Hamel, Peter Michael

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Hamel, Peter Michael Gender: M
born on 15 July 1947 at 00:45 (= 12:45 AM )
Place Munich, Germany, 48n08, 11e34
Timezone MEDT h2e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Taeger
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 21°38' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 06°17 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 29°55'


German composer. His works have been associated with the minimalist style of composition, and in the late 1970s with the New Simplicity movement.

In 1970, he founded "Between", an international group dedicated to improvisational music with whom he made 6 records on the intuition/wergo label and in 1978 in Munich, he founded the Freies Musikzentrum, an institute for musical education and therapy. In 1978, his book Through Music to the Self was published in English translation, obtaining wide circulation in Europe and the U.S.

In 1997, he became professor for composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg (Fricke 2001). His orchestra and chamber music is published by Schott, Bärenreiter and E.R.P./Celestial Harmonies. He has composed four operas; many pieces for orchestra (e.g., Gestalt); violin and piano concertos; spiritual compositions for soprano, choirs and orchestra (e.g., Missa); Shoah (a radio-composition about the Holocaust); a number of chamber-music compositions (including four string quartets); and is in demand as a performing artist (piano, prepared piano, pipe organ, voice and live-electronics). His First Symphony was premiered by Sergiu Celibidache in 1988; his Second Symphony had its first performance in Munich on April 29, 2008 with the Munich Philharmonic. In 2007 Hamel's Of the Sound of Life for pianist Roger Woodward was published by Celestial Harmonies.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Taeger quotes him via mother


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger