About Wilfried Hiller
Music is a sensuous art form, perhaps the most sensuous of all, and in its creation must also move listeners and audiences. (Wilfried Hiller)
Wilfried Hiller was born in the Swabian town of Weißenhorn on 15 March 1941. Following his piano studies at the Augsburg Conservatory (Wilhelm Heckmann), he originally found employment as an organist and ballet accompanist before commencing studies in composition (Günther Bialas), opera direction (Heinz Arnold), percussion and timpani (Ludwig Porth, Hanns Hölzl) and music theory (Hermann Pfrogner) at the Musikhochschule in Munich in 1963. From 1967, Hiller was percussionist at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz and Bavarian State Opera. A year later, he founded the concert series "Musik unserer Zeit" which was later known as the “Münchner Musiknächte” (1981). The following years were influenced by Hiller’s cooperation with Carl Orff whom he had met in 1968 and with whom he remained in close contact for the remainder of Orff’s life. In 1971, Hiller was appointed as musical editor at Bavarian Radio; in the same year, the collaboration began with his subsequent wife, the actress Elisabet Woska. Additional artistic impulses were provided through music theatre projects in a creative partnership with Michael Ende from 1978 onwards. Hiller took up a teaching post at the Musikhochschule in Munich in 1991 and was appointed as teacher of composition at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in 1993. Hiller was the president of the Bavarian Music Council between 2005 and 2008. Since 2008, he has been the chairman of the Carl Orff Foundation and the artistic director of the International Organ Week in Nürnberg since 2009.
Wilfried Hiller and Michael Ende enjoyed a long spell of successful collaboration. Beginning with enigmatic fantasy figures such as Filemon Faltenreich or the cheeky Lindwurm, Hiller was able to develop a personal poetical and narrative musical language far removed from the compositional fashions of the avant-garde. Works such as Die zerstreute Brillenschlange (1979), Vier musikalische Fabeln (1980-82), Der Goggolori (1982/83), Das Traumfresserchen (1989/90) and Der Rattenfänger (1992/93) have become contemporary music theatre classics which have also succeeded in revolutionising children’s theatre through the past few decades with their blend of originality, parody, clarity and subtlety.
Following the death of Michael Ende (1995), Hiller initially collaborated with Herbert Asmodi (Die Geschichte vom kleinen blauen Bergsee und dem alten Adler) and since1997 has also worked together with Rudolf Herfurtner (Eduard auf dem Seil, 1998/99; Pinocchio, 2001). The composer has in addition utilised literary texts by Christian Morgenstern (Heidenröslein, 1996), Theodor Storm (Der Schimmelreiter, 1996/97) and Wilhelm Busch (Der Geigenseppel, a work commissioned by the cultural programme of the German Pavilion at the EXPO 2000). In 2004, the “life ballad” of the Minnesinger Wolkenstein (libretto by Felix Mitterer) received its first performance in Nürnberg. This was followed in 2005 by the “sacred operas” Augustinus, ein klingendes Mosaik in 2005 in Munich and Der Sohn des Zimmermanns in 2010 in Würzburg, both with texts by Winfried Böhm. In addition to his works for the stage, Hiller has composed a wealth of chamber music works, solo concertos and compositions for choir and orchestra.
In 1968, Hiller was awarded the Richard Strauss Prize, in 1971 the Encouragement Prize for Music in Munich, in 1977 the Prix Brno for the radio portrait “Carl Orff” and in 1977 the Recognition Prize of the City of Salzburg for Niobe. Hiller has also been the recipient of scholarships from the Villa Massimo (1978, 1981, 1983), the Schwabing Kunstpreis für Musik (1978) and the Raiffeisen Encouragement Prize (1988). Since 1989, he has been a member of the Bavarian Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1997, he was awarded the Egk Prize, in 2000 the Bavarian Poetentaler and in 2010 the Wilhelm Hausenstein Medal and the Bavarian Maximiliansorden for Arts and Sciences.
Piano compositions and chamber music
Made the acquaintance of Peter Hanser-Strecker, his future publisher
Made the acquaintance of Karl Amadeus Hartmann in Darmstadt
Made the acquaintance of the graphic Artist and translator Alastair; Music of Alastair's film "Der Mann in der Flasche" (directed by Herbert Seggelke)
Founded the concert series "musik unserer zeit" in Munich, together with the Music Publisher R. Gartenmaier
State arts examination in the subjects kettledrum and Percussion
Made the acquaintance of Carl Orff
Starting collaboration with Schott Music (Katalog für Schlagzeug III)
Contacts with Indian and Arabian Music at the Ossiach Music Festival; Started to work with the actress Elisabet Woska; various joint Musical theatre projects
Made the acquaintance of Carl Zuckmayer; joint plan of a "Rattenfänger" (pied piper) opera
Birth of his son Carl Raphael Amadeus Hanael Magnus
Prix Brno for the Radio Portrait "Carl Orff"
Villa Massimo Prize; first stay in Rome
Began to work with Michael Ende
Artistic and organization director of the "Münchner Musiknächte" [Munich Music Nights]: Wagner Night, Messiaen Night, Liszt Night, Bartók Night, Stravinsky Night, Janácek Night, among others. "tz-Rosenstrauß des Jahres" Award for the organisation of the "Münchner Musiknächte"
ZDF production "Du bist schön, meine Freundin" (Excerpts from "Schulamit")
Lecture concerts at the Davos Festival "Young artists in concert"
Began to work with the Klezmer Giora Feidman on the "Rattenfänger" Project and on the "Chagall-Zyklus"
Wilhelm Hausenstein Medal
Sieben-Schwaben-Medaille of the Bavarian Swabia
Leopold Award for the audio-book "Der Josa mit der Zauberfiedel - Tänze auf dem Weg zum Mond"
Cultural Award of the District of Upper Bavaria
Startet to work with the German painter and sculptor Antje Tesche-Mentzen
für Diskant-Zither (oder Harfe), Zimbeln, Klangschalen, 17 Becken und StreicherMedia Type: Hire/performance materialEdition: Performance materialInstrumentation: zither, crotales, singing bowls, 17 cymbals and strings
for violin soloSeries: Edition Schott
Instrumentation: violin soloProduct number: VLB 201As low as€5.99Incl. TaxAs low as€5.99Incl. TaxIn stock
Ein Torso nach Sophokles und OvidMedia Type: Hire/performance materialEdition: Performance materialInstrumentation: Mezzosopran, Bariton, Sprecherin und OrchesterLanguage: Ancient Greek, German
Seven miniatures based on texts by the poet of the same name for voice, flute and violaEdition: Separate editionSeries: Edition Schott
Instrumentation: voice, flute and violaProduct number: ED 22479As low as€19.99Incl. TaxAs low as€19.99Incl. TaxIn stock
"En ma fin est mon commencement"Media Type: Hire/performance materialEdition: Performance materialLanguage: German
Ein klingendes Mosaik in sieben BildernMedia Type: Hire/performance materialEdition: Performance materialInstrumentation: soloists, choir and ensembleLanguage: German, Latin
from 2 Miniatures for ChildrenEditor: Monika TwelsiekMedia Type: E-score PDFInstrumentation: pianoProduct number: ED 9047 Q13219€1.99Incl. Tax€1.99Incl. TaxIn stock
Römische FreskenMedia Type: Hire/performance materialEdition: Performance materialInstrumentation: soprano, string quartet and orchestraLanguage: Old Italian
Suite aus den Ludi scaeniciComposer: Wilfried Hiller | Carl OrffArranger: Wilfried HillerMedia Type: Hire/performance materialEdition: Performance materialInstrumentation: string orchestra
für Klarinette und KammerorchesterMedia Type: Hire/performance materialEdition: Performance materialInstrumentation: clarinet and chamber orchestra
Die flankierenden Mittelfenster zu St. Stephan in Mainz -Composer: Wilfried Hiller | Mona RasenbergerMedia Type: Hire/performance materialInstrumentation: chamber orchestraLanguage: German
Nr. 3 aus dem "Wachsfigurenkabinett"Composer: Karl Amadeus HartmannArranger: Wilfried HillerMedia Type: Hire/performance materialEdition: Performance materialLanguage: German
A collection of new pieces for pianoMedia Type: Sheet musicInstrumentation: pianoLanguage: EnglishProduct number: ED 21470€10.00Incl. Tax, Excl. Shipping€10.00Incl. Tax, Excl. ShippingIn stock
nach einem Thema von Carl Amadeus HillerMedia Type: E-score PDFEdition: Separate editionSeries: Edition Schott
Instrumentation: pianoProduct number: ED 21455 Q11150€1.99Incl. Tax€1.99Incl. TaxIn stock
Sieben ChoraphorismenEdition: Choral scoreSeries: Schott Choral Music
Instrumentation: female choir or children's choir (SMezA)Product number: C 46435As low as€4.99Incl. TaxAs low as€4.99Incl. TaxIn stock
nach wiedergefundenen alten QuellenMedia Type: Hire/performance materialEdition: Performance materialLanguage: German
Ein Singspiel in 7 Bildern und 6 ZwischenspielenEdition: LibrettoSeries: Das Traumfresserchen
Instrumentation: Soloists, Choir and OrchestraProduct number: BN 3380-40As low as€5.99Incl. TaxAs low as€5.99Incl. TaxIn stock
Ein Singspiel in 7 Bildern und 6 ZwischenspielenMedia Type: Hire/performance materialEdition: Performance materialLanguage: German
for Violin and PianoSeries: Edition Schott
Instrumentation: violin and pianoProduct number: VLB 150As low as€7.99Incl. TaxAs low as€7.99Incl. TaxIn stock
Portrait based on a figure and a text by Antje Tesche-MentzenMedia Type: Hire/performance materialInstrumentation: orchestraLanguage: German