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Martin Christoph Redel

 b. 1947Martin Christoph Redel; © private / Boosey & Hawkes archive


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After studying composition with Rudolf Kelterborn 1964-69, Martin Christoph Redel continued his studies with Giselher Klebe, Johannes Driessler and Isang Yun * 1979 professor of composition at the Music Academy of Detmold, director since 1993 * 1974 founder of the 'Ensemble Kontraste' * Combines free, atonal or dodecaphonic texture with principles of tonality * 1967 first major work, Movimento variato for orchestra, showing his tendency towards jazz-related rhythmic patterns * Extension of sound range through noise sources in Dispersion (1972) * 1981 Traumtanz for percussion and strings * 1982 displays his roots in musical tradition in Bruckner-Essay for orchestra * In more recent works he focuses on smaller-scale composition, such as the Visions fugitives for accordion and percussion (1993) * Numerous awards for an output numbering some 50 works

Works by Martin Christoph Redel include:
Sternenkinder (2012) for solo voices, choirs and orchestra
Les Adieux (2006) for string orchestra
Bruckner-Essay (1982) for orchestra
Traumtanz (Dreamdance, 1981) for percussion and strings

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