Wolfgang Heisig

Wolfgang Heisig was born in Zwickau in 1952, and studied piano and composition at the Dresden Academy of Music. Since 1990 he has been working intensively on the music of the American composer Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997). As Nancarrow punched his compositions on paper rolls, which were played in outdated, modified Player Pianos, and showed barely any interest in the reproduction and sale of these rolls, Heisig acquired a Phonola (an air-operated piano substitute produced by the Hupfeld company, with which the performer can influence the punched notes sequence by nuanced pedal work and actuating dynamic and tempo levers) and had a PC-controlled punching machine built to be able to produce and perform Nancarrow’s works. The result among others is the globally unique Nancarrow rolls edition. In addition to Nancarrow, Heisig also plays his own pieces in his concerts, as well as works by 20th century composers and compositions of interested composer colleagues. A CD appeared in 2011 with Dabringhaus und Grimm with modern Phonola music, with a volume of poems with the August von Goethe literary publishing house released in 2018.

 

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