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About me

1949

 

Born as the son of the composer Bernhard Rövenstrunck and his wife Mathilde.

1952

 

First interests in music, especially composition. First lessons from father.

1956

 

Violinlessons from Dora Straube-von Möllendorf in Stuttgart.

1959

 

The piano became the main instrument. Lessons from Jaime Padrós 

1968

 

Studied composition (with my father) and piano (with Jaime Padrós) at the "Staatl. Hochschule für Musik" in Trossingen.

1969

 

Change to Staatl. University of Music in what was then West Berlin. Composition with Prof. Günther. The award for special achievements twice during the course.

1974

 

The course had to be interrupted due to illness and finally terminated for that reason

1975

 

For several years working as jazz-composer/pianist.

1979

 

Moving to the Netherlands. Marriage with Janine Zijdel.

1981

 

Resumption of composition work. In the following years, in addition to the 1st piano sonata as a self-study in melodic composition, about 900 short piano pieces were created, from which the 1st version of the "Miniatures" was put together.

1992

 

Divorce from Janine Zijdel. Since then best friends.

1993

 

Final decision for the composition.

2000

 

first performances by i.a. Rene Berman, cello and Kees Wieringa, piano. Return to Germany.

2003

 

This year was mainly the year of revisions, the thorough revision of the "miniatures" to their final form, the new orchestration of the 1st piano concerto and the revision of the writings "Die Zauberlehrlinge" (the libretto for the satirical music theater op.50) and " The dodecatonic music ", a material investigation with regard to free composition with the twelve tones. However, some new compositions saw the light of day: two new preludes for op.39, the 3rd sonata for cello and piano and the double concerto for cello, piano and orchestra, the latter two using Catalan folk songs as musical material.

2004

 

Numerous larger new compositions: Poems No. 3 and 4 for piano solo, the third piano concerto and the score for the satirical music theater "Die Zauberlehrlinge" are to be mentioned here. The 1st Catalan Songbook for piano was also created.

2005

 

Due to the intensive occupation with Catalan folk music, the Catalan songbooks 2-7 for piano and the Sinfonia Catalana for orchestra as ballet were created in the months from January to April.

Beginning of the setting of 154 Shakespeare sonnets in Karl Kraus' adaptation for alto, orchestra and ballet.

2008

 

Moving to Karlsruhe.

2009

 

Marriage with my Lotti.