Karl Richter

Karl RichterKarl Richter (1926 – 1981) was a German conductor, choirmaster, organist, and harpsichordist. He studied with Günther Ramin, Carl Straube and Rudolf Mauersberger. In 1949 he became organist at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, where Johann Sebastian Bach was once Musical Director. In 1951 he moved to Munich, where he taught at the conservatory and was cantor and organist at St. Mark’s Church.

Karl Richter – Improvisation – Bavokerk, Haarlem

1953 Haarlem Improvisation Themes

Improv-Themes-2At the 1953 Haarlem Improvisation Competition, the contestants were Paul Barras, Anton Heiller, Piet Kee (winner), Matthieu Prange and Karl Richter. Adriaan Engles provided the themes and asked for a Sonata in three movements according to the instructions shown with the themes. Thanks to the NCRV archives it is possible to hear the improvisations of the finalists (Anton Heiller, Piet Kee and Karl Richter) through the links below:

Many other improvisations and performances are available through the NCRV archives here.