Helmut Kickton

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Helmut Kickton

Helmut Kickton (born June 28, 1956 in Cologne ) is a German church musician .

life and work

Helmut Kickton was born in Cologne into a family of lawyers and publishers. He is the great-grandson of Hermann Julius Rudolf Kickton and the grandson of Hermann Kickton and Ewald Schawe . He is related to the church builder Arthur Kickton , the composer Erika Kickton , the chemist Louis Arthur Kickton and the author Thomas Le Blanc . Ancestors who were active in church music were the Königsberg cantor Georg Riedel and the song writer Jakob Ebert . He is married to the church musician Doris Kickton.

After high school and community service , he studied Protestant church music at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf with Hans-Dieter Möller and Hartmut Schmidt . He passed the A-exam in 1986 with honors in the subjects of organ improvisation and music history . In a subsequent ten-year advanced training phase, he autodidactically acquired basic knowledge of playing over 40 string and wind instruments , including flute , oboe , clarinet , alto saxophone and trumpet, as well as falsetto singing .

Kickton began working as an organist in the Cologne-Merheim hospital in 1973 . After a shorter position as a part-time organist and choir director in Mülheim (Cologne), he worked from 1976 to 1983 at the Jesus Christ Church and in the Evangelical Hospital in Kalk (Cologne) . This was followed by three years of work in Düsseldorf-Gerresheim . Since 1987 he has been cantor of the kreuznacher diakonie foundation . Together with the Kreuznacher-Diakonie-Kantorei , he developed the model of the integrative choir , in which people from different realities of life, especially disabled people, make music together with voices and instruments. His concert events are always free of charge and with their collections they support charitable projects, including the Bad Kreuznach hospice work and an institution for homeless women . Inspired by historical sources , he introduced the choir to be placed in front of the orchestra at the performances of his choir from 2000. In addition to his work as an organist, he plays solo on the violin , baroque violin , harpsichord , recorder , trombone and bagpipes . As part of his choir, he also works as a violist , cellist , double bass player , guitarist , lutenist , timpani and euphonium player . As an ensemble singer, he often accompanies himself on the cello or double bass. Since 2005 he has directed and played the winter church music and organ series Kirchentöne . In 2000 he was awarded the golden crown cross for his services in church and diakonia .


Sheet music editions

As the publisher of free sheet music on the Internet, he gained worldwide fame. His choir archive, opened in 2002, now includes more than 15,000 music files ( PDF ) for choir , choir and orchestra, orchestra , brass , recorders , chamber music , organ and bagpipes. The main focus of the archive is on Baroque works for choir and orchestra. In addition to some Urtext editions, the material at hand includes mainly editions designed for practical use. In the case of baroque works of church music, the arrangements often consist of an adaptation to modern choirs by exchanging voices and transposing them . In a cappella compositions, there are arrangements with well-developed instrumentation as well as preludes and interludes, some in the style of a pasticcio . The music editions consist of scores , individual parts and elaborated figured bass . The number of downloads per year was more than four million files in August 2006, and the sheet music is also offered via the Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL) and the International Music Score Library Project . In 2015, the range of scores was expanded to include a chorale book for orchestra, which contains over 240 public domain chorales and Christmas carols in various encodings. A separate edition of the Christmas carols in landscape format has been optimized for display on laptops and smartphones . In 2017 a collection with 40 instrumental movements on German folk songs was published and in 2018 another chorale book with 260 three-part song movements in any scoring.


Audio documents



  • Realities of life - founder and builder: 150th birthday of Rev. D. Hermann Hugo Reich. 100 years parent company in Bad Kreuznach. 100 years of the Kreuznach Diakonie Kantorei; ISBN 3-935516-23-1
  • Position paper on the current status and future tasks of church music in the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland

Notes and individual references

  1. Further ancestors were the reformer Urbanus Rhegius , the theologians Bernhard von Sanden and Martin Heins , the doctor and humanist Jobus Fincelius , Emeran Scheyring and Johannes I. von Blankenfelde . Ahnen Kickton - Library of the West German Society for Family Studies in the Brühl civil status archive, call number WG 9019
  2. ^ The church wedding took place on July 11, 1986 in Oberdreis . Gustav Adolf Krieg delivered the sermon, Hans-Dieter Möller played the organ . Archive of the Ev. Parish of Puderbach / Oberdreis
  3. Helmut Kickton attended the Johann-Gottfried-Herder Gymnasium in Cologne-Buchheim, his classmate was the band leader Helmut Zerlett . herder-koeln.de ( Memento of the original from December 17, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed December 17, 2014. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / herder-koeln.de
  4. Helmut Kickton: Dance as a style-forming element of French organ music of the 17th and 18th centuries , Robert Schumann University Düsseldorf 1986
  5. open door ( memento of the original from October 18, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , The magazine of the kreuznacher diakonie foundation, 82nd volume 3/2016 ISSN 0942-2552 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.kreuznacherdiakonie.de 
  6. 100 years of the Evangelical Church Community in Cologne-Kalk. Festschrift 1977, published on behalf of the Presbytery of the Ev. Parish Cologne-Kalk
  7. ^ Chrismon plus Rhineland . Edition 08/04 p. 73
  8. ^ Rhein-Zeitung of October 13, 2003
  9. Bad Kreuznach public gazette from June 25, 2002
  10. Allgemeine Zeitung of February 12, 2010 ( Memento of March 1, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  11. ^ Open door, magazine of the kreuznacher diakonie issue December 2012
  12. Allgemeine Zeitung of November 27, 2013
  13. Public Gazette of August 23, 1991
  14. Allgemeine Zeitung Bad Kreuznach from June 7, 2006
  15. Allgemeine Zeitung, October 23, 2013
  16. Youtube , accessed on December 24, 2015
  17. Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz , Bad Kreuznach edition of April 11, 2020 p. 12
  18. Allgemeine Zeitung of December 12, 2013
  19. Allgemeine Zeitung Bad Kreuznach from March 12, 1999
  20. ^ Public Gazette Bad Kreuznach from April 25, 2006
  21. ^ Public Gazette Bad Kreuznach from April 30, 2008
  22. Allgemeine Zeitung of December 13, 2017
  23. Dr. Frank Gottschald in the Allgemeine Zeitung ( memento from October 29, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) from December 7, 2011
  24. ^ Public Gazette Bad Kreuznach December 1992
  25. The church of the kreuznacher diakonie has a two-manual organ from the Rudolf von Beckerath Orgelbau company , a house organ from the same company is privately owned by the musician ( list of works by the Beckerath company ( Memento of the original dated February 11, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: Der Archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this note. ) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.beckerath.com
  26. Public Gazette from November 26th, 2000. "Long-standing Diakonie employees awarded with crown cross"
  27. Music Publishers' International ISMN Directory K. G. Saur Verlag GmbH & Company 2003 ISBN 3-598-22260-2
  28. Notes on the Internet , new music newspaper 2002/11
  29. www.hanz-online.de , accessed on June 16, 2015
  30. www.kantoreiarchiv.de ( Memento of the original from March 11, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed May 31, 2015 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.kantoreiarchiv.de
  31. Web archives
  32. ^ Public gazette of June 9, 2015
  33. Youtube , accessed on January 8, 2009

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