New pieces

January 2022

  • 18.12.2021 Andreas Kirchhoff: Sonata a 4 Arrangement for brass quintet
  • December 2021

  • 18.12.2021 Richard Wagner: Kaisermarsch Arrangement for brass ensemble
  • November 2021

  • 29.11.2021 Christmas tunes for brass quartet or brass choir
  • October 2021

  • 25.10.2021 music theory for music schools 20 lessons (in german)
  • 10.10.2021 A. Bruckner: Antiphon arrangement for 6 horns
  • 10.07.2021 J.G. Ziegler: Suite transcibed for trumpet and organ
  • September 2021

    August 2021


    sample scores commissions

    This is a small selection of sample scores highlighting the genres: opera, concert and chamber music:

    1. Les Brigands – The Bandits
    Operetta by Jaqcues Offenbach

    Transcription and transposition for the Opera Aachen.

    score page 1

    score page 2

    oboe part

    2. Children’s opera “Beauty and the Beast”
    Play- and text version by Susanne and Karsten Seefing
    Music from the opera “Zemire and Azor” by Louis Spohr

    Transcription and instrumentation for the Opera Krefeld-Moenchengladbach.

    violoncello part page 1

    score page 1

    3. Les contes d’Hoffmann – The Tales of Hoffmann
    Opera by Jaqcues Offenbach

    Transcription and reduction of the instrumentation for the Opera Aachen.

    score page 1

    score page 2

    score page 3

    score page 4

    score page 5

    score page 6

    4. Carl Leibl – Cavatina for bariton and orchestra

    transcription of the parts from a manuscript, compilation of a score and
    piano reduction for the Cologne Cathedral Music concerto with the Guerzenich Orchestra.

    Cavatina before:

    Cavatina after:
    score page 1

    bassoon part

    piano reduction page 1

    5. Robert Schumann – Rêverie

    Arrangement for the nonet of the University of Music and Drama Rostock.

    score page 1

    6. Gustav Mahler: Urlicht

    Horn ensemble arrangement for “Carnaval du Cor”.

    Would you like to commission something or do you have any requests regarding collaboration ? here you find more information and a contact form.

    play along

    Play along – music to play along

    Illustration: Dominik Lang, © Edition Maulwurf 2018
    Illustration: Dominik Lang, © Edition Maulwurf 2018

    Rehearsing or practising a solistic piece, not always are players readily available to accompany.
    Play along recordings can be helpful, then.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
    Horn concerto in D major

    1st movement: Allegro
    tempo: 𝅘𝅥 = 118

    2nd movement: Allegro
    tempo: 𝅘𝅥. = 120

    Carl Friedrich Zelter:
    “Das Veilchen”

    tempo: 𝅘𝅥. = 112

    -> Playbook for horn and piano (20 pieces) <-

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
    Horn concerto in E flat major, K417

    1st movement: Allegro maestoso
    Tempo: 𝅘𝅥 = 118

    2nd movement: Andante
    Tempo: ♪ = 92

    3rd movement: Rondo, Allegro
    Tempo: 𝅘𝅥. = 92


    We’ve worked with:

    Wind Academy Mecklenburg
    Rostock University of Music and Drama
    Opera Krefeld/Moenchengladbach
    University of Music Karlsruhe
    Carnaval du Cor
    Prof. Gregor Witt, Oboe
    Landestheater Eisenach
    Wind quintet of the Staatskapelle Berlin
    Schloss Rheinsberg chamber opera
    Prof. Will Sanders, Horn
    Brass section of the Bochumer Symphoniker
    Faboi double reed quartet
    Prof. Nigel Black, Horn
    Opera Aachen
    Ensemble Opus 45
    Tokyo University of the Arts
    Cologne Cathedral Music
    Sinfonietta VivazzA
    University of the Arts Helsinki

    … and many more

    Animal of the year

    The mole (german: “Maulwurf”) has been nominated animal of the year 2020 by the Deutsche Wildtierstiftung ! A good reason to celebrate this fascinating animal after whom this edition is named.
    Each quarter of this year, we will feature a special edition dedicated to the mole. Stay tuned!

    Visit the website of the Wildtierstifung for comprehensive information about this industrious little animal, wich is digging as busy through the ground as through our pages of sheet music!
    -> link: animal of the year

    Carnaval du Cor

    Once a year a group of horn enthusiasts consisting of amateurs, professionals, experts, students and many solists of distinction is congragating in the south of germany to celebrate this unique musical instrument.

    The 27th version of »Carnaval du Cor« will be held February 21 – 25, 2020
    in Pullach near Munich. Fitting that number, europe’s biggest horn festival features 27 professors and instructors of phantastic quality: Radek Baborák (special guest), Prof. Thomas Hauschild, Prof. Mahir Kalmik, Prof. Ab Koster, Andreas Kreuzhuber (youngest principal horn of Bamberg Symphony ever),

    Simon Mayr

    The german Johann Simon Mayr (1763-1845) is one of the wrongfully forgotten composers, except in Italy, where he stayed the better part of his lifetime and became very famous and successful. He wrote many operas, sinfonies and a lot of chamber music as well.
    Even more productive in the field of sacred compositions (many of which include an obligato, a solo instrument), Mayr carried the dramatic, theatrical style shown in his stage works into the churches. His melodic music is extraordinary well set and orchestrated, making it hard to believe that his name is rarely mentioned in his home country.

    Edition Maulwurf presents a series of Mayr’s works in order to
    make his music available to a broader public.

    So far pulished:
    Gloria Patri in F for soprano, corno obligato, oboe obligato and strings
    Nisi Dominus for bass, choir SATB, flute, oboe,
    clarinet, 2 horns and strings
    Gloria Patri in Es for alto, choir SATB,
    2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns (1.= obligato)
    Sicut erat for choir and orchestra
    Goria Patri arranged for soprano, horn and organ
    Sextett Nr.1 for oboe, 2 clarinets, horn and 2 bassoons
    Sextett Nr.2 for clarinet, 2 horns, 2 violas and bassoon
    Sextett Nr.3 for oboe, 2 horns, 2 violas and bassoon
    Sextett Nr.4 for 2 clarinets, bassett horn, 2 horns and bassoon
    Sextett Nr.5 for 2 clarinets, 2 horns and 2 bassoons

    Edition Maulwurf – On tour!

    Last year I traveled around the entire globe. I took the Edition Maulwurf buisiness card with me to prove my steps by taking pictures with it in front of popular tourist sites:

    Find out about the route and view many more photos (in german):

    Johann Wilhelm Mangold

    Today, the german composer Johann Wilhelm Mangold is one of the less common names. Back in his time, he was a well established member of the musical landscape.
    Native to the city Darmstadt, Mangold was born into a family of rich musicial
    tradition in 1796.
    He joined the Hofkapelle as a violinist and raised, like his father Georg, to the
    rank of Hofkapellmeister. Brother Carl Ludwig Amadeus, also known as Carl Armand, gained certain fame as a composer as well.

    Aside from some operas, festive- and incidental musics, Mangold composed lots of chamber music, some of wich feature the horn as a solistic instrument.
    These horn parts, even with valve horns in existance, and no particular mentioning within the scores, are obviously written for natural horn.
    This kind of music, probably ment to be performed in musical salons, provides us with interesting and valuable insides of the early 19th century music and the usage of the horn.

    Mangold’s compositions lie in style beetween Schubert and Weber. Some references to Meyerbeer can also be recognised. His music can be described as melodic, with conventional, though interesting harmonics.
    Bass line and musical structures are worked out very well.

    Edition Maulwurf starts with the following two compositios by J.W. Mangold:
    Serenada for 4 horns and bassoon (1845)
    9 pieces for horn and pianoforte (~ 1854)
    Printed versions can be bought at Blechbläsersortiment Köbl.
    Audio samples and more music, also by Carl Armand, will be following soon.

    new categories

    Music for wind trio is a sub-category of  Music for wind ensemble and
    starts with these 3 items:
     Telemann: Rondeau für Oboe, Klarinette und Fagott
    Stölzel: Dominica Laetare für Oboe, Klarinette und Fagott
    – Heinichen: Sonata für Flöte, Klarinette und Fagott

    Music for horn and piano currently contains 2 items:
    Souvenirs de Bayreuth by G. Fauré und A. Messager
    – Authentic 9 pieces for horn and pianoforte, composed around 1852 by J.W. Mangold.

    music for clarinet quartet

    The three latest items all are made for clarinet quartet:
    2 clarinets (B), basset horn (F), bass clarinet (B).

    1. Christoph Willibald Gluck:
    Dance of the blessed spirits from the opera “Orphee ed Euridice”

    2. Camille Saint-Saëns:
    Bagatelle Op.3 Nr.4

    3. Jean-Phillipe Rameau
    9 – part suite
    compiled from pieces of the opera “Platée”:
    – Passepied 1, Passepied 2
    – Menuett 1, Menuett 2
    – Air 1, Air 2
    – Marche pour la Danse
    – Entrée
    – Musette
    – Passepied 1, Passepied 2
    – Rigaudon 1, Rigaudon 2
    – Tambourin 1, Tambourin 2.


    news for horn quartet, and Telemann

    New items for horn quartet:

    -H. Lehmann: Quartet for 4 horns in different keys (ca.1800)
    -H. Lehmann: Choral “Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt machen” for 4 horns (ca.1800)
    -H. Henkel: Quartet for 4 F horns Op.33 (ca.1830)

    Soon another authentic work for 4 horns will follow: J.G. Abeltshauser –
    12 quartets.

    Four new items have been added to Edition Telemann:
    Concerto in D TWV54:D3 (3 Clarini, Tympani, 2 Oboe, Violini, Viola, Basso)
    Concerto in D TWV51:D1 (Flauto traverso, Violini, Viola, Cembalo)
    Concerto in D TWV51:D2 (Flauto traverso, Violini, Viola, Cembalo)
    Concerto in c TWV51:c1 (Oboe, Violini, Viola, Basso)

    audio samples and new item

    A new audio sample has been added to:
    A. Bruckner: Ecce Sacerdos for horn ensemble
    A. Bruckner: Tantum Ergo for horn quintet
    G. Bizet: Carmen for horn ensemble
    J. Strauss: Ouverture ‘The Bat’ for nonet
    F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Scherzo for nonet

    One new item for nonet is availlable now:
    5 Military Marches by Ludwig van Beethoven
    1. “Marsch in B” (WoO29), ca. 1:10 min.
    2. “Marsch für Militärmusik” in F (WoO18, 1809), ca. 1:30 min.
    3. “Marsch für Militärmusik” in F (WoO19, 1810), ca. 2:00 min.
    4. “Marsch (Zapfenstreich) für Militärmusik” in C (WoO20, 1809), ca. 3:20 min.
    5. „Militair-Marsch“ in D (WoO24, 1816), ca. 4:30 min.

    Opera and horn ensemble

    The motto of the Hornweek 2017 in Maastricht is: Opera and horn ensemble
    Professor Will Sanders commissioned a number of new arrangements for that purpose:

    “Der Freischütz” for horn ensemble
    4 arrangements for 14 horns
    02. Trio with chorus
    03. Cavatine
    04. Chorus of the huntsmen

    “Fidelio” for horn octet
    3 arrangements for 8 horns
    01. Ouverture
    02. Aria
    03. Recitativo and Aria

    Duetto from „Rigoletto“: “Si, Vendetta” for 12 horns

    Don Carlo” for Hornensemble
    6 arrangements for 12+4 horns
    Introduction, Coro di cacciatori
    02. Scene and Duetto
    03. Preludio
    04. Scene and Aria
    05. Aria „Per me giunto“
    06. Finale

    “Carmen” for Hornensemble
    6 arrangements for 10 horns
    02. Habanera
    03. Prelude act II
    04. Toreador Aria
    05. Air
    06. Finale

    All movements, except the ouvertures, can either be performed with solo voice(s) or with horns only.

    Horn and Organ

    The French horn is (although pretty tricky to handle) a highly impressive and admired solo instrument. The very charming combination with an organ on the other hand, is not as common as horn and piano or horn and orchestra, not to mention the solistic appearances from within the orchestra. That also means the choice of suitable pieces is not very great.
    Therefore new at Edition Maulwurf:

    16 solo pieces of medium difficulty, for horn with organ accompaniment,
    from the baroque, classical and romantic era.
    Matthias Pflaum and Wilhelm Junker have prepared a few demo recordings.
    Follow the link below to listen, and have a look at some sample pages of the:
    Album for Horn and Organ

    wrongly forgotten composers

    Famous in their time, but mostly forgotten today – this is the fate many a truly creditable composer happened to suffer throughout history.
    Today plenty of ensembles, musicians and institutes make it their task to rediscover unknown or lost works of music, putting a lot of effort in editing, publishing and performing those. Digital and online resources of libraries and archives make it a lot easier to do so than just 20 years ago.
    Still, however committed these efforts are, it does change surprisingly little for the reputation of the long gone authors and their presence in our concert halls, despite the more than occasional find of real masterpieces.