Bernd Johannes Wolf


musician / composer
Bernd Johannes Wolf

If music be the food of love, play on.

(William Shakespeare)



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 is to be released under the title of Modern Muses. The recordings have meanwhile been completed, and Modern Muses have signed with Navona Records, distributed by Naxos - expected release date autumn 2021.

Here is the CD cover of "Modern Muses" as a little teaser. There is more to follow once the CD is available!

CD cover Modern Muses.jpg