Founded in 2008 by
Prof. Susan Owen-Leinert
and Michael Leinert, Memphis TN 

     
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THE SPOHR SOCIETY  in BERLIN, OCTOBER 2017
    
Prof. Susan-Owen-Leinert  (The University of Memphis)
    Michael Leinert  (Freelance Writer & Dramaturg)


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy                                         Louis Spohr

"Mit inniger Hochachtung und Freundschaft"

    http://veranstaltungen.meinestadt.de/berlin/event-detail/34329853/96097551

 A  lecture about the friendship between the two composers
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Louis Spohr, regarding their vocal works
especially  their oratorios  in England and Germany.

Die persoenliche und berufliche Beziehung der Komponisten-Kollegen Louis Spohr und Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.
Mit einem Kapitel ueber das gespaltene Verhaeltnis Richard Wagners zu den beiden Freunden Spohr und Mendelssohn.
Der Vortrag stellt den aufschlussreichen Briefwechsel der Beiden in den Mittelpunkt -
waehrend der  Entstehungszeit ihrer grossen Oratorien.
Mit musikalischen Beispielen.

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00 pm  at the Mendelssohn-Remise
Jaegerstrasse 51,  10117 Berlin, Germany.
An invitation from the MENDELSSOHN  GESELLSCHAFT  BERLIN,
                                                      Chairman Andre Schmitz, Dr. Thomas Lackmann.
                                                  


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"Seid mir gegruesst, ihr theuren Hallen"


http://veranstaltungen.meinestadt.de/berlin/event-detail/34329849/96097333

A lecture about Louis Spohr's forgotten Operas,
his friendship with Giacomo Meyerbeer and his connection to Berlin.
With musical examples.

Saturday, October 21, 2017   4:00 pm Studiensaal
Charlottenstr.55, 10117 Berlin
An invitation of the Hochschule fuer Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin,
Voice and Opera Department, Prof. Claus Unzen.
                                   
                                            

Louis Spohr composed ten operas.
Witches and sorcerers, crusaders and mountain spirits, lovers and schemers,
owl-queens and alchemists are among the characters brought to life.
From days of long ago, on landscapes steeped in legend,
to India, Spain, Flanders, Germany, Italy and Turkey, we are guided on this expedition
of operas by the composer Louis Spohr.
Accompanied by famous singers, orchestras and conductors, numerous musical examples
will be presented. Often his operas deal with controversial subjects, such as for example
in 'Jessonda' the issue of widow-burning in India.
The lecture about Spohr's music theater illuminates at the same time
a forgotten portion of opera history:  the composer, along side Carl Maria von Weber,
can be designated without a doubt, an innovator of the Romantic music drama.

                                                                                        Drawing: Spohr's Opera FAUST in London , 1852

Ein besonderes Kapitel ist Louis Spohrs Beziehung zu Berlin gewidmet.
Der Briefwechsel mit der Generalintendantur der Koeniglichen Schauspiele zu Berlin gibt Aufschluss ueber die Schwierigkeiten,
progressive Operntexte in dieser Zeit durchzusetzen. Das betrifft besonders Spohrs Oper Pietro von Abano, ein Opernlibretto
nach Ludwig Tiecks Novelle. Spohrs Freund Giacomo Meyerbeer stand ihm hier, wie auch bei seiner letzten Oper
Die Kreuzfahrer
, kollegial und helfend zur Seite.

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"Nur nicht lesen - immer singen" (Goethe, An Lina)

    http://veranstaltungen.meinestadt.de/berlin/event-detail/34329824/96097296

A lecture about our exciting Louis Spohr Lieder research and the first complete edition 
     of his Klavierlieder in 12 vols. with the music publisher Dohr, Cologne.


Vortrag ueber die spannende Forschungs- und Editionsarbeit der Herausgeber  fuer die erste, kritische Gesamtausgabe
der Klavierlieder von Louis Spohr in 12 Vols. Mit musikalischen Beispielen.  Ueber einen Zeitraum von mehr als 50 Jahren
hat sich Spohr mit der Kunstform des Liedes auseinandergesetzt. Seine kompositorische Experimentierfreude
ist auch in seinen Liedkompositionen festzustellen. Umso erstaunlicher ist es, dass das 'Kapitel Spohr' im Kunstlied des 19. Jahrhunderts
von der Musikgeschichte und den Liedforschern bisher weitgehend vernachlaessigt worden ist.

     Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 11:00 am  Curt - Sachs - Saal  at the Musikinstrumenten-Museum Berlin
     (The Musical Instrument Museum),  located at the Kulturforum on   
     Tiergartenstrasse; Entrance: Ben-Gurion-Strasse, 10785 Berlin, Germany.

    An invitation from the STATE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC RESEARCH BERLIN  
    Department of Music Theory and Music History.
Staatliches Institut fuer Musikforschung PK.
  
Abteilung: Musiktheorie und Musikgeschichte, Prof. Heinz von Loesch.


                                                                                                                                 
       Photos: Andreas Praefke

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A new Spohr - CD:

 

Forevermore, Spohr!

A new CD by Midwest Chamber Ensemble & Steve Lewis:
Louis Spohr: Nonet in F Major Op. 31
Louis Spohr: Octet in E Major Op. 32 (First movement).

Forevermore, Spohr! will be available at any Midwest Chamber Ensemble concert; details of the 2017- 18
season are available on their website, www.midwestchamberensemble.org.
CDs are available to order from Luyben Music in Kansas City (816-753-7111; shipping available) and CD Baby.
Digital downloads are available on iTunes and CD Baby.

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Charles Baugniet: L'ANALYSE. Berlioz and his friends 1853.



Souvenir of the Musical Union (Ninth Season). From left to right:
Bazzani, H. Blagrov, Goffrie, J. Blumenthal, Henri Vieuxtemps (with his violin), Lazarus, S. Pratten, Jarrett,
Ferdinand Hiller, Barret, Baumann, Peter J. Lindpaintner,
Louis Spohr (with his musical score), Molique, Hector Berlioz, John Ella (standing behind Berlioz).
Lithograph of musicians who took part in the concerts of John Ella's Musical Union during the 1853 season.
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Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated his Canon for 3 voices "Kurz ist der Schmerz" WoO 166
 (words by Friedrich Schiller from his tragedy "Die Jungfrau von Orleans")
to his friend Louis Spohr who was at this time Music Director in Vienna (1813-1815)
at the "Theater an der Wien". The dedication date: March 3, 1815.

Beethoven: Canon Video Clip
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An introduction to Louis Spohr's opera
PIETRO VON ABANO
by the Italian conductor and composer Dario Bisso Sabadin


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L o u i s  S p o h r  in  F l o r i d a

October 20, 2015
Florida Atlantic University  - Boca Raton, FL 33431

Lecture by Prof. Susan Owen-Leinert:

"LOUIS SPOHR - the forgotten Master and his songs"

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November 14, 2014: Lecture in Hamburg about the first Edition of Louis Spohr's Lieder.

'Nur nicht lesen! immer singen!'(Goethe, An Lina)


Veranstaltungsort:  Theater im Zimmer, Alsterchaussee 30, 20149 Hamburg.
Freitag 14. November 2014. Beginn 13:00 Uhr. Eintritt frei. Gaeste willkommen.
Eine Veranstalung der Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Hamburg (HfMT).

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 LOUIS SPOHR IN NEW YORK  

 Friday, September 27th, 2013, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
 Bruno Walter Auditorium
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Amsterdam Ave. and 65th St. entrance


Prof. Susan Owen-Leinert gave
a lecture presentation with musical examples:
A Forgotten Master - the  romantic composer Louis Spohr
http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2013/09/27 louis-spohr

The Complete Edition in 12 vols. is available at the NYPL for the Perming Arts. Call No.: JMG 14-80

https://nypl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/20474852052907_gesamtausgabe_der_ein-_und_zweistimmigen_klavierlieder?search_tag#bib_info


FEEDBACK

Valerie Girard, New York
Works at Private Voice Studio - Opera & Concert Soloist
Was a wonderful and interesting presentation. Thank you!

George Boziwick, Chief, Music Division
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498

It was a pleasure to meet you both and to host such a terrific program.
I too received great feedback from members of the audience.

Hermann Leptz, New York
Current Archivist and Historian of Manhattan School of Music.
Former assistant archivist of the New York Philharmonic.
Editor of Moravian music. Lyric Baritone. Conductor.
"It was truly a pleasure to meet you both and hear that wonderful lecture on Louis Spohr.
You must come back again and go into detail on his life and impact on other composers." 


Recently received in West Palm Beach, Florida, the news of the successful publication
has grown in popularity. Following the lectures that the editors Susan Owen-Leinert & Michael Leinert
 have presented in various German cities, they are excited to be invited
to speak about this important German Romantic composer now in the United States.
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    Louis Spohr in San Francisco

Louis Spohr's >Tristan Chords< and Leitmotivs
February 7, 2009
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n her talk, Professor Susan Owen-Leinert (The University of Memphis, Tennessee)
presents an exciting musical relationship:
the influence of Louis Spohr (1784 - 1859) on the music of Richard Wagner.
Her experience as a successful Wagnerian
soprano is a fundamental element in Owen-Leinert's research for this lecture,
which is accompanied with unique musical
examples.  Professor Owen-Leinert is a passionate teacher of voice at the
University of Memphis and the President of the
Louis Spohr Society of the United States of America.
She is currently editing the first complete edition of the Lieder of Louis Spohr in 12 vols.
for the German publisher Dohr Verlag in Cologne. 
Professor Owen-Leinert will take us into the world of Spohr and help us learn more
about this important friend and champion of Richard Wagner. www.wagnersf.org  

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More about our

Spohr Lecture

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Staedtisches Museum in Braunschweig, Germany.

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The First Complete Edition of  Spohr's  Lieder (12 vols.)
    for one or two voices and piano,
 
edited by
Prof. Susan Owen-Leinert
www.dohr.de/autor/owen-leinert.htm
and Michael Leinert  www.dohr.de/autor/leinert.htm
           
Publisher:  Verlag Christoph Dohr, Cologne.
           
www.dohr.de/autor/spohr.htm

  
   

      The complete edition in 12 vols. with 111 songs is now available    
                                                 
The contents of the complete edition (12 Vols.) as pdf file                                                  
        

Vol. 6: Sechs deutsche Lieder op. 103 (Sopran, Klarinette, Piano).
Partitur mit beiliegender Klarinetten-Stimme. E.D. 29956
Now available: alternative with violin part E.D. 12610

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DIE TONKUNST -
Magazin fuer klassische Musik und Musikwissenschaft
Redaktion: Hochschule fuer Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar
Institut fuer Musikwissenschaft Weimar-Jena


Enthusiastic review by  Ferdinand von Bothmer on page 273-275
about the SPOHR LIED EDITION in 12 vols.
DIE TONKUNST_Review_Spohr_Liededition.pdf

Translated from the German, highlights of this lengthy review are summarized below.

'The inspiring introductions, concise in their content and writing style are impressive and detailed...
including important literary facts that are helpful to the singer.'

'The prefaces contain information of superior worth about each individual song.'
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Among such professional publications currently printed,
this edition is truly a most magnificent example supplying pertinent information
in a scholarly correct, easy to understand and refreshingly lively manner.'

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  Review of the first complete SPOHR LIED EDITION (12 vols.)
in the British music magazine THE SINGER June/July 2011

 

   'An example of the efforts made to rehabilitate
Spohr is a new first scholarly Lied Edition....
   more than 100 songs are included...
the critical commentary on each number is excellent'.

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Review by Sue Anderson,
editor of the British AOTOS Journal SINGING
The Association of Teachers of Singing.  Issue 63 Autumn 2012

 

Mit steigender Leidenschaft, wehmuetig
Romantische Literatur fuer Singstimmen und Klavier

                                                                  Rezension in der Neuen Musikzeitung 5/2012

Louis Spohr (1784 - 1859): Lied Edition. Gesamtausgabe der ein- und zweistimmigen Lieder in 12 Baenden,
Band 1, Deutsche Lieder op. 25 & op. 37,
Edition Dohr 29951 ISMN M-2020-1951-1; Band 11, Einzellieder II;
Edition Dohr 29961,
ISMN M-2020-1961-0, herausgegeben von Susan Owen-Leinert und Michael Leinert, Memphis/Tennessee

Louis Spohrs Klavierlied-Repertoire umfasst derzeit eine Sammlung von 105 Liedern, ohne Beruecksichtigung seines Fruehwerks.
Aus damaliger Sicht stilistisch experimentell, ist es von grossartiger Vielfalt und Ideenreichtum gepraegt. Leider verlor die Internationale
Louis Spohr Gesellschaft e.V. ihren gesamten Nachlass durch Konfiszierung im Jahr 1933. Nun sind dankenswerterweise etliche der in der
frueheren Gesamtausgabe des Louis Spohr-Forschers Clive Brown nicht enthaltenen Lieder wieder aus der Versenkung ausgegraben und
zum ersten Mal in der vorliegenden 12baendigen Ausgabe abgedruckt worden. Spohrs erstes gedrucktes Liederheft mit insgesamt
sechs Liedern op. 25 entstand im Jahr 1809 in Gotha. Sie sind mit einer Widmung an die Saengerin, Schauspielerin und Maetresse von
Carl August von Weimar, 'der Frau von Heigendorf geb. Jagemann in Weimar ergebenst zugeeignet' und, von ihr protegiert, in Hamburg
bei Boehme erschienen. Im 1. Band dieser Edition sind Opus 25 und weitere sechs deutsche Lieder op. 37 vom Entstehungsjahr 1815 enthalten.
Auf das 'Wiegenlied' op. 25,1 mit nachgetragenem sowie op. 37,4, einem Lied mit englischsprachigem Text ist im Anhang hingewiesen.
Gedichte von unterschiedlicher poetischer Qualitaet befluegelten Spohrs Phantasie zu hintergruendig qualitaetvoller Tondichtung. Vom einfachen
Kinderwiegenlied bis hin zur vollendeten Kunstform scheint einfuehlsamer Sprachduktus, Semantik und daraus sich entwickelnde musikalische
Gestik der Fokus allen strukturellen kompositorischen Denkens zu sein. Exakte Tempoangaben sowie auch Vortragsangaben wie zum
Beispiel 'mit steigender Leidenschaft, wehmuetig, ernste Bewegung' haben nicht nur Hinweischarakter. Einigen wenigen Gesaengen sind
Soloinstrumente beigegeben: Klarinette, Horn oder Harfe. Die jedem einzelnen der 12 Baende vorangestellten allgemeinen Hinweise zur
Edition, Vorwort und der kritische Bericht (Deutsch und Englisch) tragen erheblich zum Werkverstaendnis bei, nicht zuletzt die ausfuehrlichen
Liedkommentare. Der Blickwinkel auf Leben und Werk Louis Spohrs erhaelt mit dieser Gesamtausgabe neue Justierung, eine neue Farbe.

                                                                                                                                                                       Johanna Erbacher-Binder

The largest German music magazine, 'neue musik zeitung'
wrote a detailed, positive review in the May, 2012 issue about the first complete Louis Spohr Lied edition.
Johanna Erbacher-Binder describes Spohr's Lied compositions as 'magnificent', 'versatile' and 'rich with ideas'.
Concerning the edition by Susan Owen-Leinert and Michael Leinert she praises the prefaces, 
critical report and the detailed commentary as being 'very insightful'.
Her conclusion: 'With this complete edition, the life and work of Louis Spohr receive a new point of intere
st, a new color.'
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SPOHR - DISCOGRAPHY
A selection - withVideo Clips

Braunschweigische Louis-Spohr-Gesellschaft

Matthias Stanze, Praesident

Spohr-Museum Kassel
Dr. Karl-Traugott Goldbach

Internationale Louis Spohr Gesellschaft Kassel


www.louisspohr.de 
Foerderverein Louis-Spohr-Stiftung e.V.

Dr. Lorenz B. F. Becker

The Spohr Society of Great Britain
Prof. Clive Brown, Keith Warsop, Chris Tutt

More about SPOHR, his life, his works,
Discography, Video Clips etc.

Links 

HNA_Spohr_Germ-Engl..pdf
Article in the Kassel newspaper HNA, October 17, 2011
'Grosstat fuer den Meister - Great Feat for the Master'
Susan Owen-Leinert and Michael Leinert presented the first complete & critical Edition of
Louis Spohr's Lieder at the SPOHR MUSEUM in Kassel, Germany.

Spohr's_Vocalise
Did Louis Spohr composed a \vocalise'
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 Prof. Susan Owen-Leinert,
President
 Michael Leinert
 P O Box 11508
 Memphis, TN 38111  USA

 Email:

 SpohrSocietyUSA@aol.com  
Phone:
001  901 337 1363

                                                                
                                                               
Academic consultant:
Dr. Wolfram Boder  Herkulesstr.31  
 D-34119 Kassel, Germany 
           WolfBoder@t-online.de        
                                                                
                                                               
                           
Our Office in Germany: 
Cornelia Krueger-Crull

Waldingstr.46
 D - 22391 Hamburg
 Email: corneliakrueger@gmx.de
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