Hans Rott Newsletter 7 (August 2003)

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It is with special pleasure that I send off to you Newsletter no. 7 on August 1, 2003 - Hans Rott's 145th birthday.


1. Concerts 2003/2004

This year has had many performances of Rott's works in store already, and I am pleased to announce that there will be some more before the
end of the year::
September 12, 2003
Mürzzuschlag/A, "Internationales Musikfest des Brahmsmuseums in Mürzzuschlag am Semmering"
("International Music Festival of the Brahms Museum in Mürzzuschlag at the Semmering")
  Scherzo from the String Quartet in c minor
  Hugo Wolf Quartett
November 11, 2003 Lakeland/Florida/USA
  Symphony No. 1 in E major
  Imperial Symphony Orchestra
  Arthur Pranno
December 7, 2003 Munich/D
  Symphony No. 1 in E major
  Münchener Rundfunkorchester
  Sebastian Weigle
December 18, 2003 La Coruña/E, Palacio de la Opera
  Symphony No. 1 in E major
  Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
  Victor Pablo Perez
December 19, 2003 Vigo/E
  Symphony No. 1 in E major
  Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
Victor Pablo Perez
Another two performances of the Symphony No. 1 in E major are likely to take place in Lisbon/Portugal in October 2003.
And there could hardly be a better start into 2004 than with the world premiere of the Symphony in A-flat major for String Orchestra:


January 4, 2004 Wohlen (Swiss canton Aaargau)/Switzerland
  Symphony in A-flat major for String Orchestra
  Cappella dei Giovani
  David Schwarb
  The world premiere of this work may take place already some days earlier (also in Switzerland).

March 5/6, 2004 Mainz/D
  Symphony No. 1 in E major
Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture in d minor op. 81
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Concert for Violin and Orchestra in e minor op. 64
  Orchester des Staatstheaters Mainz
  Catherine Rückwardt
April 16, 2004 Teneriffa/E
  Symphony No. 1 in E major
Antonin Dvorak: Violinkonzert a-Moll op. 53
  Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife
  Victor Pablo Perez
October 15/16, 2004 Cologne/D
  Symphony No. 1 in E major
  WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
  Neeme Järvi


2. "...An Intensive Talent..."

The "klang:punkte" magazine (spring 2003 issue) of the music publishers Doblinger features an article on Hans Rott worth reading:

Walter Weidringer - "... ein intensives Talent ..." ("...An Intensive Talent...")

Thanks to the kind permission of author and the publishing house of Doblinger we are able to offer you a PDF version of his article in
German and English. The members of the Internationale Hans Rott Gesellschaft will receive a copy of the mag along with the next
circular letter.

Thanks to the kind permission of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna you will find also the article "Lachen Sie nicht, meine Herren" ("Do not laugh, Gentlemen") by Dr Thomas Leibnitz in German and English on our Website.


3. All performable works by Rott edited

Within his thesis Johannes Volker Schmidt has been editing many of Rott's works, such as:

  • Symphony in A-flat major for String Orchestra (Nowak no. 37, Banks no. 37)
  • Orchestral Prelude in E major (Nowak no. 32, Banks no. 41)
  • Suite in E major for Orechstra (Nowak no. 33, Banks no. 47) 
  • Zwei Wünsche (Two Wishes) in e minor for Soprano or Tenor and Piano (Nowak no. 29, Banks no. 35)

as well as several piano works. Almost all performable works by Hans Rott seem to be edited now. Whether and from whom the editions may be obtained you will learn from the list of performable works.

A complete works index for the Hans Rott website is presently being compiled and I hope to be able to present it in the course of this


4. Hans Rott at the 23rd Gustav Mahler Music Weeks Toblach/Dobbiaco 2003

At the 23rd Gustav Mahler Music Weeks Toblach/Dobbiaco 2003 Hans Rott had been present in spoken word and sound: On July 15 Dr Uwe Harten, President of the Internationale Hans Rott Gesellschaft, gave a well-received lecture "Hans Rott - A Composer is Emerging from the Shadow of Gustav Mahler".
In the evening the Mandelring Quartett played Hans Rott's String Quartet in c minor.
At the same time Radio Bozen broadcasted an interview with Dr Harten.


5. World premiere of "Zwei Wünsche" ("Two Wishes") 

In the meantime another Lied  - "Two Wishes" - Rafael D. Marihart edition - has had its world premiere on June 27, 2003 in the Mozart
Foyer of the Westphalian Music School in Münster. It was performed by Jens Zumbült, Tenor, and Werner Marihart, piano.


6. Symphony No. 1 in E major performed by the Houston Symphony

The strike mentioned in our last newsletter fortunately did not have any negative effect on the performances of the Symphony No. 1 in E
major planned during April 26 to 28, 2003. It was literally in the last minute that an agreement was reached. The performances are said
to have been very successful.


7. Hans Rott Newsletter Extra (April 1, 2003)

In this special issue we had informed you about the renaming of Mariahilfer Strasse into Hans-Rott-Gasse. Lest there should be any
misunderstanding on your side please note that this had been an April joke. There is no Hans-Rott-Gasse in Vienna. Well, not yet.

Now, for all subscribers who are not familiar with a custom quite common in Germany and other countries: The 1st of April is the day to
more or less successfully pull the legs of other people who are supposed to grin and bear it. So better be aware of all notices
bearing this date.

We do hope, however, that in the not too distant future there will be a street in Vienna which bears Hans Rott's name.

Thanks for your interest.

Martin Brilla


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