Werner Pfaff - German Romanticism

Werner Pfaff studied piano and composition in the Music Academy of Trossingen, direction and choral music in Karlsruhe, and musicology, philosophy and German Studies at the University of Freiburg. He completed his training with Master's degrees under the direction of Solti, Sinopoli, Chailly, Bertini, Harnoncourt, Gielen, Marriner, Rostropovich, Penderecki and Ericson.

He has been the director of the mixed choir Studio Vocale since 1980. Between 1989 and 1996 he worked as a professor of direction in the Music Academy of Frankfurt, and between 1992 and 1995 he worked in the Music Academy Franz Liszt in Weimar. He has conducted orchestras in Germany, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Peru, Uruguay, and Cuba.

He frequently works with baroque orchestras. He is guest conductor of numerous professional and amateur choirs, and leads workshops and master's degrees worldwide. Since 1991 he has worked with Jan Szyrocki in the "German Polish Academy Choir in Terra Pax".

He often takes part in juries in international competitions (Tours, Toulouse, Riva del Garda, Trelew, Netanya, Miedzyzdroje, Maasmechelen, Maribor, Zwickau, Margarita Island, Hongkong, Xiamen (Olympiad vocals), etc. Since 2004 he has been the artistic director of the newly founded "International Choir Festival of Lima" in Peru.

German Romanticism

The three works are songs dedicated to the night, a night that dreams of a better world, a healthier world. The night is the moment to rest, to escape the busy daily life.

For the romantic artist, this busy life means alienation, an imbalance between human being and nature. The conscious experience of a “marvellous” night in the very nature, or better yet, in a deep forest, is the chance to rediscover unity with nature.

The gypsy, representative of a minority that has always been discriminated against, has been for the romantic artist a positive symbol of a people who live outside the rigid rules of society, and who, in the dialectical sense, can restore the unity between man and nature, that is to say, capable of suppressing alienation.

The music of Brahms and Schumann – despite awareness of these alienations – is simply marvellous, full of longing, charm and magic.

  • Zigeunerleben op. 29 (R. Schumann)
  • Schöne Nacht op. 92 (J. Brahms)
  • Waldesnacht op. 62 (J. Brahms)
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