Klaus Martin Kopitz

Klaus Martin Kopitz (born January 29, 1955, Stendal) is a German composer and musicologist. He became known in particular with his album Mia Brentano's Hidden Sea. 20 songs for 2 pianos. In the US, it was 2018 on the annual "Want List" of the music magazine Fanfare.[1]


Kopitz studied at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" (1975–1980) and at the Academy of Arts in Berlin (1985–1987), where he was a pupil of Georg Katzer. Later he worked at the theatre in Neustrelitz, at the Berlin University of the Arts (since 2002) and at the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig (since 2012).


His compositions are inspired from Classical music, Jazz, Pop and Minimal music, but can not be assigned to any specific style. In particular, his CD Mia Brentano's Hidden Sea was highly praised by the critics. For Dave Saemann it is "the most titillating CD I've come across in a long time". Huntley Dent calls it "unique among current and past releases".[2] Oliver Buslau stated: "An ever-surprising panorama from classical to free tonal, from jazzy to minimalist".[3]


Selected discography

  • 2018: Mia Brentano’s Hidden Sea: 20 Songs for 2 Pianos; Benyamin Nuss & Max Nyberg, piano – Mons Records
    • When it Rained, Christina's World,[5] Early Birds, Miss Ada, Misty Morning, Along the River, Slapstick, A Silent Place, Children, My Huckleberry Friend, A Storm is Coming, Canajoharie, Wherever You Are, On the Train to Maine, Footprints, Mama Mia’s Moonshine Bar, Remembering Stella, Summernight Tales, Wake up, 4 o’clock a.m.
  • 2019: Mia Brentano’s River of Memories: A Mystery Trip; Benyamin Nuss (piano), Andy Miles (clarinet), Johannes Ernst (saxophone), Hans Dekker (drums), Klaus Martin Kopitz (electronics) et al.; Mons Records
    • Blue Moon, Under the Surface, Les Champs magnétiques, Floating, Der Besucher, Wide Open Landscape, Silver Rain, Die Stille des verlassenen Raumes, Over the City of Glass, Angry Mia, Septemberland, Lily oft he Valley, Ghosts (for Paul Auster), Dancing in Twilight, Brahms Is Sleeping

Selected bibliography

  • Der Düsseldorfer Komponist Norbert Burgmüller. Ein Leben zwischen BeethovenSpohrMendelssohn, Köln: Dohr 1998, ISBN 978-3-936655-34-6
  • Antonie Brentano in Wien (1809–1812). Neue Quellen zur Problematik „Unsterbliche Geliebte, in: Bonner Beethoven-Studien, vol. 2 (2001), pp. 115146, klaus-martin-kopitz.de (PDF)
  • Beethoven as a Composer for the Orphica: A New Source for WoO 51, in: The Beethoven Journal, vol. 22, no. 1 (Summer 2007), pp. 2530, klaus-martin-kopitz.de (PDF)
  • Beethoven aus der Sicht seiner Zeitgenossen, ed. by Klaus Martin Kopitz and Rainer Cadenbach, 2 vol., Munich: Henle 2009, ISBN 978-3-87328-120-2
  • Beethoven, Elisabeth Röckel und das Albumblatt „Für Elise, Cologne: Dohr 2010, ISBN 978-3-936655-87-2
  • Beethovens „Elise“ Elisabeth Röckel. Neue Aspekte zur Entstehung und Überlieferung des Klavierstücks WoO 59, in: Die Tonkunst, vol. 9, No. 1 (January 2015), pp. 4857, klaus-martin-kopitz.de (PDF)


  1. Fanfare, November/December 2018 (online)
  2. Jacqueline Kharouf, Speaking Its Own Language: An Interview with Klaus Martin Kopitz on Mia Brentano’s Hidden Sea, in: Fanfare (2018) (online)
  3. Oliver Buslau, Kopitz' andere Seite, in: Rondo: Das Klassik & Jazz Magazin, 3/2018, p. 62
  4. Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Bestenliste 4-2019
  5. Christina’s World at SoundCloud
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