinet and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  10. Vier Etüden und ein Epilog

    Vier Etüden und ein Epilog

    für großes Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 36/1
    Instrumentation : large orchestra
    Edition : performance material

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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.
2011
World premiere of the oratorio "Nikolaus Groß" Op. 62 in October with Duisburg Philharmonic in Duisburg and Essen.
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)
2016
Opening of the new concert hall in Bochumer with the cantata "Baruch Atá Adonaj – Blessed art thou, Lord" Op. 78
2017
World premiere of "A German Mass" Op. 80 with the Rundfunkchor Berlin and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Mainz, Halle and Berlin
2018
World pemiere of the symphonic poem "Transformation" Op. 92 with WDR Symphony Orchestra on occasion of the official end of coal mining in Germany
2019
World premiere of the one-hour piano work "Diabelli Variations on a Theme by Franz Schubert" Op. 76 in Amsterdam with pianist Ana-Marija Markovina
Performances
Conductor: Golo Berg
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2020-03-30 | Münster (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 19:30 | World Premiere
Conductor: Golo Berg
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2020-03-31 | Münster (Germany), Theater, Großes Haus — 19:30
Products

per page
  1. At the last Trump

    At the last Trump

    Download Edition
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    Instrumentation : trombone and piano
    Order No. : ED 20220 Q6626
    €17.99  *
  2. Seven Songs of Death

    Seven Songs of Death

    for high voice and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    Instrumentation : voice and piano
    Language : German
    Order No. : ED 20449 Q6916
    €24.99  *
  3. Seven Songs of Death

    Seven Songs of Death

    for medium voice and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    Instrumentation : voice and piano
    Language : German
    Order No. : ED 20450 Q6917
    €18.99  *
  4. Seven Songs of Death

    Seven Songs of Death

    for low voice and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    Instrumentation : voice and piano
    Language : German
    Order No. : ED 20451 Q6918
    €18.99  *
  5. Sonata

    Sonata

    for bass clarinet (or violoncello) and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 23
    Instrumentation : bass clarinet in Bb (or cello) and piano
    Order No. : ED 9847 Q6263
    €19.99  *
  6. Nacht-Urnen

    Nacht-Urnen

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

    Der selbstsüchtige Riese

    Märchen für Sprecher oder Sprecherin und Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 20
    Instrumentation : speaker (male or female) and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : German - English
  8. Die Ordnung der Erde

    Die Ordnung der Erde

    Tanzoratorium nach dem Gilgamesch-Epos für Tänzer, Sänger und großes Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    text compilation : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 30
    Edition : performance material
    Language : German
  9. Konzert

    Konzert

    für Bassklarinette und Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 33
    Instrumentation : bassclarinet and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  10. Vier Etüden und ein Epilog

    Vier Etüden und ein Epilog

    für großes Orchester
    Composer : Heucke, Stefan
    op. 36/1
    Instrumentation : large orchestra
    Edition : performance material

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