Enjott Schneider

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Enjott Schneider (* 25. May 1950 in Weil am Rhein as Norbert Jürgen Schneider ) is a German composer , musicologist and university teachers .

Live and act

Schneider grew up in Weil am Rhein and went to school here. In his youth, Schneider learned numerous instruments, including the violin, piano, accordion, trumpet and organ. At the age of 19 he accepted a position as organist in Hüningen, Alsace . He also worked as a keyboard player in the pop group Kaktus . From 1975 he worked as a church musician in Hinterzarten (Black Forest). In 1969 he began studying music theory, school music, organ and trumpet at the Freiburg im Breisgau University of Music . He also studied at the University of musicology, German and linguistics and his doctorate in 1977 at Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht Dr. phil. Schneider lives and works in Munich, where he has been a professor at the music college since 1979. Initially it was a professorship for music theory, which was later converted into the first film music professorship in Germany. Enjott Schneider's students are trained as film composers.

In 1988 he set up the Augenklang recording studio, which was replaced in 1997 by the Greenhouse Studio. Around 1993 he taught at the State Film Institute in Pune (India) and in 1996 became professor of composition for film and television at the University of Music in Munich.

Schneider's compositional oeuvre covers a broad spectrum: works for orchestra, organ, chamber music as well as vocal and stage works. His numerous publications deal with music theory , music education , new music and music in audiovisual media.

Enjott Schneider was one of the founding members of the German Film Academy in 2003 . He is also a member of the supervisory board of the Society for Musical Performance and Mechanical Reproduction Rights (GEMA), as chairman from March 2012. On his private website, he sums up his philosophy in the sentence “Music is art - against commerce and capitalism.” In a blog entry he explains: “Today, when 'intellectual property' is questioned, then it's not 'just' about composers or GEMA problems, but it is an indicator [,] that we are falling back to feudal and dictatorial mentality structures - our freedom of expression [s] and opinion is based on the aggressive-capitalistic regulation of people by corporations, internationalized capital and profit maximization. ”In 2017 he stepped down from the chair.

On June 25, 2013 Schneider was elected President of the German Composers Association.

Selected Works

Music for movies

Music for television films and series

Music for documentaries

  • 2002: Stalingrad - The attack
    Stalingrad - The cauldron
    Stalingrad - The Downfall
  • 2004: The miracle of Bern. The true story
    Hitler's helpers: Gustav and Alfried Krupp. The armory
    The great drama of Dresden
  • 2006: The Itchy Third Goal - Wembley 1966: The True Story
  • 2007: the Olympic murder. München72 - The real story
    Majesty! The Germans and the King: Silvia and Carl Gustaf of Sweden
  • 2008: Franz Josef Strauss - a German story
    Deichmann - quietly to success
    The Divine Couple: Bhumipol and Sirikit of Thailand
  • 2009: KRUPP - Myth and Truth
    Daniel Westling - The Prince of Ockelbo
    Miracle of Leipzig: We are the people
    The world empire of the Germans
  • 2010: A prince for Victoria
  • 2011: ROYAL AFFAIRS: Carl Gustaf and the Swedes
  • 2012: Three lives: Axel Springer - publisher - enemy image - private citizen

Stage works

  • The Salome Principle (1983)
  • Albert why? , Chamber opera for seven singers, playback electronics and nine instrumentalists (1998)
  • Diana - Cry for Love , Memorial for solos, choir, ballet and orchestra (2001/02)
  • Bahnwärter Thiel , opera in eight pictures based on the novelistic study of the same name by Gerhart Hauptmann (2003)
  • nullvier - nobody can get past God , musical for the 100th anniversary of the football club FC Schalke 04
  • Fürst Pückler - I am a child of fantasy , opera in two acts (2005)

Orchestral works

  • Evolution , Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1991)
  • Teatrissimo , Ratatouille for orchestra (1997)
  • Bells Symphony , "Song of Life" (1st symphony) based on texts from the Buchenwald concentration camp (1998/99)
  • Sisyphus (Symphony No. 2) (2000)
  • Vivaldissimo , Concerto for two trumpets, string orchestra and harpsichord (2000)
  • Echo , Concerto for Organ and String Orchestra (2002)
  • Changes , Concerto for Sheng and Orchestra (2002/03)
  • The Tinguely Machine for 12 brass players and symphonic orchestra (2004)
  • At the Edge of Time , Reflections on Mozart's Requiem KV 626 (2006)
  • Job , Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (2007)
  • Ikarus, Desire for Light , Concert for Piccolo Trumpet and Symphony Orchestra (2016) (written for Otto Sauter , World Ring Premiere: Opera Manaus, Brazil / Philharmony Kiev and Dnipro Ukraine)

Other works

  • Toccata "Schlafes Bruder" for organ (music for the film adaptation of the novel Schlafes Bruder by Robert Schneider, 1994)
  • Ali und der Zauberkrug , a musical fairy tale for children, text based on an African fairy tale arranged by Peter Andersen (2002)
  • Music to accompany some silhouette films such as Dr. Doolittle and his animals , Cinderella - Cinderella , Thumbelina - Thumbelina , Puss-in-Boots - Puss in Boots
  • A setting of St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Sun for mixed choir (world premiere on March 30, 2008 in Inkamana (South Africa), German premiere on July 25, 2008 in Regensburg Cathedral , both times sung by the Regensburger Domspatzen )
  • Oratorio Augustinus for soli, choir and orchestra, premiered on November 15, 2009 in the parish church of St. Augustin Ingolstadt
  • Dominus resurrexit et ascendit , oratorio for Easter and Ascension, premiered on April 25, 2011 in the parish church of St. Pantaleon, Cologne
  • Missa Brevis "Surrexit Christ"
  • Oratorio Ordo Amoris for soprano, tenor, choir and orchestra, based on texts by Bernhard von Clairvaux (2014)
  • Der Ring des Nibelungen Adaptation and expansion of the opera music by Richard Wagner for the two-hour spoken theater version of the Augsburger Puppenkiste (2018)

Publications (selection)

  • Church music - an art form is dying out? In: GEMA News , November 2005 (issue 172), pp. 16–21 republished in: Forum Kirchenmusik , May – June 2006.
  • Composing for film and television . Schott-Verlag 1997. 3rd edition 2005, ISBN 3-7957-8708-4 .
  • The art of sharing. Time - rhythm - number . 1991.
  • Manual for film music II. Music in documentary film . Ölschläger, Munich 1989, ISBN 3-88295-132-X .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Munzinger: Composers of the Present. Database (accessed November 3, 2014).
  2. http://www.verlagshaus-jaumann.de/inhalt.weil-am-rhein-mehr-als-500-filmmusiken-kompiert.4e6057be-c838-4e60-b5e1-599cdb1d5045.html
  3. Enjott Schneider: Enjott Schneider… . Enjott Schneider website, accessed December 27, 2013.
  4. Enjott Schneider: No freedom without copyright! Enjott Schneider website, August 22, 2012. Accessed December 27, 2013.
  5. ^ GEMA General Assembly - Enjott Schneider resigned from office. nmz.de from May 24, 2017, accessed on May 28, 2017
  6. ^ German Composers' Association under new management and with a new look . German Composers' Association , June 30, 2013. Accessed December 27, 2013.
  7. ^ German film music award for Enjott Schneider. In: klassik.com. October 9, 2019, accessed October 9, 2019 .