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Furrer-Münch Franz

(02. 03. 1924 - 18. 10. 2010)

Furrer-Münch Franz
Furrer-Münch Franz
Hohfurristr. 4
CH-8172 Niederglatt
Schweiz
Tel: +41 (0)1 850 31 37


Biography
Franz Furrer-Münch was born in Winterthur. He was first educated in fine art in Zurich and Basel and then began his musical education at the Basel Conservatory. He was taught flute and piano and studied harmony, counterpoint and composition as theoretical subjects. He studied natural sciences at the technical college in Zurich (ETH). He also attended lectures in musicology given by K. von Fischer and P. Müller at the University of Zurich. He made study trips to Germany where he visited the Studio for Electronic Music in Freiburg im Breisgau. He also visited the Stonybrook University in New York and Bennington-Vermont.

Work list
Konzept I (1969)
for organ
Duration: 11' 00"
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Konzept II (1969)
for organ and/or electronics
Duration: 12' 00"
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Dialog für Oboe und Klarinette (1970)
Duration: 8' 00"
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Punkt und Komma (1970)
Music
for violoncello
Duration: 14' 00"
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interstrukturen (1971)
for any number of things which produce sound
Graphic notation.
Duration: variabel, mindestens 17'
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Details I-III (Meditation 1-3) (1971)
for violoncello solo
Duration: 9' 00"
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Intarsia (1972)
for cello solo
This piece reflects a preoccupation with Dvorak's cello concerto op. 104 with an original approach.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Play Nr. 1 1975 (1975)
for flute and gamba
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Tombeau au vert (1976)
for recorder
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Psalmodie (1978)
for speaker, organ and percussion
Texts: Erich Fried
Duration: 17' 00"
Eulenburg c/o Schott's Söhne
Weihergarten 5
D-55116 Mainz
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Silben für Orgel (1981)
Duration: 7' 00"
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images sans cadres (1982)
for soprano and four clarinets (three Bbcl and one bcl)
Texts: Franz Furrer-Münch
Theme: "There are only moments of proximity" (Ludwig Hohl, notes).
Duration: 18' 30"
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l'oiseau en papier. vier versuche ikarus zu begreifen (1983-1984)
Four attemts to comprehend Ikarus
for violoncello solo, string orchestra (solo string) and piano
The mirror image of a time (our time) which ritualises the 'manageable' is here put to music. The solo part is technically demanding.
Duration: 24' 00"
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souvenir mis en scène (1988)
Contemplation....
for two cellos
Duration: 16' 30"
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instants modifiés (1989)
Contemplating....
for viola, violoncello, double-bass
Duration: 23' 00"
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forme et mystère (1989)
for organ and two or four channel electronic tape
Based on text from the Duinese elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Duration: 22' 00"
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momenti unici (1989-1990)
for tenor saxophone, cimbalom, percussion instruments (total of four players)
Endeavours to achieve a tonal mergence of the respective instruments.
Duration: 18' 30"
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Spiegel in Wachs. (1991)
"ersonnenes" on Klara Wiecks "romance variée", Op. 3
for flute (bfl), bass clarinet and small percussion instruments (2 players)
Duration: 13' 45"
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aufgebrochene momente (1991)
for tenor saxophone, cimbalom and percussion instruments (2 players)
The idea mentioned in the title ‘aufgebrochene momente’ is followed up in twenty-two sequences. It can either be played in a variable form, or as a personal selection of individual sections. The first and last sections must, however, always remain in their allocated positions.
Duration: 16' 00"
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Piano trio (1992)
Duration: 22' 00"
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nicht zeichen, wandlung (1992)
For alto flute in G, electroacoustically amplified ad lib.
The title is to be understood figuratively. The sign as messenger, with its beckoning character, cannot be the music itself. The exploration of the ins and outs of the physical being of the instrument is the focus here, hence transformation.
Duration: 10' 30"
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Skizzenbuch für Kammerensemble (1992-1993)
for flute (bfl), clarinet (bcl), violin, violoncello, piano and percussion
The work includes the parts I-IV: Zeitsäume, Gegengestalten, Stille in Falten, Vom Rand zur Mitte nach aussen (can also be performed as individual pieces).
Duration: 19' 00"
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hier auf dieser Strasse, von der sie sagen, dass sie schön ist (1993)
for soprano, flute (bass flute), violoncello and four drums (with one player)
Texts: Paul Celan
A collage of texts has been created using fragments of texts as a point of departure. The reorganisation of certain sentences leads to a metaphorical re-interpretation; these are then set to music.
Duration: 24' 30"
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Stundenbuch II (1994)
for percussion and electronic tape
Text: Eugen Gomringer: 'Stundenbuch'
The form and structure of this piece is closely associated with concrete lyric. Text and music a woven into a 'musical constellation'.

Duration: 26' 00"
Manuscript
erwarten im flachland (1994)
nebengesänge
for violin solo
Covering three themes:
1 Anticipation in the lowlands.
2 Other, with repetition
3 Hesitative approach
Attempting to approach the true essence of concrete poetry using certain musical combinations and their repetition, contraction, fragmentation and reorganisation.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Wort Jahr Stunde (1995-1996)
for alto flute in G, violoncello and piano
Duration: 15' 00"
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"nichtwiederkehr" (1999)
for oboe solo
Ad lib. As an intermedium to "gesänge vom schwebenden turm".
Duration: 9' 00"
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von weit, schreiben ins meer (1999)
for chamber ensemble, voice and 4 percussionists
Texts: Friedrich Nietzsche
Duration: 20' 00"-25' 00"
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gesänge vom schwebenden turm (1999)
11 scenes
for oboe, flute, violoncello and glass harmonica
Duration: 21' 00"
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ans ungereimte verdingt (2000)
for tenor saxophone solo
Schattenhauch – Wölbung – dunkle Frage, gedehnt - gespannte Resonanzen.
From "momente 1 bis..."
Duration: 10' 00"
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passages cinématiques (2000)
for glass harmonica, small percussion instruments and playback CD
Duration: 15' 00"
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eng / weit / lento I-XII (2001)
for bass flute/flute in C, 2 large drums and small percussion instruments (2 players)
Duration: 19' 30"
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symphonische blätter (2002)
Music for strings
3.3.2.3.1 or string orchestra 12.10.8.6.4
Duration: 12' 34"
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Streichtrio (string trio) (2002-2003)
Duration: 15' 00"
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legenden / melismen (2004)
for violoncello, marimbaphone and percussion (2 players)
Duration: 13' 00"-15' 00"
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senza misura, se piace (2004)
for flute and bass flute
Duration: 15' 00"
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freundliche landschaft (2004)
for viola solo
Duration: 15' 00"
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mouvement (2004)
for 1 soloist with 4 timpani and small percussion instruments
Duration: 13' 00"
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tag, dinge, wind (2004-2005)
Vocalisations
for singing voice and orchestra (2.bfl.0.ca.2.2(cbn)/2.0.2(btbn).1/timp.perc/pf/8.6.6.4.3)
Duration: 20' 00"
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canzona (2006)
for soprano, flute, clarinet (bcl), violin, violoncello, piano and percussion
Texts: Rainer Maria Rilke
Duration: 20' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
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adante tranquillo rubato (2007)
for tenor saxophone
Duration: 10' 00"
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wenn in die ferne geht (2007)
Concert
for oboe and orchestra with voice
Texts: Friedrich Hölderlin
Duration: 18' 00"-22' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
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anhalten, verweilen (2007)
Concert
for recorder and chamber orchestra
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
verweht (2007)
Quartet
for voice, piano, violoncello and percussion
Texts: Rainer Maria Rilke
Duration: 8' 00"-10' 00"
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Rammentarsi (2007)
for violoncello solo
Duration: 14' 00"
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colla voce (2007-2008)
Concert
for viola, string orchestra, piano, 2 horns and timpani
Duration: 18' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
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Orchesterlieder I (2007-2008)
5 symphonic leaves
for soprano and orchestra (2.1.2.2/2.0.2.0/timp.perc/pf.vib.cel/str)
Texts: Rainer Maria Rilke
Duration: 3' 00"
Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas
Via Chischliun 14
CH-7180 Disentis-Mustèr
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Orchesterlieder II (2008)
7 symphonic leaves
for soprano and ensemble (2.1.2.2/2.0.2.0/timp.perc/pf.vib.cel/str)
Texts: Rainer Maria Rilke
Duration: 3' 00"
Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas
Via Chischliun 14
CH-7180 Disentis-Mustèr
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Adagio (2008)
for violoncello solo
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Andante (2009)
for 12-part a-cappella choir and Baroque trombones
No text; intonated vocals.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Entfalten - verweilen (2009)
Symphonic leaves 7th concert
for flute and chamber ensemble
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Diskographie
Bibliography
Gartmann, Thomas: Laudatio für Franz Furrer-Münch zur Verleihung des Kompositionspreises Marguerite Staehelin 2010 (Schweizerischer Tonkünstlerverein, Jahresbericht 2010), Lausanne 2010 [Internet]
Meyer, Thomas: Franz Furrer-Münch (1924-2010), in: Dissonanz 112 (2010), S. 78 [Internet]
Meyer, Thomas: Erinnerung und Aufbruch. Der Komponist Franz Furrer-Münch, in: Dissonanz 108 (2009), S. 32-36