Morten Schuldt-Jensen was choral director of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig from 1999–2007 and has been professor of choral and orchestral conducting at the Freiburg University of Music since 2006.In addition to his teaching activities, he has worked in Scandinavia and Germany with choirs and orchestras of all kinds and at every level including well-known European ensembles such as SWR Vocal Ensemble, RIAS Chamber Choir, the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Akademie für Alte Musik. He performs regularly with his Danish choir Sokkelund Sangkor, with the Immortal Bach Ensemble and the Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, of which he is chief conductor and artistic director. His repertoire is wide-ranging – from early music to jazz and popular music – and he has won numerous prizes and recorded many highly acclaimed CDs. In addition, he writes and arranges choral music for several publishers, publishes scientific articles and gives lectures in Europe and the USA on interpretation, performance practice and conducting technique.
Combining the three voice parts from the arrangements – Soprano, Alto and Men – the name SAM-Klang combines the Scandinavian and German words for ‘sound’ to create the word ‘sound together’ or ‘harmony’. SAM-Klang provides a solution to the issue that many choruses face: a lack of low voices, and in particular, tenors. Offering basic and advanced choral repertoire, the SAM-Klang collection offers essential parts of the classical German, Scandinavian, French and English SATB repertoire, retaining the original timbres and features with piano reductions to facilitate rehearsal preparation. Schuldt-Jensen’s skilful arrangements retain the characteristic features of the works, which include Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s The Creation, creating pieces which sound nearly unchanged to an audience. This significant new 17 volume series will expand rapidly and promises to very quickly become popular for choral societies, school choirs, and other groups who often struggle for lower voices.
To learn more about SAM-Klang, come by at the Hal Leonard stand at the Biblioteke Neude.