Boosey & Hawkes Composer News

Search Catalogue


Johannes Kalitzke

Photo: Johannes Kalitzke © Jörg Landsberg
b. 1959


English     Deutsch     Español    

Johannes Kalitzke is a much sought-after conductor, particularly of contemporary repertoire, thus conducting and composing become "mutually dependent", a process felt by the composer to be an "extremely constructive force" * Seeks to combine instruments and electronics and achieves a high level of amalgamation of real and electronic sounds * Approximates historical and contemporary worlds of sounds, as in Schuberts Traum (Schubert's Dream, 1999), where the personal level – a diary entry of Schubert which is quoted in the work – is confronted with a sociological issue – the role of the artist in his environment * Kalitzke's modern language of sound is intense and at the same time surprisingly accessible as the artist integrates lively experience into his music * An initial idea, ie from literature as in the Kafka Complex (1989–2006) unfold in a dense, highly expressive way

Works by Johannes Kalitzke include:
Wind Stille Zeit (Wind Silence Time, 2001) for chorus, ensemble and electronics
Six Covered Settings (1999/2000) for string quartet
Vier Toteninseln (2002/03) (Eine Überfahrt mit J. Brahms) for baritone and orchestra
Inferno (2004) opera based on the piece by Peter Weiss
Looking Ahead: Austrian premiere of his music for the silent film Schatten (Mar 2018); new music for the silent film Orlac Hände; perf of his new cello concerto Story Teller with soloist Johannes Moser in Saarbrücken (May 2018)
"Kalitzke’s scores are transparent in sound, well-articulated, its instrumentation showing a sense of new colours. What at first sight looks rather sophisticated, turns out to be unusually concentrated and expressive with respect to the initial idea." – Hartmut Lück, Klassik heute
Mailing List

Sign up for news updates and offers via email

Listen To Kalitzke
Shop for Kalitzke

Sheet Music, CDs, downloads


Explore our library of 1500 online scores