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Schlaepfer Jean-Claude

(11. 01. 1961)

Schlaepfer Jean-Claude
Schlaepfer Jean-Claude
49, route de la gare
CH-1242 Satigny
Suisse

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Biography
Jean-Claude Schlaepfer was born in Geneva. He studied piano for many years with M. Risler and others. His corresponding theoretical studies were undertaken at the 'Conservatoire supérieur de musique de Genève' where he acquired his diploma in musical culture, won a prize for composition (class of Pierre Wissmer and Jean Balissat) and the prize of the city of Geneva. He went on to study with Betsy Jolas, composer and professor at the 'Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris'. In 1988 he won the Swiss Musicians Association Prize. Besides his composing, he teaches harmony and analysis at the conservatory, and at the Popular Music Conservatory in Geneva.

Work list
Instances I (1987)
for piano (or harpsichord) solo
Six pieces of varying character paying homage to Arnold Schoenberg's op. 19. A version for cembalo also exists (1990).
Duration: 5' 30"
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Les Mots (1987)
for soprano and piano
Texts: Bernadette Metroz
Duration: 5' 00"
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Trois Esquisses (1987)
for violin and piano
Duration: 8' 00"
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3 Caprices à la mémoire de Paganini (1988)
for violin
Duration: 4' 00"
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Impressions (1988)
for string orchestra
Duration: 9' 00"
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Dialogue (1989)
for violoncello solo
A single-movement work in which the performer whistles and sings in conversation with his instrument.
Duration: 6' 30"
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Instances I (1990)
version for harpsichord
Duration: 5' 30"
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Stabat Mater (1990)
for Soprano, choir and orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.3.3.0/3perc/hp/10.8.6.5.3)
Texts: Bibel / Liturgie
Four movements.
Duration: 24' 00"
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7 Préludes (1991)
for two pianos
These preludes pay homage to Maurice Ohana. The pianos are prepared so as to produce harp-like sounds. The sections cannot be played separately.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Motets (1992)
for Soprano, harp and viola da gamba
'Motets' consists of 5 slow movements: Tutti - harp solo - tutti - viola da gamba solo - tutti. At the end of the last movement the harp is the first to fade out, then the viola da gamba, and finally the voice, this disappears into high register, mouth firmly shut.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Trois Rêves (1992)
for soprano, alto, orator, wind quintet, string quartet and piano
Texts: Georg Trakl
Poem by Georg Trakl.
Duration: 11' 00"
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Instances II (1993)
for horn solo
Duration: 5' 00"
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Solitude (1993)
(2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/2perc/8.8.5.4.2)
The violin's first phrase is a transcription of 'Episode V' for cello solo by Betsy Jolas to whom the work is dedicated. The cadenza, played by the violin, uses a single tone.
Duration: 13' 00"
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Psaume (1994)
for flute (alto and in C), oboe, English horn, violoncello and organ
From Psalms: "My soul is very troubled. / And you, O eternal! / until when?..." A composition in one movement interrupted by numerous silences.
Duration: 7' 50"
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Instances III (1994)
for marimba solo
Seven short inseparable pieces of contrasting character.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Visibili et Invisibili (1994)
for male choir and children's choir
Texts: Bibel / Liturgie
The theme for the festival of Sacred Music in Fribourg 1994 (for which this piece was written) was Death and Transfiguration. The men sing of death, gradually emerging into light. Male voices transform into children’s voices as a symbol of this transfiguration.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Exil (1995)
for orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.2.2.0/3perc/8.8.6.5.3)
A composition in one movement.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Ascensus (1995)
for trumpet solo and string ensemble (five violas, four violoncelli, three double-bass)
Uses a variety of mufflers. A progression through the whole register of a trumpet in C, from the lowest to the highest extremes.
Duration: 10' 00"
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L'Impossible Absence (1996)
for orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/2perc/hp/8.8.5.4.3)
Single movement, inspired by an extract from the collected poems of Catherine Fuchs.
Duration: 8' 00"
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La Rose de Jericho (1996)
Four chants
for soprano and piano
Texts: Ana Simon
Four melodies based on the poems by Ana Simon
1. soprano and piano
2. soprano and piano
3. Melodrama ad lib.
4. soprano solo

Duration: 9' 00"
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Chant de lune (1996)
for flute (c and g), oboe, clarinet, violin, violoncello, double-bass and small percussion
Duration: 9' 00"
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L'Ile de Ré (1997)
for violoncello and piano
Duration: 9' 00"
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Missa brevis (1997)
for soprano and string quartet
Duration: 14' 00"
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Instances IV (1998)
for violin solo
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Trio "à Karin" (1999)
6 Pieces
for violin, violoncello and piano
Duration: 6' 00"
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Croquis I &II (1999)
for viola, violoncello, double bass and percussion
Duration: 4' 00"
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Lamentations de Jérémie (2000)
for string orchestra
Duration: 7' 30"
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Diskographie
Centre International de Percussion (Grammont Porträt Nr. 81, 2003)
Werke:
Schlaepfer, Jean-Claude: Instances III (1994)
Hauser, Fritz: zytraffer (1992)
Rappaz, Marc-André: Stances sur "La mort de Marie" (1992-1993/2000)
Wen, De-Qing: kung-fu (1998)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Franco Donatoni, Lou Pelosi
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