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Herbert Callhoff (Composer)

Born: August 13, 1933 - Viersen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

The German composer and music pedagogue, Herbert Callhoff, studied church music at the Folkwanghochschule in Essen (1953; organ with Ernst Kaller) and at the Hochschule für Musik Köln (1956; organ and composition with Siegfried Reda and Gisbert Schneider). In 1961 he passed the state exams of church music in Cologne. In 1967 he studied composition at the Robert-Schumann-Konservatorium Düsseldorf with Jürg Baur.

In 1961 Herbert Callhoff became church musician (organist and choirmaster) at St. Elisabeth in Düsseldorf and seved in this post for 10 years. The same year he also began to work as music teacher at the Clara-Schumann-Musikschule Düsseldorf. Since 1969 he teaches music theory, organ and composition at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf. In 1975 he was appointed professor of music theory and organ. From 1995 to 1998 he served as rector of the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf. Among his pupils: Otto Maria Krämer

His compositional work includes choral music, orchestral music, chamber music and organ works. In 1984 he was awarded the Composition Prize of the City of Neuss.

Works

Vocal - Sacred:
Choral and song sets (1962)
2 Lateinisches Proprium for mixed choir (1962)
Lateinisches Proprium Cantate Domino for mixed choir (1962)
Choral motet Ich wollt, daß ich daheime wär for mixed choir (1962)
Three motets for mixed choir (1962)
Missa Brevis for 4-part mixed chorus (1963; 1968 Frankfurt / Main)
Missa for 3-part mixed chorus & organ (1963); 1968 Düsseldorf)
Christus ist gehorsam geworden, motet for 4-7-part. mixed chorus (1964; 1967 Wattenscheid)
Der Mensch lebt und bestehet for 4-part mixed chorus (1964; 1967 Moenchengladbach)
5 motets on texts from Isaiah: Meine Gedanken sind nicht eure Gedanken; Alles Fleisch ist wie Gras; So spricht Gott der Herr; Tauet, ihr Himmel; Jubelt ihr Himmel, for 4-part mixed chorus (1964; 1968 Düsseldorf)
2 Motets: Selig jene Knechte and Freuet euch, for mixed choir (1964)
2 Song cantatas for mixed choir, folk singing & organ (1964)
5 Geistliche Konzerte for high & low voice & organ: Lobpreiset den Herrn; Herr, unser Herr; Fürchte dich nicht; Ich hatte gehoffet; Psalm 85 (1963; 1965 Düsseldorf)
Psalm 50, for 6-8-voice choir (1965; 1968 Frankfurt / Main)
Die Versuchung Jesu, for narrator, tenor & 4-8-part mixed chorus (1966/1967; 1969 Roth)
3 Zwölftonmotetten for mixed choir (1967; 1969 Mannheim)
Deutsches Proprium, for mixed choir (1967)
Johannes-Passion, for 4-part. mixed chorus (1968; 1981 Burscheid)
Psalm 150 Alles, was Odem hat, for 5 solo voices, winds, strings, organ & drums (1982; 1983 Neuss)
Veni Creator Spiritus, Pentecost cantata for soprano & bass solo, mixed chorus, 6 brass instruments & organ (1983; 1984 Neuss)
Drei Cantica, for soprano, clarinet & organ (1985/1986; 1988 Düsseldorf)
Ave verum, motet for 5 voices (1991; 1991 Neuss)
Lege mich wie ein Siegel auf dein Herz, motet for 4-part mixed chorus a cappella (2007)

Vocal - Secular:
Four secular choral pieces for mixed choir: Traumliedchen; Welkes Blatt; Sie; Der Fuchs und die Trauben (1963)
Five songs for high voice & piano on Aesop's Fables (1965)
Tenebrae, cantata for soprano & bass solo, speaker & chamber ensemble (or chamber orchestra)
based on texts by Else Lasker-Schüler & Ernesto Cardenal (1983; 1983 Düsseldorf)
Cantos de amor y desesperacion, for bass solo & chamber ensemble (or chamber orchestra), text: Pablo Neruda (1985; 1986 Witten)
Genesis, for solo bass, percussion (3), harp & string orchestra, based on texts by Dylan Thomas (1990/1992)
Gesänge des Lebens, for solo soprano & chamber ensemble, based on texts by Friedrich Hölderlin (1998/1999; 2000 Siegburg)
Monolog: Hyperions Schicksalslied (Friedrich Hölderlin), for bass-baritone & chamber ensemble (2002; 2004 Düsseldorf)
Tombeau after two sonnets of William Shakespeare, for solo soprano & chamber ensemble (2005; 2006 Cologne)
Vollmond und Zikadenklänge, 5 Haiku for solo soprano & chamber ensemble (2006)

Oratorios:
Fragment Requiem for soloists, 2 choirs & orchestra (1967).
Psalmentryptichon, for soloists, chorus, percussion, organ & double bass (1968-1969; 1969 Frankfurt / Main)
La Danse Macabre oratorical scenes for vocal quartet, narrator, mixed chorus & large orchestra, based on texts from the Basel Totentanz & text quotations from various poets (1986/1987; Düsseldorf)

Orchestral:
Concerto in 5 Metamorphosen, for solo viola in 5 Metamorphoses, percussion & string orchestra (1987/2001; 2003 Viersen)
Concert symphonique, for solo violin & orchestra (1988/1989; 1994 Viersen)
Imaginations - Symphony No. 1 for string orchestra (1990; 1993 Viersen)
Metamorphosen - Symphony No 2 on sound structures of Anton Bruckner for large orchestra (1990/1993; 1997 Novosibirsk, Russia)
Hymnus - Symphony No. 3 for Alto solo & orchestra, rext: Georg Heym (1995/1996)
Symphony No. 4 for large orchestra (1998/2000)
Vitraux - Symphony No. 5 - Hommage a Marc Chagall, for mixed choir & orchestra based on texts from the liturgy & the Sermon on the Mount (2000/2004)
Espérances noyées - Symphony No. 6 for solo soprano & orchestra based on texts by Paul Verlaine, Charles Baudelaire & Cyrano de Bergerac (2005/2006)

Chamber:
String Quartet No. 1 (1966)
Wind Quintet No. 1 (1968; 1973 Cologne, WDR)
String Quartet No. 2 (1969; 1971 Cologne, WDR)
Fünf Episoden, for flute, cello & piano (1971; 1972 Carinthia, ORF)
String Quartet No. 3 Neun Metamorphosen im Gedenken an Robert Schumann (1972; 1974 Düsseldorf)
Movimenti, for 8 winds (1973; 1975 Düsseldorf)
Passagen, for violin, viola, cello & piano (1974; 1988 Düsseldorf)
Wind Quintet No. 2 (1975/1976; 1988 Viersen)
Transfigurationen, 1980) for 2 clarinets, 2 horns & 2 bassoons (1980; 1981 Düsseldorf)
Aulophonie, for 3 oboes, 2 oboe d'amore, English horn & percussion (1983; 1984 Düsseldorf)
Tre Dialoghi, for clarinet & chamber orchestra (1984-1985)
Sieben Facetten, for alto saxophone, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet & percussion (1986; 1987 Porto, Portugal)
Sonata for four clarinets (1987; 1988 Rotterdam, Netherlands)
String Quartet No. 4 (1989; 1990 Bergisch Gladbach)
Caoineadh, lament for accordion & percussion (1989; 1990 Bonn)
Il Tempo passato - Musikalische Erinnerungen an ein Fugenthema von Bach – (Musical memories of a fugue by Bach), for 2 trumpets, 2 horns & 2 trombones (1990; 1992 Düsseldorf)
Ricordanza, for trumpet, trombone & piano (1991; 1992 Leverkusen)
Lights and Shadows, for viola & piano (1992; 1993 Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Concertante, for 10 violins & piano (1993)
String Quartet No. 5 (1994; 1996 Viersen)
Segmenti, for oboe, oboe d'amore ', percussion & string orchestra (1995; 1997 Neuss)
Trio misto, for clarinet, cello & piano (1995; 2003 Bochum)
Dreams, for saxophone & piano (1996; 1998 Düsseldorf)
Trois Pièces, for violin & piano (1998; 2001 Düsseldorf)
String Quartet No. 6 (1999; 2001 Viersen)
Impulse, for cello & piano (1999; 2003 Düsseldorf)
Impressions of a musical journey of the heart and the imagination, for recorder (S/A/T/B- 1 player) & flute (2000; 2001 Düsseldorf)
Gioco per quattro, for flute, cello, percussion & piano (2008)
String Quartet No. 7 (2007; 2009 Witzhelden – Solingen)
Trio I, for oboe, viola & cello (2007; November 1, 2008 Duesseldorf Tonhalle)
String Quartet No. 1 (1966)
Trio II, for violin, viola & cello (2007/2008)
Trio III, for clarinet (bass clarinet in Bb), piano & percussion (2008)
Concerto da Camera, for clarinet / bass clarinet in B & chamber ensemble (2008)
String Quintet for two violins, viola, 2 cellos (2008/2009)
Canzona, for soprano & chamber ensemble, by Stephan Mallarmé (2009)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E-flat & chamber ensemble or chamber orchestra (2009)

Organ:
Tripartita, for organ (1963)
Schönster Herr Jesu, Partita for organ (1964; 1967 Mainz)
Präambel und Passacaglia, for organ (1965)
Da Jesus am Kreuze stund, Choraltryptichon for organ (1967; 1968 Düsseldorf)
4 Orgelversetten (1969), in: Schweizer Orgelbuch
7 Epigramme über „Veni Creator Spiritus, organ (1970; 1970 Frankfurt/Main)
Abbreviaturen“, for trumpet & organ (1972; 1972 Aachen)
Missa in five movements for organ (1973; 1974 Düsseldorf)
4 Meditationen, for trombone & organ (1974; 1975 Düsseldorf)
Musica spei Clonmacnois“, for 4 for brass & organ (1978; 1979 Düsseldorf)
Heptameron - seven miniatures for Organ (1979/1980; 1980 Munich)
Crucifixus - Fantasia contrapunctica for organ (1984; 1988 Düsseldorf)
Fünf Visionen”, for oboe, English horn & organ (1987/1988; 1989 Iserlohn)
Gregorianische Versetten über das Pfingstmysterium, for organ (1990; 1992 Nürnberg)
Vier Antiphonen, for organ (1996; 1998 Düsseldorf)
Tre Canzoni da Salomone“,for organ, percussion & string orchestra (2001)
Fünf Versetti Veni sancte spiritus, for trombone & organ (2003; 2004 Cologne)

Piano:
Hommage á Johannes Brahms ", 3 pieces for piano (1995; 997 Düsseldorf)

Source: German Wikipedia Website (December 2010) & Lutz Felbick Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (August 2011)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2011)

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