German and Austrian Composers

Carl Heinrich Graun | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Carl Heinrich Graun.  Carl Heinrich Graun 1704-1759 Carl Heinrich Graun was a German composer of operas and sacred music, known especially for his Passion oratorio Der Tod Jesu. Graun was a chorister in Dresden, and…  Read More

Franz Biebl | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Franz Biebl. Franz Biebl 1906-2001 Franz Biebl was a German composer, conductor, and recording engineer, best known for his Ave Maria. At the Munich Hochschule, Biebl studied composition with Joseph Haas and Siegmund von Hausegger,…  Read More

Heinrich von Herzogenberg | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Heinrich von Herzogenberg. This episode features Tenor Dan Dressen. Heinrich von Herzogenberg 1843-1900 Heinrich von Herzogenberg was an Austrian composer and conductor best known for his sacred works for choir and organ. The son of…  Read More

Franz Schubert | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Franz Schubert. Franz Schubert 1797-1828 Franz Schubert is best-known as the Austrian composer who bridged the worlds of Classical and Romantic music, and the melody and harmony in his songs and chamber music. Born into…  Read More

Franz Josef Haydn | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Franz Josef Haydn.  Franz Josef Haydn 1732-1809 Franz Josef Haydn, the Austrian composer known as the “father of the symphony,” was one of the most prominent and prolific composers of the Classical period. Haydn revealed…  Read More

Anton Bruckner | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Anton Bruckner.  Anton Bruckner 1824-1896 One of the greatest German composers of the 19th century, Anton Bruckner exerted an enormous influence on the development of music in the modern age. From an early age he…  Read More

Frank Martin | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Frank Martin. This episode features Mezzo-Soprano Clara Osowski. Frank Martin 1890-1974 The German composer, educator, and pianist, Frank Martin, is best known for his religious choral works including his oratorio, In Terra Pax and his…  Read More

Peter Cornelius | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Peter Cornelius. This episode features Mezzo-Soprano Clara Osowski. Peter Cornelius 1824-1874 Peter Cornelius’s versatility as a composer, writer, and translator makes him one of the most distinguished German composers of the 19th-century. Born into a…  Read More

Hugo Distler | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Hugo Distler. Hugo Distler 1908-1942 Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Hugo Distler is known mostly for his sacred choral music. He began his studies at the Leipzig Conservatory in the conducting class, with piano as his…  Read More

Brahms

Johannes Brahms | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Johannes Brahms. Johannes Brahms 1833-1897 German composer and pianist Johannes Bramhs was one of the most significant composers of the 19th century. His musical education began in childhood with lessons in violin with his father,…  Read More

Buxtehude

Dietrich Buxtehude | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

Composer Dietrich Buxtehude is Philip’s subject today, discussing and playing the Danish-German’s music from the piano in Guild Hall and the organ in the Sanctuary of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. Dietrich Buxtehude b. circa 1637, d. 1707 The composer and organist Dietrich Buxtehude was one of the most significant composers before J.S. Bach. He…  Read More

Jean Berger

Jean Berger | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Jean Berger. Jean Berger 1909-2002 The composer, conductor, and musicologist Jean Berger was born in Germany and began taking piano and organ lessons at a young age. He studied at the universities of Vienna and…  Read More

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This episode features a performance by singer Jenny French.  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791 The iconic classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived only thirty-five years, but composed an astounding collection of works that…  Read More

Hensel

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel. This episode features two guest performers: soprano Maria Jette and VocalEssence’s pianist Mary Jo Gothmann. Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel 1805-1847 During her lifetime, German composer Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel was not nearly as well-known as her brother,…  Read More

Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Felix Mendelssohn. Felix Mendelssohn 1809-1847 German composer Felix Mendelssohn was one of the most prominent composers and conductors during his lifetime. His father facilitated a well-rounded education for Felix and his siblings, which included a…  Read More