Newsletter 11 (June - July 2010)
Invitation: Nelson Mandela Day
Mandela Day on July 18 is an annual international day adopted by the United Nations. It is more than a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy; it is a global movement to take his life’s work into a new century and change our world for the better. Mandela Day asks us all to embrace Madiba's values and honour his legacy through an act of kindness. Who knows, it might leave you inspired enough to make every day a Mandela Day!
Whether as an individual, community, business, non-governmental organisation (NGO) or a government department, all you have to do on July 18 is donate 67 minutes of your day to doing something good in any way you can. Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life to the struggle for social justice.
"It is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity. It is in your hands."
– Nelson Mandela
For more information about Nelson Mandela and International Nelson Mandela Day visit http://www.Brikcius.com , http://www.NelsonMandela.org and http://www.MandelaDay.com .
NELSON MANDELA DAY18th July 2010
Competition: Win 1 x One Year Subscription of "LISTY"
Win 1 x One Year Subscription of "LISTY" magazine for culture and dialog by answering following question:
What is the name of new project for cello solo prepared by Czech Cellist František Brikcius?Contest is over, lucky winner is: M. V. from Štětí.
Partner of the Month: Photographer Marek Malůšek
Photographer Marek Malůšek is initiator, organizer and co-organizer of many photographic competitions and exhibitions.
Marek Malůšek is official photographer of projects "7 Candles", "In the memory of Karel Kosík I. & II.", "Weinberger Tour", "Duo Brikcius - 2 Cellos Tour", "MAKANNA", "eSACHERe"and "Festival Brikcius".
Meet ... Composer and Teacher Wolfgang Fortner
(*12. 10. 1907 - †5. 9. 1987)
German composer and composition teacher Wolfgang Fortner, was born on 12th October 1907 in Leipzig. Thanks to his parents - singers, he started to learn the piano and the organ very early and began to compose when he was only nine years old. He studied at the Leipzig Conservatory composition (with Hermann Grabner), the organ (with Karl Straube) and at the Leipzig University musicology (with Theodor Kroyer), German studies (with Hermann August Korff) and philosophy with (Hans Driesch). His early compositions were already officially performed during his studies.
He taught at the Heidelberg Church Music Institute, as appointed lecturer, composition and music theory (1931–54), the North-West German Music Academy in Detmold (1954–7) and the Freiburg Musikhochschule (from 1957). In 1935 he founded the Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra to support New Music. In 1946, together with Wolfgang Steinecke, he started Darmstadt summer courses.
Fortner's reputation as one of the leading composition teacher cannot be overlooked, he influenced whole generation of young composers from the 1950s to the 1970s. His students including Arthur Dangel, Diego H. Feinstein, Hans Werner Henze, Milko Kelemen, Arghyris Kounadis, Ton de Kruyf, Bruce MacCrombie, Roland Moser, Diether de la Motte, Nam June Paik, Graciela Paraskevaídis, Mauricio Rosenmann, Dieter Schönbach, Manfred Stahnke, Peter Westergaard, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Heinz Werner Zimmermann.
Fortner was a member of various cultural-political bodies: the Berlin Academy of Arts from 1955, the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts from 1956, president of the German section of the ISCM (1957–71), president of the Dramatists' Union in 1975 and artistic director of Musica Viva in Munich (1964–78). He received various prestigious awards include the Schreker-Prize Berlin (1948), the Brunswick Spohr prize (1953), the North Rhine-Westphalia Grand Art Prize (1955), the Hamburg Bach prize (1960), the Freiburg Reinhold Schneider prize and the Gold Pin of the Dramatists' Union in 1977. On his 70th birthday he was awarded the "Grosses Verdienstkreuz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" and Honorary Doctorate of the Universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg. He died on 5th September 1987 in Heidelberg.
Together with another 11 composers - friends (C. Beck, L. Berio, P. Boulez, B. Britten, H. Dutilleux, W. Fortner, A. Ginastera, C. Halffter, H. W. Henze, H. Holliger, K. Huber a W. Lutoslawski) of Swiss composer and maecenas Paul Sacher (1906 - 1999), he was asked by Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich on the occasion of Sacher's 70th birthday to write composition for cello solo with use of notes creating his name (eS, A, C, H, E, Re). Wolfgang Fortner created the theme and three variations ZUM SPIELEN FÜR DEN 70. GEBURSTAG, THEMA UND VARIATIONEN FÜR VIOLONCELLO SOLO. Compositions were partially presented in Zurich on 2nd May 1976. Whole "eSACHERe" project will be (for the first time in complete performance) performed by Czech Cellist František Brikcius this autumn 2010 in Prague.
For more about Wolfgang Fortner visit http://www.Brikcius.com and http://En.Wikipedia.org/Wiki/Wolfgang_Fortner .
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