Heinz Roy

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Heinz Roy (6 December 1927 – 10 November 2019) was a German Sorb contemporary composer.


Born in Zimpel, Rothenburg (district),[1] Roy grew up in the Upper Lusatia. Sorbs influences form the basis of his musical work. After escaping from captivity in 1945, Roy became a teacher in Brandenburg an der Havel. From 1951 to 1958 Roy first studied music education and composition at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, later with Fritz Reuter at the Humboldt University in Berlin.[2] Transferred to Lodenau [de], he found a patron and teacher in Fritz Reuter, without the dualistic-polar music theory of Reuter's pupil or the "Practical Harmonics of the 20th Century" dogmatising his own style. Roy worked in composition and music education, and in 1989 he became rector and mayor in Klitten. In 1992, after two heart attacks, he resigned from teaching.


Sorbian influences can be found in the Three Sonnets for Soprano and Piano, Op. 65, based on texts by the national poet Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, also in the Sorbian Dances, Op. 49, the Concerto grosso based on Sorbian folk songs, Op. 57, as well as choral works that also take up GDR-related themes.

Roy composed church music, such as Lausitzer Messe, Op. 125, entitled Credo, and a Requiem with a Dona nobis pacem described as "a demand to the divine providence for peace". Of Roy's five symphonies, the Fifth, thematically titled Stalingrad, is dedicated to overcoming the experiences of war. Concertos and variations on themes round off the compositional spectrum.[3]

Roy died in Klitten at the age of 91.


  1. "Roy, Heinz – Deutscher Komponistenverband". Komponistenlexikon (in Deutsch). Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  2. Berg, Hans-Jürgen (8 December 2019). "Glücksfall für die Musikszene / Heinz Roy machte sich als Komponist einen Namen in der Oberlausitz. Jetzt ist er gestorben". Sächsische Zeitung (in German). Dresden. Retrieved 5 February 2021.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  3. Ingolf Tschätsch (23 January 2008). "Musik gegen die Schmerzen". Lausitzer Rundschau. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2021.

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