Siegmund Goldhammer

Siegmund Goldhammer

born
08.03.1932  in Bielen

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Siegmund Goldhammer was born on 8 March 1932, in Bielen near Nordhausen, Thuringia, East Germany. At the age of eight, he learned the accordion. Later he received piano lessons and taught himself to play the trumpet.
After the war he took up an apprenticeship as a carpenter and then studied trumpet, contrabass and piano at the Technical College of Music in Weimar from 1949 to 1952. He then worked as an orchestral musician andat the same timekept himself busy with smaller compositions and instrumentation.
From 1962 to 1967 he completed a second degree specialising in Composition and Conducting at the “Hanns Eisler” College of Music in Berlin. Goldhammer became Erster Kapellmeister (First Conductor) in the orchestra of the “Wachregiment Berlin” (Guards Regiment of Berlin). In 1971, he was appointed Chief Conductor, and in 1975, Musical Director. His ideological instrumentalization and ongoing control of the orchestra brought political and personal reprisals. Resulting health issues led to his dismissal in 1982.
Under constant observation by the Ministry of State Security, Goldhammer began working as a freelance composer and conductor and developed numerous musically fruitful contacts with orchestras, for example with the Central Orchestra of the National People’s Army under Colonel GMD Gerhard Baumann, and the Leipzig Radio Wind Orchestra under Jochen Wehner.

In 1983, Goldhammer received a teaching assignment for Conducting at the “Hanns Eisler” College of Music in Berlin and became a mentor for numerous amateur wind orchestras as well as a lecturer  and a juror at competitions.
The reunification of Germany in 1989 and the ensuing political turnaround brought a cultural restructuring, which made it difficult for him to take up another artistic activity.
In 1991, Goldhammer found employment as a Second Conductor and Artistic Director of the newly formed “Großes Berliner Blasorchester“ (Great Berlin Wind Orchestra). Also, the establishment of the “Bogsdorfer Kreis” (Bogsdorf Circle), a community of German composersin 1993, enabled the preservation of the work of composers of the former GDR, including Goldhammer.

In the following years Goldhammer developed an intensive collaboration with RUNDEL, the music publisher of the town Rot an der Rot. This resulted in a further collaboration with the Brandenburg State Police Orchestra under the direction of Peter Vierneisel. Several works by Goldhammer were recorded on CDs.
As a composer, Goldhammer mainly devoted himself to dance music, jazz and film music, and to chamber and orchestral music, especially music for wind orchestra. His ability to edit symphonic orchestral works for wind orchestra, made him the master of brass sound in the German-speaking world and an extremely sought-after arranger.

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VIDEO 20.04.2013

Huldigungsmarsch (Richard Wagner / arr. Siegmund Goldhammer)


"Huldigungsmarsch" von Richard Wagner in einem Arrangement von Siegmund Goldhammer, gespielt von der Bürgerkapelle Brixen unter der Leitung von Hans ...


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Music by Siegmund Goldhammer

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Concert Band March / Card Size Mittelstufe Listen Read
16,50 €
Ensemble (Woodwinds) DIN A4 Mittelstufe
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Concert Band DIN A4 Mittelstufe Listen Read
55,00 €
Concert Band DIN A4 Oberstufe Read
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Ensemble (Woodwinds) DIN A4 Mittelstufe Read
120,00 €
Concert Band DIN A4 Oberstufe Listen Read
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Concert Band DIN A3 (Score) + DIN A4 (Parts) Höchststufe Listen Read
120,00 €
Concert Band DIN A4 Ober-/Höchststufe Listen Read
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Concert Band DIN A3 (Score) + DIN A4 (Parts) Höchststufe Listen Read
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Concert Band DIN A3 (Score) + DIN A4 (Parts) Höchststufe Read
100,00 €
Concert Band DIN A4 Ober-/Höchststufe Listen Read
55,00 €
Concert Band DIN A4 Mittel-/Oberstufe Listen Read
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Concert Band DIN A4 Höchststufe Listen Read
120,00 €
Concert Band DIN A4 Oberstufe Listen Read
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Concert Band DIN A4 Mittelstufe Listen Read
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Concert Band DIN A4 Höchststufe Listen Read