Chronology

Chronology

2021:                    Features of the Perception and Construction of Melodies / Merkmale der Perzeption und Konstruktion von Melodien. Zurich: emanobooks. Book publication. Bilingual.
2017:                    Woodstock Symphony. WDR Cologne. Broadcast production. WDR Radio Orchestra.
2015:Wild Nights, Wild Nights. WDR Cologne. Broadcast production. WDR Radio Choir.
2012:Tim Fischer singt Hildegard Knef. NDR Hannover. Broadcast production & CD production. NDR Pops Orchestra.
2011:The Forgotten Chords / Die vergessenen Akkorde. Rottenburg/N.: advancemusic. Book publication. Bilingual.
2010:Love Poems NDR Hamburg. Broadcast production. NDR Big Band & NDR Radio Choir
2010:Peter Herborn Music for Question Quartet. CD release
2010:Jazz Arrangement / Jazz Arranging. Rottenburg/N.: advancemusic. Book publication. Bilingual.
2008:Songs are memory. WDR Cologne. Broadcast production. WDR Big Band & WDR Radio Orchestra.
2005:Lorca. WDR Cologne. Broadcast production. WDR Radio Orchestra. Opera
2002:Large Two. CD release
2001:Writing on the edge. NDR Hamburg. Broadcast production. NDR Big Band. Composer arranger conductor
2001:Graz. Broadcast production. Jazz-Bigband Graz. Composer arranger conductor
1999:Ljubljana. Broadcast production. RTV Bigband. Composer arranger conductor
1998:Large One. CD release
1998:Ghetto. Joshua Sobol. Innsbruck State Theater. Composer of stage music
1997:NDR Hamburg. Broadcast production. NDR Big Band. Composer arranger conductor
1996:Helsinki. Broadcast production. UMO Jazz Orchestra. Composer arranger conductor
1996:Die Hochzeit. Elias Canetti. Innsbruck State Theater. Composer of stage music
1995:Jazz Arrangement. Rottenburg/N.: advancemusic. Book publication.
1994:European Forces. Composition commissioned for the celebrations of the European Union Summit in Essen. Composer conductor
1994:Macbeth. Shakespeare / Heiner Müller. Innsbruck State Theater. Composer of stage music
1994:The Kold Kage. The Music of Gary Thomas. WDR Cologne. Broadcast production. WDR Big Band. Arranger conductor
1992:Traces of Trane. CD release
1992:Something Personal. CD release
1991:Die Bluthochzeit.Federico Garcia Lorca. Göttingen German Theater. Composer of stage music
1990:WDR Cologne. Broadcast production. WDR Big Band. Arranger
1988:Peter Herborn’s Acute Insights. LP CD release
1985:Peter Herborn’s Acute Insights Subtle Wildness. LP release

Woodstock Symphony

2017

WDR Cologne. Broadcast production. WDR Radio Orchestra.

Arranger conductor: Peter Herborn.

Kate Mc Garry: Vocals
Christof Lauer: soprano sax
Thomas Rückert: piano
Martin Gjakonowski: double bass
Thomas Alkier: drums.

Peter reimagines songs from the year 1969. He takes songs played at the festival and hits from the billboard charts of the year 1969 and puts them into a new light. 

Wild Nights, Wild Nights

2015

WDR Cologne. Broadcast production. WDR Radio Choir.

Composer conductor: Peter Herborn.

Soloists:
Bobo Stenson: piano
Anders Jormin: double bass
Pernell Saturnino: percussion
Bodek Janke: percussion.

Peter creates a musical environment of sounds for the words of such renowned poets as William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Walt Whitman.

Tim Fischer singt Hildegard Knef

2012

NDR Hannover. Broadcast production & CD production. NDR Pops Orchestra.

Arranger (8 tracks): Peter Herborn.

Conductor: Enrique Ugarte.

Tim Fischer: vocals. 

The recording is released on CD Tim Fischer 3 Sterne.

The enormously successful songs of the German diseuse Hildegard Knef were originally produced with a small band. Here they are embedded in the sound of an orchestra.

Love Poems

2010

NDR Hamburg. Broadcast production. NDR Big Band & NDR Radio Choir (Choir rehearsal: Bernhard Epstein).

Composer conductor electronics: Peter Herborn.

Poems by E.E.Cummings.

Soloists:
Almut Kühne: vocals
Pernell Saturnino: percussion
Bodek Janke: percussion.

During the recording the 1st alto sax player of the NDR Big Band said: Sounds like dance music of the future.

I. The Poems to come
II. Love is more thicker than forget / the every only god
III. Thy fingers make early flowers
IV. Love is a guess
V. I am so glad and very
VI. Yes is a pleasant Country

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  • I. The Poems to come
  • II. Love is more thicker than forget / the every only god
  • III. Thy fingers make early flowers
  • IV. Love is a guess
  • V. I am so glad and very
  • VI. Yes is a pleasant Country

Songs are memory

2008

WDR Cologne. Broadcast production. WDR Big Band & WDR Radio Orchestra.

Arranger conductor: Peter Herborn.

Soloist:
Uwe Ochsenknecht: vocals. 

These are the pieces Peter recreates for a musical picture that is as groovy as it is orchestral: Bridge over troubled water. Tracks of my tears. Homeward bound. Everlasting love. Stop in the name of love. When the music is over.

Lorca

2005

Based on fictional situations of his life, this opera tells the story of the Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca, beginning with his youth in Granada and ending with his early death as one of the first victims of the fascists in the Spanish Civil War.

Lorca’s homosexual disposition, his opposition to the Roman Catholic Church and the all-pervading machismo, his liberal basic attitude, his idea of theater as an education of the people, entirely in the sense of a Berthold Brecht or Erwin Piscator, led to his becoming an enemy image of the first rank for the fascists.

Obsessed since early childhood with the idea of death and the fear of it, he tried to escape the Civil War and its consequences. He went back to Granada, to the place where he was born. But instead of escaping the war, he runs into the arms of his murderers.

Thus, the opera LORCA represents the incarnation of a modern tragic hero who, like Oedipus in ancient mythology, runs all the more to his doom as he is trying to escape it.

 

WDR Cologne. Broadcast production. WDR-Funkhausorchester. Conductor: Michail Jurowski

With Thomas Dewald, Andres Felipe Orozco, Dominik Wortig, Timm de Jong, Thomas Bonni, Mechthild Georg, Anke Hoffmann, Reinhard Schulat, Michael Zanger, Markus Kloster, Monika Hess-Zanger

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  • Scene 1-3
  • Scene 2-1
  • Scene 2-2
  • Scene 2-3
  • Scene 3-1
  • Scene 4-1
  • Scene 5-1
  • Scene 5-2
  • Scene 6-1
  • Scene 6-2

The Kold Kage - The music of Gary Thomas

1994

WDR Cologne. Broadcast production. WDR Big Band.

Arranger conductor: Peter Herborn.

The Kold Kage is the title of a 1991 CD by Gary Thomas. Gary was one of the first jazz musicians to integrate rappers and DJs into his funk-influenced pieces, which always contain rhythmic and often harmonic complexity . In this production with the WDR Big Band, that complexity is extended by a jazz-orchestral, sometimes free-tonal component. The pieces Peter has arranged for this program are: 
 
Gate of Faces
The Divide
Beyond the Fall of Night
The Kold Kage
Kulture Bandits
 

Soloists:
Joe “BMW” Wesson: rap vocals.
Gary Thomas: tenor sax, flute. Tim Murphy: piano. Ed Howard: double bass. Gene Jackson: drums.

These are the pieces Peter recreates for a musical picture that is as groovy as it is orchestral: Bridge over troubled water. Tracks of my tears. Homeward bound. Everlasting love. Stop in the name of love. When the music is over.