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Wyttenbach Jürg

(02. 12. 1935)

Wyttenbach Jürg
Wyttenbach Jürg
St. Alban-Vorstadt 18
CH-4052 Basel
Schweiz
Tel: 41 (0)61 272 29 55


Biography
Jürg Wyttenbach was born in Bern. He studied piano under Kurt von Fischer and composition under Sandor Veress in Bern and then at Paris Conservatory. He taught at the 'Musikschule Biel' (Biel School of Music) and at Bern Conservatory. He has taught piano since 1967 and lectures in the interpretation of contemporary music at Basel Music Academy since 1970. He is also occupied as a concert pianist and conductor of mainly contemporary works and has produced several radio and LP recordings. In 1993 he won the City of Basel Arts Prize.
Jürg Wyttenbach lives in Basel.


Work list
Sonatine (über räto-romanische Volkslieder) (1952/01)
for piano
I. 'Lauda quella gloriusa'
II. Scherzino - Rondino.
Composed in Arosa (1952), revised in July 2001 for Davos.
Duration: 8' 00"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)41 210 60 70
Fax +41 (0)41 210 60 70
mail@musicedition.ch
www.musicedition.ch
CHF: 23.00
Serenade (1959/79)
for flute and clarinet in B
Four short, light 'n' airy pieces for two players with a sense of fun and virtuosity.
Duration: 8' 00"
Schott Musik International
Weihergarten 5
D-55116 Mainz
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)61 312 460
Fax +49 (0)61312 46 211
info@schott-music.com
www.schott-musik.de/
Sonata for Oboe (1962)
Duration: 12' 00"
Breitkopf & Härtel
Postfach 1707
D-65195 Wiesbaden
Tel. +49 611 45 00 80
Sutil und Laar (1962/94)
10 Comical Songs
for mixed choir and four-handed piano
Texts: Mani Matter
Mani Matter has musicalised the farcical story of two odd friends. This piece uses known melodies (partly from folk and children's songs). It can be performed by a good school choir.
Duration: 12' 00"
Schott Musik International
Weihergarten 5
D-55116 Mainz
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)61 312 460
Fax +49 (0)61312 46 211
info@schott-music.com
www.schott-musik.de/
Three Movements (1963)
for oboe, harp and piano
Composed for Heinz and Ursula Holliger - hence the relatively demanding technicalities and tonal refinement.
Duration: 8' 00"
Schott Musik International
Weihergarten 5
D-55116 Mainz
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)61 312 460
Fax +49 (0)61312 46 211
info@schott-music.com
www.schott-musik.de/
Vier Kanzonen und Two nonsense Verses, an Epigram and a Madrigal (1964)
for soprano and violoncello
Texts: Hans Arp, Mani Matter, O. Nash, S.T. Coleridge, Anonymus
Written for a very light, agile soprano voice (lyrical soubrette...) and a cellist partner with lightning reactions.
Duration: 5' 00"
Max Hieber Verlag
Liebfrauenstr. 1
D-80331 München
Divisions (1964)
for piano and nine solo strings (4.2.2.1)
The piano part, although virtuosic, is woven chamber musically into the strings. The string parts are not particularly demanding technically, but do require an acute sense of sound and an initiative of one's own.
Duration: 7' 00"
Schott Musik International
Weihergarten 5
D-55116 Mainz
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)61 312 460
Fax +49 (0)61312 46 211
info@schott-music.com
www.schott-musik.de/
Postlude in three Parts (1966/75)
for two pianos
‘Nachspielen’ in a literal sense: comprises of both echoing and reverberating sounds and counterpoint chasing itself in an imitative way, the result is a mutually infectious instrumental laughter, all preceding a real ‘Nachspiel’ (Postlude)
Duration: 9' 00"
Schott Musik International
Weihergarten 5
D-55116 Mainz
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)61 312 460
Fax +49 (0)61312 46 211
info@schott-music.com
www.schott-musik.de/
De' Metalli (1966-1979)
From the 'prophecy' of Leonardo da Vinci
for baritone and orchestra (pic.2.2.bcl.2.cbn/4.2.btpt.2.2/7perc/pf.2hp/0.0.8.6)
Texts: Leonardo da Vinci
Highly expressive, a furious condemnation of human meanness and the profit-seeking exploitation of nature. The baritone must be capable of articulating any kind of expression, from the most lyrical song to martial screams and suppressed whispers.
Duration: 11' 00"
Schott Musik International
Weihergarten 5
D-55116 Mainz
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)61 312 460
Fax +49 (0)61312 46 211
info@schott-music.com
www.schott-musik.de/
Paraphrase (1969)
for flute and piano (organ)
In the second movement the flutist also plays bass flute and the pianist a small electric organ. Both players form a dialogue in the first part, leading in the second part to weeping; in the third their discourse consists of arguing with and interrupting each other.
Duration: 12' 00"
Schott Musik International
Weihergarten 5
D-55116 Mainz
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)61 312 460
Fax +49 (0)61312 46 211
info@schott-music.com
www.schott-musik.de/
Three Piano Pieces (1969)
From beautifully resonant piano sounds to ghostly noises (preparation).
Duration: 7' 00"
Schott Musik International
Weihergarten 5
D-55116 Mainz
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)61 312 460
Fax +49 (0)61312 46 211
info@schott-music.com
www.schott-musik.de/
Ad libitum (1969)
for one or two flutes
Duration: 12' 00"
Max Hieber Verlag
Liebfrauenstr. 1
D-80331 München
Exécution ajournée (1970-1971)
for string quartet
One can see - and indeed hear - the whole quartet as the quartet cellists nightmare.
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
Concert for piano and orchestra (1978)
(2.pic.1.ca.1.bcl.1.cbn/4.3.2.1/timp.perc/2hp/str)
Duration: 14' 00"
Schott Musik International
Weihergarten 5
D-55116 Mainz
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)61 312 460
Fax +49 (0)61312 46 211
info@schott-music.com
www.schott-musik.de/
Trois chansons violées pour une violoniste chantante (1973-1981)
for violin (female singing violinist)
Texts: François Rabelais, Volkslied
‘Chanson de la canaille’ (a rag song): French and Swiss Dialect (from the Bern region); The tragedy (anonymous Australian country blues): English; ‘Chanson a la Lanternoy’ (an 'underexposed' chanson): comic-speech and French. The violinist must have a good ear and be able to play and sing simultaneously. She does not need a trained voice but must possess perfect diction and the ability to act. Sponsored by the SME Lucerne.
Duration: 8' 00"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
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Fax +41 (0)41 210 60 70
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CHF: 23.00
Lamentoroso (1984)
Vocal and instrumental scherzo in the form of a large double carillon
for one singer (soprano) and six clarinets (in A and masculine)
Texts: François Rabelais
Instrumental and vocal ‘theatre’. In order for the soprano to show the six clarinettists around the 'nose' she should have a lyrical/dramatic voice with a large vocal range. She must also have cabaret artiste and actress-like qualities.
Duration: 17' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
info@ricordi.de
www.ricordi.de
D(H)ommage oder "Freu(n)de! nicht diese Töne..." (1985)
playthings
for one trombonist
Duration: 12' 30"
Manuscript
ENCORE! Tics and tricks for an actress and a cello-player (1987)
for violoncello and actress
Texts: Alphonse Allais
Text: Alphonse Allais, "A Rajah who is bored". Beginning comically, but becoming increasingly earnest. This piece takes colonisation and violence against women as its underlying theme. The actress must speak English, sing music hall-style and be able to operate about the dandy-like cellist. The cellist also plays a small mouth organ (e.g. of the 'little lady' brand) and a rattle, at the end he uses two bows.
Duration: 15' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
info@ricordi.de
www.ricordi.de
Harmonie mit schräger Dämpfung. Seven Poems by Paul Klee (1990)
Seven poems by Paul Klee
for violin (female singing violinist)
Texts: Paul Klee
Von der Katze ein Stück - Beim Anblick eines Baumes - Regattazuschauer auf kleinem Dampfer - Moritat I und II - Albumblatt - Traum. Like 'Chansons violées' - only finer, more lyrical and more intimate.
Duration: 9' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
info@ricordi.de
www.ricordi.de
schlagZEITschlag (1990-1992)
for percussion (four players)
Commentaries on the 'black notation' in Josquin's song 'Scaramella va alla guerra' for four players (percussionists that can also speaks/sing and act. Instrumentarium: Four railings).
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
On cheating the Fiddler (1993)
5 little poems by Dorothy Parker
for sa singing violinist
Duration: 6' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
info@ricordi.de
www.ricordi.de
FLÛTE ALORS! ou: suite des "Grimaces de Pallas Athenae" (1996)
for one flute and one clarinet
An illustrious duel in a mischievously ironic vision: Marsyas helps himself to the flute, thrown away in anger by Minerva and unmasks Appollo (who thinks his bass clarinet is a noble harp) as a vain winner type.
Duration: 12' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
info@ricordi.de
www.ricordi.de
LAUT KÄFIG. Ein Zyklus von 17 Haikus von Issa und anderen japanischen Dichtern (1995-1997)
A cycle of 17 Haikus from Issa and other Japenese poets
for soprano and harp or guitar
Texts: Japanisch
No 'cherry blossom and moonshine' lyrics here. An adequate musical version of precise, concrete, sensual poetry, partly in dialogue: The instrumentalist also sings and speaks. Small theatrical gestures support the musical event.
Duration: 22' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
info@ricordi.de
www.ricordi.de
GARGANTUA chez les Helvétes du Haut-Valais - oder: "Was sind das für Sitten!?" (1999)
for eight singers, contrabass clarinet, two clarinets, violin, double-bass, dulcimer, bass dulcimer, two hand organs and diverse percussion instruments
Texts: François Rabelais (Franziskus Abgottspon)
A couple of ominous yet bucolic scenes from Rabelais compiled and set to music for the ‘D’Oberwalliser Spillit’. The text is in French or the Wallis dialect (conveyed by Franziskus Abgottspon).
Manuscript
... ist doch alles SCHALL und RAUSCH... (1999-2000)
for clarinet and harp (plus auxiliary sounds)
Duration: 7' 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
"... motive" (2000)
From 100 Swiss compositions of the last 100 years
for baritone, piano, scratcher, electronics and orchestra
Texts: Arthur Schopenhauer
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
tell@tarantell@tarantell@... (2001)
for violin
A short instrumental scene for a violinist.
Duration: 5' 00"-6' 00"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)41 210 60 70
Fax +41 (0)41 210 60 70
mail@musicedition.ch
www.musicedition.ch
CHF: 18.00
Una chica en Nirvana (2002)
for singing female clarinetist
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
A memoria... (2003)
for string orchestra (17 musicians)
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Serenade vor Luftschlössern (2003)
for a flutist and four wind instrumentalists
Duration: 21' 00"
Manuscript
marcia FUN... (2006-2007)
Concertante scenes
for violin and orchestra
Duration: 23' 00"
Manuscript
Amphigouri (2007)
Burlesque (and obscene) discourse
for horn solo
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
... innig beflügelt... (2009)
7 short pieces
for piano solo
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
st klang der sinn? (2009)
for 7 reciting cellists
7 poems by Kurt Marti.
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Il vecchio contadino e il dio della tempesta (2010)
for mezzo-soprano, children, narrator and orchestra (2.1.2.2/2.2.1.0/hp.pf/perc/8.8.5.4.3)
After a Japanese fairytale.
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Kopfgeburt gibt Fersengeld (2010)
Anatomic sentences
for 2 violines (with recitation)
Texts: Jürg Wyttenbach
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Marsyas gegen Apoll (2010)
for 2 ensembles, each with 5 musicians (2cl, dulc, acn / fl, cl, vn, vc, db)
Texts: Jürg Wyttenbach
A musico-scenic narration of the famous contest.
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Von NägelBeissern und BauchRednern (2010)
for violin and horn
(...nail-biters need freedom of elbow, whereas ventriloquists need open ears...)
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Ludwig van Beethoven: Klaviersonate E-Dur, op. 109 (1820/10)
Through composed sketches after the Artaria sketch book 195 from 1829.
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Arc Arioso (agitato e dolente) (2011)
Trio
for flute, viola and harp
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
(10) minUTiatures (2012)
for flute and violoncello
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Repertory
Mela Meierhans: Différance I for large orchestra
Diskographie
Zürcher Bläserquintet (Musiques Suisses Nr. MGB CTS-M 112, 2008)
Werke:
Holliger, Heinz: "h" (1968)
Veress, Sándor: Diptychon (1968)
Wyttenbach, Jürg: Serenade vor Luftschlössern (2003)
Moser, Roland: Kleine Differenzen über einem Grund (2005)
Les Délices de la Suisse. Gitarrenlieder aus der Schweiz (Musiques Suisses Nr. 6255, 2007)
Interpreten:
Jäggin, Christoph
Brütsch, Tino
Werke:
Wyttenbach, Jürg: LAUT KÄFIG (1995-1997)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Ferdinand F. Huber, Bruno Zahner, Ernst Widmer
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Festival l'art pour l'Aar. Januar 2005 (Müller &Schade Nr. 5043/2, 2005)
Interpreten:
Frischknecht, Hans Eugen
Spina, Anna
Monot, Pierre-Alain
Werke:
Darbellay, Jean-Luc: Bach (2003)
Gasser, Ulrich: Engel, den toten Christus haltend, und Maria lächelt (1995)
Lehmann, Hans Ulrich: de profundis (1988-1989)
Marti, Heinz: Vierung und Umkreis (1967)
Wyttenbach, Jürg: Vier Kanzonen und Two nonsense Verses, an Epigram and a Madrigal (1964)
Frischknecht, Hans Eugen: Komposition für Oboe und Orgel (1964)
Frischknecht, Hans Eugen: Komposition für Flöte, Klarinette und Tonband (1971)
Andres, Daniel P.: Concerto für Bassposaune und Ensemble (2002)
Huber, Klaus: Ein Hauch von Unzeit III (1972)
Gut, Ursula: Mouchoirs (2005)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Hans Eugen Frischknecht, Jean-Luc Darbellay, Lukas Vogelsang, André Richard, Hans Studer, Stefan Daeppen, Alfred Schweizer, Christian Giger
Basel Sinfonietta (Grammont Porträt Nr. 66, 2001)
Interpreten:
Wyttenbach, Jürg
Werke:
Bärtschi, Werner: Die Majestät der Alpen (1988-1989)
Kessler, Thomas: Aufbruch (1989-1990)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Igor Strawinsky, Witold Lutoslawski
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Alfons Karl Zwicker - Bruno Karrer (stv/asm Nr. 7, 1999)
Interpreten:
Wyttenbach, Jürg
Werke:
Zwicker, Alfons Karl: Erfrorene Träume (1990-1992)
Karrer, Bruno: „mäander“ (1996-1997)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Neue Schweizer Werke (Jecklin Szene Schweiz Nr. 296-2, 1993)
Interpreten:
Graf, Kathrin
Schiller, Christoph
Werke:
George, Eliane Frances: Adventure (1987)
Huber, Klaus: Auf die ruhige Nacht-Zeit (1958)
Kelterborn, Rudolf: Duett (1989)
Pagliarani, Mario: Alcuni particolari oscuri (1983)
Wyttenbach, Jürg: Harmonie mit schräger Dämpfung (1990)
Lehmann, Hans Ulrich: Osculetur me (1988-1989)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Gaudenz Danuser
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Pierre Mariétan (Grammont Porträt Nr. 31-2, 1992)
Interpreten:
Bärtschi, Werner
Wyttenbach, Jürg
Werke:
Mariétan, Pierre: IMAGES DU TEMPS (1964-1974)
Mariétan, Pierre: QUIET AND STRONG (1985)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Pierre Mariétan
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Bibliography
Wyttenbach, Jürg: Laudatio auf Klaus Huber, in: Musik-Texte 81/82 (1999), S. 16 f
Olshausen, Cécile: Pierrot de la mort. Uraufführung von Jürg Wyttenbachs Violinkonzert "Cortège pour violon solo et la Fanfare du village" (Stadtcasino Basel, 2. Juni 2013), in: Dissonanz 123 (2013), S. 50
Gottstein, Björn: Swiss Piano (CD ZHdK). Piano Works by Emmanuel Nunes and Rudolf Kelterborn (CD Guild), in: Dissonanz 115 (2011), S. 89-90 [Internet]
Ziegler, Michelle: Verstehen - welcher Horror! "VRRUCKT" - ein Minifestival zum 75. Geburtstag Jürg Wyttenbachs, in: Dissonanz (Juni 2010) 110 (2010), S. 80-81 [Internet]
Kassel, Matthias: Spiel-Stücke. Jürg Wyttenbachs "Hors jeux"-Projekt und Splitterwerke nach Rabelais, in: Dissonanz 92 (2005)
Fueter, Daniel: Kleine Laudatio für Jürg Wyttenbach, in: Dissonanz 83 (2003)
Kelterborn, Rudolf: Jürg Wyttenbach: Fülle und Engagiertheit (Dossier Musik 4), Zytglogge, Bern / Zürich 1994
Brotbeck, Roman: Einige Bemerkungen Jürg Wyttenbachs "Serenade in Luftschlössern" betreffend, in: Portrait-CD von Jürg Wyttenbach, Grammont CTS-P 37-2 1990, S. 4-10
Brotbeck, Roman: "Trois chansons violées" von Jürg Wyttenbach, in: Dissonanz, Nr. 20 (Mai 1989) 20 (1989), S. 38f [Internet]
Brotbeck, Roman: Luftschlösser mit Falltüren. Neue Werke von Wyttenbach, Wildberger und Sonderegger, in: Dissonanz. Die neue schweizerische Musikzeitung, Nr. 4 (Mai 1985) 4 (1985) [Internet]
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