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Ewald Kaspar

(03. 10. 1969)

Ewald Kaspar
Ewald Kaspar
Schweiz
Tel: +41 (0)61 331 83 44


Biography
Having been predominately occupied writing pieces for his own Jazzrock-Bigband 'KGB', Kasper Ewald subsequently studied music theory and composition at the 'Musik-Akademie Basel' (Basel Academy of Music) under Roland Moser and Detlev Müller-Siemens. His education was supplemented by tuition at the Basel School of Jazz under Hans Feigenwinter and by a film music seminar with Ennio Morricone. In 1997 Ewald was awarded a sabbatical year by the Christoph Delz Foundation in Basel, which enabled him to compose the music theatre piece 'Brambilla'. After supplementary studies in the electronic studio at the School of Arts in Berlin and a further stay in Amsterdam, Kaspar Ewald began teaching in Autumn 2000 at the 'Musikhochschule Zürich' (Zurich School of Music).

Work list
Drei Stück Streichquartett (1993)
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Baschtr (1994)
for oboe, clarinet, fluegel horn, horn, trombone, piano, clavinet, xylophone, violoncello and double-bass.
The clavinet is already an historical instrument, popular in rock and pop music of the seventies. An expensive instrument (a kind of electronic harpsichord), which was almost wiped out by the cheaper synthesizers. The clavinet-sound on synthesizers is improving noticeably.
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Fakir (1995)
Duo
for violin and piano
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Sfrjagtmy, op. 9, 1 (1997)
for chamber ensemble (ssx, asx, 2tsx, barsx, hn, 2tpt, tbn, btbn, perc, pf, db)
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Helix für Felix (1998)
Etude
for piano solo
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Brambilla (1998)
Musical theatre piece
For three female singers, two male singers, three speakers / rappers, one male dancer, one female dancer and ensemble
(cl.4sx/2tpt.hn.2tbn/egtr.eb/2perc).
Duration: abendfüllend
Manuscript
Der grosse Tümpel, op. 9, 5 (1999)
for chamber ensemble (ssx, asx, 2tsx, barsx, hn, 2tpt, tbn, btbn, perc, pf, db)
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Roter Frühling (2000)
for chamber orchestra (pic.1.1.ca.1.bcl.2/2.2.0.0/1perc/str)
A short ballet music piece based on a scene from 'Penthesiliea' by Heinrich von Kleist.
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Nachtmeer, op. 6, 1 (2000)
for wind orchestra (3.2.3.bcl.4sx.2/4.3.2.btbn.euph.1/3perc/hp/db)
'Nachtmeer', 'Glutrohr' and 'Ins Blaue' have a dramaturgical coherence but can also be played as individual pieces.
Each of the three flutes were doubled, each of the clarinets triple set and six trumpets played in two groups of three at the world premiere performance.
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Glutrohr, op. 6, 2 (2000)
for wind orchestra (3.2.3.bcl.4sx.2/4.3.2.btbn.euph.1/3perc/db(ad lib))
'Nachtmeer', 'Glutrohr' and 'Ins Blaue' have a dramaturgical coherence but can also be played as individual pieces.
Each of the three flutes were doubled, each of the clarinets triple set and six trumpets played in two groups of three for the world premiere performance.
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Ins Blaue, op. 6, 3 (2000)
for wind orchestra (1.0.1(unisono).2/4.0.0.0/glock/hp/db)
'Nachtmeer', 'Glutrohr' and 'Ins Blaue' have a dramaturgical coherence but can also be played as individual pieces. The flute and clarinet parts were both triple set for the world premiere performance.
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Trabantenspiel (2000)
for percussion quartet (piano, two vibraphones, glockenspiel, crotale sounding h"", four timpani, large drum, two cowbells, hi-hat with brush)
A kind of introduction to astronomy.
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Grosse Nachtmusik (2000)
for orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/2perc/str)
Orchestra cycle in seven pieces, based on the time ratios of the planets and moons. Can be performed by a good amateur orchestra
Percussion: Two timpani, vibraphone, xylophone, glockenspiel, crotale sounding h””, snare drum and large drum.
1. Mondbad 3’
2. Kreise 5’30 (without flute)
3. Gulliver 7’30
4. Weltraumglissando 4’ (one percussion instrument Is enough)
5. 1610 4’ (no percussion)
6. Beim Jupiter! 5’
7. Nachbarn 3’30 (one percussion instrument Is enough)
The pieces can be performed seperately.

Duration: 35' 00"
Manuscript
Henriette, op. 9, 2 (1998-2001)
for soprano and chamber ensemble (ssx, asx, 2tsx, barsx, hn, 2tpt, tbn, btbn, perc, pf, db)
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Zärtelzirkel, op. 9, (1999-2001)
for chamber ensemble (cl, ssx, asx, 2tsx, barsx, hn, 2tpt, tbn, btbn, perc, pf, db)
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Wolken (2001)
A school project
for choir and chamber ensemble (2fl.cl/tpt.tbn/vib.pf4hnd/gtr/db)
Texts: Volkslied
This feature length project sets traditional Swiss love-songs (in four - five voice choral parts) against contemporary sounds and rhythm pieces (flippers, wooden shoes, clapping, newspaper sounds, matches, balloons). The formal course of the evening is determined by the order of the songs such that the combination of their contents results in a sensible dramaturgical development - from the breaking of a heart by an old love to the hope of love anew.
The conceptual pieces are based on the songs without the alliance being necessarily apparent. The two threads are plaited by a kind of dream circus band, in which the music from the sound pieces leads to the tonal world of the folksongs and out again to less certain regions.
The songs and the clapping and stamping piece ‘Hand & Fuss’ can be performed seperately.
The interludes of the chamber ensemble can be rearranged.

Manuscript
Drei Rosetten, op. 10 (2001)
for saxophone quartet
The third movement (6') can also be performed individually.
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Räuber, op. 9, 10 (2001)
for soprano and chamber ensemble (ssx, asx, 2tsx, barsx, hn, 2tpt, tbn, btbn, perc, pf, db)
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Droschke, op. 9, 7 (2001)
for soprano and chamber ensemble (ssx, asx, 2tsx, barsx, hn, 2tpt, tbn, btbn, perc, pf, db)
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
L'homme armé, op. 9, 9 (2001)
for soprano and chamber ensemble (ssx, asx, 2tsx, barsx, hn, 2tpt, tbn, btbn, perc, pf, db)
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Jenseits, op. 9, 6 (2001)
for soprano and chamber ensemble (ssx, asx, 2tsx, barsx, hn, 2tpt, tbn, btbn, perc, pf, db)
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Verneigung, op. 9, 8 (2001)
for soprano and chamber ensemble (tsx, hn, 2tpt, tbn, btbn, perc, pf, db)
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Musik für Rhythmsection, Sängerin und Bläser (2001-2002)
for female singer, saxophone quintet (SA2TBar), two trumpets, horn trombone, bass trombone, piano, electric bass and percussion
Parts: Jenseits - Sfrjagtmy - Zärtelzirkel - Der Grosse Tümpel - Henriette - Droschke - Verneigung - L'homme armé - Räuber - Wilkum - Schöne Nacht.
For the exorbitant cabinet.
Manuscript
op. 9, 11 (2002)
for soprano and chamber ensemble (ssx, asx, 2tsx, barsx, hn, 2tpt, tbn, btbn, perc, pf, db)
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Monomolith (2002)
for orchestra (1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/perc/str)
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Knax, op. 16, 1 (2004)
for soprano and saxophone quartet
Texts: Kaspar Ewald
Duration: 6' 00"
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Schranz, op. 16, 2 (2004)
for 2 baritone saxophones
Duration: 6' 00"
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Trimetrisches Ballett, op. 20, 1 (2005)
for sax quartet, e-double bass and percussion
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Tafelrunde, op. 20, 2 (2006)
for soprano and ensemble (cl, 5sx, 2tpt, hn, 2tbn, pf, bgtr, perc)
Duration: 16' 00"
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Der Grüne Ritter, op. 30, 3 (2007)
for ensemble (3 fürst pless horns, 2 parforce horns, percussion)
Duration: 5' 00"
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Le Chevalier de la Charette, op. 20, 6 (2008)
for soprano and ensemble (cl, 5sx, 2tpt, hn, 2tbn, pf, bgtr, perc)
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Tintagel, op. 20, 4 (2008)
for soprano and ensemble (cl, 5sx, 2tpt, 5 hunting hn, hn, 2tbn, pf, bgtr, perc)
Duration: 12' 00"
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Balin / Balan, op. 20, 5 (2008)
for ensemble (cl-eb, tsx, 2 tpt, hn, 2tbn, pf, bgtr, perc)
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Bibliography
Gottstein, Björn: Coolness und Distanz. Kaspar ewalds Exorbitantes Kabinett: Ritter, in: Dissonanz 108 (2009), S. 54