Erik Freitag
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Instrument: violin

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Compositions

# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category Sheet Music Shop
1 Hymnus - Kantate für Sprecher, Tenor, gemischten Chor, Altflöte, Harfe, Vibraphon und Violine 1970 9m
2 Kleine Suite für Streicher und Klavier 1972 6m
3 Moving Studies - Szenen für Tänzer 1973 18m
4 Epigraphes - Symphonische Skizzen 1974 20m
5 Drei Stücke für Streichquartett 1976 7m
6 Drei Miniaturen für Klavier zu vier Händen 1977 4m
7 Divertimento für Bläserquintett 1977 10m
8 Limericks - (5 songs for mezzo and 6 instruments) 1978 5m
9 Suite für Orchester - aus "Moving Studies" 1978 8m
10 Transformationen - für Violine und Klavier nach der lettischen Weise "Araji, ecetaji" 1978 8m
11 Sonate (Nachtstücke) - für Violine und Viola 1980 12m
12 Zwei Sätze für Streicher 1980 8m
13 Suite für die Jugend 1981 10m
14 Elegie und Tanz - für Oboe und Streichquartett 1981 8m
15 Ouverture danoise 1982 7m
16 El retablo de la catedral de Tarragona 1982 5m
17 Quasi una marcia 1983 8m
18 Linee per violino solo 1985 4m
19 Drei Stücke für Klavier 1985 12m
20 Strindberg - Licht und Schatten - (ljus och skugga) 1985 9m
21 Hommage à un grand artiste 1986 7m
22 Triade 1987 10m
23 Passages in the wind - (Bariton and 7 instruments) 1987 15m
24 Konzert für Violine und Orchester 1988 21m
25 Quintett1989 1989 22m
26 Seis canciones castellanas (Orchestration) 1989 19m
27 Augenblick eines Fauns - für Altflöte 1990 1m
28 Zwölf Duos für zwei Violinen 1990 12m
29 Reflections in air - für Streichtrio 1990 7m
30 Sonate - für Violoncello und Klavier 1990 15m
31 Helle Nacht - Streichorchester 1990 8m
32 Idun 1992 9m
33 Nocturne 1992 3m
34 El retablo de la catedral de Tarragona 1992 5m
35 Yotziguanazí - Tres leyendas centroamericanas 1994 17m
36 Soul-Sky - for Violin solo 1995 8m
37 Triaphonie I 1995 5m
38 Immagini 1995 18m
39 Circuits Magiques - pour quatuor à cordes 1996 12m
40 Triaphonie II 1997 10m
41 in der todesstunde von alfons alfred schmidt 1998 13m
42 Triaphonie III 1998 7m
43 Quintett für Flöte und Streichquartett 2000 13m
44 El retablo de la catedral de Tarragona 2000 5m
45 6 Lieder für mittlere Stimme und Schlagzeug 2000 12m
46 Triaphonie IV 2001 7m
47 Canciones Espanolas Antiguas (Orchestrierung) 2001 16m
48 Concerto da Camera 2002 15m
49 Marsyas&Apollo 2004 5m - 6m
50 Pablos Galerie 2004 7m - 8m
51 En svensk jullegend (Eine schwedische Weihnachtslegende) 2005 8m
52 Triaphonie V - Omar Khayyam 2006 6m 40s
53 Concertino für Marimba und Streicher 2006 ~ 13m
54 Strindberg - Licht und Schatten (Neufassung) 2008 8m
55 Pablos Galerie - for ensemble 2018

General Information

Year of Birth:  1940
Date of Birth:  1. February 1940
Place of Birth:  Vienna
Nationality: 

Born 1940 in Vienna. Studied at the Music Universities of Vienna and Stockholm. After completion of his education, several years of residence in Sweden. Returned to Vienna in 1970 and worked as a music teacher and director of a music school until 2003. Co-founded the Ensemble Wiener Collage in 1986/87. Performances throughout Europe, the USA and Latin America. Erik Freitag lives and works in Vienna and Sweden.

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

theory, composition (Karl-Birger Blomdahl)

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1964 - 1970

Philharmonic Orchestra: violin player

1964 - 1970

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra: violin player

1970 - 2003

Music School Vienna-Ottakring: director

1987

founded the ensemble together with Eugene Hartzell and René Staar and since then active as musical director, composer, and board member

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

commissions for several works, including

commissions for several works, including

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1971

Nordelbische Tage Hamburg

1975

promotional award

1978

promotional award

1988

promotional award

1996

Kulturzentrum Moulin d'Andé: Composer in Residence

1996

Northwestern University of Michigan/USA: Composer in Residence

2005

Samtida Musik Stockholm: honorary member

Description of Style

Erik Freitag's Nordic experience still has an impact, even after his return to Vienna. Pieces such as "Helle Nacht" for string orchestra is wrapped in the curiously meditative and melancholic longing of the nature of the North, which, however, always appears to be threatened by outside disruptions. Freitag enjoys using pulsating rhythmic compositional elements as a contrast. The tension between his Viennese environment, personal experience and an almost mystical longing for the North reflects an own style, in which the music glides through states that follow a continuous thought of liberation, away from the clutch of traditional major-minor mechanics in over tonalitised relationships.

 

René Staar, 1994

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