Henri Pensis – a facet to discover…

LMP is currently preparing the edition of works by Henri Pensis (1900-1958). Pensis is mainly acknowledged for his abundant merits regarding symphonic music in Luxembourg. He founded and conducted the RTL Symphony Orchestra from 1933 to 1958 – with the exception of the period from 1940 to 1946, during which he lived in exile in the US. But Henri Pensis was likewise a skilled violinist (he was a Konzertmeister of the WDR Funkhaus Orchester), and a learned composer (having studied with Philipp Jarnach at the Musikhochschule Köln). As there is hardly any sheet music of Pensis’ compositions available, LMP, committed to conserve the treasures of Luxembourg’s musical history, decided to feature some works by this remarkable musician. May this undertaking bring some new insight into this important figure of Luxembourg’s cultural life!

Chance brought it about that some shelf meters of well-ordered files with many autographs and copies of Pensis’ compositions were found in the archives of the Conservatoire in Luxembourg City. As a first batch, LMP intends to publish a collection of songs. Reflecting the cosmopolitan character of this small country, the lyrics will be in French, German, English and, of course, Luxembourgish. These songs bear testimony to Pensis’ sensibility and refined chromatic writing.

As a next step, LMP plans to publish some chamber music works (e.g. Lullaby and the Fantasy on 2 Christmas Carols), as well as some pieces for symphonic orchestra, respectively for wind band. Our News section will be updated for any new releases. – Henri Foehr

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„Luxembourg Music Publishers – Zeitgenössische Kompositionen, musikkompositorisches Erbe Luxemburgs, pädagogisches Repertoire“Revue musicale de l’UGDA, no. 2, October 2020