Works

Michael Ostrzyga

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science.

Albert Einstein

Instrumental I Solo Instruments

Suite für präpariertes Klavier (for prepared piano)

1999, rev. 2005/2006

Im-Puls-ar Toccata für Klavier (2008/2009)

commissioned by Thomas Hübner, premiered by Beatrix Klein

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Drei frühe Stücke für Klavier (1997-2016)

1997, rev. 2016

Erste Sterne – Erinnerung an Südtirol 

2010 (Sinfonia 12 ¾)
für Klavier (2010)

 

Per-sonare (Interludium)

für Klavier (2010)

commissioned and premiered by Klaus Oldemeyer

Trinity – Tripelvariationen (Image)

für Orgel, 2009/2010

commissioned by Ev. Kirchenberband Köln und Region for the inauguration of the organ in the Trinitatiskirche Köln in 2010

premiered by Johannes Geffert

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Finistère für Violine Solo (2006)

premiered by Peter Stein

Reflet d’un déjà-vu für Klarinette Solo (2017)

premiered by Nicolai Pfeffer

Instrumental I Camber Music 

Repercussiones

for two (differently tuned) organs

2017

commissioned by Presbyterium der Evangelischen Kirchengemeinde Rondorf

specifically for the two differently tuned organs in the Emmanuelkirche Köln Rondorf

premiered as part of the farewell ceremony of retiring Pfarrer Thomas Hübner

on July 7th by Johannes Geffert and Boleslav Martfeld

duration: 11 minutes

Nachtstück

für zwei Klaviere (2005)

commissioned and premiered by the Rheinisches Klavierduo

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Cycles

für Flöte (auch Picc.), Englischhorn, Violoncello, Perkussion und CD-Zuspiel (2006)

premiered by students of the University Siegen as part of the Westfälisches Musikfest des WDR 2006 

 

e n d l i c h

for percussion, two players

2010, commissioned by Thomas Hübner for the ARD Fernsehgottesdienst (A church service produced by major public german broadcaster ARD) on Easter-Monday 2010

Simon Roloff and Michael Ostrzyga

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Aerobatics

for Saxophone Quartet 

Movement one commissioned by Freiburger Dommusik and premiered by The Rascher Saxophone Quartet on October 19 2014 in Freiburger Münster

Movements two and three were premiered also by The Raschèr Saxophone Quartet on April 13 2016 as part of the concert series „Gegensätze“ (a format of the Collegium musicum at University of Cologne) and the events in the Trinitatiskirche Köln

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listen to 2nd movement

I am currently but not regurlarly working on a new work for string-quartet and for two pianos.

Instrumental I Orchestra

Wache

for Orchestra

ca. 8′

Mond und Licht

Mixed choir, String Orchestra and Percussion (1 Player)

ca 15’, Unpublished  to be revised

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PUER NATUS EST

(Christmas Oratorio)

(2016/2017)

for Soloists (SATB), Chorus and Large Orchestra

ca. 110′, Libretto by Winfried Böhm

Commissioned by Bischöflicher Stuhl Würzburg and Dr. Friedhelm Hofman

for MonteverdiChor Würzburg conducted by Matthias Beckert

premiered on December 9th 2017 in Neubaukirche Würzburg

Resounds

Mixed Choir and Period Instrument Orchestra

7-8’, English text by Nicolas Brady (Fragments from “Ode to St. Cecilia”)

Unpublished

The Quiet

Chamber Orchestra and Chorus

11′

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem K626

Completed and edited by Michael Ostrzyga

Commissioned by The Harvard University for the Harvard Summer Chorus and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project

 

vocal I satb

Alles Still in süßer Ruh

ca 3‘

German Text by Hoffman von Fallersleben

An Hour is a Sea

SATB (2018)

Text by Emily Dickinson

commissioned by Kammerchor an der Universität Bonn 

conducted by Christoph Splittstößer

ca 3,5′

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And a Star over all

(Two John Masefield Songs)

   A Tall Ship (Sea Fever) 

Twilight

SSAATTBB

ca 12′

(2019)

Text by John Masefield

commissioned by Ensemble vocal for their 25th anniversary

directed by Cornelius Trantow

Canticum Novum (…ab extremis terrae)

for female overtone-singer and chorus

ca 9′

premiered on Juli 2nd 2016 in Lübeck by

Anna-Maria Hefele and Chamberchoir 

Vocalisti conducted Hans-Joachim Lustig

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Chant

6-7’

original Russian-orthodox text translated to German (similar to Nunc dimittis)

Published by Ferrimontana

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Published by Ferrimontana

C G V [Chorale à grande vitesse]

5′

Commissioned and premiered by Kammerchor des Collegium musicum Berlin

 

Deus in Adjutorium

3-4’, latin Psalm

Commissioned by Bayerischer Landesjugendchor

Published by Helbling

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Dixit Dominus

3-4’, latin Psalm

Commissioned by Bayerischer Landesjugendchor

Published by Helbling

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Drei Mörike Lieder  (Three Mörike Songs)

I In der Früh

II Lied vom Winde

III Um Mitternacht

German text by Eduard Mörike (each of the three songs may be performed separately)

Published by Ferrimontana

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Drift

7-8’, German and English texts

Commissioned by Neuer Chor Berlin conducted by Maike Bühle

Published by Helbling 

Feather

ca. 5’, English text, reflective

Published by Ferrimontana

Fraktal I – Elf Permutationen

for Soloists, Overtone-Singers and Choir,

composed for the University of Cologne Chamber Choir,

premiered on January 21st 2015 as part of the „GegenSätze“ concert

series

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Harmonia

6-7‘, several languages, basically about peace

Commissioned by Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival

Published by Carus

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In The Highest

(2017)

5’’, Text Luke 2:14

Commissioned by S:t Jacobs Vokalensemble conducted by Mikael Wedar

to celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2017

Johannespassion

for Speaker and Chorus

ca 45′, using the german text Bach used in his St. John Passion

Unpublished

I am planning to adapt a version which uses a small soloistic vocal ensemble instead of the speaker

Iuppiter

ca 5’, several languages, inspired by and dealing with (mainly roman) god mythology

Published by Helbling

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Kaladu (Sidrabinja)

ca 4’, Latvian text

Based on a Latvian folksong about a mythic winter solstice night

commissined by „Kamer…“ conducted by Janis Lipiens

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K’vsh-chu [Redwood(s)]

SSAATTBB, Three movements

(2017)

ca 12’, words in TOLOWA, a language of a native Californian tribe, combined with English texts

commissioned by Kölner Kantorei conducted by Georg Hage to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2018

Published by Helbing

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Lauda Jerusalem

4-5’, latin Psalm

Commissioned by Bayerischer Landesjugendchor

Published by Helbling

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Mercurius

5-6’, several languages, inspired by and dealing with (mainly roman) god mythology

Commissioned by Consono conducted by Harald Jers

Published by Helbling

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Our little life is rounded with a sleep 

12’, English text by William Shakespeare (from “The Tempest”)

Published by Ferrimontana

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Pied Beauty

ca 4’, English text by Gerard Manley Hopkins

published by Helbling

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Pulchra es

ca 5′

SSAATTBB

(2019)

commissioned by El León de Oro directed by Marco Antonio García de Paz for performance at

International Competition Florilège

Red Cape Sketches

ca 10’, Text compiled with quotes from comic strips   

Unpublished

to be extensively revised

Rivers and Seas

ca. 4′, Text compiled from Irish Blessings

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Saturn

ca 7’, English text, inspired by and dealing with the planet

Commissioned by via-nova-chor Munich conducted by Florian Helgath

Published by Helbling

Stabat Mater

3-4’, latin text

Commissioned by Wiener Kammerchor

Published by Helbling

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THINE EYES

(2019)

Commissioned by Kölner Kantorei

Text from Song of Songs

ca. 5′

 

To be published by Helbling

 

Virgen de las Nieves

ca 8’, latin (marian) text

Commissioned by Internationales Neue Musikfestival Streams, Abteil Brauweiler

Published by Helbing

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vocal I sa

Ave Generosa

SSA, ca 5′

2017

Text by Hildegard von Bingen

Commissioned by Vocalia Taldea

to be published by Helbling

Endymion

S MS A, ca 4′

2015

Text by William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, V. Act, Sc. 1

for Javier Busto to his Birthday

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Psalm 116

SSA, ca 5′

2016

commissioned by Kölner Dommusik

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Chant

6-7’

original Russian-orthodox text translated to German (similar to Nunc dimittis)

Published by Ferrimontana

Salve Regina

S MS A, ca 5′, 2015

Marian Antiphon

 

vocal I tb

‚Mid rain, and many a summer sun

(Song of the Redwood-Tree)

ca 6 1/2′

TTBB (div.)

Words by Walt Whitman, Song of the Redwood Tree (1900), verses 24 – 30

composed in 2016, dedicated to Andrew Clark

to be published by Helbling

Nine Echoes of Ancient Trees

ca 40’, nine movements

TTTBBB, TT BB and T Bar B / T Bar B

Texts by Williams Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Isaac McLellan, Robert McIntyre, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Thomas Gray, John Keats, Williams Wordsworth, Virginia Garland and Charles E. Ives

Several movements premiered on September 30th 2017 in Musiikkitalo,Helsinki. Full cycle premiered on May 7th in University of Cologne

by YL male voice choir conducted by Pasi Hayökki

Unpublished

listen to movement 7 

listen to movement 9

vocal I chorus with instruments

Excelsis

SATB & Organ; 12-13’,

Commissioned by Collegium Vocale Hannover for Inauguration Concerts of the English Organ in the Nazarethkirche Hannover

Premiered on February 3d by Collegium Vocale Hannover and Christoph Bornheimer, Organ, conducted by Florian Lohmann

I   Excelsis (Organ Solo)

II  Nigra Sum (Song of Songs)

III Song of the Eclipse (Yokuts Prayer)

IV Ave Maris Stella (Medieval Hymn)

V  Air (Organ Solo)

VI Alleluia (Psalm)

Laudate eum omnes stellae luminis

Women’s Chorus with Saxophone Quartet (alternate version with organ)

I Alleluia

II Skies above

III Nacht, Meer

IV As it was in the Beginning

V Glorificamus te

ca 20’, Latin and English texts from Psalm 148

Unpublished

 

wind Resonances

SATB with Percussion (1 player); 10-13’, Text by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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vocal I chorus with orchestra

Mond und Licht

Mixed choir, String Orchestra and Percussion (1 Player)

ca 15’, Unpublished  to be revised

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PUER NATUS EST

(Christmas Oratory)

(2016/2017)

for Soloists (SATB), chorus and large Orchestra, Four Soloists

ca. 110′, Libretto by Winfried Böhm

Commissioned by Bischöflicher Stuhl Würzburg and Dr. Friedhelm Hofman

for MonteverdiChor Würzburg conducted by Matthias Beckert

premiered on December 9th 2017 in Neubaukirche Würzburg

Resounds

Mixed Choir and Period Instrument Orchestra

7-8’, English text by Nicolas Brady (Fragments from “Ode to St. Cecilia”)

Unpublished

Stern

Mixed Choir and Period Instrument Orchestra

Ca 6’, Unpublished

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem KV626 – Completion by Michael Ostrzyga

Commissioned by The Harvard Summer Chorus and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Vocal I Soloisti(s) with or without instruments 

…ad vitam…

for soprano, flute, violin, piano and playback

composed for the ensemble „sforzato“ I co-founded and was keyboardist in, premiered as part of the program

„Enchanté Amadè“ to Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006

And round about were the wistful stars

Two Vocal-Soloists (MS, Bar) and Amplified Piano (also played on strings), 2008,

ca 9’, English text by T. E. Hulme (Fragments from “Autumn”)

commissioned by Kölner Vokalsolisten, premiered by Fabian Hemmelmann, Alexandra Thomas and Yin Chiang

Listen to it

Charon

for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Cello, Piano and Percussion, 2006     

unpremiered, to be revised 

Drøm (om morgenen)

Edvard Grieg / Michael Ostrzyga (based on „Morgenstimmung“, op. 23, E. Grieg)

for soprano, flute, violin and piano, 2007

composed for the ensemble „Sforzato“ I co-founded and was keyboardist in, premiered as part of the

program „Solveigs Lieder“

 

fern

Soprano Solo and piano, 2012

ca 4‘

unpremiered

On Leaving

Three Vocal-Soloists (S,A,T), Violin and Double Bass

2010, ca 7’, without text

 

Schatten, Licht

female overtone-soloist, 2016, ca 5′, without text

written for Anna-Maria Hefele

Sieben letzte (und erste) Worte [version for Soloists and Percussion]

Four Vocal-Soloists (S,A,T,B) and Percussion (Tamtam and Bass Drum, 2 Players), 2009

8-9’, Words from the Passion and the Creation

commissioned and premiered by the Kölner Vokalsolisten

Sieben letzte (und erste) Worte [version for Soloists, Period Instruments Ensemble and Tamtam]

For Vocal-Soloists (S,A,T,B), Period Instruments Ensemble and Tamtam, 2011

8-9’, Words from the Passion and the Creation

commissioned and premiered by the Kölner Vokalsolisten

Solveigs Sang

(E. Grieg, aus Peer Gynt, op. 23)

Arrangement for Soprano, Flute, Violin and Piano, 2007

composed for the ensemble „Sforzato“ I co-founded and was keyboard-player in, premiered as part of the

program „Solveigs Lieder“ in 2007

 

Spuren, Pfade

female overtone-soloist, 2016, ca 5′, without text

written for Anna-Maria Hefele

Upcoming projects

Summer/Autumn 2019 Mode Records, New York will release a CD with works by Friedrich Jaecker, among them „Harry’s Dream“ for 33 glasses, performed by University of Cologne Chamber Choir under my direction.

 

My completion of Mozart’s Requiem will be performed at Rheingau Musik Festival on August 15th 2019 by ChorWerk Ruhr and Concerto Köln conducted by Florian Helgath. Soloists are Gabriela Scherer (Sopran), Anke Vondung (Alt), Tilman Lichdi (Tenor) and Tobias Berndt (Bariton). Studio recordings take place after the performance for a CD release by Coviello Classics.

 

Arrangements of christmas songs „Still, still, still“ and „Kling Glöckchen“ for the MDR children’s choir with members of the MDR Symphony Orchestra to be published on CD in autumn 2019.

 

With a concert and workshops I am invited to the chor.com in Hannover, the major German choral worlds event taking place every two years and combining a concert festival, a trade fair and seminars/workshops for choir directors.

 

MDR-Rundfunkchor will perform my Saturn on November 15th in Peterskirche Leipzig as part of their Nachtgesang concert series. Howard Arman, conductor.

 

I am invited to the 12th World Symposion on Choral Music 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand to composer a new multi-movement a cappella work.

Commissions

New work for chorus a cappella and overtone soloist Anna Maria Hefele commissioned by Kammerchor Stuttgart.

 

All Winter long for male voice choir (TTBB) and Saxophone for the Sonux Ensemble conducted by Hans-Joachim Lustig, to be premiered on 2019.

 

Mariposa, eventually a three-movement-work for chorus a cappella with texts by Homero Aridjis for chamber choir Consonoconducted by Harald Jers, to be premiered in 2019.

 

New work for brass quintet commissioned by Navus Brass for 2020/2021 season.

 

New work for orchestra, commissioned by das junge orchester NRW conducted by Ingo Ernst Reihl, for 2020/2021 season.

 

New work for two choirs celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday commissioned by DialogFelder e.V. for Voci di Fuoco and University Choir at University at Economics Katowice.

 

Primero sueño (“First Dream”) for soloists, chorus and large orchestra. Full-length setting of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz‘ poem combined with fragments of her letters. Commissioned by the Harvard Choruses and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project for 2020/2021 season.