Wolfgang-Andreas Schultz first studied musicology. Since 1972 he studied music theory and composition with Ernst Gernot Klussmann and since 1975 with György Ligeti. From 1977 on he initially taught as a lecturer and assistant to György Ligeti. Since 1988, until his retirement in 2016, he was professor at the Musikhochschule Hamburg for music theory and composition.
Main works of Wolfgang-Andreas Schultz are two chamber operas, two full-length operas („Stormy Night“, Nuremberg 1987 and „Achilles Among the Maids“, Kassel 1997), many orchestra works, incuding „Mythic Landscape“, the dance poem „Shiva“ for flute and orchestra, the 1st symphony „The Voices of Chartres“ and the chamber symphony „The Sun of Tabriz“.
The music style of Wolfgang-Andreas Schultz has been characterized by John Borstlap:
- [...] his work signifies a profound change in compositional thinking in contemporary Germany. [...] Schultz has experimented with an idea of returning to traditional compositional practice from an overall vision of total integration of different cultural frameworks in terms of historical periods and geography. In this holistic music, elements from Western tonal traditions, modernist atonalism, and Eastern traditions, are synthesized according to a complex technique that is determined by a psychological and spiritual vision.
- Boosey & Hawkes
- Schott Music
- Borstlap, John (2013). The Classical Revolution — Thoughts on New Music in the 21st Century. Lanham - Toronto - Plymouth, UK: The Scarecrow Press Inc. pp. 128–129. Search this book on
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