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Ducommun Samuel

(21. 06. 1914 - 06. 08. 1987)

Ducommun Samuel
Ducommun Samuel
p/a Jacqueline Tscholl-Ducommun
Rychenbergstr. 139
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)52 242 67 83
Fax: +41 (0)52 242 67 68


Biography
Samuel Ducommun, a composer from Neuchâtel, studied organ under the tutelage of Louis Kelterborn and then Charles Faller and received a prize for virtuosity in 1938. He was a student of Charles Humbert with whom he studied harmony and continued with a study of counterpoint and composition under the tutelage of Paul Benner. Following this he became a student of Marcel Dupré. His career as an organist began in 1934 in Corcelles (Neuchâtel) and continued at the 'Stadtkirche' in Bienne from 1938 until 1942. Neuchâtel became the centre of his multiple activities as early as 1942; he was collegium organist, singing teacher at schools, piano teacher at the cantonal college and taught classes for organ, harmony, analysis, counterpoint and composition at the conservatory. Samuel Ducommun has performed in numerous Swiss, French and German cities. In addition to the classical and romantic repertoire his programmes also left space for the contemporary music of his time (Paul Müller-Zürich, Henri Gagnebin,Conrad Beck, Bernard Reichel, Jean Binet, Willy Burkhard, Rudolf Moser , Paul Hindemith, Frank Martin and Marcel Dupré). Premiere performances include: the French premiere of Frank Martin's 'Passacaille' (Radio Paris) in 1950, the premiere performance of the Concerto for Organ and Orchestra by Rudolf Moser in Zurich under the direction of Hermann Scherchen in 1948 and the French premiere of the same concerto at the 'Temple de l'Etoile' in Paris under the direction of Léon Zighera in 1952.
Composition occupied a prime position in the activities of Samuel Ducommun since his adolescence. The importance of the organ is apparent through its role as a privileged solo instrument (two concertos, symphony, suites, works intended for concert or church service) or as an accompaniment for voice (soprano, baritone), the flute, the oboe, the clarinet, the trumpet, the horn or the alphorn. Some works for soli, choir and orchestra have been written for particular occasions: 'Les Voix de la Fôret' (1964), with text by Marc Eigeldinger, was written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Neuchâtel's entrance into the Confederacy; 'Jubilate Deo' (1976) a suite of psalms extracted from 'Vulgata' was written to mark the 700th anniversary of the 'Dédicace de la Collégiale' and 'L'Eternel parle' (1980), with text by Charles Bauer, was written for the 450th anniversary of the Reformation in Neuchâtel. Other compositions were born of fruitful encounters with poets from Neuchâtel: the cantata 'Siméon' with text by Edmond Jeanneret, a Christmas cantata and 'La Moisson de Feu', an oratorio with text by Marc Eigeldinger. Several symphonic and concertante works have also been produced by Samuel Ducommun (sinfonietta, serenade, nocturnes, concerto grosso with two violin solos, concertino for trumpet, concertos for organ and string orchestra, symphony for large orchestra), and numerous scores for chamber music (sonatas for flute, violin, violoncello and piano) and compositions for various instrumental formations (quintet with piano; string trio, flute and piano; flute quartet; brass trio; string quartet, flute, clarinet and piano; soprano, harp and string quartet) completes the musical production of Samuel Ducommun. While the style and the spirit of the compositions is French inspired and the architecture calls on classical forms with the fugue, passacaglia and sonata forms as examples, the expression is generally polytonal, sometimes atonal and often modal. Samuel Ducommun discovered a personal musical language which does not want to imitate person nor deny origins. If the material is traditional, the work is original.
(J.T.-D.)


Work list
Cinq Intermezzi (1932)
for piano
I. Pour un jour de pluie
II. Pour un dimanche matin de printemps
III. Sur une tombe
IV. La nuit tombe
V. Pour remercier le soleil d'un jour d'été
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Trois Pièces en mi pour orgue (1933-1934)
I. Modéré
II. Lent
III. Animé
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
1st Petite Suite Op. 3 (1934)
for piano
I. Prélude
II. Menuet
III. Adagio
IV. Final
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Cinq Pièces pour orgue Op. 5 (1936)
I. Petite Chaconne
II. Cantilène
III. Andante
IV. Elévation
V. Cortège
Duration: 22' 00"
Manuscript
(1936)
for organ
I. Pastorale
II. Berceuse
III. Carillons
Duration: 23' 00"
Manuscript
(1936)
for piano
I. En route
II. Air tendre
III. Petite valse
IV. Farandole joyeuse
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Divertissement Op. 8 (1936)
for string quartet, flute, clarinet in Bb and piano
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
(1937)
for soprano, obligatory flute and organ
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Sonata for violoncello and piano Op. 11 (1937)
I. Allegro
II. Lento
III. Allegro
Duration: 35' 00"
Manuscript
Le Cantique des Cantiques Op. 13 (1937)
for soprano and piano
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
La Chanson du vent de mer Op. 10 (1937)
for soprano and piano
Texts: Anatole Le Braz
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Kléarista Op. 9 (1937)
for soprano and piano
Texts: Charles-Marie Leconte de Lisle
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Les Rayons et les Ombres XXVII Op. 14 (1937)
for soprano and piano
Texts: Victor Hug
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
(1938)
Vocalisation
for soprano and piano
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Mon Pays I Op. 18 (1938)
for four-part a-cappella choir
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
(1938)
for three-part a-cappella choir
Texts: Henry Perregaux
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Tendresse Op. 12a (1938)
Cycle
for soprano and piano
Texts: Louis Chazai
I. Odelette
II. Matin
III. Tristesse
IV. Le Ruisseau
V. Le Soir
VI. Isolement
VII. Douces paroles
VIII. Tendresse
IX. Le Lac
Duration: 50' 00"
Manuscript
(1938)
for organ
I. Fantaisie
II. Fugue
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
(1938)
for male a-cappella choir
Texts: Philippe Ducommun
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
(1938)
a-cappella choir with 3 identical voices
Texts: Cécile Bourquin
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
(1938)
a-cappella choir with four voices
Texts: Victor Hugo
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Christ est ressuscité Op. 21 (1938)
a-cappella choir with four voices
Texts: Henry Perregaux
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Tendresse Op. 12b (1938)
for soprano and chamber orchestra (1.1.1.1/1.1.0.0/timp.perc/hp/str)
Texts: Louis Chazai
I. Odelette
II. Matin
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
(1938)
for three-part a-cappella choir
Texts: Gustave Borel-Girard
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
(1938-1939)
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Lento
IV. Presto
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
(1939)
for organ
I. Prélude pastoral
II. Hymne
III. Communion
IV. Toccata
Duration: 24' 00"
Manuscript
(1939)
for four-part a-cappella choir
Texts: Henri Warnery
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
C'est Noël Op. 29 (1939)
for 3-part a-cappella choir
Texts: Henry Perregaux
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
(1941)
for four-part a-cappella choir
Texts: Marguerite Albarin
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
(1942)
for alto, violin and organ
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
(1942)
I. Ricercare
II. Duo
III. Cortège
IV.Choral
V. Point d'orgue
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
(1943)
for organ
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
(1944)
for organ
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
(1944)
for organ
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
(1945)
for male a-cappella choir
Texts: Henri de Reynier
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
(1946)
for trumpet, horn, trombone and organ
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Petit Concert Op. 40 (1946)
for trumpet, horn and trombone
I. Intrada
II. Bourrée
III. Sarabande
IV. Marche
V. Quodlibet
Duration: 12' 00"
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(1948)
for male a-cappella choir
Text extracted from 'Chants valanginois'.
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Mon Pays II Op. 42a (1948)
for male a-cappella choir
Texts: Charles Luginbuhl
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
(1949)
for violoncello and piano
I. Lento
II. Scherzando
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
(1949)
I. Moderato
II. Lento
III. Allegro
Duration: 22' 00"
Manuscript
(1950)
for four-part a-cappella choir
Texts: Marc Eigeldinger
Duration: 2' 00"
Editions Cantate Domino
CH-2114 Fleurier
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(1950)
for four-part a-cappella choir
Texts: Marc Eigeldinger
Duration: 4' 00"
Editions Cantate Domino
CH-2114 Fleurier
Suisse
(1950)
for four-part a-cappella choir
Text extracted from 'Heures Royales', 1486.
Duration: 2' 00"
Editions Cantate Domino
CH-2114 Fleurier
Suisse
(1950)
for one solo voice, children's choir, mixed choir and organ or harmonium
Texts: Marc Eigeldinger
Annonciation – Incarnation – Interlude - Hymne au Mage - Gloria.
Duration: 14' 00"
Editions Cantate Domino
CH-2114 Fleurier
Suisse
(1943-1951)
for soprano and organ
Texts: René-Louis Piachaud
I. Psaume 124 (Sans l'Eternel qui nous protégea)
II. Psaume 130 (Du fond de l'abîme)
III. Psaume 16 (Dieu restera ma force et mon appui)
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
(1951)
for soprano and piano
Texts: Marc Eigeldinger
I. Le Prisonnier du rêve
II. Sonnet de l'absence
III. Fête spirituelle
IV. Torpeur d'été
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
(1951)
I. Andante tranquillo
II. Allegro
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
(1952)
for chamber orchestra (1.1.1.1/2.1.0.0/timp/pf/str)
I. Allegro
II. Lento
III. Presto
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
(1952)
for string orchestra and soprano solo
Texts: Agrippa d'Aubigné
1. Moderato espressivo
2. Allegro
3. Lento ("Prière du soir")
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
(1953)
for string orchestra
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
(1953)
for horn and organ
I. Choral and Variations
II. Adagio
III. Quasi Marcia
IV. Lento
Duration: 18' 00"
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(1953)
for chamber orchestra (1.1.1.1/2.1.1.0/timp/hp/str)
Préambule – Aria – Ricercare – Mélodie ornée – Scherzando – Quasi marcia – Carillon.
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
(1954)
I. Recitativo - Moderato
II. Fuga - Presto
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
(1954)
for soprano, harp and string quartet
Texts: Rainer Maria Rilke
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
(1955)
I. Préambule
II. Mélodie ornée
III. Lied
IV. Sur les Grands Jeux
V. Pastorale
VI. Canon
VII. Fughetta sur la trompette
VIII. Calvaire
IX. Matines
X. Pâques
Duration: 28' 00"
Manuscript
(1955)
for violoncello and piano
Dedicated to Pablo Casals.
I. Prélude grave
II. Fughetta
III. Elégie sur le nom de Pablo Casals
IV. Ronde
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
(1956)
for a large organ
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
(1957-1958)
Cantata
for baritone solo, oboe, horn in F, strings and organ
Texts: Edmond Jeanneret
I. Récitatif et Choral
II. Aria
III. Récitatif et Choral
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
(1958)
Cantata
for baritone solo, choirs and orchestra (2.1.2.1/2.2.1.0/perc/str)
Texts: Edmond Jeanneret
I. Récitatif
II. Aria
III. Récitatif
IV. Choeur
V. Choral et Amen
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
(1958)
Oratorio after The Apocalypse
for soprano and bass, children's choir, mixed choir and orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.3.3.1/perc/str)
Texts: Marc Eigeldinger
I. Louange
II. Le sixième sceau
III. Le Livre prophétique
IV. Le Cavalier sanglant
V. Le Retour éternel
Duration: 50' 00"
Manuscript
(1958)
Oratorio after the Apocalypse
for soprano and bass, children's choir, mixed choir, 3 trumpets and organ
Texts: Marc Eigeldinger
I. Louange
II. Le sixième sceau
III. Le Livre prophétique
IV. Le Cavalier sanglant
V. Le Retour éternel
Duration: 50' 00"
Manuscript
(1958)
for 3-part children's choir with accompaniment (piano, organ or harmonium)
Texts: Sam Perret
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
(1959)
for organ and string orchestra
I. Toccata
II. Passaglia
III. Fuga
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
(1959)
for soprano and piano or organ
Texts: André Pierre-Humbert
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Mon Pays III (1960)
for three-part children's choir with accompaniment (piano, organ or hamonium)
Texts: Charles Luginbuhl
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
(1961)
for orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.3.3.1/perc/str)
I. Allegro vivace
II. Intermezzo
III. Finale
Duration: 40' 00"
Manuscript
(1961)
for organ
I. Prélude
II. Variations
III. Postlude
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Concertino (1962)
for trumpet and chamber orchestra (2.1.1.2/2.0.0.0/perc/str)
I. Allegro
II. Lento
III. Allegro - Fuga
Duration: 13' 00"
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Concertino (1962)
for trumpet and organ
I. Allegro vivace
II. Poco lento
III. Allegro
Duration: 12' 00"
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(1963)
for a 3-part children's choir
Texts: Albert Rudhardt
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
(1964)
Cantata
for soprano and baritone, choirs and orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.3.3.1/hp/perc/str)
Texts: Marc Eigeldinger
I. Origines
II. Le Bois des Lattes
III. Enfances
IV. Les Chemins de l'Areuse
V. Solitudes
VI. La forêt de l'Ermitage
VII. Réminiscences
Duration: 45' 00"
Manuscript
(1965)
for mixed double choir and organ
Texts: Edmond Jeanneret
Prélude et Ricercare sur le Psaume 150 – Invocation - Confession des péchés – Alléluia – Répons - Psaume 150 – Intercession – Amen - Postlude.
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
(1965)
After the lecture on the Symbol of the Apostles
for unisono choir and organ
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
(1965)
for mixed choir and organ
On a text extracted from Apocalypse v 6 - 14.
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
(1965)
for organ
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
(1967)
for violin and piano
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
(1967)
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo
III. Adagio
IV. Final
Duration: 28' 00"
Manuscript
(1968)
for organ
I. Hymne et Fughetta
II. Pastorale en rondeau
III, Aria
IV. Carillon
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
(1968)
for three-part children's choir
Texts: Albert Rudhardt
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
(1969)
for organ
Extracted from the 'Zeitgenössische Orgelmusik im Gottesdienst', vol. IV, No 2006d.
Duration: 4' 00"
Edition Kunzelmann
Grütstr. 28
CH-8134 Adliswil
(1969)
for organ
Extracted from the 'Zeitgenössische Orgelmusik im Gottesdienst', vol. IV, No 2006d.
Duration: 3' 00"
Edition Kunzelmann
Grütstr. 28
CH-8134 Adliswil
(1969)
for organ
Extracted from the 'Zeitgenössische Orgelmusik im Gottesdienst', vol. IV, No 2006d.
Duration: 4' 00"
Edition Kunzelmann
Grütstr. 28
CH-8134 Adliswil
(1969)
for organ
Extracted from the 'Zeitgenössische Orgelmusik im Gottesdienst', vol. IV, No 2006d.
Duration: 5' 00"
Edition Kunzelmann
Grütstr. 28
CH-8134 Adliswil
(1969)
Dedicated to Heinrich Funk
for organ
Extracted from the 'Zeitgenössische Orgelmusik im Gottesdienst', vol. IV, No 2006d.
Duration: 4' 00"
Edition Kunzelmann
Grütstr. 28
CH-8134 Adliswil
(1970)
for organ
Psalms 100, 47, 33, 77, 138, 150.
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
(1970)
for organ
I. Ricercare (Ps. 100)
II. Fantaisie (Ps. 47)
III. Toccata (Ps. 33)
IV. Choral (Ps. 77)
V. Prélude et Fugue (Ps. 138)
VI. Carillon (Ps. 150)
VII. Choral I et II (Ps. 25)
VIII. Petite Partita (I, II, III, IV) (Ps. 42)
Duration: 31' 00"
Manuscript
(1970)
for two flutes and organ
I. Andante tranquillo
II. Allegro
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
(1971)
for three-part children's choir
Texts: Robert Moulin
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
(1972)
for a large organ
I. Cortège
II. Ricercare sur la mélodie du Psaume 92
III. Quatre Esquisses
IV. Elévation
V. Final
Duration: 28' 00"
Manuscript
(1976)
Cantata
for bass solo, children's choir, mixed choir, 3 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 trombones, piano, percussion and organ
I. Psaume 122
II. Psaume 100
III. Psaume 84
IV. Psaume 48
V. Psaume 150
Duration: 40' 00"
Manuscript
(1976)
for flute and organ
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
(1977)
for string orchestra
I. Moderato
II. Aria
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Fuga
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
(1977)
for organ
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
(1977)
for organ
Transcription by the author of the 2nd movement from his 2nd Sinfonietta.
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
(1977-1978)
On the name of Anne Pedroli
for organ
Duration: 19' 00"
Manuscript
(1978)
for organ
I. Tranquille
II. Lent
III. Vif
IV. Modéré
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
(1979)
for flute and organ
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
(1979-1980)
Cantata in three parts
for bass solo, mixed choir, brass(3tpt-Bb, cnt-Eb, 3cnt-Bb, bgl-Bb, euphonium-Bb, 3tbn-Bb, contrabass-Bb, contrabass-Eb) percussion and organ
Texts: Charles Bauer
Alternative version: 2A2Ba2B; 2.0.2.1/3tpt.3cnt.2tbn/perc/org
Duration: 30' 00"
Manuscript
(1981)
for clarinet in A and organ
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
(1981)
for two trumpets and organ
I. Allegro
II. Ricercare to the melody of Psalms 92
III. Interlude
IV. Allegro
Duration: 9' 00"
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(1977-1982)
for baritone and organ
I. Psaume 103 (Benedic anima mea)
II. Psaume 57 (Miserere mei)
III. Psaume 118 (Alleluia! Rendez grâce à notre Dieu)
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
(1982)
for flute, violin, viola, violoncello and piano
I. Intrada
II. Allegro scherzando
III. Pastorale
IV. Final
Duration: 22' 00"
Manuscript
(1982)
for two solo violins and chamber orchestra (2.1.0.0/1.0.0.0/str)
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto – Cadenza - Allegro
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
(1982)
for organ and string orchestra
Allegro – Lento – Cadenza – Allegro
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
(1984)
for oboe and organ
Duration: 15' 00"
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(1984)
I. Capriccio
II Adagio
III. Rondo
IV. Quasi Marcia
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Toccata et Dialogue (1984)
for 2 trumpets, horn, trombone (or 2 trombones) and organ
Duration: 7' 00"
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(1984)
for a large organ
I. Entrée
II. Choral
III. Pastorale
IV. Basse de trompette
V. Récit de tierce en taille
VI. Scherzo
VII. Adagio
VIII. Toccata
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
(1984)
for flute, alphorn and organ
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
(1985)
Five short pieces in the form of a dialogue
for flute, horn and organ or string orchestra
I. Lento
II. Allegretto
III. Vivace
IV. Moderato
V. Lento
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
(1985)
I. Préludio
II. Allegro scherzando
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
(1985)
I. Introïtus
II. Choral
III. Versets I, II et III
IV. Sanctus
V. Pour la Communion
VI. Toccata
Duration: 21' 00"
Manuscript
Bibliography
Ducommun, Samuel: Hommage à Paul Benner, in: Schweizerische Musikzeitung Supplément au No 12 (1947), S. 470-471
Ducommun, Samuel: Paul Benner, portrait d'un musicien, Attinger, Neuchâtel 1953
Ducommun, Samuel: Paul Müller – 25 Chorals pour orgue, in: La Tribune de l'Orgue (Octobre 1961) 4 (1961), S. 10-12
Aubert, Pierre: Samuel Ducommun organiste, professeur et compositeur (1914-1987) (Biographies neuchâteloises, De 1950 au seuil du XXIe siècle, Tome 5), Editions Gilles Attinger, Hauterive 2010
Boss, Roger: Samuel Ducommun, in: Revue Musicale de Suisse romande, No 2 (Avril 1991) (1991), S. 122
Boss, Roger: Dans le souvenir de Samuel Ducommun (1914-1987), in: "L'Orgue" Bulletin trimestriel de la Société des organistes protestants jurassiens (juin 1988) (1988), S. 4-6
Laederach, Monique: Samuel Ducommun, in: Revue Neuchâteloise No 15 (4ème année) (1961), S. 3-8
Scherrer, Antonin: Samuel Ducommun - De la terre jusqu'au ciel, Editions Infolio à Gollion