Jens Joneleit

Jens Gerd Joneleit ( born September 17, 1968 in Offenbach am Main ) is a German composer.

Life and work

Joneleit grew up in Nieder-Roden at Offenbach. In the local music club, he learned to play the drums. After school and civil service Joneleit first played drums in local rock and jazz groups. In 1990 he moved to the United States. There he studied in Vermillion (South Dakota) and Madison (Wisconsin ) at Stephen Yarbrough ( b. 1946 ), Robert Marek ( 1915-1995 ), Lewis Hamvas and Joel Naumann ( student of Stefan Wolpe ).

Since 1997 Joneleit works as a freelance composer. His special interest is larger formats such as music theater and orchestral works, as well as chamber music, film and radio play. 2002 his first portrait CD appeared with chamber music. In 2006 he was awarded the Composers' Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the same year his play Le tout le rien was included in the Contemporary Music Edition of the German Music Council. Michael Herrschel about Joneleit: " The musical roots of Jens Joneleit you can in the free jazz, which fascinated him early, as well as looking at the naive earnestness with which he began to study the ancient European heritage in all its contrasts and contradictions. "

Jens Joneleit lives in Berlin. In 2010 he was awarded the Culture Prize of his hometown Rodgau for the year 2009. On October 3, 2010, his opera Metanoia. Unter den Linden premiered beyond thinking opening the alternate stage of the Berlin State Opera under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.


Stage Works

  • The fire. Proscaenium emblematicum. Libretto: Michael Herrschel (after Andreas Gryphius ). UA 2007 Stuttgart ( Stuttgart Theater, directed by Matthias Mohr; room concept: Gunnar Hartmann; New Vocal Soloists Stuttgart, Ensemble Modern, conducted by Franck Ollu )
  • Piero - end of the night. Radio play for a theater of wandering thoughts and sounds. Libretto: Michael Herrschel ( under free use of passages from The Red by Alfred Andersch ). UA 2008 Munich ( Muffathalle; coproduction Munich Biennale / Opera Frankfurt / Experimental Studio Freiburg, directed by Katharina Thoma; room concept: Gunnar Hartmann; Equipment: Anomone Bold; Dramaturgy: Norbert Abels, with John M. Köster [ Baritone ], Chorus Soloists of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Modern, conducted by Yuval Zorn )
  • Metanoia. Beyond thinking. Libretto: René Pollesch, UA 2010 Berlin ( Staatsoper Unter den Linden, evasive stage Schiller Theater, directed by Christoph Schlingensief, with soprano Annette Dasch, Conductor: Daniel Barenboim )

Vocal compositions

  • Moon mist country, 7 songs for medium voice and piano. Texts: Franz Xaver Staudigl. UA 1998 Beratzhausen ( tithe barn )
  • The city in all winds, seven songs for high female voice, flute / alto flute / bass flute and piano. Texts: George Ting Brit. UA 1999 Regensburg ( Weinschänk villa )
  • Kitzgrau, 3 songs for high female voice, flute / alto flute / bass flute and piano. Texts: Margret hell. UA 2002 Regensburg ( festival hall of the Government of Upper Palatinate, with Rudi Spring [ Piano ] )
  • Night Song. Text: Georg Trakl. UA 2005 Stuttgart ( Collegiate Church; vocal ensemble Singer Pur )
  • Thirst. Texts: Albert Schirnding. UA 2005 Regensburg
  • Think it as green. Texts: Clemens Podewils. UA 2005 Regensburg
  • Parzival moments. Recital for speaking voices, voice and piano. Texts: Tancred Dorst, editing: Michael Herrschel. UA 2005 Munich ( Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, with Rolf Boysen, Dieter Dorn, Thomas Holtzmann, Stefan Hunstein, Gisela Stein, Annette Jahns [ mezzo- soprano ] and Siegfried Mauser [ piano ] )
  • When word. Texts: Friedrich Hölderlin. UA 2007 Tübingen ( Hölderlinturm; Thomas E. Bauer [ baritone ], Siegfried Mauser [ piano ] )

Chamber music, ensemble and orchestral works

  • Il canto l' interno, ... nell'intimo (1998 ) for flute / piccolo / bass flute, clarinet / bass clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano. UA 2005 Kirchberg an der Jagst (lock - school, yellow ensemble sound )
  • Willow song (1997/ 98) for orchestra. UA 2000 Riedenburg ( Moscow Symphony Orchestra, conductor Alexei Kornienko )
  • String Quartet (1999). UA 2005 Stuttgart (Theater; Helios Quartet )
  • Lux perveniet. Symphonic Chorale on Reformation for winds, percussion and bells. UA 1999 Regensburg ( Trinity Church )
  • Nowhere in the ... for bass flute / piccolo, cello and piano. UA 2003 Aachen ( Wolpe Trio )
  • Shape in the river. UA 2004 Frankfurt am Main ( Sendesaal hr; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lucas Vis)
  • Under the spell for Orchestra. UA 2005
  • Le tout le rien for 27 players. UA 2005 Dresden ( Hygiene-Museum, Ensemble Modern, conducted by Franck Ollu )
  • Verve. Hörfilm for ensemble. UA 2006 Frankfurt am Main ( Acting; Ensemble Modern, conductor: Sian Edwards)
  • Marea for bass clarinet, percussion, piano and double bass. UA 2006 Munich ( Cultural Gasteig, Black Box )
  • From other rooms .... UA 2006 Stuttgart (Theater, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Peter Hirsch)
  • Élan for Flute, 2 horns, 3 violins, viola, cello and double bass. UA 2006 Vienna ( Musikverein; members of the Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim )
  • Near to far. String Quintet. UA 2006 Augsburg ( Schaezlerpalais; Petersen Quartet, Hartmut Rohde )
  • Phon for 19 brass instruments. UA 2007 Frankfurt am Main ( Sendesaal hr; members of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Sian Edwards)
  • Sima. Piano Quartet. UA 2007 Stuttgart (Theater; Artis Piano Quartet )
  • Field for Orchestra. UA 2008 Munich ( Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Marcus R. Bosch)
  • Dithyrambes for orchestra, 2009
  • Section, commissioned for Klavierfieber 2011 Berlin, inspired by the Dada Picture of Hannah Höch Cut With a Kitchen Knife Through dei last Weimar Beer Belly Cultural Epoch; UA June 26, 2011 New National Gallery, Berlin
  • Adagio for Orchestra, UA 2011 March 29, 2012 Frankfurt ( Alte Oper, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Sakari Oramo ).


  • Illuviation (2003, with Roscoe Mitchell) for Flute / Piccolo / Saxophone ( S'ino / S / A / T / B), drum set, electric bass and piano
  • In-Between. Blue Pieces ( 2004) for drum set, electric bass and piano
  • Maze. Drum solo ( 2004)
  • Arbitrary (2005-2007, with Tom pupils) for trumpet / flugelhorn, drum set, electric bass and piano