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Albert Schwarzmann

For several years now Albert Schwarzmann (Austrian, born in 1968, graduate horn player and conductor) has been intensively preoccupied with symphonic wind music and has already arranged a considerable number of works for symphonic wind ensemble. He bases his arrangements not so much on traditional wind music instrumentation but more on chamber music for winds and the treatment for winds by the great symphonic writers from the Classical period to Richard Strauss. Schwarzmann has taught wind-band
conducting at the Salzburg Mozarteum University since 2006.

Albert Schwarzmann treats the artistic aspect of orchestral writing and instrumentation with absolute priority when making symphonic arrangements for wind instruments. He avoids any kind of schematic
form which could impede the evocation of sound painting. By employing varying constellations of instruments, a richness of sound colours is achieved appropriate to each specific piece of music while ensuring utmost transparency as usually found in a symphony orchestra. Schwarzmann is well aware of the demands of style and sound typical for various epochs and has arranged a great variety of works by Mozart, Rossini, Dvorák, Mussorgsky, Johann Strauss and his contemporaries, also by Sepp Tanzer from Tyrol, composer of wind music,  ontemporary music by Werner Pirchner, as well as film music by Nino Rota and John Williams. Very different original settings form the basis for Schwarzmann’s arrangements: besides symphonic works
with variable orchestration he transforms compositions for strings, piano, mixed ensemble and wind music into arrangements for symphonic winds.
An entire series of Schwarzmann’s new versions for symphonic winds have received great critical acclaim and are documented on several CD recordings made by the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg.

These works are tailor-made for performance by this ensemble but have nevertheless made an important contribution to the creation of practicable new literature for wind orchestras which are not primarily concerned with the sound mass but are also keen to achieve a more refined and transparent sound.