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2021/04/14

Pēteris Vasks: 75th Birthday on 16 April 2021

Pēteris Vasks, like no other composer, is an ambassador for the music of his native country
Latvia and the rich culture of the North. Prior to 1991, he was subject to repression for his beliefs and artistic convictions, but today he has long achieved international acclaim.

Vasks will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 49th Istanbul Music Festival in June, less than two months after his 75th birthday. The award is given annually by the festival: previous laureates include Daniel Barenboim, Philip Glass, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Zubin Mehta, Arvo Pärt, Krzysztof Penderecki and Murray Perahia. Following the award ceremony, the Modigliani Quartet will give the Turkish premiere of his String Quartet No. 6 for which Vasks received the Latvian Grand Music Award in March.

His instrumental works are performed across the world by renowned musicians and also utilised for ballets, most recently in ‘Solitude’, choreographed by Mario Schröder for Leipzig Ballet. Vasks incorporates archaic and folkloristic elements from his homeland in his compositions, bringing them into an exciting relationship with contemporary musical language. Topics as contrasting as the beauty of nature and the ecological and moral destruction of the world find their way into his music.

On the occasion of his birthday, Schott Music has issued a brochure featuring selected choral works which is available free of charge in printed form or as a download under the order number KAT 3485-99.

You can also discover our Vasks playlist at https://en.schott-music.com/shop/vasks-playlist/

2019/12/16

Work in Focus – Pēteris Vasks: The Fruit of Silence

On 22 December, Antwerp Cathedral Choir will perform The Fruit of Silence by composer Pēteris Vasks in the splendid setting of Antwerp’s Cathedral of Our Lady. The work, which exists in multiple versions for different instrumentations, will be performed in its version for choir and string orchestra. Continue reading “Work in Focus – Pēteris Vasks: The Fruit of Silence”

2016/09/01

Schott Journal: New Look of the Customer Magazine

Exactly 50 years ago in the autumn of 1966, the Schott publishing house launched a customer magazine presenting new works and products. The ‘Schott-Kurier’ consisted of four pages printed in black and white and was written in German, and therefore only distributed within Germany. Nowadays, our customer magazine has long been bilingual and involves a collaboration of our editors across the world in Mainz, London, Tokyo and New York. The journal is sent to musicians and programmers in over 50 countries and its 20 to 24 pages are devoted not only to new publications and premieres, but also to particularly fascinating works from our back catalogue, united under specific themes.

Schott Journal – News for Music Makers

Today you have received our first magazine with a new look. We have overhauled our layout, restructured our topics and created a special column for children’s music in concert and onstage entitled ‘Children’s Corner’. ‘Schott aktuell’ has been renamed Schott Journal – News for Music Makers. Our goal is to provide even better, more clearly organized and more interesting information on the latest news from Schott.

Vorstellung des neuen "Schott Kurier" im Sommer 1966
Ancestor of the new Schott Journal: Introduction of the “Schott Kurier” in 1966

This first issue is devoted to major choral symphonic works, prompted by a series of premieres of compositions by Pēteris Vasks, Stefan Heucke and our American composer Hannah Lash. fortunately, choral singing is again growing in popularity. In this issue, we hope you make great discoveries of new works, particularly if you are looking for more substantial, large-scale choral symphonies.

World Premieres by:

Pēteris Vasks, Pierre Jalbert, Hannah Lash, Peter Eötvös, Toshio Hosokawa, Alexander Goehr, Richard Wagner, Stefan Heucke, and Enjott Schneider

Forst nights of works by:

Douglas J. Cuomo, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Viktor Ullmann, Engelbert Humperdinck, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Jacques Offenbach, Modest Mussorgskij, Harry Partch, Eberhard Streul, Wilfried Hiller, Nino Rota, Carl Orff, Toshio Hosokawa, György Ligeti, and Paul Lincke

Further Spotlights:

Aribert Reimann, Luigi Nono, Howard Shore, Gustav Mahler/Yoel Gamzou, Chaya Czernowin