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Käser Mischa

(01. 01. 1959)

Käser Mischa
Asylstr. 50
CH-8708 Männedorf
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)43 96 00 963
Fax: +41 (0)44 461 75 11


Biography
Born 1959 in Zurich, Käser produced his first compositions as a child, and had the feeling he could experience the world musically.
1978 - 1982 Studied guitar at the 'Musikhochschule Zurich / Winterthur' (Zurich / Winterthur School of Music) with diploma
1980 - 1983 Master classes
1983 - 1985 Studied composition under Hans-Ulrich Lehmann in Zurich
1985 - 1989 Studied composition under Roland Moser at the 'Musikhochschule Basel' (Basel School of Music)
1987 - 1989 Studied lute in Basel at the Schola Cantorum
Subsequent to 1990 he received his first experiences in composing and performing for theatre, he was later to become the director of his own theatre and music theatre project. Käser is the founder of various ensembles, the most recent being the improvisation trios III. VII, XII, with whom he performs as a vocalist. Mischa Käser lives as a guitar teacher, composer, director and musician in Zurich, his compositional strong points being vocal music, chamber music and musical theatre.
Prizes:
1992 Zurich sabbatical year
1996 Conrad Ferdinand Meyer Prize
1998 First prize: Prix International de Composition Musicale ' Reine Marie José' for the orchestral piece 'Ordouble'


Work list
das bild des malers M.L.N. (1983)
for violin solo
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
er-schöpfung (1983-1984)
for string quartet
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
suite sans jambes (1984)
for harpsichord, harp, guitar and mandolin
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Tombeau (1985)
for female voice, clarinet and viola
A piece dealing with failure.
Duration: 2' 00"
SME/EMS
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CHF: 13.00
Schattenflüstern (1985)
for eight guitars and ten recorders
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
5 Pieces (1985-1991)
for clarinet and violoncello
A humming cellist with large lung capacity is required here. Very demanding piece. Clarinets in Bb, A and bass clarinet.
Duration: 13' 00"
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CHF: 18.00
13 attacken gegen einen synthesizer (1986)
for baritone, piano, guitar/mandolin and recorder/melodica
Duration: 40' 00"
Manuscript
Air (1986)
for chamber orchestra
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Kafka-Zyklus (1987-1988)
for soprano, orator and three percussionists
Duration: 40' 00"
Manuscript
balal (1987)
for thirteen strings
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Albumblätter (1988)
for piano
Pieces varying widely in character and difficulty.
Duration: 15' 00"
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ausgedörrtes schilf ... (1988)
for orchestra (3.3.3.2/3.3.3.1/12.10.8.8.6)
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
unmerklich reiht sich tag an tag ... (1988)
for orchestra (3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/12.10.8.8.6)
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
im jungen grase ... (1988-1998)
for orchestra (3.3.3.3/4.4(ossia2).3.2/perc/man/hp.pf/12.11.8.6.6)
Requires a minimum of two conductors.
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
vor der unendlichen schneefläche ... (1988)
for orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.0.0.3/1perc/12.9.8.8(ossia6).5)
Only six bars!
Duration: ' 35"
Manuscript
Three Bagatelles for Guitar (1989)
Three short pieces, highly idiomatic for the guitar. The first and last are moderately difficult, whilst the middle, almost like a study in harmonics, is very difficult to play.
Duration: 5' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
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Musik zu Dufay (1989)
for altus, recorder, viola da gamba, lute and harpsichord
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
7 Songs to Popular Texts (1990)
for soprano, flute (or pic or bfl), clarinet (or cbcl or Ebcl) and string trio
Texts: Volkslied
Text from the book 'knaben wunderhorn'.
Duration: 18' 00"
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CHF: 47.00
Three pieces for Choir to Texts by A. X. Gwerder (1990)
for two mixed choirs and soprano
Texts: A. X. Gwerder
The solo soprano part is very minor. At least 23 and 16 voices are needed, ideally more; the ten-voice middle section is only performable by singers with rhythmic sobriety and diligence. Sponsored by the SME Lucerne.
Duration: 6' 00"
Müller & Schade AG
Moserstr. 16
CH-3014 Bern
Schweiz
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musik@mueller-schade.com
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Zwischen den Schienen (1990)
for wind octet
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Einspruch (1990-1991)
for baritone, orator, accordion, double-bass, saxophone, percussion and a dance duo
Texts: Thomas Huonker, Peter Zahl, Alltags- Werbe- Mediensprache
A piece requiring demanding rehearsals. The speaker should draw on his talent for rhythm. The sung sections can be performed by a tenor with a good lower register. Uses texts by Thomas Huonker, Peter Zahl, and newspaper cuttings.
Duration: 13' 00"
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CHF: 60.00
15 Songs after Jandl (1991)
for soprano and instrumental ensemble (1.1.1.1/1.1.0.0/man.gtr/1.1.1.1)
Duration: 22' 00"
SME/EMS
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dupuy tren (1991)
for 3-6 recorders
Duration: 5' 00"
Hermann Moeck Edition
Postfach 3131
D-29231 Celle
17 moments musicaux (1991)
for three players (and orator)
Manuscript
the hard core of beauty (1992)
for soprano and instrumental ensemble (fl/perc/acn/man/2vn.2va.2vc.db)
Texts: W. C. Williams
A cycle of songs based on texts by W. C. Williams.
Duration: 28' 00"
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CHF: 86.00
Parts available form the composer)
Six Pieces (1992)
for flute, viola and harp
Also required for one of these pieces: a pedal bass drum, some glasses and stones.
Duration: 16' 00"
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CHF: 31.00
Abenteuer in Sachen Haut (1993)
for ten strings (5.2.2.1) and flute
Fifteen micro-chromatic variations over a diatonic melody. Independent playing techniques required. Needs lots of rehearsing but is technically quite simple.
Duration: 24' 00"
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CHF: 55.00
7 little Pieces (1993)
for viola and piano
Duration: 8' 00"
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CHF: 23.00
Music to Alexander (1993-1994)
for soprano and instrumental ensemble (flute/melodica, clarinet, piano/melodica, accordion, mandolin, violin/viola, violoncello)
Texts: Ernst Herbeck
Twenty-seven songs and four intermezzi based on the schizophrenic lyrics contained in the poems of Ernst Herbeck (Alexander). Relatively simple for the instrumentalists. In some sections, the musicians have to sing and whistle as well.
Duration: 36' 00"
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CHF: 52.00
5 bagatellen (1994)
for violoncello
For humming and singing cellist, contains partly very obsessive passages. Singing partly in quarter-tone, requires a good ear and attention to detail.
Duration: 3' 30"
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vom grundriss der brötchen (1994)
for voice, oboe, piano and violoncello
Texts: Fritz Grasshoff
Song cycle based on texts by Fritz Grasshoff.songs, balladen, moritaten.
Duration: 29' 00"
Manuscript
napoleonskurve (1994-1995)
for chamber orchestra (2.2.2.bcl.2/2.2.0.0/2perc/6.6.4.3.3)
Four groups of instruments and a string trio are set in a rather chamber music ensemble like manner. Various tempi are layered one on top of the other. Requires two conductors.
Duration: 8' 00"
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CHF: 31.00
(Parts available from the composer)
nachklang (1995)
for violin and piano
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
ingaku (1995)
for three piccolo flutes, three saxophones and two percussionists
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
für die gemütlichkeit gibt es keine grenzen (1996)
for three clarints in Bb (intermediate difficulty)
Composition for students.
Duration: 4' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
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ordoublé (1996-1997)
for orchestra and obligatory solo violin and solo violoncello (2.2.2.2/4.2.0.0/hp/5perc(incl.cymbal)/8.6.5.4.3)
Second version 1997.
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
Hommage à Wolfgang Borchert (1997)
for soprano, alto, baritone and three recorders
Texts: Mischa Käser
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
untitled 1 (1997)
for partly prepared string orchestra (6.4.6.1)
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
mirliton (1996-1998)
for voice solo
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
mirliton (1996-1998)
for voice(s), piano and four guitars
Texts: Samuel Beckett
Based on poems by Samuel Beckett. Other versions are being developed
Duration: 15' 00"-20' 00"
Manuscript
neue liebeslieder (1998)
for vocal quartet and four-handed piano
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Welcome to the Photogallery of Mr. Henry Cartier Bresson (1998)
for accordion solo
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Konzept 2 zu Cage (1998)
for 2 singers, percussion and 2 instruments ad lib
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Lamentatio pri la morto de Hanspeter Isaak (1998-1999)
for flute and guitar
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
klavierquartett (1999)
for violin, viola, violoncello and piano
Duration: 14' 00"
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es dünkt mein härz mich lang chli färn (1999-2000)
Scenic cantata in five parts
for three vocalists, percussion, break-dancer, mechanical animals and electronic tape
Duration: 30' 00"
Manuscript
Nebul (2000)
for flute, clarinet, trombone and string trio
Duration: 29' 00"
Manuscript
Landscape I (2000)
for recorder, guitar, double-bass and percussion
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Soft morning, city! (2000)
for flute, percussion and electronic tape
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
two carpets (2000-2001)
for soprano and vocalist, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, violin, viola, violoncello and double-bass
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Sidney Janis Gallery (2001)
Four pictures for orchestra after Rothko
for orchestra (3.3.3.3/4.3.3.0/5perc/2hp.pf/12.12.10.8.6)
Rather static compositions focussing completely on harmonics, compositions which ought to evoke four pictures (colours!) from the Rothkos Janis Gallery.
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Seven bagatells (1999-2002)
Musical theatre
for three musicians, three actors and a child
Texts: Mischa Käser
Seven scenes attempting to transpose musical forms into theatrical actions.
No rights of performance!
Manuscript
Watt (2002)
A reading with music
for vocalists, recorders, double bass and actor
Duration: 40' 00"
Manuscript
Mayu (2002)
for 16 flutes and drums
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Etudes (2001-2003)
for ensemble (1.1.1.0/0.0.0.0/acc/hp/perc/1.1.1.1; second version with additional mandolin and guitar)
Fifteen characteristic pieces varying greatly in expression and duration.
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Three fantasies (2002-2003)
for three gambas or string trio
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Sounding Sculptures (2003-2004)
for vocalists, 3 sopranos, recorder, double-bass, percussion, accordion, 16-part choir, 3 dancers, 3 actors, 3 extras and 100 mechanical animals
Ten concepts as muscial-theatrical installations for a minimum of four rooms. It can only be performed in the 'Haus Konstruktiv' in Zurich (premiere: 18th of September 2004).
No rights of performance (one-off!)
Duration: 2h 00"
Manuscript
Stimmen unter dem Laub (2003-2004)
Music to Marina Zwetajewa
for female voice, flute, clarinet, horn, accordion, mandolin, cymbals, percussion, violin, viola, violoncello
Texts: Maria Zwetajewa
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
City 1 (2004)
for flute, oboe, clarinet, accordion, two percussion, violin, viola, violoncello and double-bass
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
City 2 (2005)
Cairo
for traditional Egyptian ensemble (kawala, rababa, quanun, percussion), clarinet and string trio
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Präludien (2004-2005)
for 6 voices (SMezAltusTBarB)
Texts: Mischa Käser
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Drei Sätze für Streichquartett (2005-2006)
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Three movements for string quartet (2005-2006)
for guitar and baritone sax
Manuscript
Station (2006)
A musical theatrical installation (Rümlingen railway station)
for 1 dancer, 1 actress, 1 sound poet, 1 extra
Manuscript
Juturna (2006)
for guitar and baritone saxophone
Manuscript
Rote Asche (2004-2008)
A music-theatrical biotop
for vocal quartet, vocal poet, shakuhachi player, double bass, accordion, percussion, two dancers, an actress and a magician
Duration: abendfüllend
Manuscript
Fünf phonische Baccunicellen (2007-2008)
for saxophone, accordion and violoncello
Manuscript
Poano trio (2008-2009)
for piano, violin and violoncello
Manuscript
Surugau (2009)
7 Cries
for 8 saxophones
Manuscript
7 festliche Bagatellen (2009)
for soprano (or oboe/viola), piano, flute, oboe, horn, viola, violoncello and percussion (hand drum)
Manuscript
Gletsc (2009)
6 glacial deposits
for 4 alphorns (in A, G, F, E flat)
Duration: 22' 00"
Manuscript
1 Mann auf 1 Bank (2010)
Lieder cycle
for soprano, flute, cello, prepared piano and percussion
Texts: Friedrich Spee von Langenfeld, Abraham a Sancta Clara, Quirinus Kuhlmann
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
6 Stücke (2011-2012)
for wind quintet (fl, ob, cl, bn, hn)
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Diskographie
Trio CONTEXTO (Musiques Suisses Nr. MGB CTS-M 129, 2011)
Werke:
Käser, Mischa: Soft morning, city! (2000)
Ammann, Dieter: A (tenir) tension (2002-2003)
Skrzypczak, Bettina: Toccata sospesa (1999)
Blank, William: Lichtton (2004)
el-sabr gameel (Musiques Suisses Nr. MGB CTS-M 111, 2008)
Interpreten:
Spina, Anna
Giger, Paul
Werke:
Käser, Mischa: City 2 (2005)
Gaudibert, Eric: Le chant de la rose (2008)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Rayyis Fikri and the Magic Square (2008)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: er-innern (2006)
Giger, Paul: Ruland-Zäuerli (2008)
Porträt Mischa Käser (Grammont Nr. MGB CTS-M 93, 2005)
Interpreten:
Käser, Mischa
Meier, Hans-Jürg
Omlin, Christina
Werke:
Käser, Mischa: 5 stücke (1985-1991)
Käser, Mischa: musik zu Alexander (1993-1994)
Käser, Mischa: dupuy tren (1991)
Käser, Mischa: nebul (2000)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Radio Aequatuor (en avant ear Nr. 842 001M, 1999)
Werke:
Käser, Mischa: vom grundriss der brötchen (1994)
Feldmann, Walter: dolcificare a piacere - r.e.c. (1997)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Frederic Rzewsky, Mary Finsterer
Bibliography
Meyer, Thomas: Gescheiterte Begegnungen. "Verhext" von Mischa Käser im Tanzhaus Zürich (23.-26. Januar 2014), in: Dissonanz (Februar 2014) 125 (2014), S. 59-60 [Internet]
Haffter, Christoph: Randgebiete des Sinns. "Lavapaul": ein musiktheatralisches Duett mit Mischa Käser und Herwig Ursin in der Basler Gare du Nord (24. Februar 2011), in: Dissonanz 114 (2011), S. 64 [Internet]
Fatton, Andreas: Eine Tagebuchmusik und ein Biotop. "Gunten" und "Rote Asche": zwei Musiktheater-Projekte in der Basler Gare du Nord, in: Dissonanz 105 (2009), S. 40-41
Kunkel, Michael: Neu gesagte Geschichten des Tönens. Kompositorische Sprechakte von Michel Roth, Mischa Käser und Annette Schmucki, in: Musik, Wahrnehmung, Sprache, Chronos, Zürich 2008, S. 115-151
Keller, Christoph: Das Starre zum Fliessen bringen. Zu Mischa Käsers Orchesterwerk "Ordoublé", in: Dissonanz 71 (2001) [Internet]
Brotbeck, Roman: Bequeme Schräglage. "17 moments musicaux" von Mischa Käser, in: Dissonanz, Nr. 40 (Mai 1994) 40 (1994), S. 26f [Internet]
Ensembles