hide

About

NEW: score links to PDFs added under some of my instrumental pieces.

Harald Muenz, b. 1965, Harald studied under Helmut Lachenmann, Johannes Fritsch, Clarence Barlow, Krzysztof Meyer, Hans-Ulrich Humpert and Martin Redel, as well as Italian and Aesthetic Phonetics (Georg Heike) at Cologne University. Harald’s music has been performed internationally by important musicians throughout Europe, in South Korea and the US, amongst others by ensemble mosaik (Berlin), Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Apartment House (London), Alter Ego (Rome), musikFabrik (Cologne), Neue Vocalsolisten (Stuttgart), and the Berlin Philharmonics. His works have been heard at numerous festivals (among others at the Donaueschinger Musiktage) and have been broadcast nationally and internationally (all German NPR stations, BBC, RAI, etc.).
He has received many bursaries and prizes, including the Research Grant NRW, Förderpreis Musik NRW, Bernd-Alois-Zimmermann-Stipendium Köln, and the Villa Aurora Los Angeles grant by the German Secretary of State. CDs with his music appeared under Coviello (portrait CD), Cybele Records and Wergo, among others. The music magazine MusikTexte (vol. 103, Nov. 2004) focused on his work; scores appeared at Feedback Studio in Cologne. He is a member of sprechbohrer, a vocal trio performing speech sound art, which realised the first integral performance of Hans G Helms's legendary Fa:m' Ahniesgwow (Wergo, German Record Critics' Award Quarterly List 3/2011, The Wire Top Ten Picks 2011).
Harald is also active as lecturer and author, and is the editor of a book on Italian composer Franco Evangelisti (Saarbrücken: Pfau, 2002). For five years he was the Artistic Director of the Electronic Studio at Musikhochschule Lübeck.
2001-2005 he was the module leader for Aesthetic Phonetics at Cologne University.
In 2005, he became a faculty member in the School of Arts (Centre for Contemporary Music Practice) at Brunel University London with the focus on composition. He is an interdisciplinary artist commuting between Cologne and London.

Up-to-date information on www.haraldmuenz.eu

„Es gelten die Vorschriften des deutschen Urheberrechts in seiner jeweiligen Fassung. Alle Rechte der Urheber an den geschützten Werken, die auf der Website enthalten sind, bleiben vorbehalten. Ohne ausdrückliche Genehmigung durch die GEMA darf eine weitergehende Nutzung der Werke, über das Anhören der eingestellten Musikwerke hinaus, nicht erfolgen.“

Harald Muenz   ˈhaːʁalt mʏnt͡s, Köln / Cologne ↔ London, Germany

Follow
  • A Comment on Trio Scordatura's
    Play
    Transmission (Anton Lukoszevieze, 2013) at 14.29
    on April 27, 2013 20:54
  • A Comment on Trio Scordatura's
    Play
    Transmission (Anton Lukoszevieze, 2013) at 10.18
    on April 27, 2013 20:50

    What a wonderful tour de force! <3

  • A Comment on Trio Scordatura's
    Play
    Transmission (Anton Lukoszevieze, 2013) at 4.34
    on April 27, 2013 20:44
  • A Comment on Facundo N. Llompart's
    Play
    Infinita / Música clandestina (guitare, percuss... at 4.07
    on April 14, 2013 15:37

    Absolutely fascinating! Is this all fully notated?

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    stein-sum for Trio Scordatura (2011-12; premier... at 6.17
    on February 26, 2013 10:53

    @hdathome: Hans Peter hatte sich nicht negativ geäußert, also so gnadenlos kann's nicht gewesen sein ;-)

  • A Comment on mugloch's
    Play
    AMetastableHarmony-bozzini-HCMF2012 at 11.40
    on February 10, 2013 17:17

    This is an admirable piece.

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    parkfiguren. Lyrisches Moment mit einem deutsch... at 7.14
    on January 13, 2013 09:54

    @Desmond Clarke: Thanks, Desmond. I'm afraid not, I was always thinking a translation wouldn't make much sense as the whole piece is based on the bilingual use of the same poem in both Sorbian and German. But maybe it would just to get an idea of what the text is about...

  • A Comment on Francisco Colasanto's
    Play
    Baile at 9.02
    on October 14, 2012 08:10

    Very enjoyable piece, Francisco!! How are you, after all?

  • A Comment on Cem Özçelik's
    Play
    re-noise at 3.25
    on October 13, 2012 22:14

    WOW, it already starts as a loud piece, and it's loud in the end, but great how you manage to still come up towards the end with surprising things that have an even more massive effect - well done!!

  • A Comment on Cem Özçelik's
    Play
    re-noise at 1.49
    on October 13, 2012 22:12

    Great, this dynamic drop is really very effective.

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    data compression (2009; Chatschatur Kanajan - ... at 14.20
    on October 13, 2012 22:00

    @No Mates Ensemble: No worries, this is most appreciated, thank you very much! I am not only behind analytical or high-brow expert comments. The nice thing with this medium is that you get such a broad choice of reactions, indeed!

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    unashamed piano playing (2010; Piano Duo Hymer-... at 0.45
    on October 13, 2012 21:57

    @Pure_Music: Thanks - however it's definitely no "12-tone composition" ;-)

  • A Comment on Chatschatur Kanajan's
    Play
    Die Glasglocke at 16.44
    on October 05, 2012 09:01
  • A Comment on hdathome's
    Play
    On a grey morning 1955 in Cologne at 0.00
    on September 30, 2012 15:05

    Thanks, Hubertus for this fascinating and idyllic (re-)view on my dear Cologne!
    (How's it going at Düsseldorf, btw?!?)

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    BeethovEnBloc. Tape composition with the 37 mov... at 3.23
    on September 01, 2012 14:11

    @lachgas25: Danke, daß Sie mit ihm darüber gesprochen haben.

  • A Comment on Chatschatur Kanajan's
    Play
    Die Glasglocke at 16.44
    on July 24, 2012 07:56

    Wild piece, and well played - who is the ensemble?

  • A Comment on Chatschatur Kanajan's
    Play
    Die Glasglocke at 11.55
    on July 24, 2012 07:51
  • A Comment on Chatschatur Kanajan's
    Play
    Die Glasglocke at 9.25
    on July 24, 2012 07:50

    Hier klingt's ein bißchen nach Neuer Musik ;-)

  • A Comment on Chatschatur Kanajan's
    Play
    Die Glasglocke at 5.32
    on July 24, 2012 07:44

    Toll, wie wir hierhin gekommen sind!

  • A Comment on Chatschatur Kanajan's
    Play
    Die Glasglocke at 1.35
    on July 24, 2012 07:39
  • A Comment on Chatschatur Kanajan's
    Play
    Superstrings at 19.16
    on July 24, 2012 07:39

    Great! This is an exciting tour de force for the strings and a delightful piece of music! Thanks for posting it.

  • A Comment on Chatschatur Kanajan's
    Play
    Superstrings at 8.56
    on July 24, 2012 07:28

    Beautiful carillon.

  • A Comment on Chatschatur Kanajan's
    Play
    Superstrings at 7.13
    on July 24, 2012 07:25

    I love these slow harmonic alterations.

  • A Comment on Chatschatur Kanajan's
    Play
    Superstrings at 4.57
    on July 24, 2012 07:23

    I haven't heard a smile(y) in the cello...

  • A Comment on Chatschatur Kanajan's
    Play
    Superstrings at 3.26
    on July 24, 2012 07:19

    Serendipitous passage!

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    data compression (2009; Chatschatur Kanajan - ... at 13.46
    on June 30, 2012 10:35

    @AvantGuy: Thanks, mate - somehow this might be my personal favourite of the pieces I posted in Soundcloud so far.

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    nearly - fast für Klarinette, Marimba und Klavi... at 9.57
    on June 30, 2012 10:32

    @AvantGuy: Thanks, you are very welcome.
    I do like your "cracks in the sidewalk" metaphor!

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    schönes klavierstück (2006; Ernst Surberg - pi... at 4.34
    on June 30, 2012 08:14

    @AvantGuy: Hmmm, in my ears, it resolves to the tonic of F major followed by what could be in the spirit of Schönberg's op.19/6.

  • A Comment on AvantGuy's
    Play
    Escape(5x) at 4.48
    on June 30, 2012 08:10

    Beautiful "retro" textures, some of which reminding me of Elektronische Musik ;-)

  • A Comment on hdathome's
    Play
    LoudSilence at 0.41
    on June 25, 2012 08:18

    Having listened through the whole of this fascinating and unconventional piece, I must say I do not find it scary at any point in time. It's all beautiful and unheard enjoyable sounds. Maybe I am completely unsensitive ...

  • A Comment on hdathome's
    Play
    LoudSilence at 3.56
    on June 25, 2012 08:15

    @Rudolf Schmitt: BTW, there is the great new book by Kyle Gann on Cage's 4'33'', I really recommend it. Among a lot of other things, he's proving the story with Cage in the anechoic chamber hearing two sounds wrong as technically we can neither hear our nervous system nor our blood flowing. It is always some sort of more or less severe tinnitus that is involved, only that in its lighter forms it is normally fully covered by ambient noises.

  • A Comment on Eleri Angharad Pound's
    Play
    Bendigeidfran at 3.29
    on June 12, 2012 11:41

    Wild passage, love it!

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    BeethovEnBloc. Tape composition with the 37 mov... at 2.14
    on June 07, 2012 07:35

    @hdathome: Aaaah, thanks for the hint to that.
    Maybe there's even some "local" Cologne CAN style Krautrock heritage behind.

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    nearly - fast für Klarinette, Marimba und Klavi... at 9.13
    on June 06, 2012 19:11

    @Joaquin Mendoza: Most appreciated, Joaquin! ;-)

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    fein ... auflösend (2010/11; ensemble mosaik; l... at 8.21
    on June 06, 2012 19:10

    @oddrun eikli: Cheers, Oddrun! :-)

  • A Comment on Joaquin Mendoza's
    Play
    ...pale lungs outside at 0.56
    on June 04, 2012 17:15

    How did you get this texture? It's amazing!

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    BeethovEnBloc. Tape composition with the 37 mov... at 4.34
    on June 04, 2012 10:05

    @michael parkin: Well, always trying to instigate dialogues here.
    Thanks anyway for all your listening and commenting!!

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    BeethovEnBloc. Tape composition with the 37 mov... at 4.23
    on June 04, 2012 10:00

    By the way, I just recall, I realised this piece in 2000 during a very enjoyable 3-months-stay in your actual home town, as a sort of "look-back-to-Europe" through a South Cal lens...

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    BeethovEnBloc. Tape composition with the 37 mov... at 4.23
    on June 04, 2012 09:58

    @Matteo Marchisano-Adamo: Thx Matteo, I agree, it is an aural tour de force, especially if listened to at a high volume - as one should in this piece...

  • A Comment on Harald Muenz's
    Play
    fein ... auflösend (2010/11; ensemble mosaik; l... at 0.38
    on June 04, 2012 09:56

    @Matteo Marchisano-Adamo: Thx Matteo. The ensemble does it so wonderfully elegant and smooth as if it was all easy to play - which it is definitely not if you see the score.

Share to WordPress.com

If you are using self-hosted WordPress, please use our standard embed code or install the plugin to use shortcodes.
Add a comment 0 comments at 0.00
    Click to enter a
    comment at
    0.00