Winbeck, Heinz, German composer and teacher; b. Pifias, near Landshut, Feb. 11, 1946. He received his training in Munich, where he took courses with Magda Rusy (piano) and Fritz Rieger (conducting) at the Richard Strauss Cons. (1964-67), and with Genzmer and Bialas (composition) and Koetsier (conducting) at the Hochschule für Musik (1967-73). From 1974 to 1978 he was active as a conductor and composer in Ingolstadt and Wunsiedel. After teaching at the Munich Hochschule für Musik (1980-88), he was prof, of composition at the Würzburg Hochschule für Musik (from 1988). In 1985 he received the music prize of the Akademie der Schönen Künste in Berlin. In 1988 he was composer-in-residence at the Cabrillo (Calif.) Music Festival. Win-beck’s compositions are personal reflections in a modern, expansive style.
orch: Sonosoillent for Cello and Strings (1971); Entgegengesang (1973; Stuttgart, June 16, 1974); Lenau-Fantasien for Cello and Chamber Orch. (1979; Munich, Oct. 7, 1980); Denk ich an Haydn, 3 fragments (Remscheid, March 31, 1982); 4 syms.: No. 1, Tu Solus (1983; Donaueschingen, Oct. 19, 1984; rev. version, Munich, April 19, 1985), No. 2 (1986-87; Saarbrücken, May 31, 1987), No. 3, Grodek, for Alto, Speaker, and Orch. (1987-88; Munich, Nov. 25, 1988), and No. 4, De Profundis, for Speaker, Alto, Baritone, Chorus, Orch., Electronics, and Tape (1991-93; Bonn, Sept. 13, 1993). CHAMBER: Musik for Wind Quintet (1971); Espaces for 4 Percussionists, Piano, and Flute (1971-72); Nocturne I for Chamber Ensemble (1972); Poco a poco... for Piano and String Trio (Hitzacker, July 21, 1974); 3 string quartets: No. 1 (1979), No. 2, Tempi notturni (1979; Hitzacker, July 27,1980), and No. 3, Jagdquartett (1983-84; Hamburg, Oct. 12, 1984); Blick in den Strom for String Quintet (1981; N.Y., Jan. 26,1993). VOCAL: In Memoriam Paul Celan for Soprano, Flute, Piano, and Percussion (1970); Sie Tanzt for Baritone and Chamber Ensemble (1971); Nocturne II, Nacht mein Augentrost, for Chorus, 5 Flutes, 2 Guitars, Bandolón, Organ, and 5 Percussionists (1973); Chansons a temps for Women’s Voices and 13 Instruments (1976).
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