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Schneider Francis

(10. 03. 1951)

Schneider Francis
Schneider Francis
Frobenstrasse 72
Postfach
CH-4008 Basel
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)61 272 09 00
Fax: +41 (0)61 272 09 01
Internet: www.francisschneider.ch

Biography
Francis Schneider was born in Basel. He studied Romance philology, musicology and piano with further studies in harpsichord, improvisation and composition following his 'type A' undergraduate studies at college.
Schneider founded and developed the 'Neopuk' music publishers for contemporary music, pedagogic literature and music pedagogical scripts. He has received various awards and sponsorship prizes for, as examples, his project management of the video production 'Klingende Schweiz' at the 1997 Locarno Film Festival; from the SUISA foundation for music for his publishing activities and in 1998/90/92/3/2003 for his compositional works. Schneider is the director of a publishing company, piano teacher and composer. He has published various papers and two books: 'Üben – was ist das eigentlich?' and 'In Tönen reden ... freies Spiel auf dem Klavier' he has also produced numerous musical works such as 'Klingender Kalender', 'Musik der Bilder', 'Musik Porträts', 'Klavier-Wochen-Kalender' etc.
Francis Schneider is engaged in cultural and educational policy on a cantonal and national level; he is a member of the board of directors of the Swiss Music Council, a member of the board of directors and a member of the editorial office of Swiss Music Edition, a foundation board member of the Pro Argovia Culture Foundation and president of the EPTA Switzerland.


Work list
Unterwegs (1984)
for piano
The most popular and established ragtimes for piano (intermediate).
Duration: 18' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
Klingender Kalender – im Quintenzirkel durchs Jahr (1989)
12 pieces in 12 keys for the 12 months of the year
for piano
The ‘Klingende Kalender’ starts with the commencement of spring on the 21 March (c major). The # keys lead through the spring and summer months, the Eb keys continue through Autumn and Winter and back to Spring.
This piece won the first prize of the Musik-Hug’s anniversary foundation ‘Kind und Musik’.
Duration: 27' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
Für Dich – aus meinem musikalischen Tagebuch (1990)
for piano
15 short pieces: wild, calm, cheerful and contemplative (for piano).
Duration: 20' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
Klingende Natur (1990-1991)
for piano
The voices of nature - musically captured by simple means.
The glistening of the sea, the passing by of a cloud, sunbeams in the forest - everything has its own sound.
Duration: 20' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
Klingende Farben (1993)
for piano
Hear the colours....
How does yellow, green, violet or blue sound? The colours of the 12-part colour wheel are made to sound.
Duration: 20' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
Verzauberte Stille (1993)
Five mysterious pieces
for piano
Duration: 6' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
Musik der Bilder (1995)
Works of the masters - turned into music
for piano
With colourful pictures of works by Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso, Klee, Monet, Miró, Hopper, Tinguely and others.
“Why are museums so nicely quiet? So we can hear the music of the pictures.” The composer eavesdrops on familiar paintings and makes their music audible.
“Image, text and music - a magical entirety each spanning two pages. The book is a wonderful enrichment of expressive works for the piano literature at this degree of difficulty (lower intermediate).” Piano News

Duration: 15' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
Der Neue Wolfer (1998)
The Piano School for Young and Old - The Direct Way to Bach, Mozart, Schumann and Bartók
for piano
A New edition of the Piano School by Anton Wolfer.
The Wolfer School is associated with a time when music is played with much calm, understanding and playful curiosity. In addition to the technical side, it was about, is about and will always be about creating the mental and spiritual conditions needed to produce music: This school does not only teach, it educates comprehensively.
A supplement, the Vademecum, accompanies the teachers and students on their way: That which emerges step-by-step in the school, is explained and expanded upon in the supplement. It contains details of elementary theory, general music theory and form & performance theory.
With the Wolf School we also embark upon a journey through the history of music: The notated examples begin in the Baroque style, develop further in the direction of early classical and classical music and continue to the romantic period. The last piece refers to Robert Schumann's 'Von fremden Ländern und Menschen', taken from the first movement of his 'Kinderszenen'.
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
Musik Porträts (2001)
Musical snapshots
for piano
S., Jester, D., Natterbag, C., Bon vivant, Z., The dreamer (f), F, Self portrait and a further 13 musical portraits full of wit and irony.
Duration: 25' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
Klavier-Wochen-Kalender (2004)
52 pianistic nuts to crack for the whole year
A perpetual weekly calendar for the piano.
These 52 short pieces offer a multitude of possibilities for the player to become creatively involved musically. It concerns the continuation of a melody, the conferring of a rhythm with musical form, improvising over a bass, the transposition of short pieces or the assembly of single beats into a whole. Sometimes, however, there is nothing more to be done than to simply leave something out and at other times to do nothing at all other than play the piece as it is notated. Off then, on an unusual adventurous journey!

Duration: 60' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
Ab durch die Mitte – 30 Arten unterwegs zu sein (2007)
for piano
World premiere: The first music book with a hole!
There are so many ways one can travel around: on foot alone, on foot with another, on a chair lift or a motorbike, with a sailplane or bus, on the big wheel or on a skate board, in thought, in a submarine or on a ghost train. Here there is the appropriate music for every mode of transport, whether loud or quiet, racy or leisurely.
Additionally: On the tram, on a cruiser, on the motorway, on the wings of a dragon, with a pedalo, in a wheelchair, on a steam locomotive, in a hearse, on a horse, on an aeroplane, in a taxi, with a bike, on the intercity, in a dream, on a scooter – the last piece is called: Indecision at the Sign Post …
The booklet with a hole – for a view of the distance!
Lots of fun for lower and intermediate level students!
Duration: 25 minutes.
Duration: 25' 00"
Nepomuk Musik Verlag
c/o Breitkopf & Härtel Musikverlag
Walkmühlstrasse 52
D-65195 Wiesbaden
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)611 45 0080
vertrieb@breitkopf.de
www.breitkopf.com
Diskographie
Musik der Orte – 17 Landschaften und ihre Musik (Musik Verlag Nepomuk, 2007)
Interpreten:
Schneider, Francis
Bibliography
Schneider, Francis: Üben – was ist das eigentlich? Neue Erkenntnisse, alte Weisheiten, Tipps für die Praxis, Musik Verlag Nepomuk, Aarau 1992
Schneider, Francis: In Tönen reden ... Freies Spiel auf dem Klavier. Oder: Du kannst viel mehr als bloss nach Noten spielen!, Musik Verlag Nepomuk, Aarau 2003