Heinrich Poos

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Heinrich Poos (born December 25, 1928 in Seibersbach ; † August 19, 2020 there ) was a German composer and music writer.


Heinrich Poos was born in a Protestant parsonage and grew up there. After the church music C-exam ( Oldenburg 1946) and the Abitur ( Potsdam 1948) he studied from 1948 at the Berlin church music school (1954 state exam) and from 1954 at the university for music composition (with Ernst Pepping ) and conducting.

From 1959 to 1963 he studied musicology , philosophy and theology at the Free University of Berlin with a doctorate. phil. 1964. From 1955 to 1970 he worked as a cantor and organist in Berlin. From 1965 he received a teaching position for music theory at the TU Berlin . From 1971 to 1994 he taught as a professor at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin.

From 1985 he took on visiting professorships and teaching assignments at the University of Frankfurt / Main . Heinrich Poos last lived in Berlin and Seibersbach .


Compositions (selection; published, if not stated, by Schott International)

  • Suite based on texts by Bertolt Brecht , S., Bar., Instruments (1956, manuscript)
  • You are the source of all sources (3 motets), according to Choir (1957, Merseburg)
  • Te Deum, according to Choir (1959, Merseburg)
  • Take from us Lord, you faithful God, Partita for Fl. and org. (1965, Hänssler, now Carus)
  • Mr. Christ, who unites God, Partita for S., Fl. and organ (1965, Hänssler, now Carus)
  • From the Holy Trinity ( triptych ), mixed choir (1961/62, Merseburg)
  • German Mass, mixed choir (1965, Hänssler, now Carus)
  • Three Madrigals (Ernst Pepping on September 12, 1966)
  • Every thing has its time, S., Male Voices, Spokesperson, Orch. (1971/72, rev. 1976)
  • Magnificat, S., acc. Choir (1972)
  • Lamentation for Samogonsky, male voices, speakers (1972)
  • Sermon on the fish of Anthony of Padua, according to Choir, instruments (1974)
  • Three Latin chants, male voices (1974, Tonger)
  • Night and Dreams (3 poems by Clemens Brentano ), women's voices, class (1975)
  • Six poems by Theodor Storm , male voices, class (1975, rev. 2004)
  • With voice and strings ( cantata based on the Concerto grosso op. 6, No. 4 by Arcangelo Corelli ), bar., Male voices, strings, harpsichord (cl.) (1976, Breitkopf)
  • Emblemata (symphonic cantatas), S., T., acc. Choir, speaker, orch., Tape (1976-80, manuscript)
  • Dona nobis pacem, acc. Choir (1977, rev. 1996)
  • Pock, de singt so schön (5 songs based on poems by Klaus Groth ), female voices, class (1978, Tonger)
  • Signs on the way, male voices, class 4-hd. (1978, rev. According to the choir 1999)
  • The Last Judgment, Men's Voices (1980)
  • A song fell into my summer, female voices, 2 Hr., Harp (Kl.) (1980)
  • Ave Maria, S., acc. Choir, organ (1981)
  • Pater noster, bar., Acc. Choir, organ (1981, rev. Without bar. Solo 2012)
  • Pax et Bonum (triptych), bar, gem. Choir, instruments (1981, rev. 1999)
  • Viatoris Carmen (cantata based on the canon by Johann Pachelbel based on a poem by Gottschalk von Fulda), male voices, instruments / orch. (1982, rev. For mixed choir 2013, Tonger)
  • Sphragis (Orphei commemoratio), acc. Choir (1983)
  • Von Zeit und Ewigkeit, male voices, speakers, instruments, tape (1983, rev. For mixed choir without tape 2003, Tonger)
  • Nachklänge (cycle based on poems by Joseph von Eichendorff ), acc. Choir (1984–89)
  • Gloria Patri, acc. Choir, organ (1988)
  • Metamorphoses of a motet by Antonio Lotti , mixed Choir, organ, pk. (1990-91, Tonger)
  • Hypostasis vel Somnium Jacob, acc. Choir (1992)
  • Nunc dimittis, acc. Choir (1997)
  • Epistolae (Symphonia sacra), acc. Choir (1997-99)
  • Orpheus (Fantasies), acc. Choir, speakers, instruments (2001-07)
  • What did you see, wanderer? (12 poems by Bertolt Brecht), acc. Choir, class (2006)
  • Legend of the origin of the book Taoteking on the path of Laotse into emigration (Brecht), according to Choir, class (2008)
  • Aprèslude (Chopin meditations based on the Preludes op. 28), acc. Choir, class (2010)
  • Benedictus Dominus, acc. Choir (2010)
  • Four love songs (Brecht), acc. Choir, class (2011)
  • Abgesang (3 poems by Bertolt Brecht), acc. Choir, class (2012)
  • Cantica (3 New Testament Psalms) acc. Choir (2014)
  • Resurrecting (Klopstock), according to Choir (2014)
  • Crux amoris, female voices, harp (2014, Tonger)
  • Missa Carminum, acc. Choir, instruments (2014, organ version 2015)
  • Epistolae, acc. Choir and organ (2015)
  • Three lullabies and lullabies, 4-part female choir (2015)
  • The book of hours (fragments of a large denomination), according to Choir, Solo, Organ, Violoncello and Double Bass (2017)
  • Colorful stones (14 ways to write a choir song), with and without accompaniment by piano, cello and double bass

Fonts (selection)

Editions (selection)

  • Choral Music and Analysis. Contributions to form analysis and interpretation of polyphonic vocal music , 2 parts in 2 volumes each, Mainz: 1983 and 1997
  • Art as an antithesis. Karl Hofer Symposium 1988 of the Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin: 1990
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach . Contributions to life and work, Mainz: 1993

Processing (selection)

  • Johannes Brahms, Ein deutsches Requiem op.45, arrangement for solos, choir, 2 pianos (Breitkopf, n.d.)
  • JS Bach, choral songs, 2 vol. (Merseburger, 2000)


Literature (selection)

  • Christian Thorau: Article Poos, Heinrich , in: Composers of the Present (KdG), 1997
  • Oliver Fürbeth (Ed.): Musical structure as history . On the work of the composer and musicologist Heinrich Poos , Mainz: Schott, Mainz 2002 (incl. Texts on own works, list of works and writings)
  • Thomas Gerlich: Article Poos, Heinrich , in: Music in Past and Present , 2nd Edition, Vol. 13, 2005

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Peter Uehling: Heinrich Poos: Enrichment of the present. In: Berliner Zeitung . August 23, 2020, accessed on August 23, 2020 .