Johannes Maria Staud
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Composer Portraits

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Composer Portraits: Johannes Maria Staud

This is music quick, alive, and magical – and fully characteristic in showing that philosophical speculations,...

Composer Portraits

Johannes Maria Staud

Ensemble Signal

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8pm

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Johannes Maria Staud takes his inspiration from many sources—literature, political events, even streets he’s walked down. He is a transformer of mediums, taking meaningful words and images and creating music. Staud pays homage to Pissarro, Debussy, and the city of London in the fragile and impressionistic Sydenham Music. Another standout on the program is Towards a Brighter Hue, a nod to the wooden sculptures of British artist David Nash. Ensemble Signal guides audiences through this synesthetic evening of truly inspired music.


  • Wheat, not oats, dear. I’m afraid. (2015) for ensemble New York premiere
  • Par Ici! (2011) for ensemble  U.S. premiere
  • Sydenham Music  (2007) for flute, viola, and harp New York premiere
  • Towards a Brighter Hue (2004) for violin
  • Black Moon (1998) for bass clarinet 

Additional Information

Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Frances Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.