Performing Heucke's Oboe Sonata 


Stefan Heucke, composer-in-residence during the 2018 Festival, and oboist Roger Roe talk about the structure and emotional meaning in Heucke's powerful Oboe Sonata, written in memory of homosexual victims during National Socialism in Germany.







The catalog of works by Stefan Heucke comprises more than 100 works in all genres: operas, oratorios, symphonies, concertos, sacred music, chamber music and songs. His works are performed throughout the world by prominent orchestras and soloists, on various occasions in the United States, as in 2013 with the 12 Preludes, Op. 61 for Piano by Nina Tichman in New York. His opera The Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz (2006) caused a sensation. Heucke has been composer-in-residence at several orchestras and international festivals. In 2017 a feature-length German Mass for soloists, chorus and orchestra was premiered during the Luther anniversary in Berlin by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and the Berliner Rundfunkchor. 2020 marks Heucke's third appearance as composer-in-residence at Staunton Music Festival. His works are published by Schott Music International, and he lives as a freelance composer alternately in Germany and in Italy.



An active chamber musician and recitalist, Roger Roe has played oboe and English horn with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 1995 and has served on the faculty or Indiana University since 2001. He has appeared with orchestras as soloist on oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn, as well as narrator for children’s concerts. His recording of trios for oboe, viola and piano, Wordless Verses, was released on the Naxos label in 2016. Roger has premiered or commissioned a number of new works for English horn and is interested in theatricality and improvisation in music, as well as the intersection of music and spirituality, enjoying recent collaborations with ministers, rabbis, dancers, actors, singers, poets and others on various liturgical and scholarly projects.





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