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Hugo Distler

Hugo Distler

Born: 1908 Died: 1942

Hugo Distler (June 24, 1908 - November 1, 1942) was a German composer.

Born in Nuremberg, he is known mostly for his sacred choral music. He attended Leipzig Conservatory first as a conducting student with piano as his secondary subject, but changing later, on the advice of his teacher, to composition and organ. He became organist at St. Jacobi in Lubeck in 1931. In 1933 he married Waltraut Thienhaus. That same year he joined the NSDAP: reluctantly, but his continued employment depended on his doing so. Distler also taught at the School for Church Music in Spandau, and became a professor of church music in Berlin in 1940.

Becoming increasingly depressed from the death of friends, aerial attacks, job pressures, and the constant threat of conscription into the German army, he committed suicide in Berlin at the age of 34. He chose to end his life by his own hand (with fumes from his own gas oven) rather than be conscripted into the Wehrmacht.

His work is polyphonic and frequently melismatic, often based on the pentatonic scale. Because of these characteristics, his work was stigmatized by some Nazis as "degenerate art." Distler enjoyed his first success in 1935 at the official Kassel Music Days (Kasseler Musiktage).

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Netherlands Chamber Choir : Hugo Distler : 00  1 CD : Uwe Gronostay : Hugo Distler : 8711525517509 : 5175

Netherlands Chamber Choir : Hugo Distler

Review: Because so much emphasis is currently placed upon the fate of Jewish composers under the Nazis, it is easy to forget that there were some German musicians who also suffered as a result of the repressive policies of the regime. Among those that can be singled out in this respect is Hugo Distler, a highly talented church organist and choral conductor who committed suicide at the age of 34 in 1942, on learning that he had been called up for military service. The two large-scale works presented here offer typical examples of the so-called Orgelbewegung style drawing their inspiration from Bach in the trenchant use of chorale and Schutz in the density of polyphonic argument. It's a tribute to Distler's mastery and the outstanding singing of the Netherlands Chamber Choir that despite this obvious musical provenance, both works strike an individual voice and sustain one's interest without the textural variety of an instrumental accompaniment.

Songlist: Totentanz, Spruchmotetten zum Totensonntag, Choral-Passion, Op. 7, Erster Teil: Der Einzug, Zweiter Teil: Judas und der Pharisaer Rat, Dritter Teil: Das Abendmahl, Vierter Teil: Gethsemane, Funfter Teil: Kaiphas, Sechster Teil: Pilatus, Letzter Teil: Golgotha

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Choral-Passion, Op. 7Hugo DistlerNetherlands Chamber ChoirHugo Distler 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Dritter Teil: Das AbendmahlHugo DistlerNetherlands Chamber ChoirHugo Distler 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Erster Teil: Der EinzugHugo DistlerNetherlands Chamber ChoirHugo Distler 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Es Ist Das Heil Uns Kommen Her Hugo DistlerKnabenchor Capella VocalisCantate Domino 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Es ist das Heil uns Kommen her (Opus 6, Pt. 2, No. 2)Hugo DistlerRockefeller Chapel Choir20th Century German Sacred Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Es Ist Ein Ros EntsprungenHugo DistlerChanticleerChristmas with Chanticleer 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Funfter Teil: KaiphasHugo DistlerNetherlands Chamber ChoirHugo Distler 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Furwahr, er trug unsere Krankheit (Opus 12, No. 9)Hugo DistlerRockefeller Chapel Choir20th Century German Sacred Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Letzter Teil: GolgothaHugo DistlerNetherlands Chamber ChoirHugo Distler 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Lo How A rose E'Er BloomingHugo DistlerSan Francisco Choral ArtistsStar of Wonder - Music For The Season 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Lo How A Rose E'er BloomingHugo DistlerConcordia ChoirFaire is the Heaven 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Lo! How a E'er Blooming (from the Christmas Story)Hugo DistlerRockefeller Chapel Choir20th Century German Sacred Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Lo, How A Rose Hugo DistlerSt. Olaf ChoirChoral Masterworks Series Vol 2 (2CD) 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Hugo DistlerPatrick M. LiebergenFavorite Christmas Classics for Solo Singers - LowSongbook & CDMORE DETAILS 
Maria durch ein Dornwald gingHugo DistlerEsotericsBeata - Songs to the blessed virgin 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf (Opus 21, Pt. 2, No. 3)Hugo DistlerRockefeller Chapel Choir20th Century German Sacred Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Praise to the LordJohn DresslerHugo DistlerVarious ArrangersSongs of PraiseSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Sechster Teil: PilatusHugo DistlerNetherlands Chamber ChoirHugo Distler 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Opus 12. No. 1)Hugo DistlerRockefeller Chapel Choir20th Century German Sacred Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Spruchmotetten zum TotensonntagHugo DistlerNetherlands Chamber ChoirHugo Distler 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Toccata from Orgel Partita Opus 8 No. 2Hugo DistlerLuther College Nordic ChoirChristmas 2004 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
TotentanzHugo DistlerNetherlands Chamber ChoirHugo Distler 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Totus TuusHugo DistlerConcordia ChoirIn The New Moon 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Variations from Opus 10Hugo DistlerMinnesota Choral ArtistsShout the Glad Tidings! 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Vierter Teil: GethsemaneHugo DistlerNetherlands Chamber ChoirHugo Distler 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Zweiter Teil: Judas und der Pharisaer RatHugo DistlerNetherlands Chamber ChoirHugo Distler 1 CDMORE DETAILS 


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