Hartmut Schmidt (composer)

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Hartmut Schmidt (born September 21, 1946 in Bad Mergentheim ) is an Austrian composer and musician of German origin.

Self portrait

Live and act

Schmidt grew up in Adolzhausen and Niederstetten . He emigrated to the United States in order astrophysics and mathematics to study. He then moved to Salzburg to study viola, trumpet, piano and composition at the Mozarteum there. From 1969 to 1972 he was violist in the Bruckner Orchestra Linz , since 1972 he has been a member of the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra . He has been retired since January 1st, 2012 and has been intensively involved in composing, writing books, drawing, carving and mountaineering ever since.

As a composer, Schmidt created works for all genres.

Catalog raisonné

Chamber music

  • String quartet 1973/74, 3 movements
  • 4 pieces for Joseph Schröcksnadel, instrumentation: up to 4 instruments
  • Due notturni per viola sola (1977), 2 movements
  • Cycle: Music for guitar and string instruments (17 pieces)
  • Viola-Sola per Veronika (1980)
  • "Definitely" for trombone solo (1981)
  • Music for wind instruments and guitar No. I - IV for flute and guitar (1983)
  • BriMa (1983) Duo for 2 double basses: 1 Duo for 2 instruments (violin and Vc) and 4 hands, as well as for 8 strings and hopefully more than 16 listeners
  • Yvonnismen - for violoncello solo (1985)
  • Pittoresque pour Pierre - for violoncello solo (2007)
  • Waltz for Trude (1982) for string quartet
  • Waltz for Trude for 4 double basses (arrangement April 1996)
  • Josef, dear Josef mein ......, for 4 double basses (arrangement April 1996)
  • Dance élégante des vigneros, instrumentation: 4 double basses (arrangement April 1996)
  • Attached to the pillow book of the lady-in-waiting Sei Shonagon: (1988) 10 short stories for violin solo
  • Sonata for trumpet or oboe and organ (1979) 4 movements
  • 2 marches KV 335 by WA Mozart and the song: "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert arranged for string quartet (1997)
  • Freischützduo for Max for violin and viola
  • Lukas Variations for two violins, composed: late January 1998 to 17th February 1998
  • Quartet for cor anglais, accordion, piano and violoncello, composed in 2002
  • Works for piano, 7 piano pieces for Helmut Scharinger (1976)
  • Caprice pour Jeanette (1989)
  • Cassation per il Dolcimelo: For 4 recorder players
  • Aphorisms based on calendar texts by Ingeborg Pacher for Sopr., Klar., Vla., And Vc.
  • Miniatures for Klar., Vla. and Vc.
  • Erlkönig, based on the song by Franz Schubert, arranged for cello and piano (2015)
  • Songs without words, song cycle based on poems by Christine Lavant for four clarinets
The composition teacher Gerhard Wimberger Drawing: Hartmut Schmidt

Smaller line-ups

  • 3 pieces for viola and 5 instruments (1975/76)
  • The Song of Solomon (1976)
  • Gregoriana (1977)
  • Productive - composed in similar situations 9 chants based on texts by Rupert Huber (1978/1979)
  • Scene and song for an intended opera by Lothar Semper: "Georg's Geschichte" (1992)
  • Grammaticaglia choir - ballet for an intended opera by Lothar Semper
  • Georg's Geschichte (1992) Instrumentation: 3 choir groups, percussion, tuba, 2 violas, 2 violoncellos, double bass,
  • Tegel based on the poem "Nocturnal Voices in Tegel" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer for speaker, choir and variable line-up (1991)
  • Grütz der Spatz als parrot for speaker and octet based on the children's book of the same name by Godehard Schramm (1995), world premiere Austrian Ensemble for New Music, conductor: Herbert Grassl, speaker: Arno Fischbacher
  • Fanfarische Overture (1995) 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, 2 percussionists
  • Schafe, Sterne and others for speakers, piano quartet (and participating children) based on a text by Julian Schutting (1996)
  • Johann Michael Sattler-Suite for speaker and orchestra, in the chamber music version for string quartet, oboe / English horn. and clarinet
  • UKIYO-E Pictures from the flowing world, 2nd version for nonet, violin, vla, vc, vibraph., Marimbaph. Flute, sure. in Bb, trumpet in Bb, tuba, May 2020
    The excellent connoisseur of romantic music: Kurt Overhoff Drawing: Hartmut Schmidt

Works for large orchestra

  • Mountains. Piece for large orchestra. (1976)
  • UKIYO-E - Images of the Fluid World. (1980)
  • Johann Michael Sattler suite for speaker and orchestra.
  • Concerto grosso. (1982; edited 1991)
  • "Post box stories" for speakers and orchestra. (1992/93)
  • Litany for mixed choir and wind orchestra based on texts by Lothar Semper. (1985)
  • Polka Glanicle.


  • Concerto No. 1 for viola and orchestra. (1974), dedicated to Joseph Schröcksnadel
  • Music 1 for timpani solos and 4 percussionists. (1977)
  • Concerto for violin and orchestra. (1983/84)
  • Concerto for double bass and orchestra. (1985)
  • Concerto No. 1 for alphorn (or natural horn) and orchestra. (1996), (reconstruction; pseudonym: Muethardt von Haltebergstetten)
  • Concerto No. 1 for alphorn (or natural horn) and keyboard instrument, version for piano or organ
  • Concerto No. 2 for alphorn (or natural horn) and orchestra. (2000)
  • Concerto for bass tuba and orchestra. (1999)
  • Concerto No. 2 "Antonietta" for viola and orchestra. (2005 - 2006)

Church music works

  • Mass for solos, choir and strings. (1971/72)
  • Mass for solos and organ or guitar. (1976/77)
  • Interludes , preludes and chorale adaptations to hymns


  • 5 songs based on the words of Theodor Storm . (1972)
  • Eight songs based on poems by Friedrich Hölderlin . (1977)
  • 3 songs by Franz Xaver Gruber; Piano setting by Hartmut Schmidt
  • "Ärscht Hohenloher Wärrtschaftskandade" based on poems by Gottlob Haag. (1994)
  • 6 songs based on poems by Christine Lavant for mezzo-soprano and piano (2016)

Choral works

  • High on the mountain. for mixed choir, based on the poem by Georg Britting (1988)
  • Race. for children's choir and piano, based on the poem of the same name by Joachim Ringelnatz (1994)
  • Only a short time ... (Isaiah 29, 17-19), motet for mixed choir (1994)

Stage works


  • numerous, including the Austrian national anthem and the Salzburg national anthem , each for wind octet (1987)
  • Great Mass in C minor , KV 427 by WA Mozart, for string quartet (2010)
  • Symphony No. 1 in C major by L. v. Beethoven, for clarinet, (violin, flute) viola and violoncello
  • Niederstettener Winzertanz - arrangement for brass music - played by the Vorbachtal musicians for the annual traditional Niederstettener Winzertanz at the autumn festival.
  • Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, for solo violin , string quartet and double bass

For wind orchestra

  • Josef, dear Josef my ... (1987)
  • The pieces Post box stories , Grütz the sparrow as a parrot , Tegel and sheep, stars and others are written especially for children and young people.
  • Dance joyeuse des ceps for large wind orchestra


  • The sloe collector - From Hohenlohe to the festival city of Salzburg (2010)

Honourings and prices

  • 1980: State grant for composers
  • 1986: Composition Prize of the State of Salzburg for "Litany" based on poems by Lothar Semper
  • 1989: 1st prize of the Upper Austrian-Salzburg Singing Association for “Hoch am Berg” based on a poem collage of texts by Hildegard von Bingen and Georg Britting
  • 1991: Composition Prize of the State of Salzburg for “Tegel” based on the poem “Nocturnal Voices in Tegel” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • 2010 Award of the state capital Salzburg for: "The sloe collector"

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