Alfred Koerppen, born in Wiesbaden in 1926, was a student of the ›Musisches Gymnasium‹ in Frankfurt/Main from 1939 until 1945. He studied composition and music theory with Kurt Thomas and in 1945, he became an organist and music teacher in Frankfurt. In 1948, he was called to the former Hanover Music Academy; in 1964, he became professor of composition at the University of Music and Drama Hanover. This was followed by a guest professorship in Shanghai in 1987. Alfred Koerppen has received numerous awards, among them the Villa-Massimo-Stipend in Rome and the ›Kulturpreis‹ of the State of Lower Saxony. His compositions include orchestra and chamber works, operas, sacred music and choral works. Additionally, he is the author of several libretti and writes about music aesthetics.
(Status 1991, Source: Alfred Koerppen)