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Grossenbacher Bernardo

(11. 10. 1942)

Grossenbacher Bernardo
Polygonstrasse 1
CH-3014 Bern
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)31 331 48 73
Internet: www.bernardo-grossenbacher.com

Biography
- Born in Bern
- Seminar Muristalden, Bern
- Conservatory Biel
- Teacher's diploma for organ under the tutelage of Herman Engel (with distinction)
- Four years training as a conductor under Dr. Ewald Körner, Bern, Jost Meier, Basel and Helmuth Rilling, Stuttgart
- In connection with the conductor training: double bass with Béla Szedlàk, trumpet with E. Gartmann, percussion with H. Urabl
- Voice under Ruth Pache, Arthur Loosli and Rosmarie Meister
- Study of microtonal music at the New England Conservatory Boston under Joe Maneri; Third Stream at the Gunther Schullers Institute, Boston
- Jazz pianist at the age of 17 and 18 at the International Jazz Festival, Zurich
- Initial positions as organist at various protestant churches, later a director of catholic church choirs
- Founding of the Thun College Choirs; 20 year occupation therewith
- Founding of the University of Bern Choir; 10 years occupation therewith
- Guest courses in conducting at the NEC in Boston; (exits from the teaching profession in 1997). Course for microtonal music, courses for concept improvisation, course for arrangement and composition.


Work list
Berner Totentanz
for baritone, choir and organ
Texts: Niklaus Manuel Deutsch
Choir is spatially separated.
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Coeli et Terra
for soli (SATB), brass (0.4.3.1), 2 percussion and organ
Two spatially separated groups.
Texte: Ernst Jandl, Bible, Requiem.

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Concert
for contrabass and chamber orchestra (0.0.0.0/0.0.0.0/perc/pf/str(-va))
For advanced youths.
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Danse pour Marimba
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Everything is Broken
for flute(bfl), oboe(ca), clarinet(bcl), violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, keyboard and percussion
transposing scales from 5, sometimes 6 octaves of the natural harmonic series.
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
In G / Fusion
for violin and organ (or bandoneon)
The second movement (Fusion = Tango) is not microtonal.
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
JADA
for soli (STBar), choir, four-handed piano and 5 percussionists
Text: Ernst Jandl and dadaists.
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Microtonal Steps
for soprano solo, 3 flutes, violin/viola, bass, guitar and piano
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Perpetuum mobile
for string quartet
Duration: 3' 30"
Manuscript
Pianoforte
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Sound Machine
for piano
Medium level of difficulty (children over 10 years of age) for the SMTV Switzerland award winner's concert.
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
The Rolling Bass
for bass and piano (some also with percussion)
Progressive from beginner to advanced.
11 rounded works.
Duration: 42' 00"
Manuscript
Porgy and Bess (George Gershwin)
Arrangement
for soli, choir, 2 pianos, bass and percussion
Duration: 2h 30' 00"
Manuscript
Repertory
Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium
Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannespassion
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Georges Bizet: Carmen
Dave Brubeck: The Light in the Wilderness
Jean Daetwyler: Haslikantate
Jean Daetwyler: Danses
Maurice Duruflé: Requiem
Antonin Dvorak: Stabat Mater
César Franck: Psaume 150
Bernardo Grossenbacher: Berner Totentanz for baritone, choir and organ
Bernardo Grossenbacher: Coeli et Terra for soli (SATB), brass (0.4.3.1), 2 percussion and organ
Bernardo Grossenbacher: JADA for soli (STBar), choir, four-handed piano and 5 percussionists
Bernardo Grossenbacher: Porgy and Bess (George Gershwin) for soli, choir, 2 pianos, bass and percussion
Joseph Haydn: Die Schöpfung
Arthur Honegger: Le Roi David, H. 37 A for numerous speaking roles (actors), soprano, contralto, tenor, choir (SATB), male choir and orchestra (2(pic).1(ca).2(bcl).1/1.2.1.0/timp.cym.dm.bassdm.gong.tamb/cel.pf.hmn/db(vc ad lib.))
Arthur Honegger: La Danse des Morts, H. 131 for narrator, soprano, contralto, baritone, mixed choir (SATB) and orchestra (2(pic).2(ca).2.2/2.2.2.0/4timp.tri.tam.cym.dm.rattle.woodblock/pf.org/str)
Georg Friedrich Händel: Acis and Galathea
Georg Friedrich Händel: Messiah
Georg Friedrich Händel: Saul
Bohuslav Martinu: Gilgamesh-Epos
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
Giacomo Puccini: Missa di Gloria
Igor Stravinskij: Les Noces
Igor Stravinskij: L'Histoire du soldat
Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria