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Erhard Grosskopf

 b. 1934Erhard Grosskopf © Boosey & Hawkes/Bote & Bock

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Erhard Grosskopf studied in various subjects (medicine, mathematics, church music) and composition studies with Ernst Pepping and Boris Blacher, then taught for two years at the Berlin conservatory * 1965-70 organized concerts with the Gruppe Neue Musik Berlin * Freelance composer since 1966 * In 1966/67 and 1977 won a scholarship to the Villa Massimo, Rome * In the late sixties, he began to incorporate serial, modal as well as tonal techniques and constellations in his music * 1978 initiated and has since directed the concert series 'Insel Musik' in Berlin * 1982-92 invitations to the International Summer Courses for New Music, Darmstadt * Since 1994 member of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin * His compositions are based on 'loops', ie recorded looping patterns which overlap and generate harmonic constellations in a multi-layered time process

Works by Erhard Grosskopf include:
Flecktreue Raritätenkunst P for clarinet and ensemble (1969)
Sonata concertante for small orchestra (1966)
Sonata concertante 2 for violin and orchestra (1967)


"…Technically and stylistically, Grosskopf's music is agreeably anti-dogmatic and thus hard to categorize. But his invention is so strong and original, his sense of form so compelling, that every one of his works is stringent and seems to be expressing an individuality." — H.H. Stuckenschmidt



Also visit the Erhard Grosskopf website at: www.erhardgrosskopf.de

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