About the Project and its Contributors

About the project

The project aims to spark interest in Wranitzky and his work and stimulate research and performances of this unjustly neglected composer. Current information about the composer, musical scores and sound files will be made available on the site as they are completed.

At this time, The Wranitzky Project has acquired sources for roughly 80 percent of the composer’s surviving output. This includes numerous stage works, some 45 symphonies, a vast amount of chamber music in various genres, and many concertos. Of this, over half has been notated with Sibelius™ software. A small number exists in critical edition, and more will be prepared as requested.

The efforts of The Wranitzky Project are supported solely by the funds of the contributing members. Users have the option to help fund the project by contributing online, with donations being used towards the continued retrieval of new works. Current endeavors of the project include a thematic catalog of Wranitzky’s works and the study of three exciting new operas previously thought to be lost, as well as English translations of libretti, letters and articles.

The Board of Contributors

 

Daniel Bernhardsson

Daniel Bernhardsson

Daniel, the mastermind behind The Wranitzky Project, is responsible for the computer notation of all the musical editions found on these pages. In addition, he administers the website itself. Having been interested in music all of his life, Daniel discovered the music of Wranitzky while browsing the extensive holdings of the library in Skara, Sweden.

Continuing his investigation into the ouevre of Wranitzky, Daniel has been tracking down and obtaining copies of Wranitzky works from archives and libraries all over Europe. Realizing the quality of Wranitzky's work he soon started to nurture the idea of a site to spread the music to musicians and music lovers worldwide.

Daniel currently resides in Stockholm, where he works as a computer programmer. While not working with Wranitzky, he investigates the works of Kozeluch, Eberl, Kraus, and many other 18th century composers. As a cellist, Daniel is especially interested in the neglected repertory of the late 18th century cello concerto, a genre in which Wranitzky himself produced a fine work.

Contact Daniel at dbernhardsson@wranitzky.com

 

 

Robert Bonkowski

Robert Bonkowski

Robert Bonkowski co-founded The Wranitzky Project along with Daniel. In the project he aims to examine the historical significance of Wranitzky by placing the composer’s life and works in their proper context. He writes for the website and provides insight into the once famed composer’s life and works. Robert also plans to hunt down Wranitzky manuscript sources and organize for performances and recordings of long-neglected works of the Classical Era.

Robert is a student at Stanford University, where he continues to introduce students and faculty to long-neglected musical works of the Classical Era, particularly those of Wranitzky. He is constantly organizing for the study and performance of the said works at Stanford. Robert was the conductor and music director of the Fairmont Chamber Orchestra from 2004-2006, and is currently a guest conductor for the ensemble. In 2006, he lead the orchestra in the modern-day world première of Wranitzky’s symphony in D “with Papageno-pipes”, Op. 37. Robert is also an avid pianist, and particularly enjoys playing obscure works of the Classical-era.

Contact Robert at rbonkowski@wranitzky.com

 

 

James Ackerman

James Ackerman

James Ackerman is a music educator in rural Pennsylvania, USA, and an adjunct professor of music history. He obtained his M.A. in Music History from West Chester University in 1996 with the thesis Abramo ed Isacco by Josef Myslivecek (1737-1781): An Italian Oratorio for the Electoral Court at Munich (1777). In 2000, he prepared an edition of this oratorio for publication by A-R Editions. Under the title Isacco figura del redentore, it is Volume 60 in their Recent Researches in Music of the Classical Era. A few years later, the edition was used for a performance by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris.

Contact James at jackerman@wranitzky.com

 

 

Susan Fain

Susan Fain

Susan Fain is particularly interested in the flute music of Paul Wranitzky. From his flute concerto all the way through his symphonies, Susan will be tracing the role of the flute in Wranitzky’s oeuvre and assisting in editing works for presentation on the website. A limited amount of Wranitzky’s compositions for flute have been published, but much remains to be done to bring all his flute compositions to the attention of the general public.

An engaging performer, a dedicated educator, and a scholarly writer, Susan Fain is currently pursuing a DMA in flute performance at the University of Oklahoma where she also teaches music appreciation classes and flute students. In addition, Susan also serves on the adjunct faculties of Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, OK, and Cameron University in Lawton, OK. She has served as principal flute with the Great Falls Symphony in Montana and currently serves as second flute with the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra. Susan has been published in Flute Talk and the Oklahoma Flute Society Newsletter. Having recently completed her general and oral doctoral exams, Susan is thrilled to shift her focus to the elegant and charming works of Paul Wranitzky.

Contact Susan at sfain@wranitzky.com

 

 

Christopher Hogwood

Photo by Marco Borggreve
Christopher Hogwood, photo by Marco Borggreve

Christopher Hogwood is one of the greatest proponents of the early music movement, as well as a renowned conductor of twentieth century works. This season he became Emeritus Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, the orchestra he founded in 1973, and begins a series of Handel operas in concert with the rarely performed Amadigi .

Christopher began his career as a keyboardist and has been a major force in the revolution that has forever changed the way music is performed, recorded and heard. Based on the principle of discovering and, where possible, recreating the composer's intentions, his approach begins with musicology - going back to the original sources, correcting published errors and tracking subsequent changes. Hogwood's many publications include a survey of patronage through the ages (Music at Court) and biographical studies of Haydn, Mozart and Handel.

From the very start of the Wranitzky Project, Christopher Hogwood has encouraged its development and has acted as a valuable counselor in musicological matters. With his extensive background as both a performer and musicologist, Christopher brings invaluable context and experience from a performers view.

Visit Christopher's website: http://www.hogwood.org/

 

 

Lukáš Krajíček

Lukas Krajicek

Lukáš Krajíček hails from Wranitzky's hometown Nová Říše and is very proud of its cultural heritage. At the Wranitzky Project he will help translating Czech articles and obtaining copies of Wranitzky's work from Czech archives and libraries.

Lukáš is a student at University of Technology in Brno, where he studies Mechanical Engineering. He has played the piano since the age of eight. Other hobbies are table tennis and the computer. He is also the webmaster of http://www.novarise.cz and a member of the Nová Říše Cultural Club.

Contact Lukáš at lkrajicek@wranitzky.com

 

 

Marisa Solomon

Marisa Solomon is a native of Los Angeles, California. She holds Masters degrees in voice and German and a Ph. D. in Historical Musicology (dissertation entitled The Life and Operatic Works of a Divine Philistine: Paul Wranitzky, written under the name Marisa Solomon St. Laurent). Since the completion of her Ph.D. at UCLA in 2000, Dr. Solomon has held adjunct faculty positions at a number of California Colleges and Universities, including California Lutheran University, Pepperdine University, Ventura College, Imperial Valley College and the Los Angeles Bible Institute, where she has taught private and group voice as well as courses in music history. Marisa is currently teaching private and group voice and piano at Amuse, the Palos Verdes music Center.

Dr. Solomon's life-long love affair with music and language has most recently led her in new directions which are much in keeping with her California roots. In the past several years Marisa has learned to speak Spanish and now directs the ten-member Mariachi group, Mariachi León de Juda for which she also plays violin and sings as well as transcribing and arranging their music.

At the Wranitzky Project, Dr. Solomon's attention will be focused on Wranitzky's vocal works. This is an especially exciting field of study as two operatic works previously thought to have been lost have recently resurfaced. Besides her varied musical accomplishments, Marisa is also a proud mom and grandma and a very active member of her local community and church in Carson, California.

Contact Marisa at msolomon@wranitzky.com

 

 

John Stine

John Stine

John Stine is currently working on his dissertation, "A Stylistic Assessment of the Viennese Symphony, c. 1795-1825" at the University of Cincinnati. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters of Music Education, and earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree in musicology from Indiana University. His primary research interest is the symphony from all time periods, but especially the 19th-century symphony.

John has taught at the University of Cincinnati as a teaching assistant, and has taught adjunct at Miami University. As a student at the University of Cincinnati, John assisted Mary Sue Morrow in the preparation of the forthcoming first volume to The Symphonic Repertoire series, begun by A. Peter Brown. His secondary research interest is music in film. Being someone interested in symphonic studies, John will be focusing on Wranitzky's symphonic output for the project.

Contact John at jstine@wranitzky.com

 

Acknowledgments

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the following people for their help:

Vincenzo Ciagilini, Markus Glück, Francesco de Leonardis, Wolfgang Brunner and Konrad Weltin for help with correspondance translations.

Gerrit Waidelich for his valuable help with text transliteration and archives in Vienna.

Rita Steblin for her most valuable research into Wranitzky documents in Viennese archives.

 

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