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Brennan John Wolf

(13. 02. 1954)

Brennan John Wolf
Brennan John Wolf
Hofmattstr. 5
CH-6353 Weggis
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)41 390 27 77
Internet: www.cmc.ie/composers/brennan.html www.brennan.ch www.pagolibre.com

Biography
Pianist and composer John Wolf Brennan was born in Dublin (Ireland). He studied piano at Lucerne Conservatory under Eva Serman, and attended master classes in composition headed by James Wilson, Karl Berger, Ennio Morricone, Edison Denisov, Klaus Huber and Heinz Holliger. His musical career has followed various paths through improvisation, jazz and contemporary music. He writes music for theatre, as well as for pedagogical and choreographic purposes. As a pianist he has performed with numerous contemporary jazz groups including the quartet 'Pago Libre', Robert Dick, Evan Parker, Julie Tippetts, Gene Coleman, Margrit Rieben, Hans Kennel, and Christian Wolfarth. He also gives regular solo concerts: 'The Well-Prepared Clavier'; 'Text, Context, Co-Text & Co-Co-Text'. He has toured throughout Europe, Russia, Japan, USA and Canada. He is a member of the composers group 'Groupe Lacroix'.

Work list
Treiblinge, op. 16 (1982)
13 pieces
for piano
Duration: 20' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Larice e Pratolina, op. 15 (1982)
A fairy tale for piano
Duration: 4' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Bestiarium, op. 51 (1983-1990)
13 Paino songs
for high voice and piano
Texts: Otto Höschle, Christian Morgenstern
Duration: 23' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Capriccio, op. 55 (1990)
A concert piece
for piano
Duration: 5' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Omega, op. 71m (1990)
for piano solo
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Tau 2, op. 71n (1990)
for piano solo
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Tau 3, op. 71o (1990)
for piano solo
Duration: 1' 00"
Manuscript
SprüchGägeSprüch, op. 72 (1991)
for two mixed choirs, string quartet and percussion
Texts: Heinrich Ineichen
A dialectical cantata.
Duration: 26' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Xednindex, op. 71p (1991)
for piano solo and MIDI piano
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Tangoneòn, op. 85 (1991)
for eleven musicains (1.1.1.1.asx/0.0.0.0/pf.cel.hp/xyl/1.0.1.0)
Rubato malinconico - Confusione - Con moto, appassionata.
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Drei ver-flix-te Flötenstücke, op. 11, 45, 49 (1980-1992)
1. Flix, op. 11 (Vivace): 1980 (1')2. Espaces, op. 49 (Lyrical): 1987 (3')3. Phlyx, op. 45 (Agitato): 1986/92 (6')
Duration: 10' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Happy Birthday Variationen, op. 95 (1992)
for piano
Nine variations in the styles of old and new masters, from Bach to Satie and Pärt.
Duration: 10' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Twelfth Night, op. 77 (1992)
for saxophone quartet
Six songs: a prelude and five intermezzi.
Duration: 15' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Pat me too, op. 99d (1992)
for guitar, double bass, piano and percussion
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Sonata Pentatonica, op. 94 (1992-1993)
for piano
Allegretto lirico - Adagio grottesco - Allegro ritmico.
Duration: 15' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Frictions, op. 104 (1993)
for flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone and string trio
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Atanos, op. 103 (1993)
Trio
for alto saxophone, piano and double-bass
Volcanic Instability - Hysterical Waltz - Lyrical Cantilena.
Duration: 12' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Morgenstern hat Gold im Mund, op. 109 (1987-1994)
for mixed a-cappella choir
Texts: Christian Morgenstern
A choral approximation of the 'Galgenlieder' (gallows songs) by Christian Morgenstern (1871-1914).
Duration: 22' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Pandämonium, op. 107 (1994)
for organ solo
Duration: 7' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Diálogos, op. 106 (1994)
for two cellos
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Epithalamium, op. 111 (1994)
Nonet
for flute (bfl), oboe (ca), clarinet (bcl), violin, viola, violoncello, double-bass, piano and percussion
Based on the poem No. XIII from 'Chamber music' (1907) by James Joyce.
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
A Golly Gal's Way to Galway Bay, op. 120 (1995)
for flute ensemble (55 flutes or much less...)
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Equilibrio precario (Galliate), op. 114b (1995)
for violin, horn, piano and double bass
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Asikudaphari, op. 121 (1995)
Monody
for violin solo
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Alef Bet, op. 127b (1996)
for oboe, bassoon, piano (alternative score: piano trio)
Conflicting Voices - Unisons? (not really) - Peace Dance (Vivace giocoso).
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Rhap.s.odie, op. 122 (1996)
for violin and piano
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Olos, op. 123 (1996)
for clarinet solo
Shortened version of "Ellybis".
Duration: 5' 00"
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Leave it in Limbo, op. 90 (1996)
for horn solo
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Nearly Charming, op. 134 (1997)
Octet
for clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quartet and double-bass
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Go slow, op. 138, 6 (1997)
for soprano, trombone, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, piano and percussion
Texts: Julie Tippetts
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Through the Ear of a Raindrop, op. 138 (1997)
Song cycle
for soprano, bass clarinet, sax, trombone, piano and percussion
Texts: Paula Meehan, Edgar Allan Poe, Seamus Heaney, Julie Tippetts, Theo Dorgan, William Shakespeare
Duration: 50' 00"
Manuscript
for ED(i)S on ly, op. 142 (1997)
for oboe, alto saxophone, vibraphone, violin and violoncello
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier, op. 136 (1997)
24 movements
for piano, prepared piano and tape recorder
Duration: 75' 00"
Manuscript
5 Interludien, op. 141 (1997)
To Rachmaninows Chrysostomos Mass
for organ solo
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Kyoto, op. 140 (1997)
for piano solo
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Fraeschbers Traum, op. 135 (1997)
for soprano, string trio and bass clarinet
Texts: Arno Schmidt, Oskar Pastior, Eveline Hasler, Peter Rühmkorf
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Enticing, op. 148a (1998)
for horn, violin, double bass and piano
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Heptao, op. 151b (1998)
for trumpet and organ
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Heptao, op. 148c (1998)
for horn, violin, double bass and piano
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Kissing Joy (as it flies), op. 151a (1998)
for trumpet and organ
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Kissing Joy (as it flies), op. 148d (1998)
for horn, violin, double bass and piano
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Glockenspiel, op. 150 (1998)
24 pieces
for 27 bells
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
Locrian Locution, op. 151c (1998)
for trumpet and organ
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Zigfing, op. 149 (1998)
for two pianos (eight hands)
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Dance f Kara Ben Nemsi, op. 148b (1998)
for horn, violin, double bass and piano
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
T.N.T. / Twelfth Night Tango, op. 155g (1990-1999)
for trumpet, tuba and organ
Duration: 4' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Schoop Loop, op. 155f (1995-1999)
For Paul Klee
for trumpet and organ
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Gravity, op. 155e (1996-1999)
for trumpet, tuba and organ
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
KLA4, op. 161 (1999)
for two pianos
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Silly Blooze, op. 162 (1999)
A Solo Piano Blues
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Klastr, op. 156d (1999)
for organ
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
N-gl, op. 157 (1999)
for English horn, bassoon and viola
Based on Paul Klees' ‘Tastender Engel’.
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Metaterz, op. 156a (1999)
for organ solo
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Der letzte Ketzer, op. 153 (1999)
"Sulzigjoggeli"
for mixed choir
Texts: Paul Steinmann
Introductory music for the theatre piece by Paul Steinmann.
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Subkutan, op. 156b (1999)
for organ solo
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Arpiade ("Kunigundulakonfigurationen"), op. 158 (1999)
for mezzo-soprano and piano
Texts: Hans Arp
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Another Different Train, op. 156c (1999)
for organ solo
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Géo métrique ment, op. 166 (2000)
for piccolo oboe, oboe, English horn and bassoon
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Sculpted Sound, op. 168 (2000)
for voice, percussion and piano
Texts: Eugen Gomringer, John Wolf Brennan, Eveline Hasler, André Thomkins, Ernst Jandl, Gerhard Rühm
Duration: 70' 00"
Manuscript
Church Bell(e)s &Singing Birds, op. 173 (2001)
for piano and tape
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Hunting Santa Claus (remixed), op. 173, 1 (2001)
for prepared piano and tape
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
London Glockenspiel, op. 173 (2001)
for glockenspiel
Duration: 23' 00"
Manuscript
Agricultural (Dezi-) Bells: Pumpkinet(h)ics, op. 173, 3 (2001)
for prepared piano and tape
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Ich zerreisse dich wie einen Fisch, op. 172 (2001)
Radio play music
for speaker, piano, prepared piano and live electronics
Radio play by Geri Dillier after texts by Franz Kafka.
Duration: 38' 00"
Manuscript
Carillon à Dondolio, op. 173, 4 (2001)
for piano solo
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Night. Shift, op. 170 (2001)
Figures in a Soundscape
for soloists, choir, orchestra and jazz quartet
Texts: Rudolph Straub
Duration: 65' 00"
Manuscript
Flügel, op. 177 (1998-2002)
for piano solo (incl. prepared piano, melodica, concertina) and tape
Duration: 65' 00"
Manuscript
Dancer in the Sky, op. 183, 6 (2002)
After Mirò
for piano
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Let it find you, op. 181/5 (2002)
for melodica, violoncello and percussion
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
E rose garden, op. 183, 11 (2002)
Klee-Pentagon N° 5
for piano
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Etude, op. 183, 4 (2002)
After Cézanne
for piano
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Full Moon, op. 183, 9 (2002)
Klee-Pentagon N° 3
for piano and prepared piano (arcopiano)
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Western Front, op. 181/6 (2002)
for piano, violoncello and percussion
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Lagoon, op. 183, 10 (2002)
Klee-Pentagon N° 4
for piano and prepared piano (pizzicato piano)
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Little X, op. 183, 7 (2002)
Klee-Pentagon N° 1
for piano
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Pipe ou pas?, op. 183, 2 (2002)
Picasso-Triptych N° 2
for piano and prepared piano
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
ABC, op. 183, 8 (2002)
Klee-Pentagon N° 2
for piano and prepared piano (glissando piano)
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Amour fou, op. 183, 3 (2002)
Picasso-Triptych N° 3
for piano and prepared piano
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Pictures in a Gallery, op. 183 (2002)
for piano solo (prepared piano, melodica)
Duration: 74' 00"
Manuscript
Aubade (2002)
Picasso-Triptych N° 1
for piano and prepared piano
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Candy 'n Sky, op. 183, 5 (2002)
After Kandinsky
for piano
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Le souffle au coeur, op. 176/9 (2002)
for song, trumpet, tuba and piano
Texts: John Wolf Brennan
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Klanggang, op. 180 (2002-2003)
Sound installation
for 3 tapes
Duration: 71' 00"
Manuscript
Let it find you, op. 185/2 (2002-2003)
Sextet version
for horn, melodica/piano, percusion, violin, violoncello and double bass
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Western Front, op. 185/3 (2002-2003)
Sextet version
for horn, melodica/piano, percusion, violin, violoncello and double bass
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
RMX, op. 186/1 (2003)
for violin, horn, piano and double bass
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Klick, klick, ihr Sätzlinge, op. 190 (2003)
for recitation, piano, prepared piano, keyboards, percussion and melodica
Texts: Eveline Hasler
Duration: 64' 00"
Manuscript
Im Fluss (State of Flux), op. 189 (2003)
for voice, clarinet/bass clarinet, e-bass, piano and percussion ad libitum
Texts: John Wolf Brennan
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Equilibrio precario, op. 192 (2003-2004)
for soprano and CD
Texts: John Wolf Brennan
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Güdelmäntig, op. 184 (2003-2004)
Speaking choir
for one actor, choir and orchestra
Texts: Thomas Hürlimann
Duration: 75' 00"
Manuscript
Klangbahn / passage sonore, op. 194 (2004)
Sound installation
for piano and electronics
Duration: 41' 00"
Manuscript
Chechov-Variationen, op. 194 (2004)
for horn/flügelhorn, piano and melodica
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Discombobulated Rug Cutters, op. 171 (2001-2005)
fot tuba solo
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Schnickschnack, op. 197 l (2005)
for voice, horn, piano, violin, double bass and percussion
Texts: Daniil Charms
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
In a Gaelic Mood, op. 191a (2004-2006)
for violin, horn, piano and double bass
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Zum Gipfel und zurück, op. 199 a (2006)
for 4 alphorns
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Song and Variations, op. 199 b (2006)
for alphorn, flugelhorn and three horns
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Triple Stipple, op. 198 (2006)
for guitar trio
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
SILK/ST/RINGS, op. 207 (2007)
for pipa and guitar trio
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Immram, op. 212 (2009)
for guitar ensemble
Duration: 10' 00"-12' 00"
Manuscript
State of Flux, op. 211 (2009)
for violin, violoncello and piano
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Wolkenpumpentango, op. 214 (2009)
for violin, violoncello and piano
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Inner &Outer Spaces, op. 220 (2009-2010)
for pino, prepared piano, melodica, flute, electronics and audio tapes
Duration: 50' 00"
Manuscript
Hornborn Hymn, op. 221 (2010)
version for horn, timpani and string orchestra
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Ever for never, op. 222 (2010)
version for horn, xylophone, marimba and string orchestra
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Perpetuum, op. 230a (2011)
for 2 pianos
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
TLS - a tarkus love story, op. 230b (2011)
for 2 pianos
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
10 Duo-Stücke, op. 230 c (2011)
for piano duo
Unfolding Patterns - SPARKUS - Klimba - DARKUS - SHARKUS - Gateless Gate - LARKUS - Contrapunto - Sotto voce - Ben ritmato
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
Poya, op. 231 (2011)
for piano, melodica and prepared piano
Duration: 72' 00"
Manuscript
Pilgrims, op. 238 (Meditative Moments 3+5) (2011)
Solo pieces
for piano / piano + melodica
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Pilgrims, op. 238 (2011-2012)
Duo pieces
for piano and percussion
Tubular voices - Meditative Moments 1, 2, 4, 6 + 7 - Oasi - Thirsty Donkey - Final Still
Duration: 35' 00"
Manuscript
Diskographie
Momentum 4 (Leo Records Nr. 440, 2005)
Interpreten:
Mejer, Thomas K. J.
Brennan, John Wolf
Mit weiteren Werken von: John Wolf Brennan, Gene Coleman, Thomas K.J. Mejer, Marc Unternährer
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Momentum 2: The Law of Refraction (Leo Record Nr. LR 296, 2000)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Brennan, John Wolf
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Musik in Luzern: Klaviermusik (Gallo Nr. 1010/11, 2000)
Interpreten:
Brennan, John Wolf
Klavierduo Adrienne Soós und Ivo Haag
Werke:
Mäder, Urban: stossen, ziehen, schieben - am Rand (1999)
Ammann, Dieter: Regards sur les traditions (1994-1995)
Brennan, John Wolf: KLA4, op. 161 (1999)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Sergej Rachmaninoff, Richard Rosenberg, Hans Huber, Peter Benary, Philipp Eichenwald
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Groupe Lacroix - The Composer Group (Creative Works Nr. 1030, 1997)
Werke:
Darbellay, Jean-Luc: Empreintes (1996)
Henking, Christian: Novalis 24 (1996)
Schneider, Michael: touch(e)! (1996)
Brennan, John Wolf: Rhap.s.odie, op. 122 (1996)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Marianne Schroeder, Michael Baumgartner, Edison Denissov
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Contemporary Music for Alto Saxophone (Jecklin Edition Nr. JS 302-2, 1994)
Interpreten:
Dratva, Tomas
Werke:
Vassena, Nadir: Nocturnes I - II - III (1993)
Brennan, John Wolf: Atanos, op. 103 (1993)
Pflüger, Andreas: Tra qua e la (1979)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Jacques Wildberger, Franco Cesarini