- John Morgan
- and Roswitha Sperber
(b Berlin, Feb 19, 1936). German composer and organist. She had her first music lessons from her father, Joseph Ahrens, with whom she continued organ studies at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, where her composition teacher was Boris Blacher. Subsequently she studied with Messiaen and Milhaud at the Paris Conservatoire. She made her début as an organist in 1947 and from then until 1957 played at the Salvatorkirche, Berlin. In 1962 she was appointed to teach at the Folkwang-Hochschule, Essen, becoming professor of organ in 1970. She has made concert tours in Germany, France and the Netherlands and won numerous awards, including the Förderungspreis (the arts prize of North Rhine-Westphalia; 1964). Ahrens, in her relatively small output, shows herself to be more concerned with personal expression than with technical innovation or with an ‘avant garde’ expansion of musical material. A certain affinity with the work of Petr Eben...