Detlev Müller-Siemens

Detlev Müller-Siemens (born 30 July 1957) is a German composer and conductor.

Life and career

Born in Hamburg, Müller-Siemens began with piano lessons at age six and began composing.[1] He was invited to a composition class at the Musikhochschule Köln at age 13.[1] He studied piano, composition and theory at the Musikhochschule Hamburg from 1970 with Günter Friedrichs.[1][2] From 1973 to 1980, he studied with György Ligeti.[2] He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1977/78, to study with Olivier Messiaen. Back in Hamburg, he studied piano with Volker Banfield, and conducting with Christoph von Dohnányi. In 1985, he studied conducting further with Klauspeter Seibel.[2]

In 1981, he was an assistant at the Paris Opéra for Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre. He was Kapellmeister of the Städtische Bühnen Freiburg from 1986 to 1988.[2]

From 1991 to 2005, he was professor of composition and music theory at the Basel Music Academy, then professor for at the University of Vienna.[2]

An engagement with the work of Beckett since 1999 has been reflected in his opera Bing, the space of a step for orchestra as well as in the chamber music works Light blue, almost white and ... called dusk.[2]

Prizes and awards


Compositions by Müller-Siemens were published by Schott Music, including:[2]

  • Under Neonlight I for ensemble, 1980/81
  • Under Neonlight II for piano, 1980–83
  • Piano Concerto, 1980-1981
  • Viola Concerto, 1983-1984
  • Under Neonlight III for piano, 1987
  • Quatre Passages for orchestra, 1988
  • Horn Concerto, 1988-1989
  • Die Menschen, opera, 1989-1990[3]
  • Carillon for orchestra, 1991
  • Double Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra, 1992
  • Phoenix 1,2,3 for ensemble, 1993-1995
  • Maiastra for orchestra, 1995-1996
  • Cuts for alto saxophone and ensemble, 1996/97
  • Light blue, almost white for ensemble, 1998
  • Bing, musical theater, 1998-2000
  • String Trio, 2002
  • Die Aussicht for choir and ensemble, 2003/04
  • the space of a step for orchestra, 2003/04
  • distant traces (in memoriam György Ligeti) for violin, viola and piano, 2007
  • lost traces for piano quartet, 2007
  • ...called dusk (in memoriam György Ligeti) for violoncello and piano, 2008
  • Kommos for large ensemble, 2008/09
  • Privacy (in memoriam Laszlo Polgar) for clarinet, violin and piano, 2010
  • ...called dusk II for string quartet, 2011
  • Three piano pieces, 2012
  • ... called dusk IV for orchestra, 2012/13
  • ... called dusk III for ensemble, 2014
  • ... called dusk V for violin solo, 2014
  • Subsong 1 for ensemble, 2015


  1. ^ a b c Haefeli, Anton; Huber, Sonja. "Detlev Müller-Siemens". Schott Music. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Detlev Müller-Siemens". Munzinger. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  3. ^ Schibli, Sigfried. “Zeit : Heute. Ort : Die Welt: „Die Menschen‘: Uraufführung Der Oper Von Detlev Müller-Siemens in Mannheim.” Neue Zeitschrift Für Musik (1991-), vol. 152, no. 1, 1991, pp. 49–49. JSTOR Accessed 29 Feb. 2020

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