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date: 19 September 2019

Sonntag, Brunhildelocked

  • Detlef Gojowy


(b Kassel, Sept 27, 1936; d December 18, 2002). German composer. During her school years she played the organ and took lessons in harmony, and after training as a teacher she studied music in Frankfurt with Kurt Hessenberg. From 1963 she studied composition in Vienna with Otto Siegl and Gottfried von Einem, whose teaching was very much in the tradition of the Second Viennese School. Sonntag went on to study musicology in Marburg, where she obtained the doctorate with a dissertation on collage techniques in 20th-century music. From 1968 to 1975 she taught at the University of Giessen, then held a senior academic post at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Münster; in 1981 she was appointed professor of applied music theory at the Gesamthochschule in Duisburg. Sonntag’s compositions, written in a subtle, chamber-music style, extend the tradition of the Second Viennese School; they may even be considered as belonging to a kind of ‘Third Viennese School’. Sonntag was co-editor, with Renate Matthei, of the series of studies of women composers ...

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