Bernd Johannes Wolf


musician / composer
Bernd Johannes Wolf

If music be the food of love, play on.

(William Shakespeare)


New release (22nd October 2021): CD "Modern Muses", with works for soprano (Josefien Stoppelenburg) and cello (Jean Hatmaker) by composers from different countries around the globe:

Among them is a composition of mine, "This Is Just To Say"


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The 17th of October 2021 marked the 65th anniversary of the chess “game of the century” between Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer, spectacularly won by then 13-year-old Bobby Fischer. On this day, in Hattingen-Blankenstein, there was the premiere of my concept piece «Une partie d’échecs» for string quartet, which translates the game into music. My composition was part of a programme with music (Philidor, Rossini, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) related to the royal game.

 Live recording from the concert on October 17, 2021, plus visualization soon to follow!

It was an enjoyable concert, many thanks to Inga Balzer-Wolf (soprano), Tilman Wolf (piano), Sebastian Thiele (violin), Leonie Kampmeier (violin) Anna Maria Stiefermann (viola), Jonas Wolf (cello) and of course to the team of around Otfried Priegnitz!

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In the strange year of 2020, among other things two "Corona" works sprang from my quill, both songs, albeit both of a completely different nature.

The first one was created during the first phase of the first lockdown, soon after the poet Friedrich Hölderlin's birthday - as with Beethoven this year it was his 250th.


It so happened that the Lied duo Inga Balzer (soprano) and Tilman Wolf (piano)  launched an online concert series from their home, and thankfully included my setting of Hölderlin's "Come! into the open, friend!" in their programme for the fourth edition of their series, even choosing its title as the programmatic heading for the whole concert.

So here is their performance as it can still be heard and seen on YouTube (my piece starting at approx. 7'15 '').

The second is a setting of the poem "This Is Just To Say" by the American poet William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) for soprano and cello.

Here again I am delighted that Chicago-based soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg and cellist Jean Hatmaker have taken a liking to my piece, enough for it to be included in their wonderful project, namely a CD with compositions solely for soprano and cello, which has now been released under the title of Modern Muses.

Here is the CD cover of "Modern Muses" as a little teaser.