Peter Michael Braun

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Peter Michael Braun (born December 2, 1936 in Wuppertal ; † February 21, 2019 in Kirchheimbolanden ) was a German composer and university professor .


Braun studied at the music academies in Cologne and Detmold with Frank Martin , Bernd Alois Zimmermann , Giselher Klebe and Herbert Eimert . From 1957 to 1961 he was a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation . He then received an annual scholarship from the city of Cologne and study visits to the Villa Massimo in Rome and the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris . He worked on behalf of the Goethe Institute in Asia and taught at the Rheinische Musikschule in Cologne and at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music . From 1978 to 2001 he was professor of composition and music theory at the State University for Music and Performing Arts Heidelberg-Mannheim . In 2014 he received the Johann Wenzel Stamitz Prize from the Esslingen Artists' Guild .

He composed music-dramatic, orchestral, chamber music, church music, vocal and electronic works and wrote music theory writings. He also worked as a pianist and conductor . For a short time he was a member of Group 8 Cologne . He was a founding member of the Harmonik-Zentrum Germany.


  • Blessed counterpoint for strings, 1952/88
  • Sonata in G for piano, 1954/2005
  • Scherzo for orchestra on a German folk song 1956/91
  • 1st string quartet , 1957
  • Excursion for orchestra, 1958/71
  • Interstellar for four orchestral groups, 1959
  • Tracks for any voices / instruments, 1959/70
  • Alambic , Semaine musicale for conductor (s) and bel. Instruments, 1964/72
  • Transfer for large orchestra, 1965/68
  • Variety for large orchestra, 1965/69
  • Events electronic music, Hommage à Edgar Varèse , 1966/68
  • Landscape for large orchestra, 1966/71
  • Entelechy for voices and orchestra based on texts by Rainer Maria Rilke , 1972
  • Problems and Solutions for Strings, 1973/74
  • Enough is not enough! Five poems by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer for mixed choir, 1973/74
  • Junctim 2nd string quartet, 1974/75
  • Ambience for orchestra, 1974/76
  • Eichendorff or “Die Freier” , music theater based on a comedy and poems by Joseph von Eichendorff , 1974/92
  • Echec for one or more pianists, 1975
  • Serenata Palatina for orchestra, 1975/82
  • Sound probes , Radiofonisches Pan- Akustikum , 1976
  • The Sleeping Beauty for cello solo after La belle au bois dormant by Charles Perrault , 1976/77
  • Two chants for mixed choir based on texts by Nikolaus Lenau and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , 1976/89
  • Miró Music for three pictures by Joan Miró for flute and piano, 1976/2005
  • Kashima Kikio (The Journey to Kashima Shrine) based on a story by Matsuo Bashō for alto or baritone and strings, 1977
  • Aria (Eichendorff: "Waldmädchen") for coloratura soprano and orchestra, 1977/80
  • Three chorales for four trombones, 1979
  • Bach Dances for orchestra based on an episode from “Reise in der Zeit”, 1979/2000
  • Ballet (Eichendorff: "Frühlingsdämmerung") for orchestra with speaker ad. lib, 1980/87
  • Neue Welt for mixed choir with instruments ad lib. (After Friedrich Hölderlin ), 1983
  • Orchestral piece Recherche , 1983/85
  • The beautiful Lau or “How to (again) learn to laugh” , fairy tales in music based on motifs by Eduard Mörike , 1984/86
  • Alborada (Eichendorff: “Morgenlied”) for soprano and orchestra, 1987
  • De Profundis for vocal ensemble or mixed choir, 1993
  • Die Juden , chamber opera based on Gotthold Ephraim Lessing , 1994/95
  • Sanctus for female choir or mixed choir, 2 instr. ad lib. and piano, 1995
  • Dans le Silence , Poème de Rêva Rémy for speaker, vocal ensemble ad lib. and 10 instruments, 1996
  • Die Herrlichkeit Gottes , symphonic cantata based on texts from the Old and New Testaments for tenor or baritone solo, mixed choir and orchestra, 1997/2000
  • Prologue to Poetry and Truth (Goethe: “Wanderers Sturmlied” and “Meine Göttin”) for a speaker, tenor and small orchestra, 1997/2003
  • Neue Menschen , chamber opera based on texts by Else Lasker-Schüler , Gerhart Hauptmann and Peter Hille , 2001-03 rev. 2007 and 2013
  • Weimar Waltz for symphonic wind orchestra, 2004
  • The Lord's Prayer for soprano solo, mixed choir and organ, 2004
  • From " Lebensglut " Herta Sökefeld for soprano, baritone and piano (2005)
  • Passus est et resurrexit for mixed choir, large organ and orchestra, 2005
  • Fanfare in memory of Gustav Mahler for trumpet and piano (2006)
  • Das Feuer Gottes Oratorio for three solo voices (soprano, alto, bass), mixed choir, large organ and orchestra based on texts from the Old and New Testaments (2002–2009)
  • Evolution for string quintet or string orchestra (2006-12)
  • Quintet "Die Lebensinsel" based on a picture by Arnold Böcklin for five wind instruments (2009/10)
  • Poetry and Truth Music-dramatic episodes based on texts by Goethe, Schiller, Wieland, Lenz and others (1997-2013)


  • A harmonic approach to music theory , Cologne-Rodenkirchen, Tonger, 2000, ISBN 3-920950-16-X
  • Vote against. On the 'New Music' situation around 2000 , Wilhelmshaven, Noetzel, 2008, ISBN 978-3-7959-0896-6
  • Music survives. Part I - from the diaries 1956–1981 , Darmstadt, Synergia 2012
  • Chromatic and other freedoms in Das Neue Mannheimer Mozartbuch, Wilhelmshaven, Noetzel, 2010, ISBN 3-7959-0916-3
  • Music survives. Part II 1981-1989 Roßdorf, Synergia 2014

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Peter Michael Braun - Obituary notice