digital development with new website

September 2017

Digital workflows are becoming increasingly important — check out the offer and services of our new department

Red Commotion

September 2017

Arsenal On Sunday, 12th of November, the Komische Oper Berlin is screening the silent movie "Arsenal" (Ukraine, A. Dowschenko, 1929).
Alexander Grebtschenko has composed a new music to be played live by the Orchester der Komischen Oper under the direction of Frank Strobel.
(performance materials by NGB)

Rebecca Saunders, “Nether”

August 2017

During the Musikfest Berlin Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Enno Poppe and the Ensemble Musikfabrik will premiere a 70 minute new work for soprano and “spatialised ensemble” called “YES“! There are twentyfive modules in total and number 24 “Nether” forms the core ensemble section based on the monologue of Molly Bloom from Ulysses by James Joyce.
(copy editing and performance materials by NGB)

August in London

July 2017

Royal Albert Hall Stepha Schweiger‘s stage work “The Mark on the Wall” based on Virginia Woolf’s short story will be premiered concertante on the 13. August in London at the „tête-à-tête“-opera festival. Impressions from a previous version can be seen on YouTube.
(We worked on the performance materials and an audio synthesis.)

During this year’s “Proms” a studio album, “Passages” from 1990 which combined the minimalist music of Philip Glass with Pandit Ravi Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music will receive its first complete live performance. The recording as well as manuscript sketches served as the basis for the reconstruction of the Shankar scores. The Britten Sinfonia under Karen Kamensek will be joined by Ravi Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar for this premiere.

Ming Canons

May 2017

“Der Sommer in Stuttgart” features “Das wassergewordene Kanon-Buch” by Ming Tsao. The work comprises twenty canons written for six singers of the “Neue Vokalsolisten” and adopts the formal structure of J.S. Bach’s puzzle canons, uses texts by Paul Celan, and refers to Shakespeare and the natural sounds of Iceland.
(performance materials by NGB)

Björk Songbook

April 2017

We have just completed a rather uncommon and unconventional project: Björk’s career-spanning “Songbook” published by Chester’s in London. On more than 200 pages she unfolds her musical cosmos. The graphic design and music font were developed by M/M (Paris) for the mobile app “Biophilia”. Translating this design to the print layout has been a huge challenge.


April 2017

On the 18th of April Michaël Levinas' "Passion selon Marc" — une passion après Auschwitz has been premiered by the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under the direction of Marc Kissóczy. The concert took place in the church Saint-François/Lausanne and has been broadcast by Arte TV in full length.
(Copyediting and proofing, orchestra parts, choir- and soloists’ materials by NGB)

In the meantime

March 2017

It may have seemed quiet here, but this was mainly due to a heavy workload. Amongst other projects with which we have been (or still are) occupied with, are:

First Volume published!

March 2017

Corpus monodicum, Abt. II, Tropen, Bd. 1 has been published by Schwabe Verlag Basel as the first of 23 planned volumes. Congratulations to the editorial team on this long awaited event!
Announcement and more details on the academy's project website
(see also below, Aug. 2012 and Jan. 2014)

Size matters!

February 2017

With our new printer Canon 7280 we now are able to provide scores up to 49x33 cm (19x13 inch) at high speed and superb quality! This format allows for parts as booklets up to 33x24 cm (13x9,5 inch).
You will like it!

Looking back and ahead 2016/17

December 2016

An exciting year comes to the end; NGBs personnel continues to expand:
A new department “digital development” came into life when Thomas Weber joined us. The future challenges of our line of business and working methods will need to be addressed with digital means.
Meritxell Canela, for a number of years a freelance partner of ours, joined the team in October. Fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, Catalan, Oboe, Sibelius and Finale, Meritxell now invigorates our editorial department.

ParZeFool – “Mondparsifal Alpha Eins Erzmutter” bei den Wiener Festwochen 2017

July 2016

"When Meese and his spiritual brother, composer Bernhard Lang, meet Richard Wagner's Parsifal, they don't warm up leftover art for breakfast. This is a meeting of primal artistic forces. Meese and Lang deconstruct the myths of Wagner and Parsifal, dissect them into their component parts, and creatively reconstruct them, devising a contemporary artistic energy field […] Performance, music, visual art, and theatre merge into an art spacecraft [...]" Tomas Zierhofer-Kin, Intendant
This spacecraft will cruise through music space on the basis of some thousend pages of orchestral material, which we are about to edit.
website Wiener Festwochen

Philippe Manoury, THE KÖLN TRILOGY, part 1: “Ring”

April 2016

Over the next years Philippe Manoury’s cycle for large orchestra will be premiered by the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne. “Ring”, being the first of three parts, is programmed on May 22nd. Read more about the concept on the composer’s website. The Full Score can be previewed on issuu.
We had about ten weeks to complete the materials for this 40-minute work which asks for 120 musicians forming an orchestra of 14 instrument groups.

Alfredo Casella, “La donna serpente“

February 2016

Born into a musical family of Turin, Casella completed „La donna serpente“ 1931 after a play with the same title by Carol Gozzi from 1762. Until now the opera has been performed from the manuscript score. For the upcoming premiere at the Teatro Regio di Turino we engraved the conductor‘s score.

Sergej Newski: “Cloud Ground“

January 2016

In “parallel motion“ with the composer we just completed the materials for his new violin concerto. Elena Revich, Emilio Pomàrico and the SWR-Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart will premiere the work during the ECLAT-Festival on February 7th.

(Editing and complete performance materials by ngb)

Péter Eötvös’ “Tre Sestri“ in Vienna

November 2015

The new production of this opera at the Wiener Staatsoper next March will make use of revised materials which we are currently editing for Ricordi. There are also plans to replace the hand-copied Vocal Score and after almost twenty years of heavy use the manuscript conducting score will find its place in the archives ...

Ming Tsao, “Mirandas Atemwende“

September 2015

After the great success of Ming’s „Die Geisterinsel” premiered by the Staatstheater Stuttgart in 2011, „Mirandas Atemwende” functions as a second act and continues his musical commentary on texts by Shakespeare through the poetry of Paul Celan and J. H. Prynne. Ming’s musical language is characterized by the coalescence of music and noise, exploring the boundaries between the concrete and the intangible. „Miranda’s Atemwende“ will be premiered during the Kontraklang Festival by the Kammerensemble Neue Musik in Berlin on November 27th. Both acts will be produced by the Gothenburg Opera house in Sweden next year. Ming’s works are published by the Edition Peters Group.
(Editing and complete performance materials by ngb)

Going North!

August 2015

The “most northerly professional orchestra in the European Union“ Lapin Kamariorkesteri based in Rovaniemi, Finnland will perform Benedict Mason’s “Imposing a Regular Pattern in Chaos and Heterophony“ under the direction of John Storgårds on the 5th of September. Cool off and get your tickets here.
We prepared the demanding materials with a rather complex instrument part’s cueing system and the full score sometimes showing three independent layers simultaneously. (see a sample)

New York calling!

June 2015

Juilliard School This year's IAML congress will take place from 21st to 26th of June in New York City. It will be held in conjunction with the International Musicological Society (IMS) in the newly-renovated spaces of the Juilliard School.
Werner J. Wolff is giving a paper on mono:di, the digital tool for the long-term editing project corpus monodicum.

Schwetzingen — Hèctor Parra

May 2015

Hèctor Parra’s new opera „Wilde“ (following his last stage work „Das geopferte Leben“ just one year ago) will be premiered on the 22nd of May during the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele. This time the libretto is by Händl Klaus with stage direction and lighting led by Calixto Bieito.
The top-class singers and the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart will be conducted by Peter Rundel.
An interview with Hèctor can be watched on YouTube.
(Editing and complete performance materials by ngb)

something different

March 2015

PSS Boulez(Detail) While working on materials for three full scale operas at the same time, these small samples prepared for the Paul-Sacher-Foundation’s official bulletin provides a welcome change. The 2015 issue include two essays on Pierre Boulez.

musica viva — Rebecca Saunders

January 2015

SAUNDERS, Alba On 20th of February Peter Eötvös premieres Rebecca’s new trumpet concerto “Alba“, dedicated to the soloist Marco Blaauw in a musica viva concert with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio. The composer will be awarded the “Happy-New-Ears“-prize.

(Editing and performance materials by ngb)

score of the month

November 2014

Manoury, Instants pluriels (Detail) For the revision of an earlier work by Philippe Manoury the full score need to unite two ensembles that at times are playing non-synchronized. Besides that, certain tempo processes in the music were to reflect by spacing proportions. The first performance of “Instants pluriels“ will take place in Paris on 13th January at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees.

Music for Heart and Breath

September 2014

Richard Reed Parry An unconventional approach to composing and thus notating music has been taken by Richard Reed Parry on his release for Deutsche Grammophon.
ngb was pleased to assist with the notational conception and realization of the performance materials published by Chester Music. Impressions from a performance with the Ensemble stargaze and André de Ridder on YouTube.

Donaueschingen 2014

August 2014

D'eschingen 2014 “... and ..."
This year’s festival poster motive features a drawing by Chiyoko Szlavnics, whose composition “Inner Voicings“ for ensemble will be premiered by Klangforum Wien and conducted by Ilan Volkov on October 18th. As previously, we worked closely with the composer on the digital preparations for the score and performance material.

Salzburg: Ouverture spirituelle

July 2014

void This year’s concert series includes Samir Odeh-Tamimi’s “Mansúr“ for large choir, four brass players and two percussionists with texts by and reflections on the Sufi mystic Mansur Al-Hallaj (858–922). Rupert Huber conducts the BR Choir and members of the BR Symphonic Orchestra.

(Editing and performance materials by ngb)

Witten 2014

April 2014

void Amongst the commissions for this year’s Witten Festival for Contemporary Chamber Music are pieces by Rebecca Saunders and Philippe Manoury. While the preparation of Trauermärsche will soon be finished, the materials for void are with the WDR symphony orchestra already.

(Editing and performance materials by ngb)

March 2014

Schnebel Right now we are working at full stretch on two major stage works which couldn't be more different. Dieter Schnebel’s rather sparse manuscript for “Utopien” set up for six singers (Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart) and five instruments explores no less than eight languages including Greek and Hebrew as well as their transliterations.
(Editing and performance materials by ngb)

Parra The Catalan Hèctor Parra has set the German translation of a French text by Marie NDiaye to music. His opulent manuscript for “Das geopferte Leben” stages four singers and two ensembles. The full score comprises of more than 350 pages. The ensemble recherche and the Freiburger Barockorchester will perform together in modern and baroque tunings under the baton of Peter Tilling.
(complete materials by ngb)

Juliana Hodkinson at MaerzMusik

February 2014

We are looking forward to Juliana Hodkinson’s “Angel View“! The first performance takes place 18th March at Berghain, Berlin, with Scenatet performing at the MaerzMusik Festival.
(Editing and performance materials by ngb)

mono:di 1.0 online

January 2014

Corpus Monodicum After more than a year developing time and a tough testing phase, we proudly present the first version of our web-based software mono:di to the interested public. Commissioned by the University of Würzburg, this tool facilitates editing of medieval chants in a way that can not be rivaled by any standard music notation application (be it open source or proprietary). While being a browser based tool that allows registered editors to collaborate online via a server managing their music, mono:di makes use of latest web technology to also enable offline work. As this technology is not yet consistently supported by all browsers, the application is designed to run in Google Chrome or Firefox. More information about the long-term editing project can be found on the corpus monodicum web page We are looking forward to your feedback!


September 2013

this year the festival is devoted to exploring the concept of “large scale” in music composition. We are very pleased to be involved in the preparation of three of these major works by creating the materials for the premieres of Enno Poppe’s “Speicher”, Bernhard Lang’s “Monadologie XIII” und Philippe Manoury’s “in situ”. For the first time we will also be present at the books- and scores-fair at the venue. See you there!


September 2013

Musicwriter Keys Association Typographique Internationale is the most important international organisation dedicated to type and typography. This year’s conference will take place in Amsterdam from 9th to 13th of October. Werner J. Wolff will be delivering a lecture on music notation.

Music sprung from graphic art

September 2013

Szlavnics The composer Chiyoko Szlavnics works in an unusual way by beginning her compositions with drawings and graphics. Her re-working of “Reservoir” for orchestra and sinewaves will be premiered on Nov. 16th in the Liederhalle, Stuttgart. Lucas Vis will be conducting the SWR-Radio-Sinfonie Orchester.
(ngb provided technical/notational consultation and prepared the instrumental parts)

Co-operation with the Berlin Music Academy “Hanns Eisler”

July 2013

We are excited to announce that klangzeitort, the Institute for New Music at the HfM/UdK and ngb have agreed on a cooperation. The aim will be to explore and develop new methods for digital data processing on all kinds of contemporary performance materials.

Te craindre en ton absence

February 2013

Little after the completion of “inFall” we took on the next piece by Hèctor Parra. The monodrame is the result of his collaboration with highly acclaimed french writer Marie NDiaye. The Ensemble Intercontemporain will premiere the work in March 2014.

Bernhard Lang

February 2013

For many years renowned composers such as Enno Poppe, Rebecca Saunders or Ming Tsao have put faith in our services. We are glad to announce a new cooperation with Bernhard Lang which starts with the editing of his massive composition “Monadologie XIII” for this year’s opening concert at Musiktage Donaueschingen. In order to cope with the enormous amount of materials, expected are approximately 1000 pages of full score and 4000 pages of parts, we have developed digital batch processing routines for proofing and editing.

Richard Wagner-Anniversary II

January 2013

Once again Wagner: In a co-production between ZDF/ARTE, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Europäische Filmphilharmonie, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, the newly restored silent film “Richard Wagner” (Carl Froelich, 1913) will be premiered on May 22nd, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. Bernd Schultheis has orchestrated the original music by Giuseppe Becce. The Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz will be playing under the direction of Frank Strobel – ARTE will broadcast live from the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden. (Editorial work and preparation of performance materials by ngb)

Richard Wagner-Anniversary

December 2012

The Wagner anniversary year 2013 is almost upon us. During the last five years we have engraved eight of the ten newly edited piano reductions. of Wagner operas for Schott: Fliegender Holländer, Lohengrin, Rheingold, Walküre, Götterdämmerung, Tristan, Meistersinger and Parsifal. Based on the Richard Wagner Gesamtausgabe, these will set the new standard and probably be the last complete edition in printed form ...

Brian Ferneyhough

November 2012

The Ensembles musikFabrik and EXAUDI are performing Brian Ferneyhough’s “Finis Terrae” for six voices and ensemble on November the 12th and 24th in Paris and Cologne respectively. See also the musikFabrik's blog.
(ngb did a rush job on the instrumental parts)

corpus monodicum

August 2012

The Edition project CORPUS MONODICUM the monophonic music of the Latin middle ages is part of the research programme at the Academy of science and literature Mainz. ngb was commisioned to provide a digital tool, which will be designed to record mediaeval vocal music. In cooperation with the Institute for music research at the University of Würzburg we evaluate options and approaches for the realization of this software application and have developed a prototype.

Fletch for Arditti and Ire for Queyras

July 2012

While the Arditti Quartet was premiering Rebecca Saunders’ string quartett Fletch last week at musikprotokoll in Graz (Austria) the composer was writing a new work for Solo-Cello and ensemble: Ire will be first performed on November the 17th during the Contemporary Music Festival. Peter Rundel is conducting the Ensemble Resonanz, the soloist is Jean-Guihen Queyras.
(performance materials for both pieces by ngb)

Babylon (quasi una audioguida)

June 2012

The Bavarian State Opera Munich has commisioned the audio synthesis of the score of Babylon, the new opera by Jörg Widmann. MidiScor was used to extract the raw data from the full score, which then was enhanced to synthesize the large orchestra. The première will take place on 27th of October. Conductor: Kent Nagano, text: Peter Sloterdijk, production: Carlus Padrissa – La Fura dels Baus.

Manoury, Metzmacher, Neuburger

Mai 2012

Paris, Salle Pleyel: Ligeti and Mahler are framing the First Performance of the new Piano Concerto by Philippe Manoury (1st of May). Soloist: Jean-Frédéric Neuburger; the Orchestre de Parisis conducted by Ingo Metzmacher.
(performance materials by ngb)

Your IQ

April 2012

The Klangforum Wien is opening this year’s Schwetzinger Festspiele with Enno Poppe’s new opera “IQ”. The libretto was written by Marcel Beyer; an interview with Enno (in German) can be found here.
(performance materials by ngb)

Parra: First Performance in his birth town

February 2012

Lothar Zagrosek and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya are giving the première of Hèctor Parras “inFall” (Barcelona, L'Auditori, 24., 25., 26. Febr.)
(Full performance materials by ngb)


January 2012

ngb offers a Internship - more details here! (in German)

New perspective

October 2011

ngb is moving! From November on our office will be located at the romantic Engelbecken.
Engelbeckenhof Engelbecken


September 2011

„Zions-Lieder“ — an anthology of four-part hymns will soon be published by the Wegbereiter publishing house. The leather-bound volume comprises of 705 chants on 680 pages and replaces it's predecessors from 1893 and 1917 respectively. (Editing assistance, typographic concept, layout and engraving by ngb.)

Caroline Widmann plays Rebecca Saunders

July 2011

Rebecca Saunders’ new Violin Concerto (commissioned by Beethovenfest Bonn and BBC Radio 3) will be premiered in Bonn on the 29th of September by Carolin Widmann and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sylvain Cambreling. The UK premiere will take place at the Barbican on February 12th 2012.
(Full performance materials by ngb)

zeitoper Stuttgart

April 2011

Die Geisterinsel a new opera by Ming Tsao will be premiered on 2nd of May at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Stefan Schreiber will be conducting the production by Matthias Rebstock
(Materials by ngb)

Schnebel 80!

November 2010

Dieter Schnebel turns 80. His Sonanzen for string-quintet will be performed on 13th Nov. in Kaiserslautern. (Materials by ngb)

Mahler’s latest

July 2010

Gustav Mahler’s fragments and drafts of his 10th symphony have been reconstructed newly by Yoel H. Gamzou - the first performance will take place at the Synagoge Rykestraße, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg on 5th of Sept. 2010.
(Full score and materials by ngb)

a Roma!

June 2010

__ Werner J. Wolff was granted a scolarship (borsisti bimestrale) by the Deutsche Akademie Villa Massimo (July / Aug. 2010)

Les chants de Maldoror

May 2010

Philipp Maintz’ opera after Lautreamont’s Maldoror will be premiered on the 8th May in Aachen — further performances are scheduled for Munich and Basel
(Performance materials by ngb)

for Piano Album. Bärenreiter Contemporary Composers
(Engraving by ngb)

Grawemeyer Award

April 2010

for Sphären by York Höller
(Full score and materials by ngb)