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Wegmann Theo (b.1950)

Biography of Wegmann Theo:

Theo Wegmann was born in Canton Appenzell in 1951. In his youth he played the piano, the flute, trumpet and clarinet. After taking his school-leaving certificate in Trogen in Canton Appenzell-Ausserrhoden he studied at the Zurich Conservatory, taking piano, organ, composition and counterpoint as his main subjects. He was made a lecturer in piano at the Conservatory already in 1975 and was subsequently appointed there to teach score playing, chamber music, composition, organ and organ improvisation. Since 1978 Theo Wegmann has been the principal organist at the Reformed Church of Zurich-Witikon, where for many years he also ran the WITIKER CONCERTS that since 1946 have been a permanent fixture on the Zurich concert scene. His oeuvre as a composer today numbers some 500 works. He is also active as a concert pianist and organ recitalist, as a publisher and CD producer. FLUCTUATING HARMONIES – Theo Wegmann’s aim of also being able to play new music in the church led him in the 1980s to a whole new approach to composing. He does not avoid tonality, though constant changes of harmony (i.e. fluctuating harmonies) mean it cannot always be clearly defined. This approach to composition is found primarily in his religious works (especially those based on chorales) and in his intentionally more accessible works. ATOP: the ART of the TRANSPARENT ORGAN PLAYING – Wegmann’s lifelong commitment to a transparent, clear approach to organ playing has led him to develop a particular playing technique in which the audience is able to perceive all the voices as part of a transparent structure.

CD's with Wegmann Theo
Sound of Zurich - Praxedis & Praxedis

ArtNr. GMCD 7413

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