Kiesewetter, Peter

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Peter Kiesewetter


Born: 1 May 1945

Died: 4 December 2012

Country: Marktheidenfeld, Germany



Kiesewetter studied from 1966 both at the Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum - department of the University of Augsburg [1] and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich with Günter Bialas (composition) and Hermann Pfogner. Then he became a teacher for music theory , ear training and doctrine at the latter institution. At the same time he also studied musicologyand also worked as a music journalist and jury member for the price of German record criticism. Since 1970 he also worked for the Bavarian broadcaster ( Bayerischer Rundfunk ) and composed several works for radio play and other radio pieces.

Later he became a teacher for composition at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich ; in 1991 he was appointed professor for composer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich and from 1992 he was professor at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in Hanover.

With the help of a scholarship, he was able to study and work in Rome at the Villa Massimo in 1983 and 1984/1985 . A stay in Israel in 1991 and especially in the Negev desert was a key experience for him, and this was characteristic of his further work. A number of works carry titles in the Hebrew language.

As a composer he wrote works for different genres, but especially vocal works. Because the Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer performed the Tangó Pathétique of Kiesewetter at his concerts around the world, it became known everywhere. As a result of a serious illness, Kiesewetter first stopped working as a teacher and later on he also had to give up composing. [1]

Works for Percussion

AgoniaPercussion Duo; Voice
Im Auge des Wirbelsturms, for 4 percussionists, op. 82 - Percussion Quartet
La Caccia, for 4 percussionists, op. 42 - Percussion Quartet