A Review (1) - Commemorative Plaque for Hans Rott
March 31, 2004, the Internationale Hans Rott Gesellschaft
put up a commemorative plaque at the hitherto anonymous
burial place of Viennese composer Hans Rott at Vienna
Central Cemetery. Hereby, a first monument was erected
to Hans Rott - Anton Bruckner's favourite student and
Gustav Mahler's fellow student - in his beloved home
you enjoy the peace here Which had been snatched from
you too soon in life" is the epitaph Hans Rott,
who died at the age of not yet 26, had laid down in
his will. Now, 120 years later, his wish was fulfilled
at long last.
ceremony took place in the presence of many members
of the Internationale Hans Rott Gesellschaft and interested
people from Austria and Germany, among them relatives
(the granddaughter, the great-grandson and the great-great-granddaughter
of Hans Rott's half-brother Theodor) which had been
found thanks to the research work of our founding member
Marcella Stern. There were also present the grave owners
who very kindly had given their consent to putting up
the plaque at their grave, as well as Dr Rainer Bischof,
President of the Internationale Gustav Mahler Gesellschaft.
the afternoon, an organ concert took place at Piaristen
Church where Hans Rott had been organist. Erwin Horn,
Vice President of the Internationale Hans Rott Gesellschaft,
played the very organ, which once had been played by
Hans Rott and Anton Bruckner - as usual assisted by
his wife Roswitha who did the registration. He presented
among other pieces his transcription of the first two
movements of Hans Rott's Symphony No. 1 in E major.
The concert became the final highlight of that memorable
who want to visit Hans Rott's grave (Wiener Zentralfriedhof/Vienna
Central Cemetery, Simmeringer Hauptstrasse 234, group
23, row 2, grave no. 59) will find a map at www.hans-rott.de/plan.jpg.
A Review (2) - World Premieres and First Performances
January 2, 2004, the Symphony for String Orchestra
in A-flat major had its world premiere in Baden/Switzerland.
The Cappella dei Giovani played under their conductor
good month later, on February 4, 2004, Muenster/Germany
witnessed the world premiere of the Prelude to "Julius
Caesar". The Junge Sinfonieorchester played with Werner
March 11, 2004, the first German performance of the
Symphony for String Orchestra in A-flat major
took place in Mainz: The Philharmonisches Orchester
des Staatstheaters Mainz played with Enrico Delamboye
means that the better part of all performable works
by Hans Rott have been performed by now.
and August will see performances of the Pastoral
Prelude and some Lieder, so for instance
during the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks at Toblach/Dobbiaco.
From September until the end of this year, the Symphony
No. 1 in E major will be performed eleven times
in various Saxon towns as well as in Cologne and in
Tokyo (Asian premiere). In November, there will be the
Austrian premiere of the Pater Noster.
April 12, 2005, there will take place an important world
premiere in Hagen/Germany: The Philharmonisches Orchester
Hagen with Antony Hermus conducting will perform the
Suite in E major. Combining it with Gustav Mahler's
Symphony No. 1 is an interesting aspect.
www.hans-rott.de/whatson.htm you will find more detailed
Mainz concerts in March 2004 have been recorded. It
is likely that there will be a CD with Hans Rott's works
performed there (the Symphony No. 1 in E major,
the Symphony for String Orchestra and the String
Quartet in c minor) which would be highly welcome
for the interpretations are very good and interesting.
. A New CD
Arte Nova CD with orchestral works by Hans Rott which
had been announced already in the last newsletter will
come out on June 21, 2004. The Münchner Rundfunkorchester
with Sebastian Weigle conducting has recorded not only
the Symphony No. 1 in E major but also the Orchestral
Prelude in E major and the Prelude to "Julius
Caesar". The price (5 - 7 Euro) is very moderate.
further details and audio samples see www.hans-rott.de/cdeweigl.htm.
. General Assembly of the IHRG
but not least we would like to inform the members of
the Internationale Hans Rott Gesellschaft already
today that the next General Assembly will take place
on Saturday, October 16, 2004 in Cologne/Germany. Our
members will receive a separate invitation in due time.
We have chosen this date to give all members interested
the opportunity to attend a performance of the Symphony
No. 1 in E major by the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
with Neeme Järvi conducting after the General Assembly
and/or the previous evening. The ticket sale will begin
would like to invite all addressees of this newsletter
to become members of the Internationale Hans Rott
Gesellschaft and support our work also by their
member fees. The more members we have the larger the
scope of our activities will become. Details on our
Society and about the membership you will find at www.hans-rott.org.
Those of you who are already members we would like to
invite to try their hands in recruiting new members.
usual, the members of the Internationale Hans Rott
Gesellschaft will receive more detailed further
information by the next circular letter.
you for your interest.