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Encyclopedia > Hans Otte

Hans Otte (b. 1926) is a German composer, pianist, radio promoter, and author of many pieces of musical theatre, sound installations, poems, drawings, art videos etc. From 1959 to 1984 he served as music director for Radio Bremen. He still lives and works in Bremen, Germany. His actual worklist contains more than 100 works. 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...

Among his theachers were musicians like Paul Hindemith and Walter Gieseking.

Some of Otte's works, especially his extended suites for solo piano, are characterized by very minimal means but are nevertheless quite subtle and sophisticated in their architecture and expression. Das Buch der Klänge (The Book of Sounds, 1979-82) and Stundenbuch (Book of Hours, 1991-98) are his best known works in this vein, and Otte often performed them himself (Last public recital Amsterdam 1999). His own recordings are available on CD. Minimalist music is a genre of post-1960s classical music and experimental music which displays some or all of the following features: emphasis on consonant harmony, if not functional tonality; reiteration of musical phrases, with subtle, gradual, and/or infrequent variation over long periods of time, possibly limited to simple...

In his works, Otte draws significantly on European and Asian and spirituality, integrating various prayers into the fabric of the music although categorizing him as New Age Composer means to completely have misunderstood him.

In 1991 the "Hans-Otte-Klanghaus" became a permanent sound installation in the »Neues Museum Weserburg« Bremen.

You'll find a lot of more (precise) information at www.herbert-henck.de an www.bremen.de/info/dacapo. A more complete English biography for wikipedia is in preparation and soon to be seen here. (Aug 2005)

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Hans Otte, besides being a renowned pianist and composer, was the director of music department at Radio Bremen from 1959 to 1984.
Hans Otte is best known for his piano music (mostly The Book of Sounds), but his more experimental works have yet to be disseminated at large.
Hans Otte is german pianist and composer, pretty unknown but invaluable for the translucent aphoristic nature of his works, peculiar to such classic characters of XXth century music as Olivier Messiaen and Philip Glass.
efterkommere - pafg05.htm - Generated by Personal Ancestral File (710 words)
Hans married Laurikke Thomsen, daughter of Thomas Peder Jensen and Marie Kirstine Lauesen, on 7 Dec 1881 in Brørup.
Hans married (1) Mathilde Johanne Marie Jensen, daughter of Jens Petersen and Maren Mathiassen, 14 Okt 1873 in Skodborg kirke.
Hans married (1) Karen Lauritsdatter, daughter of Laurits Hansen and Anna Maria Laursdatter, 18 Okt 1843 in Oksenvad.
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