Gerhard Roither

Gerhard Roither was born in Berlin, in 1932. He studied violin with M. L. König von Kleist and theory and composition with Gotthold Frotscher. Mr. Roither has been a member of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (formerly the RIAS- and later Radio-Symphony Orchestra Berlin) for 42 years. Principal conductors of the DSO have included Ferenc Fricsay, Lorin Maazel, Ricardo Chailly, and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Gerhard Roither was a member of the Fournes String Quartet from 1959 until 1970. In 1972, during a tour with the Berlin Philharmonic, the 12 Cellists of the Be’rlin Philharmonic asked Mr. Roither to compose a few short pieces for them to use as encores. This inspired Mr. Roither to arrange the "Seven Spirituals" for The Berlin Philharmonic Cello Ensemble. The Swedish "Vaermland-Song" was arranged for a concert given by the 12 Cellists in Stockholm for the Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia of Sweden who was born in Germany.
  • Compositions by Gerhard Roither:
    • Two string quartets (1961)
    • Passacaglia or orgue (1968)
    • Introduktion and canon for solo violin and orchestra (1963)
    • Quintet for Winds "Wolkenspiele" (1965) 
  • Orchestrations:
    • Fr. Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione, for string orchestra
    • B. Martinu: Quartre études for Violoncello and chamber orchestra
    • B. Martinu: Variations on a Slovakian traditional for chamber orchestra
    • G. Bottesini: Concertos for one and two double basses for chamber orchestra 
  • Cadenzas for various instruments: 
    • Violin:
      • Jos. Haydn: Concerto Nr. 1 in C major
      • W.A. Mozart: Concerto Nr. 2 in D Major
      • alias W.A. Mozart: Adelaide in D Major
      • alias L. Boccherini Concerto in D Major 
    • Viola:
      • C. Stamitz: Concerto in D Major, Op. 1 
    • Cello:
      • Jos. Haydn: Concerto in D Major
      • Jos. Haydn: Concerto in C Major
      • C.P.E. Bach: Concerto in A Major
      • R. Volkmann: op. 33 a-minor 
    • Two cellos:
      • Storioni: Concertino 
    • Violin and cello:
      • J.C. Bach: Sinfonia Concertante in A Major 
  • Arrangements for string quartet (mostly for educational purposes):
    • J.S. Bach: Adagio and Fugue after the Solo-Sonata in C Major- from "das Wohltemperierte Klavier":
      • Part 1: F# minor (transposed to G minor)
      • Part 2: E-flat minor (transposed to E minor)
      • Part 2: D minor
      • Part 2: B-flat minor (transposed to C minor)with different instruments
    • A. Schoenberg: Sechs kleine Kavierstücke, Op. 19
    • A. Webern: Variations op. 27/3
Below you will find the complete list of scores edited by Gerhard Roither.
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