different choir pieces by Mauersberger, Söderman, Mörth and others
Julian Mörth, conductor
Sun, 15.05.22 at 7 pm
Karmeliterstrasse 7, 55116 Mainz
Tickets: 10 / 5 €
I am a pianist, composer and conductor living in Mainz, Germany.
I write classical music for every possible combination of instruments. The main part of my oeuvre consists of sacred choir music for mixed choir, but there is also a considerable amount of chamber music for different ensembles as well as some pieces for orchestra and piano.
During the first lockdown I finally had the time to finish my Requiem for choir, soloists and orchestra I had planned to write for five years.
Now I am working on making it happen as soon as possible.
After not being able to organize concerts for almost two years, I am now finally planning new projects with the Mörth Singers.
The Ebersheimer Kammerorchester has started rehearsing again, but there are no concerts planned yet.
If you are interested in commissioning a piece for any occasion, please contact me.
For further information about me, please check out my biography.
23. September ´21:
Finally I am planning concerts again. Check out the concerts section for more details.
25. January ´20:
Last weekend another Mörth Singers project took place, which we ended with a successful concert in the Karmeliterkirche in Mainz. Among other pieces, my "Laudate Dominum" came to the long overdue premiere in this concert.
The next concert of the Mörth Singers will take place on April 19th, also in the Karmeliterkirche.
15. October ´19:
Just came back from the trip to Argentina with the LandesJugendChor Rheinland-Pfalz, where we had four wonderful concerts with partner choirs from there.
We also performed my piece "the Angel´s Appearance". It was a huge success! I will put the recording of the concert here on this site soon.
12. August ´19:
I am very proud to announce that the Youth Choir of Rheinland-Pfalz will perform my piece "The Angel´s Appearance" under my lead on its tour to Argentina in October 2019. I am very excited about the trip and the concerts!
07. June ´19:
I am very happy to announce that I will play the first piano trio from Mendelssohn this weekend with my brother Frederic (violin) and Laura Mehlin (cello). Look at the concert section for detailed information about when and where the concerts are.
Also, we will perform the world premiere of my own piano trio I wrote in 2012. I am very excited to finally play this piece!
17. April ´19:
We just had our first project with the Mörth Singers. It was a huge success! I uploaded the performance of my new piece "Ubi caritas" on YouTube. Hope you like it!
16. January ´19:
I just founded a new choir ensemble, the Mörth Singers. The aim of this ensemble is to make music on a very high level, without a lot of rehearsing, as well as performing and recording my new choir pieces.
Our first projects will take place in April and August. Stay tuned for more information.
Julian Mörth was born in 1990 in Rotterdam in the Netherlands and grew up in Mainz, Germany, where he became a member of the Boys Choir at the Cathedral of Mainz (Mainzer Domchor) and began playing the piano at the age of 8. He studied composition with Gerhard Fischer-Münster in Mainz and Professor Cord Meijering in Darmstadt and piano at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz with Prof. Karin Germer and Prof. Andrzej Pikul.
Since 2021, he studies Master Choral Conducting in Frankfurt at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst with Prof. Florian Lohmann.
Julian Mörth started composing when he was 9 years old. He has composed more than a hundred works, including works for piano, different chamber music ensembles, orchestra, and, due to his long experience as a choir boy, a lot of choral music. Many of his works have been played and sung in and around the area of Mainz and have been received very well by musicians, audience and press.
Julian Mörth was awarded the third prize of the jury and two audience prizes at the Homburg Composition Competition 2011 for his first orchestral piece “Couleurs du Ciel”, which was performed by the Homburger KammerSinfonie Orchester in Germany and the London Spring Sinfonia in London.
He also won the second prize at the International Orange Choral of San Francisco Composer Competition 2012 with the piece “Hymn of victory”.
Since then, Julian Mörth has won a lot of composition contests mostly in the United States and his works have been performed around the world, including Germany, UK, Mexico and the United States.
Since 2017, Julian Mörth conducts the Ebersheimer Kammerorchester, which has premiered a lot of his orchestral works since then. In 2019, he founded the Mörth Singers, a small chamber choir dedicated to perform and record choir music on a very high level.
In this section, you can download some of my pieces for free, others you can buy on the website of the corresponding publisher. If there is nothing for you here, please feel free to contact me. I have plenty of other pieces waiting for you!
I wrote this piece especially for the two christmas concerts on the 1st and 2nd of December, where it was wonderfully sung by a couple of women from the Youth Choir Rheinland-Pfalz under my lead.
The Text is yet another beautiful poem by Sara Teasdale, my favourite poet.
"Stars" (by Sara Teasdale):
Alone in the night
On a dark hill
With pines around me
Spicy and still,
And a heaven full of stars
Over my head,
White and topaz
And misty red;
Myriads with beating
Hearts of fire
Cannot vex or tire;
Up the dome of heaven
Like a great hill,
I watch them marching
Stately and still,
And I know that I
Am honored to be
Of so much majesty.
I wrote this piece in 2014 for me and my siblings to sing together, but we never had the time to do it.
The recording was made by a small group of people from the Youth Choir Rheinland- Pfalz in summer 2014.
I wrote this piece in 2008 as one of my very first choir pieces. I put in a lot of compositional means, like fugatos, putting different motives together and showing the same motive in different contexts.
It is a very challenging piece with rhythmical and harmonical surprises, but once mastered, it is a lot of fun to sing.
The piece was performed for the first time in December 2008 by the girls choir MainzVocal, who were joined by a couple of men for this project, then again in 2013 by the Seattle Children´s Chorus. Click on the link to see a video of the performance.
I wrote this piece in 2014 based on a poem by Sara Teasdale, who is one of my favorite poets. I have put several of her poems into music.
The piece is a small, but fine one, easy to learn and very suitable for example as an encore.
Peace flows into me (by Sara Teasdale):
Peace flows into me
as the tide to the pool by the shore;
it is mine forever more
it ebbs not back like the sea.
Peace is in my heart,
it ebbs not back like the sea.
I am the pool of blue
that worships the vivid sky;
my hopes were heaven high,
they are all fulfilled in you.
I am the pool of gold
when sunset burns a dies;
you are my deep´ning skies,
give me your stars to hold.
Peace flows into me
as the tide to the pool by the shore;
it is mine forever more,
peace is in my heart.
In autumn 2013, I sang the piece "There will be rest" by Frank Ticheli with the Youth Choir Rheinland-Pfalz, an extremly beautiful setting of the even more beautiful poem by Sara Teasdale. When I returned home after our concert, I decided to write a setting of this poem of my own. This was the first poem by Sara Teasdale I put into music, and I have set several other poems by her into music since.
The performance you can hear is from the service on christmas eve 2013, where I sang this piece with my siblings. This piece has been my most popular work ever since and has been performed several times in the region.
"There will be rest" (by Sara Teasdale):
There will be rest, and sure stars shining
Over the roof-tops crowned with snow,
A reign of rest, serene forgetting,
The music of stillness, holy and low.
I will make this world of my devising
Out of a dream in my lonely mind.
I shall find the crystal of peace, - above me
Stars I shall find.
I wrote this piece in 2014, using only the word 'Miserere' and only one musical theme that is presented in the beginning with a pure fifth underneath. Then the piece starts to develop the theme, showing it in different colors, sometimes in inversion, all voices putting one layer after another over the previous one, until the piece explodes in the climax, where the sopranos have to almost scream the high C.
Then, the piece calms down again and finishes in a wonderful, pure minor chord.
The recording is from summer 2017, sung by the Youth Choir Rheinland-Pfalz.
Length: 11 min
Instrumentation: flute and piano
I wrote this sonatina in January 2011. It developed from a sketch for flute and orchestra I had written earlier, were I had put into music a scene from my favourite book, 'Across the Nightingale Floor' by Lian Hearn.
In this scene, the main person, Takeo, sits in the garden of a temple mourning the death of his adopted father when he suddenly hears a beautiful melody played by a flute.
This sketch became the second movement of the sonatina and I added a first and third to create a whole sonata.
You can listen to the first movement on this website, but on the website of the publisher of the score, it is possible to listen to the other movements, as well as buying the score.
Length: 16 min
Instrumentation: violin and piano
I wrote the first two of these four short pieces in 2008 at the age of 17 for a concert with a violinist, from which is also the recording you can hear.
These two pieces mark the beginning of a more modern musical language I developed at the time, as my earlier pieces were still very romantic.
With the miniatures, I tried to find my own language, experimenting with harmonics I had not used before.
Later, in 2010, I added two more miniatures, one of which I wrote for my mother´s 50th birthday, and one I wrote to complete the cycle and to make these four pieces playable in a row like a suite or sonata.
The first and third one are relatively slow pieces, more or less easy to play, whereas the second and fourth are fast and challenging.
The miniatures have the best effect if played all four in a row, but you can also play the first and second together or the third and fourth, or only one of them standing alone e. g. as an encore.
You can listen to the second miniature with the audio player on this page, but there are recordings of the other miniatures on the website of the vendor, where you can buy the score as well.
Length: 30 min
Instrumentation: violin, violoncello and piano
I wrote this trio in 2012, while I had composition lessons with Cord Meijering. It is one of my most modern pieces, sometimes very aggressive and not easy to listen to.
Still, it has some lyric passages and a lot of recognizable elements that can be found in every movement if listened closely to.
The recording is from the premiere on the 8. April 2019 in Wiesbaden, with my brother Frederic Mörth at the violin, Laura Mehlin at the cello and myself at the piano.
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Orchestration: 3/3/2/2, 3/2/2/1, 3 perc., harp, strings
This is my first orchestral piece. I wrote it in 2011 for a composition competition in Germany, were I won the third prize of the jury and two audience awards.
I had already started working on a piece for orchestra in 2009, after watching the movie 'Avatar'. When I heard of the competition in 2011, I decided to continue what I had written earlier. The music reminded me of an upcoming summer storm, and since the theme of the competition was 'colors', I named the piece 'Couleurs du Ciel' (Colors of the Sky), having in mind the changing of the colors in the sky during a storm.
In the beginning of the piece, you can hear the animals of the forest sensing the imminent threat of the storm and seeking shelter. Then the first thunder rumbles in the distance and slowly, the raindrops begin to fall.
Suddenly, there is another thunder, but this time much louder. Rain and wind increase to a real storm, raging across the landscape with violence.
But as quickly as the storm came, it abates, leaving the forest in clear air. And while the last drops fall from the trees, the sun comes back from behind the clouds and a magnificent rainbow shows at the sky, bathing the light in all colors.
You are searching for music suited for a special occasion?
You want to make someone a very special gift?
You need a piece of certain instrumentation and length and cannot find anything on the internet?
These are only some of the reasons to commission a new piece. If you want me to write something, please feel free to contact me via email. The price depends on the length, the size of the instrumentation and other specifications of the piece. We can discuss the details via email.