Heinz Wunderlich (musician)

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Heinz Wunderlich (born April 25, 1919 in Leipzig ; † March 10, 2012 in Großhansdorf ) was a German organist , university professor and composer .


Heinz Wunderlich was one of the most important interpreters of Max Reger's works on the organ. He has given concerts worldwide, 24 concert tours have taken him to the USA . He was the last living student of Karl Straube .

From 1943 to 1957 Heinz Wunderlich was church music director at the Moritzkirche in Halle an der Saale and lecturer for organ at the Evangelical Church Music School and at the State University of Music, from 1958 to 1982 he held the same position in Hamburg at the main church St. Jacobi . From 1959 to 1989 he also taught at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater as a professor of organ playing and improvisation . Many students from Germany , most of Europe , Japan and the USA moved to Hamburg because of Wunderlich's reputation as pedagogues .

Since his retirement in 1989, Heinz Wunderlich devoted himself more and more to composition .

From his marriage to his first wife Charlotte, Wunderlich has three daughters. On January 5, 2004, Wunderlich's second wife Nelly Söregi-Wunderlich died at the age of 71.

Heinz Wunderlich had been a member of the Evangelical Michael Brotherhood since 1949 .

The interpreter

Heinz Wunderlich made many recordings by Johann Sebastian Bach , Franz Liszt and Max Reger . During his time in Hamburg, he made recordings of the great works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Max Reger, of German Romanticism and Modernism , right through to György Ligeti's organ works .

Together with his second wife Nelly Söregi-Wunderlich , he was also very committed to the repertoire for violin and organ . CD recordings by the two artists with works by Joseph Rheinberger , Max Reger and Heinz Wunderlich are available.

The composer

Heinz Wunderlich's main work is probably the scenic Easter oratorioMaranatha - Our Lord is coming”. The work was created in 1953 and depicts the biblical events between Easter morning and Ascension Day . Wunderlich uses the musical means of the Gregorian chant and the Protestant hymn , but finds an independent, contemporary style.

Works (selection)

  • Counterpoint Chaconne, 1938
  • Prelude and double fugue in the old style, 1939
  • Fuga Variata (Fantasy in the Form of a Variational Fugue), 1942/1943
  • Partita on " Power up the door ", 1946
  • Mixolydian Toccata, 1947
  • Three motets, 1956
  • Organ Sonata on a Theme, 1956
  • Sonata Tremolanda Hiroshima, 1984
  • Introduction and Toccata on the name BACH, 1988
  • Invocatio "Dona nobis pacem", 1993
  • Sonata on the Psalm Jonah, 1996
  • Variations Twelvetonata for violin and organ, 1998
  • Emotions and Fugue by Augmentationem et Diminutionem on a given topic by Johann Nepomuk David, 2002

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.abendblatt.de/region/stormarn/article107759798/Organist-und-Komponist-Heinz-Wunderlich-starb-im-Alter-von-92-Jahren.html