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Wehrli Werner

(08. 01. 1892 - 27. 06. 1944)

Wehrli Werner
Werner Wehrli-Fonds
Stapferhaus
CH-5600 Lenzburg
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)62 888 48 00
Fax: +41 (0)62 888 48 01
Internet: www.wernerwehrli.ch/

Biography
Werner Wehrli is one of the more distinguished Swiss composers of the era between the two world wars. He owes his success for the most part to a competent musical education, which led him from Zurich, Berlin and Fankfurt to Basel, where he graduated from his studies in composition under Hans Huber and Hermann Suter in 1918. He was greatly influenced during his time in Frankfurt after he won the Frankfurt Mozart Prize in 1914 and studied with fellow student Paul Hindemith. From 1918 Wehrli stayed true to his position as a music teacher at the ‘Aargauischen Lehrerinnenseminar’ in Aurau until his death in Luzern. He evolved his rich activities as a sensitive music teacher, a collector of folk songs, bell expert, music writer and poet. Werner Wehrli conducted the ‘Cäcilienverein Aarau’ from 1920 until 1929 and the female choir of Brugg from 1924 until 1939.

Work list
Von einer Wanderung (Werner Wehrli) (1992-1995)
for chamber orchestra
Werner Wehrli (1892-1944) was one of the most renowned interwar Swiss composers. His multifaceted body of work encompasses every musical genre and spans opera and pieces for educational use. After training in Zurich, Berlin, Frankfurt and Basel, Wehrli returned to his hometown of Aarau and developed an interest in a myriad of activities, including directing and music teaching. In 1921, Wehrli composed a piano cycle comprising 22 poetic miniatures after a trip to the Säntis mountain area of Switzerland. Colourful travel impressions were the result, each one laying testament to the composer's bond with nature and "can only be compared in their richness of reproduced sentiment to the corresponding compositions by impressionistic musicians." (Walter Labhart). This instrumentation comprises eight pieces to form a cycle for chamber orchestra, whereby the number of instruments has been purposefully reduced to six (simple woodwind section, horn and trumpet) to increase performance possibilities. A relatively comprehensive percussion part (which can be mastered by a single player) additionally accentuates the colourations found in the piano part in the orchestral version.
Can also be performed by an amateur orchestra.
Duration: 11' 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
Choralvorspiele, op. 14 (1924-1927)
for organ solo
Duration: 16' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Introduktion, Passacaglia und Fuge über den Namen BACH, op. 41 (introduction, passacaglia and fugue over the name BACH, op. 41) (1935-1936)
for organ solo
Duration: 18' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Diskographie
Aargauer Orgelmusik im 20. Jahrhundert (Musiques Suisses Nr. 6253, 2007)
Werke:
Kost, Josef: Orgel-Partita über das Lied "Singet Lob unserm Gott" (1981-1982)
Staubli, Raphael: Fragmentum (2006)
Widmer, Ernst: Präludium und Toccata op. 7 (1952)
Wehrli, Werner: Choralvorspiele, op. 14 (1924-1927)
Wehrli, Werner: Introduktion, Passacaglia und Fuge über den Namen BACH, op. 41 (1935-1936)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Hermann Suter, Walter Müller von Kulm, Robert Blum
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Bibliography
Bitterli, Peter: Lehrer - Komponist - Universalist. Neuerscheinung über Werner Wehrli, in: Zürichsee-Zeitung (6. Februar 1993) (1993), S. 19