Alexander Keuk

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Alexander Keuk (born October 13, 1971 in Wuppertal ) is a German composer and music journalist .


After graduating from high school, Keuk completed an apprenticeship as a retailer from 1990 to 1992 . From 1993 to 1999 he studied composition with Hans Jürgen Wenzel at the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden . He graduated with a thesis on The 7 Sonatas for 2 Violins by Allan Pettersson ; This was followed by postgraduate studies (including with Wilfried Krätzschmar ) in composition, which he completed in 2001 with a concert exam. Starting during his studies, Keuk has been working as a freelance writer for the culture department of the Dresdner Neuesten Nachrichten since 1996 .

Since 2002 he has been working in Dresden as a freelance composer and music journalist. He regularly writes articles for the Neue Musikzeitung , the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik and the specialist magazine Positions . From 2001 to 2003 Keuk was managing director of the Saxon Society for New Music , since 1992 he has been on the board of the International Allan Pettersson Society and was chairman of the Dresden Chamber Choir until 2018 .

In 1999 he received a scholarship from the Saxon Culture Foundation and the Saxon Music Council in the Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf . He has received three working grants from the Free State of Saxony .

A musical theater for children was created in 2003 in cooperation with the Deutsche Oper Berlin , the European Center for the Arts Hellerau and the carrousel theater . For several years, Keuk also worked with students on composition projects at schools in Dresden.

On the occasion of Dresden's 800th anniversary, Keuk was commissioned by the city of Dresden and the Dresden Philharmonic to compose an orchestral work, which was premiered in a cycle concert by the orchestra in May 2006.

Works (selection)

Incidental music

  • DR. OX V5.1 , children's opera for 7 singers and ensemble based on a text by Jules Verne , libretto by Wolfgang Willaschek, 2000–2003, premiered October 1, 2003, Schlosstheater Dresden

Orchestra and ensemble music

  • Prayer for speaker and orchestra based on a text by Georg Heym , 1992/93, WP April 16, 1993, Theater Halberstadt
  • A German chain rondomassacre for chamber orchestra, 1994/95, premiered October 5, 1996, Dresden University of Music, headed by Christian Münch
  • Marche Funèbre de la Penseé - Fragments of looking and listening for 11 brass instruments and percussion, 1997, premiered May 6, 1998, Dresden University of Music
  • Ultimatum for large orchestra, 1998, WP May 13, 2001, Semperoper Dresden
  • Sounds for orchestra, 2000/01, WP April 20, 2001, Lukaskirche (Dresden) , Neue Elbland Philharmonie
  • I asked myself / what cold / must have come over the people for chamber ensemble, 2000, premier December 1st, 2000, Dresden
  • Luc and Teo having some drinks at the Flamingo Bar for orchestra, 2005, WP October 29, 2005, Friedrichshafen
  • More light! for large orchestra, 2005/06, premier: May 20, 2006, Dresdner Philharmonie , conducted by Peter Gülke
  • TIME BLAST for clarinet, horn and cello solo as well as large orchestra, 2012, premier: November 2nd, 2012, Landesjugendorchester Sachsen, conducted by Milko Kersten
  • Double concert for 2 violins and orchestra , 2012/13, premier : March 21, 2013, Freiberg, Duo Gelland (violins), Central Saxon Philharmonic, conducted by Jan Michael Horstmann

Vocal music

  • Den Wolken II - marana sati for soprano, mezzo-soprano and harpsichord based on a text by Georg Heym, 1994, premiere April 27, 1994, Dresden University of Music
  • Music for the performance “Compluxus” for choir and instruments, 1995/96, premiered June 23, 1995, Dresden University of Fine Arts
  • Die Blinden for tenor and piano based on a text by Georg Heym, 1993/97, premiered December 17, 1997, Dresden University of Music
  • (Why Puschkin) Cycle in 6 songs for soprano, baritone and piano based on texts by Alexander Puschkin , 1999, premiered November 24, 1999, Humboldt University Berlin
  • Monologue of the crazy Mastodon for women's choir based on a text by Paul Scheerbart , 2002, premiered on the occasion of the German Choir Competition May 6, 2002, Osnabrück Castle
  • Psalm motet Erforze mich Gott for eight-part mixed choir based on Psalm 139 , 2004, premier March 6, 2005, Evangelical Church Wilthen
  • Morgen.metamorphosen for three vocal parts , text by Sabine Bergk, 2007/08, premier March 31, 2008 Herz-Jesu-Kirche Munich
  • Vineta retreat for mixed choir, premier January 17th, 2009, Dresden University of Music, Dresden Chamber Choir, headed by Hans-Christoph Rademann
  • One drop, one sip in the heights (text: Hans Thill ) for alto, tenor, choir and orchestra, premier December 8th, 2013, Dresden, Singakademie Dresden, conducted by Ekkehard Klemm
  • Damyata for 3 choirs a cappella, WP May 9, 2014, Dresden, Taipeh Male Choir, Dresdner Kammerchor, choir of the Vitzthum-Gymnasium Dresden, led by Olaf Katzer

Chamber music

  • Soliloquy for flute solo, 1992, WP May 30, 1992, Blankenburg
  • Licht-Blick , novellas for 3 flutes, 1993, premier January 28th, 1995 Center for Contemporary Music Dresden
  • As if the world were made of Lego , organ music in one movement, 1994, premier August 31, 1994 Dominican Church Münster , Philipp Maintz (organ)
  • Distraire for violin solo, 1994/96, WP 11 December 1996, Dresden
  • ... Do not extinguish ... Currents ... do not drown ... , Sonata for viola and trombone, 1997, WP June 22, 1998 Teplice
  • Flash for clarinet solo, 1998, premiere November 24, 1999 Dresden University of Music, published as a composition in Entweder / Oder No. 75, ed. by Uwe Warnke
  • Piano trio , 1999, premiere May 17, 2002 Leipzig
  • Bagatelle for 2 violins, 2003, premier May 28, 2003, Dreikönigskirche Dresden, Duo Gelland
  • Refrain for cello, tape and record player, 2007, premier November 14, 2007, Dresden University of Music, Matthias Lorenz (violoncello)
  • The seven last words for organ, 2008, premiere March 31, 2008, Herz-Jesu-Kirche Munich
  • DATTA for viola solo, 2012, premiere 2013, Munich, Nils Mönkemeyer (viola)

Electronic music

  • Bläue , four-channel band piece, 1997, premiere October 28, 1997 Lüneburg

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Articles by Alexander Keuk for the Neue Musikzeitung
  2. a b Peter Zacher : Freedom and Bonding - Alexander Keuk's “More Light” premiered in the Kulturpalast ( Memento of the original from August 28, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Sächsische Zeitung of May 22, 2006 at @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

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