Klaus Martin Kopitz

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Klaus Martin Kopitz (1995)

Klaus Martin Kopitz (born January 29, 1955 in Stendal ) is a German composer and musicologist . He became known in particular with his album Mia Brentano's Hidden Sea. 20 songs for 2 pianos . In the US , it made it onto the annual “Want List” of the classic magazine Fanfare in 2018 . The CD Mia Brentano's River of Memories followed in 2019 . A mystery trip . She was also on Fanfare's annual best list and was also awarded the German Record Critics' Prize .


Kopitz grew up in Tangerhütte near Magdeburg , where he graduated from high school in 1973 . 1975-1980 studied at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" Berlin in the subjects composition , piano and musicology . From 1985 to 1987 he was a master student of Paul-Heinz Dittrich at the Academy of Arts of the GDR and attended courses in the electronic studio of the academy founded by Georg Katzer . He then directed the drama music at Theater Neustrelitz . During this time he realized several film scores , including music for the last DEFA film The Visitor by the Israeli film director Dror Zahavi , as well as music for theater and radio play .

Under the pseudonym Mia Brentano , he published Mia Brentano's Hidden Sea in 2018 . Oliver Buslau attested to this music “a continually surprising panorama from classical to free tonal, from jazzy to minimalistic .” The American music critic Huntley Dent calls the album “unique among current and past releases” (unique among current and past releases).

The advanced follow-up project Mia Brentano's River of Memories , published in 2019, also received great recognition . Stylistically, it spans a range from jazz-inspired chamber music to electronic music and sound collages that incorporate elements of radio art and radio plays . Dave Saemann confessed in an extensive review: “This is the most moving new album I've heard in some time.” (This is the most moving new album I've heard for some time.) At the end he summed up: “Mia Brentano , if other composers would only listen and learn, probably is the future. "(Mia Brentano, if other composers would only listen and learn, the future is probably.)


From 1982 to 1984 Kopitz initially pursued private studies with the Swiss musicologist Harry Goldschmidt . In 2000 he received his doctorate in musicology under Helmut Loos and in 2002, together with Rainer Cadenbach, founded the Beethoven Research Center at the Berlin University of the Arts , which was funded by the German Research Foundation. From 2006 to 2008 his Beethoven research was financed by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

In addition, he published the complete works of the composer Norbert Burgmüller for the first time , supported by the Working Group for Rhenish Music History , the Kunststiftung NRW and the Landschaftsverband Rheinland . The seven-volume edition was published by Verlag Dohr in the series Denkmäler Rheinischer Musik .

Since 2012 he has been working at the Saxon Academy of Sciences on the complete edition of Robert and Clara Schumann's correspondence .


Discography (selection)

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  • Gisela Nauck, thinking about John Cage . Klaus Martin Kopitz and Ellen Hünigen in conversation , in: Positions , Issue 2/1988, pp. 6–8
  • Jacqueline Kharouf, Speaking Its Own Language: An Interview with Klaus Martin Kopitz on Mia Brentano's Hidden Sea , in: Fanfare , vol. 42, issue 1 (September / October 2018), pp. 84–90
  • Jacqueline Kharouf, A Critical Distance: An Interview with Composer Klaus Martin Kopitz , in: Fanfare , vol. 43, issue 1 (September / October 2019), pp. 97-102
  • Reinhard Lemelle, Mia Brentano. Between dream and reality , in: Rondo , issue 4/2019, p. 22 ( online )

Individual evidence

  1. Fanfare , vol. 42, issue 2 (November / December 2018), pp. 190f. and 205f. ( online )
  2. Fanfare , vol. 43, issue 2 (November / December 2019), p. 150f. and 166
  3. ^ Entry in the German National Library
  4. Oliver Buslau , Kopitz 'other page , in: Rondo , No. 3/2018, p. 62 ( online )
  5. Fanfare , vol. 42, issue 1 (September / October 2018), p. 89 ( online )
  6. Fanfare , vol. 43, issue 1 (September / October 2019), p. 102f.
  7. Best list 4th quarter 2019

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