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Hermann Schroeder: Style in Perspective

What follows in my third post are excerpted score examples of Schroeder’s style as demonstrated on the organ. This discussion is necessarily musical and somewhat technical. The enjoyment of the previously posted music is not contingent on reading these notes, but for the curious musician they might be of interest. While his early compositional development is strongly influenced by composers of the late Romantic period, such as Max Reger (1873 - 1916), Schroeder’s style is greatly indebted to early music (music written roughly between 800CE and 1750). His work as a choral director, organist, and Bach interpreter, along with his role in the reformation of Catholic liturgical music during the 2

Hermann Schroeder: Early Life & Organ Works

Biography: Early Caree Schroeder grew up in a Catholic household with musical parents. When he was eleven he began receiving piano and organ lessons. For what we might today consider his undergraduate studies, Schroeder studied theology at the seminary of the Jesuits Canisianum in Innsbruck from 1923 to 1926, earning a degree in philosophy and musicology. From 1926 to 1930 he studied sacred music at the Cologne Musikhochschule. During this time, he was heavily influenced by his composition teachers, Heinrich Lemacher and Walter Braunfels. (Lück, n.pag.) After completing his studies in 1930, Schroeder took the state examination for art teachers in composition and organ and passed with distinc

Hermann Schroeder (1904 - 1984): Introduction

Over the past year, I have become appreciably interested in the music of a lesser known German composer, Hermann Schroeder (1904 - 1984). While renowned in Germany, Schroeder is relatively unknown amongst composers in the United States. His most widely regarded pieces are Kleine Praeludien und Intermezzi Op. 9 (1932) (Six Short Preludes and Intermezzos) and the chorale prelude Schoenster Herr Jesu (1933) (Fairest Lord Jesus), both rather early works in his oeuvre. Considering a repertoire of quality works, it is rather unfortunate that there is such a dirth of available recordings of Schroeder's music (organ or otherwise). Within the United States, there are only two commonly available recor

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