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Zimmerlin Alfred

(12. 04. 1955)

Zimmerlin Alfred
Zimmerlin Alfred
Brauereistrasse 15
CH-8610 Uster
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)44 363 13 97
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Internet: www.alfredzimmerlin.ch/

Biography
Alfred Zimmerlin was Born in Zurich and raised in Schönenwerd in canton Solothurn. After attending the "Aargauische Kantonsschule Aarau", he studied musicology and ethnomusicology under the tutelage of Kurt von Fischer and Wolfgang Laadeat at the University of Zurich, theory under Peter Benary, and composition under Hans Wüthrich and Hans Ulrich Lehmann. He participated at the "Internationalen Ferienkursen für Neue Musik" in Darmstadt and has been a co-worker for the Workshop for Improvised Music (WIM) in Zurich since 1980. In 1982 and 1984, Zimmerlin was awarded sabbatical years in conjunction with a residency in Paris by the "Aargauischen Kuratorium". In 1986 he received the music prize of the C. F. Meyer Foundation and was awarded a sabbatical year for composition by the city of Zurich in 1988. In 1999 he was awarded another sabbatical year by the "Aargauischen Kuratorium" and was invited by Pro Helvetia in 2001 to participate in their Cairo residency programme. In 2005 he received the "UBS Kulturstiftung" award. He has been a lecturer in improvised music at the Basel University of Music's Music Academy since 2010.
Alfred Zimmerlins' already substantial work catalogue contains pieces for piano, chamber music (with and without live-electronics), vocal music, orchestral music, music for theatre and works for radio and film. His key works include: "Gezeiten der Zeit" for string orchestra, "Cueillis par la mémoire des voûtes" for saxophone quartet and string orchestra, the chamber opera "Euridice singt", three string quartets, the "Neidhartlieder" for soprano and four Renaissance recorders, the "Cembalo-Buch", "In Bewegung (Nature Morte au Rideau)" for piano, string orchestra and playback CD, "Weisse Bewegung" for violoncello, piano and percussion, the Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet and "Zerstreut in Arbeit mit Wörtern" for soprano, piano and playback CD.
Alfred Zimmerlin is also an improvising musician (cello) and has performed with numerous formations in Europe and the USA. He is a member of the trio 'KARL ein KARL', a composer's collective and improvisation trio (together with Peter K Frey and Michel Seigner) that has remained in its current formation since its inception in 1983. A characteristic feature of the collective lies in the fact that all compositional decisions are taken together and responsibility carried by each member equally. There exist numerous recordings of Zimmerlin's work together with 'KARL ein KARL' and as an improvising musician.


Work list
Etudes based on a theme by Friedrich Nietzsche (1876-1878)
for piano, metronome and electronic tape
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
5 Préludes (Piano piece 1) (1980-1981)
Duration: 7' 00"
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Duet II (1983)
for clarinet and twelve-stringed guitar with live electronic
Duration: 7' 00"
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Sätze (1984)
for soprano, electric guitar, guitar scordatura and bass clarinet
Texts: Elisabeth Wandeler-Deck
Duration: 10' 00"
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Drehstück (1984-1985)
for wood and brass instruments (pic.1.1.Ebcl.1.bcl.1/1.2.1.1) and percussion
Manuscript
Piano Piece 2 (1985)
The tonal possibilities of the modern concert grand piano are used to the full here (harmonics, overtones). Virtuosic.
Duration: 11' 00"
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Zeile (aus einem Gedicht von Wystan Hugh Auden) (1984-1986)
for mezzo-soprano and piano
Duration: 5' 00"
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Brechungen (1986)
for bass clarinet, violoncello, violoncello scordatura and piano
Of intermediate difficulty but with demanding interplay.
Duration: 16' 00"
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"and from Alabama from anywhere..." (1986)
for five-stringed banjo and electronic tape
Realisation in the ‘Studio Espaces’, Geneva and in the KOPROD-studio in Zurich. Commissioned by the ’Tage für Neue Musik’ Zurich.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Fünf Stücke für acht Flöten (1986-1987)
1. Reflex (three large flutes, two alto flutes, two bass flutes and one contrabass flute)
2. Melody (one small flute, two large flutes, two alto flutes, two bass flutes and one contrabass flute)
3. Harmony (eight large flutes)
4. Intermezzo and Pole (one small flute, six large flutes and one bass flute)
5 Chain (one small flute, four large flutes, one alto flute, one bass flute and one contrabass flute)
Commissioned by Dominique Hunziker and the 'Joueurs de Flûte'.
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Wahrnehmungsschwäche für das Tempo der Zerstörung (1987)
for oboe, live electronic, female orator, improvised trombone and electronic tape
Texts: Elisabeth Wandeler-Deck
Commissioned by the city of Zurich, the film version (‘Die Farbe Des Klangs Des Bildes Der Stadt’) is by Urs Graf, Elisabeth Wandeler-Deck and Alfred Zimmerlin (1992) and is available from:
Filmkollektiv Zürich AG, Turnerstr. 26, CH-8006 Zürich.

Duration: 12' 00"
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NINE TO NINE (1987-1988)
for six different string instruments, electronic and computor controlled digital synthesizer
In cooperation with Peter K Frey and Michel Seigner.
Duration: 24h 00"
Manuscript
L'espace tout à coup m'irrite (1987)
for percussion and string trio
The percussion has the exclusive function of time-keeper. The strings are written in space notation and contain quarter tones. A simple drum machine is necessary in one place.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Alt-Tage (1987)
Film music
Dokumentary film by Marlies Graf-Daetwyler. Music in collaboration with Claudia Ulla Binder. Pro Senectute.
Manuscript
Gänge (1988)
for clarinet in B with or without live electronic
Inspired by "Raumteiler 88", a 3D work/installation by Niklaus J. Lenherr.
Three-part, conventional notation. Difficult, uses quarter and eighth-tone fingerings. Two simple multi-effect processors are used for the electronic and can be omitted altogether under certain circumstances (see score). However, a common cassette recorder is required; the sound material is provided without any particular effort by the interpreter.
Duration: 11' 00"
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Knotting (1988)
for violin, electronic tape and percussion
A graphically notated piece requiring experience in improvisation. The electronic tape is to be produced by the violinist his/herself.
Duration: 10' 00"-20' 00"
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Toute l'étendue ne vaut pas un cri (1985-1989)
for bass tuba in F and electronic tape
Very difficult. Uses specialist playing techniques. Semi-conventional notation. Electronic tape can be borrowed from the composer (DAT or CD).
Duration: 8' 00"
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Piano piece 3 (1988-1991)
Conventionally notated, intermediate piece.
Duration: 4' 30"
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3 mal 3 (1989)
for any nine instruments with specific pitch
Duration: 15' 00"-20' 00"
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Ohne Gewalt? (1989)
for mixed a-cappella choir
Commissioned by 'Kultur und Volk'.
Duration: 3' 00"
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"Ich selbst hatte halb und halb vor, mich über diese Tage still zu entfernen, weil mir die ewige Festbummelei anfängt die Freude an Land und Leuten zu verderben, zuvörderst an mir selbst, wie es immer geht, wenn man eine Sache übertreibt." (1989)
for mixed a-cappella choir (SSAATTBB)
Texts: Gottfried Keller
Commissioned by the city of Zurich for the 100th anniversary of the death of Gottfried Keller.
Duration: 4' 30"
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Raumspiel-Suite (1989)
for one guitar
Commissioned by the Aargau Curatorium.
Duration: 8' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
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RAUMSPIEL (1989)
for three guitars
Commissioned by the Aargau curatorium.
Duration: 10' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
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Walkmühlstrasse 52
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Quintet (1989-1990)
for clarinet in A, two violins, viola and violoncello
Seven movements, most of which are quite difficult to play, containing quarter and eighth tones and using special playing techniques. Various ways of notation, mainly to distinguish between different perceptions of the flow of time. The electronic tape accompaniment (used towards the end) can be prepared by the performer using an ordinary tape recorder.
Duration: 33' 00"
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Zeilen (1990-1991)
for oboe, clarinet in B, bassoon and marimbaphone
Divertimento: partly conventional notation. Also uses quarter- and eighth-note fingerings.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Jeden Morgen (1991-1992)
for orator (m/f) three-part mixed choir, tenor trombone and piano
Commissioned by 'Kultur und Volk'.
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Clavierstück 4 (1992)
for any keyboard instrument (harpsichord, piano, clavichord, organ, harmonium, keyboard)
Incidental events in 108 variations. Space notation.
Duration: 2' 00"-6' 00"
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Piano Piece 5 (1990-1992)
for grand piano with scordatura
Piano with scordatura in the octave from c'' to b''. From the perception of order and disorder, homogeny and the disparate, comprehension and incomprehension. Piano with sostenuto pedal; also requires a so-called "energy bow".
Duration: 28' 00"
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Die Farbe des Klangs des Bildes der Stadt (1993)
Experimental music film
From Urs Graf, Elisabeth Wandeler-Deck and Alfred Zimmerlin. Filmkollektiv Zürich.
Manuscript
Zerstreut in Arbeit mit Wörtern (1995-1996)
for soprano, piano and electronic tape
Texts: Elisabeth Wandeler-Deck
Cycle in eight parts.
No.1: Abtrift (piano)
No.2: Zeichengekrabbel (voice)
No.3: Lied: 'wie schön' (voice, piano)
No.4: Lesung (voice, piano)
No.5: Zeitbegleittänze (voice, electronic tape)
No.6: Lied: 'von der Hand zum Mund geflatterter Laut' (voice, piano)
No.7: Zeilenfall (voice, electronic tape and piano)
No.8: Abendland (piano electronic tape)
Duration: 65' 00"
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Abendland (Klavierstück 6) (1996)
for piano and electronic tape
Number 8 from 'Zerstreut in Arbeit mit Wörtern'. The tape can be borrowed (DAT or CD).
Duration: 17' 00"
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Musik im Freien (1996)
for any three instruments with the tonal range g-d"
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Lebenslänglich (1996)
film music
Documentary film by Theo Stich. Music produced in collaboration with Michel Seigner and Paul Lovens. eXtra Film.
Manuscript
In Bewegung (La Montagne Sainte-Victoire) (1998)
for twelve solo strings and tuba$
Duration: 10' 00"
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Weisse Bewegung (1996-1998)
for violoncello, piano and percussion
Weisse Bewegung I - Weisse Bewegung II - Stillstand I - Weisse Bewegung III - Stillstand II.
With support from the city of Zurich mayors office, the Dr. Adolf Streuli Foundation, the Hermann Suter Foundation and the ‘Fondation Christiane et Jean Henneberger-Mercier’.

Duration: 37' 00"
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Stillstandbild (Piano piece 7) (1998)
for two concert pianos
Duration: 5' 00"
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Anderer Ort (1998)
for transverse flute and harpsichord
Interpolation of the first movement of the sonata in a minor for transverse flute solo (Wq 132) by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Motivated by Heinrich Keller and Brigitta Steinbrecher.
Duration: 4' 00"
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Motto für U. P. Sch. (1998)
for voice, large drum, piano
Duration: 1' 00"
Manuscript
Piano piece 8 (Fantasia) (1998-1999)
Duration: 8' 00"-16' 00"
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Anfänge (1999)
for violin solo
Ein langsamer Anfang / Zehn tonale Anfänge / Anfang, Treppe hinaufsteigend / Beharrlicher Anfang (Beaver Blues).
Duration: 9' 00"
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Klavierstück 9 (1999)
for pianoforte
A version for the modern concert piano is also available.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Oggi - Movendo (1999)
for freely improvised solo instrument and wind trio (alto saxophone, horn and trombone)
Commissioned by 'Oggimusica'.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Die Zeit mit Kathrin (1999)
Film music
Documentary film by Urs Graf. Filmkollektiv Zürich.
Manuscript
In Bewegung (Nature morte au Rideau) (1999-2000)
for piano with electronic tape and thirteen strings
Commissioned by the city of Zurich for the Zurich Camerata.
Duration: 18' 00"
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Motivo (2000)
for altus and violin
Texts: Cecilia Meireles
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Braus (2000)
for soprano recorder (or ocarino) and electronic tape (or CD)
Commissioned by the Winterthur / Zurich School of Music.
Duration: 8' 00"
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instabilis tellus, innabilis unda (Klavierstück 10) (2000)
for four-handed piano
Commissioned by the Nicati-De Luze foundation for the piano duo Gertrud Schneider and Tomas Bächli.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Langsamer Eingang (2000)
for viola solo
A commission by the Nicati-De Luze foundation.
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Treffberg (2000)
for improvising trio with piano, double-bass and percussion
Commissioned by the trio 'Cieleterra'.
Duration: 15' 00"-20' 00"
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Paysage bleu (2000)
for choir (SSATB), orchestra (1.2.2.2/0.0.3.0/positiveorg/perc/str) and play-back CD
‘In Bewegung (La pendule de marbre noir)’ can be performed between ‘Et incarnatus est’ and ‘Sanctus’ and ‘Paysage bleu’ can be played after ‘Benedictus’ from Missa in C minor (KV 427) by W.A. Mozart, marking the point where the work remained unfinished.
This piece was commissioned by the city of Zurich for Karl Scheuber and the singing circle of the Engadine Church Choir, Zurich.

Duration: 8' 00"
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In Bewegung (La pendule de marbre noir) (2000-2001)
for transverse flute and thirteen string instruments
‘In Bewegung (La pendule de marbre noir)’ can be performed between ‘Et incarnatus est’ and ‘Sanctus’ and ‘Paysage bleu’ can be played after ‘Benedictus’ from Missa in C minor (KV 427) by W.A. Mozart, marking the point where the work remained unfinished.
This piece was commissioned by the city of Zurich for Karl Scheuber and the singing circle of the Engadine Church Choir, Zurich.

Duration: 4' 30"
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Narrenschifferklavier - tanzen (2001)
for clarinet solo
Commissioned by the ‘Moments Musicaux’ with the friendly support of the Aargau Curatorium.
Duration: 3' 00"
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Neidhartlieder: Winter, Sommer (2001)
for soprano, four Renaissance recorders and playback CD
Texts: Ingrid Fichtner, Neidhart von Reuental
Duration: 15' 00"
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Horizont (2001)
for marimba (five octaves) and computer
Commissioned by Christoph Brunner.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Metallzeiten (2001)
for viola, violoncello and percussion
Duration: 55' 00"
Manuscript
Streichquartett (2001-2002)
Duration: 12' 00"
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Auf nach Hippodamien (2001-2002)
for speaker (m/f), two violins, viola and violoncello
Texts: Georges Wieland
A string quartet for four horse-mad girls. Low level of difficulty.
Duration: 8' 00"
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gewölbt (2002)
for four groups of membrane instruments, trombone, euphonium and tuba
Commissioned by the 'Alten Kantonsschule Aarau' for their 200th anniversary.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Der Graf von Öderland (2002)
Music for a radio play
'Der Graf Öderland' by Max Frisch. Dramatic sketches from the diary 1946-1949.
Radio adaptation and direction: Stephan Heilmann. Swiss Radio DRS II, Studio Basel.
Manuscript
Weites Land (2002-2003)
for violoncello and playback CD
Duration: 30' 00"
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Ein Lachen (2002-2003)
for speaking voice and piano
Texts: Ingrid Fichtner
Duration: 4' 00"
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Cembalo-Buch (2002-2003)
Bagatelle, Ballade I, Ballade II, Barcarole I, Barcarole II, Barcarole III, Barcarole IV, Passacaglia, Baccanale, Bassedanse.
Duration: 22' 00"
Edition Mikro
c/o Edition Wandelweiser
Am Sandbach 24
D-42781 Haan
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Schattengefüg (2003)
for improvising trio with voice, recorder, double-bass and electronic tape
Commissioned by the Trio III VII XII (Mischa Käser, Urs Haenggli, Daniel Studer).

Duration: 10' 00"-12' 00"
Edition Mikro
c/o Edition Wandelweiser
Am Sandbach 24
D-42781 Haan
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Villes (Portrait de Rimbaud) (2003)
for baritone, e-guitar, tuba and drum set
Texts: Arthur Rimbaud
Commissioned by Lisa Schiess for the 'Ma Bohème' project.
Duration: 7' 30"
Edition Mikro
c/o Edition Wandelweiser
Am Sandbach 24
D-42781 Haan
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2. Streichquartett "...mit kleinen Wellen an jedem Blattrand (wie eines Windes Lächeln)..." (2003)
Commissioned by the Carmina Quartett Zürich for it's 20th anniversary.
Duration: 10' 00"
Edition Mikro
c/o Edition Wandelweiser
Am Sandbach 24
D-42781 Haan
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Raum - Zwischenraum (2003)
for two contrabasses, violoncello, clarinet, 4 loud speakers, 5 spaces
Duration: 60' 00"
Manuscript
ORB_IT (2002-2004)
concept for a sound installation with 28 loud-speakers
Realisation 2004 for TRANS_IT, World New Music Days 2004, Lucerne, in collaboration with 84 composers from 57 countries.
Duration: 30' 00"
Manuscript
Der Teufel auf dem Jahrmarkt (2003-2004)
for speaker, violin, accordion and percussion (marimba, glockenspiel, bouteillophone, large drum)
Texts: Dieter Ulrich
Loosely based on the novel 'Der Sorotschinsker Jahrmarkt' by Nikolaj Gogols.
Duration: 40' 00"
Edition Mikro
c/o Edition Wandelweiser
Am Sandbach 24
D-42781 Haan
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Enteilende Stücke (2004)
for alto recorder
Commissioned by Martina Joos.
Duration: 6' 30"
Edition Mikro
c/o Edition Wandelweiser
Am Sandbach 24
D-42781 Haan
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Etymologie des Entgleitens (2004)
for speaking voice and piano
Texts: Thomas Meyer
Duration: 2' 30"
Edition Mikro
c/o Edition Wandelweiser
Am Sandbach 24
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Ein Kosmos: Rheinfall (2004)
Installation
for clarinet in B, tenor trombone, violoncello and playback CD
Commissioned by Peter Mettler for the vernissage of the exhibition 'Rheinfallsammlung Peter Mettler' at the Klostergut Paradies, Schlatt, 23rd September 2004.
Duration: 10' 00"
Edition Mikro
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Euridike singt (2001-2003/04)
Scene
for soprano, oboe, violoncello, piano and playback CD
Texts: Raphael Urweider
commissioned by the Ensemble Aequatuor.
Duration: 33' 00"
Manuscript
Horizont II (2005)
for alto saxophone, harpsichord and computer
Duration: 7' 30"
Manuscript
Die Strasse (2005)
Music for a radio play
'Dies Strasse' by Robert Walser. Textcollage. Radio daptation and direction: Stephan Heilmann. Swiss Radio DRS II, Studio Basel.
Manuscript
Hofhuber - Ein Stück Land (2005)
Radio-play music
'Hofhuber – Ein Stück Land', radio play by Ruth Gundacker. Directed by Stephan Heilmann. Swiss Radio DRS II, Studio Basel.
Manuscript
"at the still point, there the dance is" (2005)
for viola solo
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Dinge - Zeit (2005)
Musique concrète
for six loud-speakers
Realised in collaboration with school children (14/15 years olds) from the classes of Reto Eglauf and Mark Fry at the 'Schulhaus Pfaffechappe' in Baden for the Historic Museum Baden.
Duration: 9' 30"
Manuscript
3. Streichquartett (3rd string quartet) (2005-2006)
Duration: 23' 00"
Manuscript
er-innern (2006)
for improvising kawala, improvising violino d'amore and playback CD
Duration: 5' 30"
Manuscript
Zwei Motetten (2006-2007)
for eight solo voices (SSAATTBB, or eight-part choir) and organ
Motet: Ding (2006/07) 7' (Daniel Czepko von Reigersfeld)
Motet: Furcht (2007) 8' (Raphael Urweider, Jean Paul)
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Cuellis par la mémoire des voûtes (2007)
for saxophone quartet or string orchestra
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Rezitativ in gebogenem Licht (2007)
for double bass solo
Duration: 8' 00"
Edition Mikro
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D-42781 Haan
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Über dieses Wasser (2007-2008)
Music for a dance theatre
for twelve solo voices, tenor trombone, violin and percussion
Texts: Ingrid Fichtner
N°1:Ares, for violin and percussion (vibraphone, small drum, rod, whip, maracas, rolled-up newspaper)
N°2: Johann, for speaker (Johann) speaking choir, tenor trombone, violin, percussion (small drum, tubular bells in F#', shell ring, maracas), mediaeval ensemble
N°3: Wasser – Ufer: for a-cappella choir with four soli (SATB)
N°4: Selene: for violin and vibraphone
N°5: Agnes: for soprano solo (Elisabeth), alto solo (Agnes), choir, tenor trombone, violin, percussion (large drum, 3 cymbals on stands (high, middle, deep), maracas, shell ring, sandpaper block)
N°6: Zeus – Albrecht: for alto solo (Agnes), speaker (Albrecht), violin, tenor trombone, percussion (vibraphone, 3 cymbals, tubular bells in F#', shell ring)
N°7: Opfer – Tater: for soprano (Elisabeth), alto solo (agnes), choir, tenor trombone, percussion (large drum, small drum, 1 cymbal)
N°8: Kronos: for violin, percussion (large drum, 2 medium-sized pebbles)
N°9: Ite missa est, interpolation of Ite missa est aus der Messe de Tournai: for choir (6pt), tenor trombone, violin, vibraphone
N°0 (supplement); chronicle of Mathias von Neuenburg: recitative for baritone, harpsichord, male and female voices, percussion (triangle, small drum); text: Matthias von Neuenburg (14th century)
Duration: 35' 00"
Manuscript
Vier Stücke für Violine und Schlagzeug (four pieces for violin and percussion) (2007-2008)
Nr.1: Ares
Nr.2: Selene
Nr.3: Zeus
Nr.4: Kronos
(from: Über dieses Wasser)

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Landschaften der Bewegungen (2007-2008)
for violin, guitar and double bass (in D)
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Gezeiten der Zeit (2008)
for string orchestra (6.5.4.3.1)
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Rayyis Fikri and the Magic Square (2008)
Divertimento
for rababa and violoncello
Duration: 2' 30"
Manuscript
Der Bio-Adapter (2008)
audio piece
Texts: Oswald Wiener
Duration: 61' 00"
Manuscript
Klavierstück 12 (piano piece 12) (2008-2009)
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Wasser (2008-2009)
for soprano solo, alto solo, tenor solo, bass solo, mixed choir, tenor trombone, violin, vibraphone (also cymbals)
Texts: Ingrid Fichtner
Nr. 1: Wasser - Ufer (3')
Nr. 2: Am Wasser (9')
Nr. 3: Über dieses Wasser (Ite missa est) (6')
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Klavierstück 11 (piano piece 11) (2009)
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Glück (2009)
for speaker and piano
Texts: Thomas Meyer
This music was originally created for "Der Bio-Adapter" by KARL ein KARL (Michel Seigner, Peter K Frey, Alfred Zimmerlin) and Peter Schweiger.
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Seasons, Moon, and Memory (2009)
for mezzo-soprano and piano with CD playback
Texts: Emily Dickinson
Duration: 33' 00"
Manuscript
Scènes (2009-2010)
for tenor saxophone, bassoon, playback and live electronics
Texts by Arthur Rimbaud from "Illuminations", read by Sara Maurer.
Software programming: Johannes Schütt.
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Zwei Winterviolen (2009)
Sixteen stations
for two violins
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
braue (2009)
for speaker and piano
Texts: Thomas Kling
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Minutenspirale (2010)
for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano, percussion (1 pair of pebbles, 1 triangle, 1 large drum)
Duration: 1' 00"
Manuscript
Improvisation 1 (2010)
for violoncelo and percussion
Duration: 30' 00"
Manuscript
(1913)

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
(2013-2014)


Texts: Zsuzsanna Gahse

Duration: 77' 00"
Manuscript
Diskographie
Mehr als elf (bmn-medien Nr. BMN20144 7629999018914, 2014)
Werke:
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Mehr als elf (2013-2014)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Alfred Zimmerlin (Grammont Porträt Nr. MGB CTS-M 127, 2010)
Interpreten:
Ronner, Petra
Werke:
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Weisse Bewegung (1996-1998)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Weites Land (2002-2003)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
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)
KARL ein KARL: Der Bio-Adapter (stv/asm 031 Nr. 031, 2008)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Frey, Peter K.
KARL ein KARL
Selbdritt: von hier (stv/asm / unit-records Nr. 029 / UTR 4184, 2006)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Schuppe, Marianne
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Ianus (stv/asm Nr. 23, 2004)
Interpreten:
Frey, Jürg
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Studer, Daniel
Mit weiteren Werken von: Daniel Studer
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Keller - Steinbrecher: musica riservata (Grammont Portrait/ Musikszene Schweiz Nr. MGB CTS-M 85, 2003)
Interpreten:
Keller, Heinrich
Werke:
Lehmann, Hans Ulrich: Minuties (1998)
Mäder, Urban: en suite (1997)
Wettstein, Peter: Sieben Miniaturen (1974)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Anderer Ort (1998)
Vassena, Nadir: Formulae (1995-1997)
Langlotz, Lukas: Facetten (1997)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Rudolf Kelterborn, Jia Guoping, Wang Peng
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
ohraugohr (stv/asm Nr. 021, 2003)
Interpreten:
Rüegg, Claudia
Werke:
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Klavierstück 2 (1985)
Vapori del Cuore – Alfred Zimmerlin: Alpine Songs – Refrains (Atrakt Art Nr. AA03, 2003)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Alfred Zimmerlin (Edition Wandelweiser Records Nr. 9605, 2000)
Interpreten:
Dünki, Jean-Jacques
Frey, Jürg
Moster, Tobias
Werke:
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Clavierstück 4 (1992)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Klavierstück 5 (1990-1992)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Quintett (1989-1990)
Momentum 2: The Law of Refraction (Leo Record Nr. LR 296, 2000)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Brennan, John Wolf
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Ensemble Oggimusica - Irène Schweizer (Altri Suoni Nr. 054, 1999)
Werke:
Steinauer, Mathias: Sott'acqua, op. 17.3 (1999)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Oggi - Movendo (1999)
Vassena, Nadir: fuori era ancora la notte... (1999)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Irène Schweizer, Alessandro Solbiati, Mathias Gloor
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
WIM Radio Days (stv/asm Nr. 001, 1999)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Oscura Luminosa: in full armour (unit-records Nr. UTR 4107, 1998)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Steinmann, Conrad
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
The Great Musaurian Songbook: Out Of A Suitcase (Musikszene Schweiz - Grammont Portrait Nr. CTS-M 60, 1998)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
KARL ein KARL &Co.: ja (Musikszene Schweiz Nr. MGB CD 9705, 1997)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Frey, Peter K.
KARL ein KARL
!ROJO! (unit-records Nr. UTR 4099 CD, 1996)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Michael Vogt: Tuba Intim (RéR Records TUBA 1, 1994)
Werke:
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Toute l'étendue ne vaut pas un cri (1985-1989)
Tetraclavier (Jecklin Szene Schweiz Nr. 289-2, 1993)
Interpreten:
Dünki, Jean-Jacques
Sublet, Pierre
Werke:
Dünki, Jean-Jacques: Tétraptéron 0-IV (1981-1992)
Glaus, Daniel: Toccata per Girolamo (... pour Claude) (1985)
Pepi Alós, Jorge: Metamorfosis I (1989)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Klavierstück 2 (1985)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Karlheinz Stockhausen
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Radu Malfatti: Ohrkiste (ITM Classics Nr. 950013, 1992)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
KARL ein KARL: "KARL'S FEST" (unit-records Nr. UTR-4039, 1991)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Frey, Peter K.
KARL ein KARL
CERTAINTY/SYMPATHY (percaso-production Nr. CD 05, 1988)
Interpreten:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
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Zimmerlin, Alfred: Klaus Hubers musikdramatisches Werk, in: .Schweizer Theaterjahrbuch 45 (1983), S. S. 167-180
Zimmerlin, Alfred: István Zelenka. Vorschläge für einen Dialog mit dem Lebensraum, in: Dissonanz 49 (1996)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Claudio Danuser – ein intellektueller Nabucco, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung (25. April 1997) (1997)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Wo sind die Orientierungspunkte?, in: NZZ (2. Mai 2003) (2003), S. 58
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Musik soll berühren, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung (25. Oktober 2006) (2006)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Ein Einzelgänger. Zum Tod des Komponisten Meinrad Schütter, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung (14.01.2006) (2006)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Zum Tod von Mstislaw Rostropowitsch, in: Dissonanz 99 (2007) [Internet]
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Au carrefour des mondes – Komponieren in der Schweiz, PFAU-Verlag, Saarbrücken 2008
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Musik an der Schnittstelle von Kulturen. Zum Tode des Komponisten Eric Gaudibert, in: NZZ (1. Juli 2012) (2012) [Internet]
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