Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Biography

Born: November 21, 1877; Bergdorf am Neckar   Died: April 9, 1933  
German composer and organist Sigfrid Karg-Elert, though not widely known, had a prodigious output, having composed his greatest bulk of work for the organ and harmonium. A reappraisal of his work began with a series of ambitious recording projects in the 1990s, cataloguing his most important contributions.

The composer's father, Johann Karg, a book dealer, rarely saw his family. Constantly on the move, the family lived in many areas
Read more throughout German-speaking Europe. Karg-Elert was the youngest of 12 children. Nonetheless, in spite of these hardships, his great musical aptitude was recognized early on. Traveling through Leipzig, the boy tried out for a position with the choir of Saint John's Church, which began his musical training. At 12, he composed a cantata, and soon thereafter began private piano lessons. In 1896, composer Emil von Reznicek obtained three years of tuition free study at the Leipzig Conservatory for the budding musician. There, he studied with Carl Reinecke, Salomon Jadassohn, and others. He supported himself during this time playing in cafes and playing now and then with regional orchestras.

Karg-Elert's Piano Concerto, performed by himself as soloist, won him additional free training at the Leipzig Conservatory, enabling him to graduate fully from the institution. This was arranged by piano virtuoso Reisenauer, who also convinced Karg-Elert to embark on a recital tour of Germany. However, it was composition that interested him, and on his return to Leipzig, he took up advanced composition study with Teichmuller at the conservatory. He was later appointed head of the master class at the Magdeburg Conservatory in 1902.

Not happy at Magdeburg, he left teaching altogether and concentrated full-time on composition. Around 1904, he met Edvard Grieg, who recommended his work to several publishers, notably Novello and Carl Simon, the Berlin publisher and harmonium specialist. The publication of his work resulted in gaining the backing of influential performers and composers of the day. Busoni, Kreutzer, and Reger performed his work, and encouraged the creation of new ones.

In 1915, Karg-Elert enlisted in the army, and played various instruments in the regimental bands. At this time, he composed his solo works for flute and clarinet. He returned to Leipzig in 1919 to teach at the Leipzig Conservatory once more. A rather dark time in the composers' life intervened between 1920 to about 1926. He was being criticized by some of his peers for not being nationalistic enough, and too cosmopolitan. The era of heightened national pride caused Karg-Elert to feel like a stranger in his own country, and he was even branded as a Jew, although he was not.

Karg-Elert composed over 250 pieces for organ, 100 pieces for the harmonium d'art (developed by French instrument-maker Mustel), numerous chamber works, and he completed several theoretical works. His theory of Harmonologie developed original approaches to practical theoretical considerations. Read less
Karg-elert: Organ Music Vol 2 / Hans Fagius
Release Date: 09/24/2002   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1184   Number of Discs: 1
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Dupré, Franck, Karg-elert, Peeters / Fagius, Jansson
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 551   Number of Discs: 1
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Karg-elert: Pastels & Impressions / Hans Fagius
Release Date: 10/30/2001   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1084   Number of Discs: 1
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Sigfrid Karg-Elert


MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. Introitus
II. Gagliarda
III. Melodia monastica
IV. Aria semplice
V. Appassionata
VI. Canzona solenne
VII. Toccatina
VIII. Corale
Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet
Alles, was Odem hat
I. Harmonies du Soir
II. Clair de Lune
III. La Nuit
I. The Soul of the Lake
II. Landscape in Mist
III. The Legend of the Mountain
IV. The Reed-grown Waters
V. The Sun's Evensong
VI. The Mirrored Moon
VII. Hymn to the Stars
I. Idyllisch, nicht schleppend: Allegro amabile
II. Ausserst langsam: Adagissimo
III. Sehr geschwind und leichthin
WORKS
I. Introitus
II. Gagliarda
III. Melodia monastica
IV. Aria semplice
V. Appassionata
VI. Canzona solenne
VII. Toccatina
VIII. Corale
No. 1. Tempo giusto
No. 2. Un poco mosso, ma non brillante
No. 3. Allegro alla Handel (non troppo brillante)
No. 4. Velocissimo e brillante
No. 5. Allegro giusto
No. 6. Appassionato e stretto
No. 7. Moto perpetuo
No. 8. Con molto brio
No. 9. Rapido e brillante
No. 10. Leggero e veloce
No. 11. Velocissimo e molto leggero
No. 12. Leggero, grazioso e veloce
No. 13. Leggerissimo e grazioso
No. 14. Moto perpetuo
No. 15. Mosso e leggerissimo
No. 16. Un poco mosso, umoristico
No. 17. Leggero veloce, giocoso
No. 18. Adagio (quasi cadenza)
No. 19. Vivacissimo, scintillante
No. 20. Ardito capriccioso ed assai mosso
No. 21. In tempo di Walzer
No. 22. Agitato ed appassionato
No. 23. Adagio appassionato (quasi recitativo)
No. 24. Rapido quanto e possibile (con suono sempre aguzzo)
No. 25. Un poco vivace e capriccioso
No. 26. Capriccioso, con civetteria
No. 27. Un pochettino mosso (ben articolato)
No. 28. Sciolto, elegante e rapido
No. 29. Velocissimo e frizzante
No. 30. Chaconne
I. Kyrie eleison
II. Ave Maria
III. Resonet in laudibus
IV. Adeste fideles
V. Saluto angelico
VI. Lauda Sion
Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet
Alles, was Odem hat
No. 1. Weite Ebene
No. 2. Junge Farren
No. 3. Hergewehtes Glockengelaute
No. 4. Heilige Buche
No. 5. Junge Birke
No. 6. Einsame Kiefer
No. 7. Folbes Laub im Wind
No. 8. Hunengrab
No. 9. Nachtliche Sichel
No. 10. Vogelflug
I. Harmonies du Soir
II. Clair de Lune
III. La Nuit
No. 1. Idylle champetre: Allegretto
No. 2. Danse pittoresque: Poco lento e malinconico
No. 3. Colibri: Rubato
No. 4. Lotus: Adagio, delicatissimo
No. 5. Evocation a Brahma: Solenne, non troppo lento
No. 1. Salve Regina
No. 2. Canzonetta
No. 3. Alla Giga
No. 4. Rococco
No. 5. Evocatio
No. 1. Piano Sonatina in A minor: I. Allegro brillante
No. 2. Piano Sonatina in A minor: II. Andante semplice
No. 3. Piano Sonatina in A minor: III. Allegro vivo
No. 4. Suite in E minor: I. Intrata: Moderato, ma non troppo lento
No. 5. Suite in E minor: II. Sarabande: Tranquillo
No. 6. Suite in E minor: III. Rigaudon: Allegro ordinario
No. 7. Suite in E minor: IV. Minuetto-Capriccio: Allegro molto
No. 8. Suite in E minor: V. Toccatina-Finale: Giocose e giojoso
No. 9. Marchenerzahlerin: Quieto e semplice
No. 10. Bratschencantilene: Andantino, malinconico
No. 11. Bescheidenes Madchen
No. 12. Traute Heimat meiner Lieben: Commodo, semplice
No. 13. Romantischer Ruckblick: Quasi improvisato
No. 14. Blasse Blume
No. 15. Tarantelle: Presto
No. 16. Arabische Legende: Moderato
No. 17. Vor dem Bildnis Sascha Scrjabins: Alato ed esaltato
No. 18. Schlafwandlerin: Sehr behutsam, wie tastend
No. 19. Die Zigeuner sind da!: Vivo, con razza
No. 20. Mit Sackpfeife und Tanzbar
No. 21. Die Russen haben ihren Takt fur sich ... : Allegro molto
No. 22. Der Ire auf schwarzen Tasten: Chiaro ed idilliaco
No. 23. Neu-Chinesisch klingt aber ulkig ...
No. 24. Puh! Die essen ja Menschenfleisch!: Senza fisso ritmo
No. 25. Blasierter Gent: Alla marcia, affettato
No. 26. Kleiner Galgenstrick: Gajo ed umoroso
No. 27. Auf Rollschuhen: Allegrissimo e veloce
No. 28. Parallele Libellen nebst einem atonalen Kuckuck: Leggierissimo ed allegrissimo
No. 29. Der ruckt die doch nicht wieder 'raus! Ausgeschlossen: Presto
No. 1 in B major
No. 2 in E minor
No. 3 in F sharp major
I. The Soul of the Lake
II. Landscape in Mist
III. The Legend of the Mountain
IV. The Reed-grown Waters
V. The Sun's Evensong
VI. The Mirrored Moon
VII. Hymn to the Stars
I. Idyllisch, nicht schleppend: Allegro amabile
II. Ausserst langsam: Adagissimo
III. Sehr geschwind und leichthin
I. Quasi Fantasia
II. Interludium
III. Finale
Ruhevoll
I. Enharmonische Fantasie und Doppelfuge
II. Canzone
I. Im stile einer Arabeske: Leicht bewegt
II. Der kranke Mond: Ausserst gedehnt. Larghetto
III. Scherzo: Diavolina und Innocenz: Ausserst locker und geschwind
IV. Im stile einer Hymne: Gewichtig, breit, doch nicht zu langsam
I. Introduzione (Inferno)
II. Canzone
III. Fuga con Corale
I. Lento misterioso
II. Allegro brioso ed energico
III. Presto demoniaco -
III. Chorale, quasi trio: Tempo come primo
IV. Largo e quieto
V. Vivace e brioso
No. 1. Legend
No. 2. Gregorian Rhapsody
No. 3. Marche pontificale
No. 1. Sehr langsam und durchweg verschleiert
No. 2. Im Reigenzeitmass
No. 3. Lustig


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