Moric Lasman

Moritz Lassmann (1987, Germany). In 2010 he began studying Composition under Claus Kühnl at Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory in Frankfurt. Since April 2015 he continues his studies with Prof. Markus Hechtle and Prof. Wolfgang Rihm at the University of Music in Karlsruhe.
His compositions for orchestra, chamber ensembles and films include both traditional and modern influences. He works with his own systems for gener-ating new tonal resources and harmonic contexts. However, the musical aes-thetic always has the highest priority. Thus, he avoids the compulsion to such innovations, in which his music would be alienated from the sound by rigid adherence to abstract models.
Moritz Laßmann was winner of national and international Composition Competitions as well as participant in multiple masterclasses, among others, with Dieter Ammann, Chaya Czernowin, Arnulf Herrmann, and Johannes Schöllhorn.

The Toccata was written in 2016 and premiered by the American harpsichordist Kristian Nyquist in Karlsruhe/Germany. It consists of three parts based on a hidden tone-row which binds the composition together: a slow powerful introduction; followed by a wild, fast segment; and finally a canon that terminates into a coda. The melodic lines are the most distinctive aspect defining the character of this work.