Finkbeiner, Reinhold

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Reinhold Finkbeiner


Born: 1929

Died: January 20, 2010 Alsfeld

Country: Germany



His grandfather and father were architects. Already before moving his family to Berlin in 1939 experienced Finkbeiner the humiliation of his fellow Jews by the National Socialist dictatorship - a life experience that soon led to a distanced relationship to instances of power, but above all would shape his later work decisively ( violence, violence ; Birkenau ).

After recovering from the chaos of war, he completed the entrance exam at the Berlin Music Academy successfully. Another family moved to Fulda but defeated the baseline, and Reinhold Finkbeiner finally began in 1949 his Kirchenmusik- and composition studies at the Frankfurt Musikhochschule. His teachers were, among others, Helmut Walcha (organ) and Kurt Hessenberg (composition).

During this period, was Sonata for flute and piano (2006 first published). His training added Finkbeiner in which teaching in Darmstadt composer Hermann Heiss - after the war one of the most important pioneers in the field of electronic music. Important impulses received Finkbeiner as a participant of the Darmstadt summer courses from 1953 to 1960 by René Leibowitz and Ernst Krenek . Many of his works were first performed there in that time, such as the Concerto for Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Hermann Scherchen , the second String Quartet by the Parrenin quartet that Ciacona for Piano (Else Stick Hug) and the composition in 5 parts (Werner Hoppstock) as part of the "Days of New Music". Important artists of this period were also Günter Ludwig and the violinist Alois Kottmann .

In 1964 an Finkbeiner the composition prize his hometown Stuttgart for the Piano Concerto and the "Prix de Composition Musicale Prince Pierre de Monaco" for the second String Trio in the category of chamber music.

As a concert organist and organist at the Frankfurt Peterskirche was Reinhold Finkbeiner from 1965 itself into a major artist and organizer for new music.[1]

Works for Percussion

Triloge (Finkbeiner) - Percussion Duo; Harpsichord


  1. Translated from German to English