Compofactur provides you with support in making musical sources accessible, be it unpublished manuscripts or out-of-print editions. If required, a practical or critical edition may be prepared for concerts or recordings.

For a long time a preferred field of work of Matthias Spindler (MSp) is the musicological research and evaluation of archival sources along with the description of their creation history – you could also call it applied musicology. His research priorities in the field of music philology focus on Canto fiorito as well as arrangements from the 18th up to the 20th centuries.

When asked MSp found, for example, first editions by female composer Cécile Chaminade in libraries in Bern, Paris and Unna. The results of the source research formed the basis of the choice of repertoire for the CD Mots d’amour with Anne Sofie von Otter.

Furthermore, during researches, MSp came upon an out-of-print arrangement for orchestra by Jacques Offenbach of Schubert’s Ständchen, corrected and edited the parts and made an adaptation of this Lied for voice and orchestra. A version subsequently transposed by him was recorded by Thomas Quasthoff and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Claudio Abbado.

In the search for Bach arrangements for string quartet MSp discovered Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier for 4 and 5 voices arranged by Emanuel Aloys Förster – a world premiere recording with the Emerson String Quartet!

Another example is the scholarly critical edition of Schubert’s Lied Der Doppelgänger in the version for voice and orchestra by Franz Liszt. Among experts it was considered as unpublished since 1860. A world premiere recording followed in December 2020 with Stéphane Degout, Pygmalion und Raphaël Pichon.

Researches led MSp to arrangements for gramophone recordings of the composer Robert Schollum of Lieder by Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Mozart, Reger, Schubert, Schumann, Silcher and Wolf, which are stored in the Austrian National Library (ÖNB) in Vienna.

Through further research MSp prepared an edition/transcription of Jules Massenet’s Ave Maria sur la Méditation de Thaïs for voice and orchestra, thus creating new repertoire.

Finally, the source research on the Genesis Suite should also be mentioned.

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