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Ahlert, Daniel (*1973)
A video of Variationen über ein Thema von Corelli is now available at the website "la folia - a musical cathedral"!

Music in Edition Corvus:
Das kleine Technikprogramm
Cedenzas for the concertos by Cecere, Barbella, Anonymus, Joffmann und Hummel
Repetitionsetüden for mandolin vol. 1,2
Scales for mandolin vol. 1,2
Variationen über ein Thema von Corelli for mandolin and guitar

D'Alaire, Guillaume (1723-1781)
D'Alaire worked as a violinist and composer in 18th century Paris. Only a few pieces have been passed on until today.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Fantaisie et la Fustemberg für Mandoline

Amadei, Amedeo (1866-1935)
There isn't much information about Amadei. He wrote several pieces for mandolin.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Suite Marinaresca for plucked orchestra

There are currently two "Anonymus" publications in Edition Corvus. Both pieces are from the 18th century. For the Concerto the original was incomplete (it only contains violin 1 and basso). All other parts have been reconstructed for this edition.

-Concertino à Due Mandolini
-Concerto di Mandolino per Hosaña - Mandolin and strings

Arran, John (*1945) John Arran was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England. He was educated at the Royal Manchester College of Music where he studied guitar, composition and piano. His subsequent career has included teaching the guitar at the Royal Manchester College, later the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Lancaster. He is well known as a guitar recitalist, his London debut being at The Wigmore Hall with Violinist John Bradbury. He has performed in many differing musical genre including concertos, chamber music and solo performances encompassing music styles from the renaissance to the present day.
Other works include concertos for both guitar and orchestra and flute and chamber orchestra; two musicals for young person's theatre; solo guitar pieces and the song cycles On Wenlock Edge for baritone and piano; Orkney Lyrics for soprano, guitar and viola and Mast of Hankies for soprano and piano. Most recently he has completed a cycle of three love songs setting the poetry of A.E. Housman.

Music in Edition Corvus:
South from Granada for mandolin and guitar

Axelrod, Lawrence (*1960)
Lawrence Axelrod is a composer, pianist and conductor, whose musical activities have taken him around the United States and Europe. As a composer, Mr. Axelrod has had works done by Pinotage, The Lincoln Trio, The Duo Ahlert/Schwab, the Ensemble JungeMusik Berlin and The Verdi String Quartet in recent seasons. In the dual capacities of pianist and composer, he presented an all-Mazurka program at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) as a guest performer in November 2007 and also as part of the Fazioli Salon Series on WFMT in April 2007, playing both classic and newly-written compositions in that form. He also opened the Swedish Electroacoustic Music Society's conference with a recital in Stockholm in May 2007, repeating the program in Lahr, Germany a few days later. The Verdi String Quartet have been strong supporters of Mr. Axelrod's music, premiering his Diary Pieces, Anges et Déesses (with Ingeborg Danz, mezzo-soprano), and String Quartet No. 1, the last for the opening concert of the Vielsaitig Festival in Füssen, Germany in August, 2004. His music was also presented on a portrait concert featuring four works which were part of this festival. His compositions have been performed on composers' festival concerts around the United States. He was invited to perform a piano recital as part of the Eighth International Festival of Electroacoustic Music held in Havana, Cuba in March 2000, and returned there in March 2004 to give a second recital. His work for orchestra and tape, Cassandra Speaks, was premiered by the San Jose Symphony (CA) in June of 1999 with music director Leonid Grin conducting. This work was previously recorded by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Szymon Kawalla conducting. Still Life with Sea and Whales, a work for soprano, flute and two guitars has been released on the CRS label. A CD of solo and small chamber works was released in the Fall of 2003. Mr. Axelrod has received grants from Chorus America, Meet the Composer and Arts International for the performances of his works.
Mr. Axelrod was also a founder and past chairperson of the Chicago Composers' Consortium, as well as a member of CUBE. He has attended numerous composition residencies around the United States and in Europe. He has taught a highly successful opera appreciation class at Ghost Ranch Santa Fe each summer for nearly ten years. His teaching experience also includes classes for young people. Lawrence Axelrod received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and a Master of Music Degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University.


Music in Edition Corvus:
Mercurials for mandolin and guitar

Bruneau, Henri (1885-1943)
Only little is still known about Bruneaus life. He studied composition at Conservatoire de Paris, and it was there where in 1904 he met Maurice Ravel, with whom he shared a lifelong friendship.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Quatuor pour 4 mandolines

Calace, Raffaele (1863-1934)
Today, Calace is in many ways regarded as one of the most important personalities for the mandolin. Not only did he continue a family tradition by building instruments, which even today are still valued to be among the very best. He also built a career as a virtuoso, teacher and composer. Calace left us 188 compositions.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Danse Fantastique Op.68 for liuto and mandolinorchestra
Danza dei Nani Op.43 for mandolin and guitar
Danza Spagnola Op.105 for mandolin and guitar
Fantasia Poetica Op.56 for mandolin and guitar
Pavana Op.54 for mandolin and guitar
Racconto strano Op.93 for mandolin and guitar
Révérence Op.19 for mandolin and guitar
Rondo Op.127 for mandolin and guitar
Serenata Romantica Op.94 for two mandolins, mandola and guitar

Degen, Søffren (1816-1885)
Søffren Degen was born on 12th October 1816 in Kopenhagen, Denmark. Degen's stepfather Andreas Hallager, who was himself a professional composer, conductor and oboe player, loved the guitar. So, Søffren Degen would have loved to study guitar, but at the conservatory guitar wasn't considered a serious instrument. Instead, Degen studied cello and composition. Degen's most influential model as a composer was his teacher, J. P. E. Hartmann, also from Denmark. Degen traveled all over Europe as a guitar virtuoso and he made contact with guitarists from other countries, like e.g. Napoleon Coste, with whom he shared his love for the 7-string guitar. All of Degens known compositions and transcriptions have been written for this type of guitar. For the guitar's repertoire his transcriptions for cello and guitar made from music by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Dotzauer, Flatov and Bochmühl are the most important part of his work.
Degen died in Kopenhagen in 1885.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Trois Pièces op.15 for mandolin and guitar

Delacroix, Eugène (1899-1973)
Delacroix studied composition in Paris and left us solo- and chamber music for different instruments as well as 3 sinfonies. Amongst his music for mandolin there are six caprices, a sonata for mandolin and guitar and his concerto La Fin du Monde.

Music in Edition Corvus:
6 Capricen for mandolin
Petites Études Zoologiques for mandolin

Duarte, John W. (1919-2004)
John Duarte was born in Sheffield, England. His only formal musical education were six guitar lessons with Terence Usher, and his earliest experience with music was playing jazz on the trumpet, double bass and guitar. Duarte became a chemist, and he only gave up this profession to fully commit himself to music in 1969. His many friendships with leading guitarists of the time - like Segovia, John Williams and Presti/Lagoya - resulted in a series of original compositions. All in all he wrote almost 150 original pieces and did transciptions and editions of music for lute and vihuela. Many of his pieces are published, and there are more than 60 commercial recordings done by soloists and ensembles in over 24 countries.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Partita III "Dieci cori" op.135 for mandolin and guitar

Elgar, Edward (1857-1934)
Sir Edward William Elgar was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924.
Although Elgar is often regarded as a typically English composer, most of his musical influences were not from England but from continental Europe. He felt himself to be an outsider, not only musically, but socially. In musical circles dominated by academics, he was a self-taught composer; in Protestant Britain, his Roman Catholicism was regarded with suspicion in some quarters; and in the class-conscious society of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, he was acutely sensitive about his humble origins even after he achieved recognition. He nevertheless married the daughter of a senior British army officer. She inspired him both musically and socially, but he struggled to achieve success until his forties, when after a series of moderately successful works his Enigma Variations (1899) became immediately popular in Britain and overseas. He followed the Variations with a choral work, The Dream of Gerontius (1900), based on a Roman Catholic text that caused some disquiet in the Anglican establishment in Britain, but it became, and has remained, a core repertory work in Britain and elsewhere. His later full-length religious choral works were well received but have not entered the regular repertory. The first of his Pomp and Circumstance Marches (1901) is well known in the English-speaking world.
In his fifties, Elgar composed a symphony and a violin concerto that were immensely successful. His second symphony and his cello concerto did not gain immediate public popularity and took many years to achieve a regular place in the concert repertory of British orchestras. Elgar's music came, in his later years, to be seen as appealing chiefly to British audiences. His stock remained low for a generation after his death. It began to revive significantly in the 1960s, helped by new recordings of his works. Some of his works have, in recent years, been taken up again internationally, but the music remains more played in Britain than elsewhere. Elgar has been described as the first composer to take the gramophone seriously. Between 1914 and 1925, he conducted a series of acoustic recordings of his works. The introduction of the microphone in 1925 made far more accurate sound reproduction possible, and Elgar made new recordings of most of his major orchestral works and excerpts from The Dream of Gerontius.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Serenade for mandolin and guitar

Farquhar, David (1928-2007)
Farquhar was born in Cambridge, New Zealand in 1928 but spent most of his early years in Fiji. He was educated in New Zealand, and was a pupil at St Peter's School in Cambridge and Wanganui Collegiate. He was an accomplished sportsman and academic at both schools, captaining the cricket team in summer and hockey team in winter. He also broke many of their short and middle distance running records. He began his university studies in Christchurch before completing his degree at Victoria University of Wellington where he studied with Douglas Lilburn. He went to the United Kingdom where he completed a Master of Arts at the University of Cambridge, and also studied composition with Benjamin Frankel at the Guildhall School of Music in London. On his return to New Zealand he joined the staff of the Department of Music at Victoria University, and was made Professor of Music in 1976, retiring in 1993. He was the Founder-President of the Composers Association of New Zealand in 1974 and was awarded their Citation for Services to New Zealand Music in 1984.
In the 2004 New Year Honours he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music.[1] He wrote numerous orchestral, choral, stage and instrumental works, songs and music for children, and has been recognized since the 1950s as being at the forefront of New Zealand composition. Farquhar died in Wellington, New Zealand on 8 May 2007.

Music in Edition Corvus:
three for two for mandolin and guitar

Febonio, Tom (*1950)
Tom Febonio was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1950 and began his musical career at the age of 16 playing the electric bass in a rock and roll band. This kept him occupied for about a decade, during which time he took up songwriting and recording, traditional music and jazz. As an adult he studied piano with Edith Mehaffey, and the viola, theory and conducting with Joseph A. Leary.
Tom's compositions include solo and chamber works for piano, guitar, strings and winds. His Water Ballads were written in the winter of 2009 and are dedicated to Daniel Ahlert and Birgit Schwab.

Music in Edition Corvus:
six pieces from the street ffor mandolin
Water Ballads Op. 47 for mandolin and guitar

Ferraro, Giacomo (1871-1911)
Italian composer and mandolin player. He wrote several pieces for mandolin.
Review(pdf) from the Schweizer Zupfmusikverband newsletter.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Fantasia 1 & 2 for mandolin

Giordano, Andrea (*1976)
Andrea Giordano was born in Dortmund. She finished her studies as a composer in Düsseldorf, where she is living as a freelance composer. Giordano is playing violin and mandolin since the age of ten.
Interview by Daniel Ahlert with Andrea Giordano.

Music in Edition Corvus:
5 Episoden for mandolin
Katzenmusik for mandolin
3 Etudes for mandolin
Tremolo Etudes for mandolin
4 Episoden for 3 mandolin
Zodiac Signs for 4 mandolin, Vol. 1

Harrington, Jeffrey (*1955)
Jeffrey Harrington was born in 1955 in Forest, Mississippi. His mother and father were amateur musicians who played the popular music of the 40's and 50's for fun. In high school he taught himself blues and boogie-woogie piano and built a synthesizer from parts. He began composing when he was 17 and won a composition contest for a serial composition using an isorhythm derived from a Billy Cobham song bass line.
Harrington continued his composition studies at LSU and at the Juilliard School where he studied in the Master's program with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions. He has also studied with Morton Subotnick, Jacob Druckman (master class), Joan LaBarbara, James Drew, Barbara Jazwinski and Deborah Drattell.
In 1981 he began a series of compositions using the harmonic idiom of the 18th century with rhythms from jazz and African-American music. In 1987 he returned to a more chromatic style of composition while retaining his interest in melody and counterpoint and the dramatic/developmental processes of the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. In 1990 he retracted all but a few of his compositions written to date (approximately 100).
In 1991 he programmed an expert system in C (inspired by a book by Taniiev - Convertible Counterpoint) which assists him in his discovery of the contrapuntal possibilities inherent in his melodies. The system takes up to 6 tracks of music and determines (using a pre-selected harmonic rulebase) the points at which the melodies mesh to produce effective counterpoint. The system produces music files ready to audition in realtime, so he can simultaneously be developing a transition while he produces the next section of counterpoint.
Harrington currently supports himself as a Java programmer for ACTV, an interactive television company with a distance learning division. He's also worked at Children's Television Workshop where he wrote a suite of educational, yet silly, Sesame Street Java games and Castanet channels. He has also been a counselor/computer programmer for Choice in Dying: The National Council for the Right to Die and he set up the WWW pages for the American Music Center. He's also worked in the offshore oil fields of Louisiana as a galley hand, in music libraries at Tulane and Loyola University, and at several record stores including the world's first record store, Liberty Music (Madison Ave. behind Saks), where he met Frank Sinatra and learned how to sneak into Carnegie Hall. (Practice, practice, practice). Harrington's music has been performed around the world (from Siberia to St. Louis).
Interview on Future Radio

Music in Edition Corvus:
Erg for mandolin and guitar

Hoover, Jeffrey (*1959)
Jeffrey Hoover's work - music ranging from soloist to symphony orchestra - has received recognition through the prestigious Trieste prize, awards from Mu Phi Epsilon, the Lancaster Fine Arts Festival, grants, publications fellowships and over 20 commissions. He is a member of the ACME roster of Mu Phi Epsilon, recognised for distinguished achievement as a composer.
One aspect of his work is the combination of his music with his own paintings, creating unique interdisciplinary works. His paintings, in professional exhibitions, can be appreciated for their own value, or in concert, where the audience has an opportunity to hear his music and see his art at the same time.
Hoover's experience as a conductor and performer has included orchestra, jazz ensemble, concert band, and choir, performing and conducting his own music as well as the music of other composers. As producer of New Music Today concerts, he has been active in bringing together the audience, performer and composer.
Jeffrey Hoover was born on September 11, 1959, in Anderson, Indiana. He holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts (Composition and Interdisciplinary Fine Arts) from Texas Tech University, as well as a M.M. and Bch.Sc. from Ball State University. Dr. Hoover is the Associate Dean of Arts and Communication at Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Illinois.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Inner Rhythm für Mandoline

Kaiser, Tyler (*1962)
Musician Tyler Kaiser is a Duluth, Minnesota native who is active in this region as a composer, performer and educator. As your friendly neighborhood composer he has earned national recognition with numerous awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and numerous grants, fellowships and commissions. Notable among these are a National Endowment for the Arts grant for the Continental Harmony project, two McKnight/ARAC fellowships and commissions from the American Composers Forum, the American Recorder Society, Arts Midwest/Meet the Composer, Matinee Musicale, the College of St. Scholastica, and the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. He is also one of the composers in residence with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra. His compositions cover the gamut in form and style including comic operas, symphonies and works for instruments as diverse as your commission may require (bagpipes, accordion and banjo may cost extra). Besides performances in this area, Kaiser's works have premiered in England, Denmark and Germany. Some of his compositions are published by Wolfhead Music in the U.S. and Edition Corvus in Germany.
As a performer he is involved with many of this regions best musical talent. As a guitarist he has been concerto soloist with the LSCO and the ISO. His guitar arrangement of his own "Cotton Cantata" was used as the soundtrack for a documentary of the NEA/ACF funded Continental Harmony project. He also performs on occasion with Colder by the Lake Comedy Troupe, the Arrowhead Chorale, the North Shore Big Band and the Minnesota Lute Quartet. As a horn player he performs with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, and the Center for Early Music Orchestra. He is also a former member of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. He has studied guitar with Daniel K. Sturm, Peter Segal, Toyohiko Satoh and Hopkinson Smith. He has studied horn with Miles "Mighty" Johnson. He has studied composition with Daniel K. Sturm. He has a B.A. in guitar performance & composition from the College of St. Scholastica (from which he graduated summa cum laude). He lives up the shore with his lovely wife Beth and several cats.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Den lille Havfrue for mandolin and guitar
The Fates for mandolin and guitar

Longi, Giuseppe (um 1700)
Italian composer and organist at Santa Maria del Fiore in Bari (Italy)

Music in Edition Corvus:
"Arie e Danze" for mandolin and bass

Mbali, Jean-Luc (*1963)
Mbali was born in Africa and moved to France with his family when he was only 9. He studied guitar and composition in Marseille. Today he is mainly working as a composer. Amongst his works are several pieces for guitar and chamber music in different combinations. His Bogus Opera has been performed more than 20 times in the US and Europe.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Suite Girafe for mandolin

Mertz, Johann Kaspar (1806-1856)
János Gáspár Mertz (Casparus Josephus Mertz) was born in Pozsony, Kingdom of Hungary, now Bratislava (Slovakia). He was active in Vienna (c.1840~1856), which had been home to various prominent figures of the guitar, including Anton Diabelli, Mauro Giuliani, Wenceslaus Matiegka and Simon Franz Molitor. A virtuoso, he established a solid reputation as a performer. He toured Moravia, Poland, and Russia, and gave performances in Berlin and Dresden. In 1846 Mertz nearly died of an overdose of strychnine that had been prescribed to him as a treatment for neuralgia. Over the following year he was nursed back to health in the presence his wife, a concert pianist, Josephine Plantin whom he married in 1842. Some speculation may lead one to the conclusion that listening to his wife performing the Romantic piano pieces of the day during his period of recovery may have had an influence on the sound and unusual right hand technique he adopted for the Bardenklange (Bardic Sounds) Op.13.
Mertz's guitar music, unlike that of most of his contemporaries, followed the pianistic models of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann, rather than the classical models of Mozart and Haydn (as did Sor and Aguado), or the bel canto style of Rossini (as did Giuliani). Though the date of his birth indicates that that was the logical influence, since Sor was born in 1778, Aguado in 1784 and Giuliani in 1781 while Mertz in 1806, a difference of about 25 years.
The Bardenklänge (1847) are probably Mertz's most important contribution to the guitar repertoire - a series of deceptively easy character pieces in the mould of Schumann.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Guitar Method

Meyer-Metzenthin, Jürgen (*1955)
Jürgen Meyer-Metzenthin (*1955) studied guitar with Laurie Randolph at HdK Berlin. Additionally, he took lessons in composition with Carlo Domeniconi and Franz Olbrisch, as well as jazz-lessons with pianist Walter Norris. Having finished his studies he played recitals as soloist with classical music and founded jazzgroups; at the same time he work as studio- and orchestral player in various musical styles. A scholarship from the Paul-Woitschach-Stiftung allowed him to study with the composer and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer in Cologne from 1993-95. After that, composing of serious music became his main occupation. Encouraged by the audiences' interest in his works, he mainly writes his music for musicians who inspire him. This is how Sphinx was written for Duo Ahlert & Schwab in 2002.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Tanz der Chimäre for mandolin
12 Concertpieces for guitar students
Sphinx for mandolin and guitar

Mills, Barry (*1949)
Barry Mills was born in Plymouth in 1949. His first encounter, in his adolescence, with the music of Claude Debussy made a profound impression on him, especially the orchestral pieces. He was astonished at the exploitation of musical colour and texture and how this was able to evoke visual images. This led him to start composing pieces himself, albeit without any formal instruction in composition.
He first studied biochemistry at Sussex University, and returned there five years later for a Masters degree in music (studying analysis with David Osmond-Smith and David Roberts and composition with Colin Matthews and Anne Boyd).
Barry Mills lives in Brighton and works as a delivery postman in the mornings and composes in the afternoons. Consequently, much of his music draws on "outdoor" experiences, attempting to capture the atmosphere, sounds and movements of nature, and exploring a wide range of musical colours to achieve this. Mills' compositions include music for orchestra, choir, a grea t variety of chamber music ensembles and solo-instruments, and there are numerous performances and recordings of his works.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Shoreline for mandolin orchestra
Duo for mandolin and guitar

Miyaki, Asako (*1969)
Asako Miyaki graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan Senior High School of Music and Fine Arts (piano major) and from Toho Gakuen College of Music (majored in piano performance and composition of contemporary music). She also studied composition of computer music at Toho-Gakuen and IRCAM Summer Academy, and participated in the Darmstadt summer contemporary music seminar, Japanese-French Contemporary Music Seminar and Festival and Akiyoshidai Festival, where her music was presented, too. Asako Miyaki received the 8th Japan Society of Contemporary Music New Composer Award. She was also chosen for the 5th Akiyoshidai International Competition of Composition, Art Festival of New Age 99 in Tokyo and il giardino della musica 99 in Milano, and she got a nomination for the 10th Annual International Computer Music Association (ICMA) Commission Award.
Asako Miyaki is living in Yokohama. Her list of works comprises compositions for various combinations, instrumental as well as such including voice and electronic devices. She is a member of the network Pleroma, a group of artists from different areas of music, visual arts, film and dance, who collaborate on projects, and she also works with Genzaikei no Ongaku, a group specialized in contemporary music. Asako Miyaki's music gets performed in many countries, and it has been broadcast by NHK, the most important national broadcasting channel in Japan. Currently, the composer investigates in her music the relationship between electronic sound and voice.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Pas de deux (2001) for mandolin and guitar

Rizzi, Francesco (um 1720)
Only little is known about the life of this Italian lutenist and mandolinist. We do only have his Libro di sonate per il mandolino, a collection of compositions in tabulature for mandolin with six pairs of strings.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Libro di sonate per il mandolino Vol. 1-5 (baroque mandolin)

Rupert, Chris (*1965)
Composer and guitarist Chris Rupert has written music for many instruments, but his main focus is classical guitar. He received an Associateship of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto in classical guitar performance at age 25, when he was awarded a gold medal for achieving the highest mark in Canada.
Chris's compositional credits include the soundtrack for the documentary H.M.S. Detroit - The Battle Continues, as well as an album of classical and steel string guitar music entitled Not That Far Away. His Prelude for Guitar and Flute has been published by Columbia Music, and his Postlude (from Suite #1 for Guitar) was listed as a competition piece for the Canadian Contemporary Music Festival. In November 2000, his latest CD, Voice to the Soul, was released. His Nowhere left to go for guitar and mandolin received its world premiere by the Ahlert and Schwab guitar and mandolin duo in Germany in December 2001 to an enthusiastic audience. Chris's music has also been heard on CBC Radio. Chris continues to compose new music for solo guitar, as well as duets with instruments such as 'cello, harpsichord, flute, and synthesizer. He has also written music for charango and marimba.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Nowhere left to go for mandolin and guitar

Schmidt-Kowalski, Thomas(1949-2013)
Thomas Schmidt-Kowalski was born in Oldenburg. After his school-days he took up studies of composition at the Musikhochschule in Berlin, where his teacher acquainted him with avantgarde music. It did not last long until he recognized that this was not his kind of music. Having changed to the Musikhochschule Hannover he could not find stimulation for composing either so that he finished his studies with pedagogic exams and decided to become an independent composer. His musical ideas are exclusively tonal and shall develop a spirit of musical romantic in our time. Thomas Schmidt-Kowalski rejects the idea of opposing all the problems of the world of today to music which figures them in a negative way, because he is convinced that today's art must, especially considering these problems, be constructing and evoking positive powers to the world.

Music in Edition Corvus:
"Romeo und Julia" Op.82 for mandolin and guitar
Variationen über ein eigenes Thema Op.92 for mandolin and guitar

Schulz, Leonard (1814-1860)
Leonard Schulz was presumably born in Vienna in 1814. His father Leonhard was a guitarist, too, and he taught his son himself. In his time, Leonard was considered a wunderkind. In 1823, at the age of just 8 and using a terzguitar, he already performed, e.g. in Vienna, together with his brother Edouard, who was two years older and played the piano and later on also the Physharmonica, and their father on guitar, too. The programme of this performance in Vienna mentions, amongst other pieces, a guitar-concerto by Giuliani and the Potpourri by Hummel. In the following years until 1828 the family travelled to different cities in Europe, like Nürnberg, Straßburg, Wien, München, Paris and on several occasions also London. They got called to the royal court again and again to play for the king. From 1828 on Leonard Schulz most likely lived in London and between 1828 and 1833 he changed over to the guitar in E. There seem to have been no more concerts during this time, and it got quiet around the former wunderkind. For 1833 to 1841 there are a few reports on public performances. And when in 1850 Russian guitar aficionado Nicolaj Petrovic Makaroff visited him in 1850, Leonard Schulz was heavily indebted, but, according to Makaroff's description, his guitar playing was just amazing ("His playing includes everything one could wish for - an unusual quickness, clarity, power, taste, a gentle touch, brilliance and also completely new and surprising effects.") Schulz died in London on 27th April 1860.

Music in Edition Corvus:
The Indispensable - (9 studies and 3 exercises) for guitar

Shekov, Ivan (*1942)
Born in 1942 in Sofia, Bulgaria, he studied at the Conservatory there. His first compositions, mainly for piano, were written when he was still a pupil. An international career as concert pianist and the gold medal at the Busoni-piano-competition in Italy followed. In 1979 he wrote songs for children's choir and chamber orchestra commissioned by the Bulgarian television. Since 1980 the composer is living in Germany. Shekov writes not only orchestral and vocal music, but also for all instruments and especially for young musicians. Works by Ivan Shekov have won prizes at competitions in Berlin (1992) and Lugano (1994).

Music in Edition Corvus:
Suite Mediteran op.77 for mandolin and guitar

Treber, Johann (1782-1832)
There isn't much to be found on Treber today. He worked as a composer and guitarist in Vienna and only a few pieces have been passed down until today.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Sonata in D a mandolino and Variations on a theme by Pichl for mandolin

Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750 )
Sylvius Leopold Weiss was a German composer and lutenist. Born in Grottkau near Breslau, the son of Johann Jacob Weiss, also a lutenist, he served at courts in Breslau, Rome, and Dresden, where he died. Until recently, he was thought to have been born in 1686, but recent evidence suggests that he was in fact born the following year.
Weiss was one of the most important and most prolific composers of lute music in history and one of the best-known and most technically accomplished lutenists of his day. He wrote around 600 pieces for lute, most of them grouped into 'sonatas' (not to be confused with the later classical sonata, based on sonata form) or suites, which consist mostly of baroque dance pieces. Weiss also wrote chamber pieces and concertos, but only the solo parts have survived for most of them.
In later life, Weiss became a friend of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and met J.S. Bach through him. Bach and Weiss were said to have competed in improvisation, as the following account by Johann Friedrich Reichardt describes:
"Anyone who knows how difficult it is to play harmonic modulations and good counterpoint on the lute will be surprised and full of disbelief to hear from eyewitnesses that Weiss, the great lutenist, challenged J. S. Bach, the great harpsichordist and organist, at playing fantasies and fugues."
Sylvius Weiss' son Johann Adolph Faustinus Weiss succeeded him as a Saxon court lutenist.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Sonatas 14 and 20 for lute and mandolin (reconstructed mandolin part)

Zenamon, Jaime M. (*1953)
Jaime Mirtenbaum Zenamon is a classical guitarist and composer. He was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and studied guitar and composition in Israel, Spain and Portugal as well as in South America. He taught at the Berlin Academy of Music from 1980 to 1992. He now lives in Curitiba, Brazil.
In addition to advanced concert repertoire, he has written a number of pieces for beginning and intermediate guitar students, some of which have been included in collections of student repertoire.
Jaime Mirtenbaum Zenamon was born in Bolivia, the son of European parents. He studied guitar and composition in Israel, Spain, Portugal and in various South American countries, where he was among other things student of Abel Carlevaro.
Extended concert tours took him to South America, Europe, the Near East and to the United States. He also composed a number of works for guitar and for other instruments and combinations, chamber ensembles and for orchestra. Evidence of his double existence is mirrored in his compositions. In particular, his works bear the trace of his experience with the unconventional rhythms and harmonies in contemporary guitar music. His works are influenced as well by the tradition of South American folk music. This unusual combination lends his work a special and unmistakable effect.
He was a teacher at the Berlin Academy of Music (HdK) from 1980 to 1992. Since then he has been a free-lance composer and concert guitarist in his own recording, composition and concert studio in Curitiba, Brazil.

The Schweizer Zupfmusikverband have published reviews of pieces by Ferraro and Zenamon in their periodical.

Music in Edition Corvus:
Concierto mistico Op.101 for mandolin orchestra