Ludger Stühlmeyer

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Ludger Stühlmeyer
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Stühlmeyer in April 2005
Born (1961-10-03) 3 October 1961 (age 59)
Melle, Germany
Alma mater
Years active1980–present
Title Doctor of Philosophy
Music director ACV
Spouse(s) Barbara Stühlmeyer
ChildrenLea Stühlmeyer
Awardscultural award of Hof

Ludger Stühlmeyer (born 3 October 1961 in Melle, Germany) is a German cantor, composer, docent and musicologist.



Stühlmeyer was born to a family of cantors and made his first steps under the guidance of his father in the town church (Stadtkirche) of St. Matthew in Melle. He received music lessons from the pianist, composer and direktor of music Karl Schäfer at the Osnabrück conservatory and from Karlheinz Höne at the church musician school of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Osnabrück. After completing his A-levels at the grammar school at Melle, he studied Christian music (Wolfgang Helbich, Winfried Schlepphorst  [ de ]), Early music, and Singing at the University of the Arts Bremen, followed by studies of composition with Günther Kretzschmar  [ de ], Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Helge Jung. He attended seminars in Gregorian semiology with Luigi Agustoni, Godehard Joppich, and Johannes Berchmans Göschl, and studied musicology, philosophy, and theology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität of Münster. He concluded his studies with a doctorate at the faculty of philosophy. Ludger Stühlmeyer received a scholarship from the Diocese of Osnabrück. His studies were also financially supported by the Friedrich-Baur-Stiftung, the Oberfrankenstiftung Bayreuth and the Wolfgang-Siegel-Stiftung. [1] [2]

His grandfather Heinrich Stühlmeyer  [ de ], a "silent hero of the resistance" [3] against National Socialism, who was deported to the concentration camp Emslandlager in 1940 for his support of the Catholic church and those persecuted by the Third Reich, had been employed at St. Peter's at Melle-Gesmold for 47 years. [4] In 1980 Ludger Stühlmeyer became his successor. [5] He was appointed as custodian of music in the diocese of Münster in 1988 [6] and has been city cantor at Hof as well as Dekanatskantor for the deanery of Hochfranken since 1994. He is also tutor at the Erzbischöfliches Kirchenmusikseminar, and works at the Amt für Kirchenmusik in the archdiocese of Bamberg. [7] 2003 he followed the former music director of the archdiocese Bamberg as chiefeditor of the magazin church-musical informations of the archdiocese Bamberg (Kirchenmusik im Erzbistum Bamberg). [8] [9]

Stühlmeyer is member of the Max-Baumann-Society (MBG), [10] the International Dieterich-Buxtehude-Society (IDBG) [11] and the International Valentin-Rathgeber-Society (IVRG). [12] He is married to theologian and musicologist Barbara Stühlmeyer and father of Lea Stühlmeyer. His brothers are the pastoral theologian and priest Thomas Stühlmeyer  [ de ] and deacon Klaus Stühlmeyer.

Musical style and influences

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Ludger Stühlmeyer with bishop Friedrich Ostermann 1991

Stühlmeyer's instrumental and vocal music is strongly influenced by Helge Jung and Karlheinz Stockhausen. His compositional technique aims to make auditory experiences a medium of communication. Concentrating the essence into the seemingly simple, it is his goal to open up the power of meaning inherent in self-referential sounds, a meaning that comprises philosophical thought as well as spiritual experience. His liturgical music is inspired by the relationship between words and music in Gregorian chant, which defines and realizes composition as the sounding body of words. During conceptual conversations with bishop Friedrich Ostermann from Münster, he created the foundation for a new reception of the Evangelienkantate for children within Catholic liturgy. [13]


Selected publications

Selected compositions

Edition of scores


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  14. Personalien. In: Kirchenmusik im Erzbistum Bamberg No. 39, Amt für Kirchenmusik im Erzbistum Bamberg (Hg.), Bamberg 2005, p. 37–38.
  15. Verleihung der Johann-Christian-Reinhart-Plakette Hof, July 15th 2011.
  16. In: Musica sacra, Bärenreiter-Verlag, 134. Jg., no.  3, Kassel, June 1st 2013, p. 172.
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Ludger Stühlmeyer 2011