professor WT publishes the Austrian composer’s work | KAMR


CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — A West Texas A&M University music professor has released the first modern edition of an Austrian composer’s work, according to WTAMU officials.

Officials said Kimberly Hieb, an associate professor of music at the WT School of Music, has published two volumes of sheet music by Andreas Hofer, a church composer who worked in Salzburg, Austria in the 1600s.

Hofer’s book, titled “Andreas Hofer: Ver sacrum seu flores music,” translated as “Sacred Spring or Musical Flowers,” celebrates a series of Catholic holidays, officials added.

“The title relates to the time of year the book was published – springtime – but it also relates to the predominant subject matter of the musical compositions, many of which celebrate sacrifice or martyrdom,” Hieb said. “A ‘Ver sacrum’ or ‘sacred spring’ was a Roman practice of making sacrifices in the spring to hope or give thanks for a successful harvest.”

Hieb explained that this is the first modern musical edition of these compositions, as they exist today only in secular sheet music, which means that individual music books are produced for each instrument or voice rather than the modern form, which consists of a combined score.

Officials added that Hieb traveled to Austria and Germany to conduct her research and transcribe Hofer’s music from their original sources. The trips were funded by a faculty development grant from the WTAMU Foundation.

“Before you can even do the transcription, though, you have to track down all the partbooks, which can be fun and take you on journeys,” Hieb said. “Access to the Ottobeuren archives was particularly difficult because there is no reading room or archivist on staff. The priest’s secretary fetched the partial booklets for me from the archives and let me work on the transcription on a small table in her office.

“This project offers significant sources of church music that was used in Salzburg in the second half of the 17th century, a place and time that abounds in virtuoso violin music that was studied and performed frequently, for example the Sonatas of Heinrich Biber’s Rosary.” Hieb added. “Hofer’s music dates from about a generation before the Mozart family was in Salzburg, but it is still indicative of the music the Mozarts would likely have heard in worship in Salzburg.”

According to WT, the books are available from publisher AR Editions or on Amazon, while WT’s Cornette Library has physical copies and PDFs available in the online music library.

Hieb, according to WT, hosts High Plains Public Radio’s “Classical Music Amarillo” at 12 p.m. Sunday, with an encore at 7 p.m. Thursday.


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