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Meierhans Mela

(1961)

Meierhans Mela
atelier oh_r 42
Ohlauerstr. 42
D-10999 Berlin
BRD

Tel: +49 (0)30 802 78 04
Internet: www.meierhans.info

Biography
Mela Meierhans lives in Berlin and Buckow/Brandenburg.
She received her most important artistic impulses from her parents (contemporary music and abstract painting). Since 1989, her main fields of creative interest have been: Complexity and open-mindedness, interdisciplinary collaboration, development of interactive scores in the areas of music, dance, film, performance, theatre, installation and architecture.
Since 2003, the main focus of her work has been on music / musical theatre in the public sphere.
Meierhans has worked since 2006 on her "Jenseitstrilogie", a piece dealing with Christian, Islamic and Jewish death and mourning rituals: Part I "Tante Hänsi" was premiered in 2006, part II "Rithaa" in 2010, and part III is scheduled for 2014.
From 1998-2000 she was guest composer at the Electronic Studio of the University of Music Basel. She has received prizes and awards from the cities of Lucerne, Zug, Basel, Berlin and many more.
2000 Composer in residence at the Basel Sinfonietta.
2008 Artist in residence in Cairo, Egypt.
1989 - 2010 Commissions by MaerzMusik Berlin, Theaterfabrik Gera, Staatsoper Hannover, Lucerne Festival, Festival del Centro Histórico de Mexico City, Pro Helvetia, Experimentale Leipzig, Gare du Nord Basel, Berliner Kompositionsaufträge, Basel Symphony Orchestra, The Roosevelt Ensemble Washington, Basel Sinfonietta, Migros-Kulturprozent, Klangwerkstatt Berlin, Tage für Live Elektronik Basel et al. Audio Design for Swiss broadcaster DRS 2 and for Pro Helvetia.
2006 Founding of the ensemble dialogue, a group of musicians with a background in improvisation playing both classical and traditional folk music instruments.
1989 - 2012 Various sponsorship awards from Pro Helvetia
2010 Sponsorship award for "Rithaa" from the Bundeskulturstiftung, Germany
2008 Artist in residence in Cairo, Egypt
2005 Commission Berliner Kompositionsauftrag
2001 Composer of the week at the Europäischer Musikmonat 2001 in Basel
2001 Recognition award from the city of Lucerne
2000/1 Composer in residence at the Basel Sinfonietta
1999 3rd prize of the Glasmusikfestival in Frauenau, Germany for "Canthus to Canthus"
1998 1st prize classical jingles for Swiss Radio DRS
1997 Sponsorship award from the canton of Zug
1993 Sponsorship award for composition from the city and canton of Lucerne
1990 Work grant for composition from the city and canton of Lucerne


Work list
Triton I-VI (1989-1990)
for piano solo
Duration: 10' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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Abscheu vor dem Paradies (1991)
for soprano, alto and viola
Texts: Karoline von Günderrode, Christina Thürmer-Rohr
Duration: 20' 00"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
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CHF: 49.00
Vagabundinnen (1992)
for flute, string trio, harp (or bass), piano and electronic tape (CD/DAT or MD)
Texts: Christina Thürmer-Rohr
Duration: 13' 00"
SME/EMS
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CHF: 73.00
Vagabundinnen (1992-1998)
for electronic tape (CD/DAT or MD) and orchestra (1.2(ca).2(bcl).2(cbn)/2.2.1.1/hp/str)
Texts: Christina Thürmer-Rohr
A version for chamber orchestra (wind quintet, strings, piano and electronic tape) is also available (1994).
Duration: 13' 00"
SME/EMS
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CHF: 39.00
LaUtDeMiLa (1992-1993)
for viola solo
Duration: 10' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
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Irritation I (1993)
for four-handed piano
Duration: 10' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
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Almah (1993-1994/99)
for string quartet and walking horn
For Le Corbusier’s pilgrimage chapel ‘Notre Dame du Haut’ in Ronchamp (France). Commissioned and in cooperation with the Technical University in Zurich (ETH).
Duration: 16' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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Guggisbärglied (1994-1995)
Free adaptation of a folk song
for choir
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Sec''ondes (1995)
for wind quintet (fl.ob.cl.hn.bn), viola and piano
Duration: 12' 00"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
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CHF: 31.00
Cordes-Ouvertes (1995-1996)
for violin solo
Duration: 12' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
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RéSONANCE?! (1996-1997)
for bass clarinet, horn (Alphorn), violoncello and electronic (CD/DAT or MD)
After texts by Hannah Arendt.
This piece uses a half conventional score with 'cell' improvisation. All instruments are to be amplified where possible.
Duration: 21' 00"
SME/EMS
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CHF: 21.00
4instruments2 (1997-1998)
for dance, double-bass (or violoncello), thunder board and electronic tape (CD/DAT or MD)
Duration: 17' 00"
SME/EMS
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CHF: 16.00
Nightselves oder Meine Nacht schläft nicht (1997-2001)
for large orchestra without violins (2.2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbn/3.3.3.cbtbn.cbtba/timp.6perc/va.vc.db)
After a picture and texts by Sonja Sekula.
Ensemble version (2007): Clarinet, horn, violoncello, double bass and accordion.
Duration: 25' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
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sacht ä: aequatuor (1999-2000/02)
for prepared piano, violoncello and oboe
Based on a text by Uwe Johnson.
Duration: 16' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
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Canthus to Canthus (1999)
for various instrumentation, voice and electronic tape (CD)
Texts: Anne Blonstein
Based on eighteen text fragments (sand.soda.lime) by Anne Blonstein.
Duration: 18' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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Enigma (1999)
for voice and ensemble (ob.bcl.hn/perc/vn.va.vc) tape or CD and live electronic
Texts: Ingeborg Bachmann
Based on a poem by Ingeborg Bachmann.
Duration: 13' 23"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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Na? (1999)
for horn and seven other wind instruments: two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets and bassoon
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
sacht ä: klangheimlich (1999-2000)
for bass clarinet, violoncello and prepared piano
Based on a text by Uwe Johnson. Partly interactive score.
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
sacht ä: ciel'e terra (1999-2000/02)
for percussion, double-bass and prepared piano
Based on a text by Uwe Johnson.
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
3 Lieder (1999-2000)
for voices and percussion
Texts: Ingeborg Bachmann
'A-a' for voices and percussion.
'Orpheus' based on Ingeborg Bachmann, for voice solo (and open grand piano)
'Enigma' based on Ingeborg Bachmann, for voice solo (piano and percussion ad libitum).

Duration: 30' 00"-45' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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sacht ä: e-vent (1999-2000/02)
for alto flute, English horn and bass clarinet
Based on a text by Uwe Johnson.
Duration: 16' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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www.ricordi.de
sacht ä: ensemble (1999-2000/02)
for prepared piano, violin, flute and bass clarinet
Based on a text by Uwe Johnson.
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
sacht ä: ecco (1999-2007)
for saxophone, violoncello and accordion
Duration: 14' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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www.ricordi.de
Cordes-Ouvertes II (1999)
Electronically adapted version
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Différance I (2000)
for large orchestra
Duration: 7' 30"
Manuscript
A - a (2000-2002)
On the trail of a hidden poem
for medium voice and percussion
Duration: 15' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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4 S (2001-2002)
for vocal quartet
Texts: Anne Blonstein
Duration: 20' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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Der Tunnel - eine Zugbiografie (2002)
for prepared piano, soprano, oboe, violoncello and playback CD
Texts: Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
Duration: 22' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
info@ricordi.de
www.ricordi.de
diaphonie II (2002)
for double-bass solo
Duration: 13' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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www.ricordi.de
WAX - Soundscape for theatre (2002)
Electronic music
For a theatre piece about Emily Kempin Spyri.
Duration: 55' 00"
Manuscript
Prelude and Echo (2003)
for black quartet (saxophone, drums, Bass/vocals, piano)
A concept composition based on five poems by Anne Blonstein.
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
von Widerständen I (2003)
6 miniatures
for trombone, horn, soprano saxophone, accordion, percussion and piano
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Quasar 04 (2003-2004)
Composition with youths
for orchestra and playback
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Riitiseili (2003-2004)
Installation for children and adults
In collaboration with Josh Martin.
Manuscript
Narziss und Echo (2004)
for clarinet solo
Duration: 12' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
info@ricordi.de
www.ricordi.de
notstrom (2004)
for orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.1/2perc/4.3.3.2.1), soprano, tenor, baritone, speaking voice and on-site percussion
Duration: 80' 00"
Manuscript
Drift (Von Widerständen II) (2004)
Study
for accordion solo
Duration: 23' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
info@ricordi.de
www.ricordi.de
Drei Songs (2004)
for soprano, piano, violin, percussion and tuba
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Souffle combattant (2005)
for a 5 and an 8 stringed viola and ensemble (1.1.1.1/1.0.2.0/2perc/pf.cel/1.1.1.0)
"Souffle combattant" pays homage to the composition "Cordes plus" by Maurice Benhamou (*1936). Benhamou wrote "Cordes plus" in close cooperation with the violist Kurt Meyerhans who had already had a 5 and an 8 stringed viola specially made for other compositions and improvisations. "Cordes plus" was world premiered in 1974 in Bourges (Festival International de Musique Experimentale). Further performances followed in the years 1976 in Paris (Centre des Universitaires Juifs) and 1983 in Switzerland. Some members of the audience at these concerts fled the concert hall rather disgruntled. The electronic tape, the wild viola and polystyrene used in parts of the composition were too much for the ears ("Cordes plus" was created under the impression of various wars between 1967 and 1973 as well as other influences)
Commissioned by radio "Espace2" I have written this composition for Marie Schwab (who now uses the 5 and 8 stringed violas once belonging to Kurt Meyerhans) and the "Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain" using a radio recording of "Cordes plus" as a basis. In my composition:
1. is a live recording of "Cordes plus" (Radio France 1977) electronically processed, (partly) altered and played back
2. the solo viola part is based on the solo viola voice by Kurt Meyerhans
3. the ensemble is developed in a dialogue which takes as its subject the "Gleichzeitigkeit von Verschiedenheit und Gemeinsamkeit" ("Simultaneity of Differences and Similarities") by
Christine Thürmer-Rohr.
"Souffle combattant" was created purely associatively; it is a Re-Action and fragmentary (musical, political and personal) memory. The title affords a possible link: "Souffle combattant" after the etching bearing the same name by Gisèle Celan-Lestrange.
Duration: 27' 00"
Manuscript
Essays I-V (2005)
for voice and piano
Texts: Nijolé Miliauskaité
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
"Breitengrad Leipzig" (2005)
An accessible concert
for one venue, 2 voices and ensemble (2tpt.2hn.2tbn/string quartet)
Duration: 50' 00"
Manuscript
Mela Meierhans (2005)
Film music
for violin and synthesizer
Duration: 35' 00"
Manuscript
"Tante Hänsi, ein Jenseitsreigen" (2006)
A musical thaetre
for ensemble (2 accordions, horn/alphorn, trombone/alphorn, dulcimer/large frame drum, 2 clarinets) and mezzo-soprano, countertenor and jodel choir
On the occasion of JENSEITS VOM DIESSEITS - DIESSEITS VOM JENSEITS from "Dìa de los muertos" with a focus on Mexico-Switzerland.
Duration: 70' 00"
Manuscript
Lose struCture (2006)
12 Etudes
for (prepared) piano
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Entzweite Gesänge (2007)
for prepared piano (and obligatory voice)
Texts: Mela Meierhans
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
SCHATT-ie/IRR-ungen der Annemarie von Matt (2007)
for 2 voices, clarinet, horn, accordion, violoncello, double bass
Texts: Annemarie von Matt
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
Nightselves oder Meine Nacht schläft nicht (2007)
Ensemble version
for clarinet, horn, violoncello, double bass and accordion
After a picture and texts by Sonja Sekula.
Duration: 23' 00"
Manuscript
Ohne Titel I-III (Cairo Studies) (2008)
3 Radio features
for viola, violoncello, darbuka (drum) and playback
"o.t." was created during an extended trip to Kairo (Pro Helvetia's Artist in Residence programme in Egypt) and is a study for "RITHAA", part II of the JENSEITS TRILOGIE.
Duration: 19' 00"
Manuscript
" ... and the sound of a distance falling " (2008)
for voice and dance
Texts: Anne Blonstein
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
wer barfuss geht, geht nicht auf rosen (2009)
for voice, dance, clarinet, horn, accordion, violoncello and double bass
Texts: Mela Meierhans
Duration: 25' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
info@ricordi.de
www.ricordi.de
Rithaa - Ein Jenseitsreigen II (2009-2010)
for ensemble
Texts: Mela Meierhans, Judith Butler
Duration: 65' 00"
Manuscript
"wer barfuss geht, geht nicht auf rosen" (2009)
Composition and notaricon
for voice, dance ad lib., clarinet, horn/alphorn, accordion, violoncello and double bass
After pictures and diary scribbles by Anna Maria Bürgi.
Duration: 25' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
info@ricordi.de
www.ricordi.de
preludes for voice and tuba (2009)
conceptual composition
Texts: Anne Blonstein
Duration: variabel
Manuscript
Twentyfive (2010-2011)
A composition after Max Frisch
for soprano, mezzo-soprano and speaker
Text: Max Frisch, 25 questions from Questionnaire I (1966).
Duration: 60' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
info@ricordi.de
www.ricordi.de
malina fragmente (2011)
for string quartet and voice
Texts: Ingeborg Bachmann, Anna Maria Bürgi, Carolin Emcke
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
"silence..." (2012)
for voice and movement
After texts by John Cage and a picture by Sonja Sekula.
Duration: variabel
Manuscript
Essays VI – X (2012)
for voice, movement and prepared piano
Texts: Nijole Miliauskaite
Manuscript
Diskographie
Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain (Grammont Porträt Nr. MGB CTS-M97, 2006)
Interpreten:
Spina, Anna
Monot, Pierre-Alain
Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain NEC
Werke:
Wen, De-Qing: Quatre poésies (1999)
Meierhans, Mela: Souffle combattant (2005)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Georges Aperghis
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Meierhans &Rosenberger (stv/asm Nr. 25, 2004)
Interpreten:
Meierhans, Mela
Werke:
Rosenberger, Katharina: WAX - Soundscape for theatre (2002)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Bibliography
Bitterli, Peter: Frauenmusik: "Das ist doch ganz normal". Interview mit Mela Meierhans und Sonja Metheson, in: Luzern heute (7. August 1997) 1 (1997), S. 15