Born: January 27, 1932
Died: January 3, 2004
Country: Hannover, Germany (citizen U.S.A 1945)
Studies: University of Minnesota (Ph.D.1961)
Teachers: Boris Blacher
Lothar Klein was a composer obsessed with music history. Since the 60’s, modern music has been a polemical battle between avant-garde and conservative positions with musical worth defined by historical “newness”. Lothar Klein’s style cannot be pinned down to either position for he often played both sides of the equation placing himself as a composer of the radical center. This centrist allegiance enabled him to produce a body of work of great variety revealing a composer of sophisticated versatility wherein musical history itself becomes style. An Ars Combinatoria only made possible by a restless and creative mind.
The resulting eclecticism as chronicled by his diverse and prodigious body of work, strives for Classical ideals and brilliant contemporary instrumental writing of a particularly grateful nature for the performer.
This total body of work offers a rich field of investigation for scholar and musician alike. Primarily a composer of orchestral music, Lothar Klein’s wide-ranging repertoire includes symphonies, all manner of concerti, secular and sacred vocal works using ancient languages with an ear acutely attuned to historical nuance and instrumental color.
His work has been accorded attention by major international orchestras and conductors in both symphonic and light music venues. One doubts if Lothar Klein could be pinned down to any one stylistic thrust and therein lies his strength. ...See More]
Works for Percussion
African Scenes (Timpani Concerto) – Timpani; Orchestra
Choragos for Oboe and Solo Percussion - Multiple Percussion; Oboe
Design for Percussion and Orchestra (for Witold Lutoslawski) - Multiple Percussion; Orchestra
Grand Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Timpani – Timpani; Clarinet
Hachcava: Memorial Meditations – Percussion Quartet; Chamber Ensemble
Incantations for Percussion – Percussion Septet; Piano
Ostinato Variations - Vibraphone
Poem for Vibraphone and Flute – Vibraphone; Flute
Psalm for Bongo and Trumpet – Multiple Percussion; Trumpet
Recreations for Bassoon and Solo Percussion - Multiple Percussion; Bassoon
Variations, Blues and Presto, Clarinet and Timpani - Timpani; Clarinet
Virtuoso Music for Timpani and Clarinet – Timpani; Clarinet