01.04.16

"Weinberg Editions" - Collaborative Project with the University of Hamburg

©Martin Brinckmann, Hamburg

Starting with the summer semester 2016, Peermusic Classical and the Institute for Historical Musicology at the University of Hamburg will commence a long-term collaboration to edit the works of composer Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996).

Born in Warsaw of Jewish descent, after the German invasion of Poland, Weinberg fled to the Soviet Union. There, his music would soon be performed by celebrated musicians, though he himself suffered under Stalin’s anti-Semitic terror. Later, Weinberg also received increased official recognition, without ever having been considered one of the approved state composers. Up until the time of his death, he created a diverse and extensive oeuvre, one that is presently being (re)discovered the world over: Alongside the many superb recordings by internationally renowned interpreters and ensembles, Weinberg’s chamber music and symphonic works has been assuming its rightful place on opera stages, at festivals, and in the great concert halls of the world.

As part of the collaborative project “Weinberg Editions” (Scientific Direction: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Geiger), works of the composer will be edited regularly, either for the first time or in new improved editions, whereby Peermusic Classical will take over the publishing side. The musical text will undergo scholarly editing within the framework of edition seminars, dissertations, and third party financed sub-projects. With this collaboration, Peermusic Classical not only promotes young musicologists and offers insights into the professional field of music publishing, it also supports young students’ engagement with the works of the composer Mieczysław Weinberg.

Picture l.t.r.: Arnt Nitschke (Senior Copyright & Product Manager, Peermusic Classical), Lana Zickgraf (Rental & Performance Manager, Peermusic Classical), Bill Gorjance (Managing Director & International Vice President, Peermusic Classical), Judith Brockmöller (General Manager, Peermusic Classical), Prof. Dr. Friedrich Geiger (Head of Department, Historical Musicology, University of Hamburg)