Performing and Recording the Orchestral Works
Now that the Thomas de Hartmann Project CDs have been made available to the public, we are engaged in the process of recording the orchestral works. Efrem Marder, long-time advisor to the project, is spearheading this effort. From 10-17 September 2021 a Thomas de Hartmann Festival will take place in Lviv, Ukraine under the direction of Theodore Kuchar, conductor of the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine. American conductor Tian Hui Ng will also participate as guest conductor.
Publication of de Hartmann’s Music
De Hartmann’s music was first published by Jurgensen Edition (Moscow) at the turn of the 20th century, and later by Balaeiff Edition and Boosey and Hawkes from the 1930s-1950s. However, much of his output remains in manuscript form, and today all of it is out of print. With the Nimbus Alliance CDs release and the recording of the orchestral works, there is now a concerted effort to print and publish it. Tom Daly, inheritor of the de Hartmann Estate, is directing this process, with the help of several copyists. I have taken on the task editing all of the music from the Thomas de Hartmann Project CDs, as well as the Piano Concerto Op. 61. Nimbus Alliance has agreed to publish and distribute the music.
Some of the music should be ready for distribution by September 2021. With ninety opus numbers in de Hartmann’s catalog, there is much work to be done!
Recitals and Lectures
The Thomas de Hartmann Consort was formed in 2016 to bring de Hartmann’s music to the concert stage. Recitals often include performances with different instrumental and vocal combinations in the same program, providing a colorful and varied experience for the audience. Recent concerts have featured music for solo piano, violin, soprano, cello and flute. Other composers, related in some way to de Hartmann’s music and ideas, are also featured in these events, in an effort to integrate de Hartmann’s work into the classical music repertoire.
Lectures and lecture-recitals are being employed to enhance awareness of de Hartmann’s work. The story of his life, his music and ideas are presented along with live performance, vintage recordings and photographs. Conservatories and universities are ideal venues for bringing de Hartmann’s music to students, who are the performing artists of the future.