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Clytus Gottwald

born on 20 November 1925 in Szczawno-Zdrój, Poland (at the time Bad Salzbrunn, Silesia).

He studied singing and choral conducting. From 1954 to 1958 Gottwald was assistant to the French choral director Marcel Couraud, and from 1958 to 1970 he worked as music director at St. Paul’s Church in Stuttgart. Gottwald studied Protestant theology, sociology and musicology in Tübingen and Frankfurt, where he gained his doctorate in 1961 with a dissertation on the Renaissance composer Johann Ghiselin-Verbonnet. In 1960 he founded the Schola Cantorum Stuttgart, an ensemble of 16-18 professional singers, and working with them, he pursued his aim of re-establishing the link between new music and choral music. The ensemble sang in over 80 premieres and first performances before it was disbanded in 1990, and made guest appearances at all the new music festivals from Moscow to New York, from Edinburgh to Jerusalem. The Schola Cantorum Stuttgart was directed by guest conductors including Pierre Boulez, Mauricio Kagel, Michael Gielen, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Hans Zender.

In 1972 Pierre Boulez appointed Gottwald to the Planning Committee of the newly-founded IRCAM. From 1967 to 1988 he was Editor for New Music at the former SDR (South German Radio) in Stuttgart. He has also been a frequent guest conductor of various European radio choirs (Lugano, Paris, Stockholm, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, etc.).

From 1961 to 2004 Gottwald was a scholarship holder from the DFG (German Research Foundation) specializing in the area of music paleography. Apart from a few early compositions, in later years he has published a series of transcriptions for choir in which he has transferred the techniques of composition in new music to traditional models. Over the last few years, these challenging arrangements have been performed in choral concerts throughout the world.His archive of letters and scores is held at the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel.

Arrangements by Clytus Gottwald from Carus (Selection)

Gottwald/Wolf: Drei Lieder
perusal score 12 pages  | 0.8 MB Carus 09.158/00, collection, 4.80 €
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In the last few years, Clytus Gottwald’s sophisticated arrangements have very successfully established themselves in the choral repertoire all over the world. In his choral transcriptions, Gottwald applies the vocal compositional techniques of contemporary ... read more
Gottwald/Wolf: Drei Lieder

Gottwald/Grieg: Drei Lieder
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Gottwald/Mussorgskij: Zwei Lieder
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Transcription for choir (original scoring: voice, piano). "Musorgsky’s lied Ich wollt, meine Schmerzen ergössen (I fain would outpour all my sorrows) is among the few compositions for which he set a German text by Heinrich Heine. Since the melody and accompaniment move within a range which in early music was designated as “Hohe Chiavett” (clefs in high register), I decided to employ a fivepart women’s choir." (Gottwald)
Gottwald/Mussorgskij: Zwei Lieder

All works by Clytus Gottwald available from Carus

Recordings of Clytus Gottwald from Carus (Selection)

Gottwald/Mahler: Alma und Gustav Mahler. Transkriptionen für Chor a cappella
Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
Carus 83.370/00, CD, 19.90 €

Gottwald/Mahler: Alma and Gustav Mahler. Transcriptions for a cappella choir

Clytus Gottwald: Hymnus an das Leben. Transkriptionen für gemischten Chor a cappella
Georg Grün, KammerChor Saarbrücken
Carus 83.458/00, CD, 19.90 €

Clytus Gottwald: Hymn to life. Transcriptions for a cappella choir

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