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Günter Steinke b. 1956

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Günter Steinke is an active composer within the international modern music scene, despite his relatively small number of works * His complex style explores the boundaries of instrumental sound, often calling for electronics or live electronics * Works are performed by distinguished ensembles such as the Ensemble Recherche, the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Ensemble Modern at all the important modern music festivals * His orchestral works were performed at the festivals at Donaueschingen, Saarbrücken and Forbach * Steinke studied composition under Klaus Huber and Mesias Maiguashca (electronic music) in Freiburg and was a scholar of the Darmstadt summer courses, of the Heinrich Strobel Foundation and the Academy Schluß Solitude, Stuttgart * His work "Durchbrochene Räume" was the German contribution at the IGNM World Music Days in Luxembourg * In his work for music theatre after Haydn's The World On The Moon, commissioned by the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Steinke confronts the language of classical music with the most advanced techniques of modern music * This works seems particularly apt to bring the aesthetics of modern music closer to a young audience * Teaches composition at the music college in Bremen

Works by Günter Steinke include:
Arcade (1991/92) for solo cello and live electronics
Die Welt auf dem Mond (The World on the Moon, 1994/95) chamber opera
… wie eine Feuerflamme (… like a fiery flame) (2000) for female voice and ensemble
Innen bewegt (Moved inwardly) (2001) for orchestra and prerecorded performance

"Fluctuating transitions and gradual changes of the conditions of sound are the guiding principles behind his work. It is a kind of music in which every nuance is the result of careful listening and refinement; it is sometimes reminiscent of Helmut Lachenmann's way of integrating noise into his structural sounds." — Reinhard Kager

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