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Mettraux Laurent

(27. 05. 1970)

Mettraux Laurent
Mettraux Laurent
Route Principale 160
CH-1791 Courtaman
Schweiz

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Biography
Born in Fribourg (Switzerland), Laurent Mettraux studied at the "Conservatoire de Fribourg" (musical theory with René Oberson, piano, violin and singing) and in Geneva (composition with Eric Gaudibert, conducting with Liang-Sheng Chen). He also attended courses in early music and musicology. He was awarded the grant of the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation (Swiss Association of Musicians). He benefited from the master classes and good avice of Klaus Huber, Luis de Pablo, Arvo Pärt, Paul Méfano et. al.
In 1993 he received the 1st prize and the prize of the public at the first competition for young composers organised by the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. He was finalist in the Concours Européen de Composition Chorale (Amiens) and laureate of several foundations. In 1998 he was awarded the prize of the prestigious festival "Donaueschinger Musiktage" for his work for orchestra "Ombre", which was chosen from more than 80 competition entries (in the jury were: Wolfgang Rihm, Gérard Grisey, Christian Wolff, Sylvain Cambreling). In 2000 he was honoured with ad personam grant for his "remarkable contribution to the musical life in Switzerland and abroad".
He wrote numerous works and commissions for interpreters, concert associations, festivals, radios and foundations. His compositions are being played increasingly in Switzerland and abroad. His style is appreciated as much by specialists of contemporary music as it is by musicians and the general public. He is one of the youngest composers whose biography has been published in the International Who is Who in Music and Musicians Directory since the publication of the 16th edition in 1998.
His works have been performed in numerous countries all over the world and by a big number of famous interpreters like: the Quatuor Talich, Tibor Varga, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Sylvain Cambreling, Francisco Araiza, the Zürcher Streichtrio, the New London Chamber Choir. Amongst his more recent works are: an oratorio for the Swiss National Exhibition; "Complainte" for solo violin, comissioned by Shlomo Mintz and to be the compulsory piece at the "Concours International de Violon de Sion"; a choral work, comissioned by winning the award of the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music of New York; "Emergences" for violin and accordion, premiered by Marianne Piketty and Pascal Contet; a double concerto for the violin player Boris Lischvitz and the famous pipa player Yang Jing; a quintet for flute and strings for Alexandre Magnin and the Quatuor Janacek; a concert for organ on the occasion of the inauguration of the new organ at the Lausanne Cathedral, which is to be replayed by the Leipzig "Gewandhaus Orchester" under Riccardo Chailly in 2008.


Work list
Sonata (Nachtmusik), M. 451 (1990)
for flute solo
The subtitle indicates only an atmosphere without giving any descriptive indications. Contemporary playing techniques (like multiphonics) alternate with more lyrical passages.
Duration: 9' 00"
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Gethsemané, M. 456 (1990)
for organ
Simultaneous evocation of pain and resignition. At least two manuals and pedals are required. Sounds particularly nice on big organs in the romantic style.
Duration: 4' 00"
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Lacrimosa, M.458 (1990/06)
for orchestra or chamber orchestra (2.2.2(2 bthn ad libitum).2/2.2.0.0/3perc/str)
This work, conceived as a "Tomb of Mozart", draws its thematic substance from two quotations, one is taken from the Masonic Funeral Music KV 477, and the other from the requiem's lacrimosa. Erected like a funeral monument with granite walls, this dramatic work contains a more elegiac central part.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Sonate en 1 mouvement, M. 463 (1991)
for piano
A tragic and elevated work with a large variety of nuances. Very passionate.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Racines avides, M. 462 (1991-1992)
for voice and piano
Texts: Luce Peclard
7 poems in French language by Luce Péclard relating the human search for the inside of his being. Polyphonic, subtle accompaniment by the piano; more mystical and bare parts.
Duration: 17' 00"
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Symphonie pour Orchestre de Chambre, M. 466 (1992)
(2(pic).2(ca).2(bcl)2(cbn)/2.2.0.0/timp/str)
This work received the first prize in the first competition for young composers in 1993.A tragic and passionate work which accentuates the qualities of a chamber orchestra.
Duration: 14' 00"
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"Hommage à Olivier Messiaen", M. 465 (1992)
for organ
Inspired by the poetic atmosphere of the great french composer. Tender mourning leading into serenity. Composed on the death of Messiaen.
Duration: 4' 00"
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Vision Immanente, M.464 (1992/06)
for large orchestra (3*.3*.3.3*/4.2.3.1/timp/hp/str)
This work, of epic character, contains very agitated passages contrasting with calm moments.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Messe à 8 voix, M. 471 (1993)
for eight-part mixed a-cappella choir
Texts: Bibel / Liturgie
A very difficult work to play, suitable for a group of eight soloists. Kyrie: tortured and polyphonic, Gloria: tonal and alleluiatic, Sanctus: granitic, Benedictus: melismatic and Agnus Dei: melancholic. In latin.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Adagio, M. 473 (1993)
for violin and piano
A work of classic appearance with a glowing simplicity. The violin part is very singy.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Adagio, M 473b (1993/10)
for violin and organ
Duration: 5' 00"
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Canon I (1993)
for piano
Duration: 1' 00"
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Prélude I (1993)
for piano
Duration: 2' 00"
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Quatuor de saxophones, M. 474 (1993)
for four saxophones (satbar)
In four movements of which the third is a scherzo furioso. Well balanced between the four instrumental parts (with solos for all of them) and particularly well adapted to the timbre and the very expressive character of the saxophone family.
Duration: 22' 00"
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5 microludes, M. 525, 479, 550, 558 et 570 (1993-1997)
for viola solo
These five pieces can be played separately or in any order. They must accentuate the qualities of the viola.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Sonata, M. 470 (1993)
for trumpet and organ
Exploits the expressive possibilities of the trumpet. The organ part is without difficulties.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Lysistrata, M.478 (1993-1994)
for actors, choir and percussion ensemble
After Aristophanes. Employs more then one hundred percussion instruments. First performed in 1994 (subsequently performed 11 times), directed by the composer, in a place especially prepared for this spectacle.
Duration: 2h 00"
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"Nur noch kurze Zeit", M. 503 (1994)
for mixed choir (four-part)
Texts: Bibel / Liturgie
Quite chromatic and difficult. A polyphony which includes some juicy harmonies. German texts taken from Jesse (XXIX, 17-19).
Duration: 2' 00"
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Messe, M.486 (1994)
for male choir (TTBB) and organ (ad libitum)
4 parts: modal Kyrie, alternating organ with choir, of imploring character; playful and dynamic Gloria; solemn and confident Sanctus with Benedictus; tender and nostalgic Agnus Dei, alternating a soloist accompanied ad libitum by the organ with the choir (the soloist's voice can also be sung by the principal tenors).
Duration: 7' 00"
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Concerto pour 15 cordes solistes, M. 481 (1994)
(8.3.3.1)
Every instrumentalist is at the same time soloist, chamber musician and member of an orchestra. Three movements: passionate in the first, elegiac in the second, the third being more rhythmical with successive cadenzas for the fifteen soloists.
Duration: 20' 00"
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Exils, M. 484 (1994-1997)
for violin, violoncello and two percussionists
Written in a non-traditional, but easily understandable notation. Mystery, parts of incantation with superposed tempi. The end is lyrical and nostalgic, the violin player leaves the concert hall while continuing to play.
Duration: 9' 00"
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Fantasia, M. 497 (1994-1995)
for violin solo
A piece requiring great virtuosity in the middle part ('fantastico'), the beginning and end are very expressive. Contains a fugue on the name BACH.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Invocation, M. 511 (1994-1996)
for alto flute solo
Contains quarter-tones. Inspired by the music of the Middle Orient.
Duration: 4' 00"
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Sonate, M. 487 (1994-1995)
for guitar
2 versions on the same score: for guitar with 6 or 10 strings. Several episodes linked together: misterioso, presto (virtuoso), serioso (fugue with polyrhythmic) and meditativo.
Duration: 9' 00"
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Concerto pour piano et orchestre, M. 505 (1994)
(3.2.3.3/4.2.3.1/3perc/str)
Impressive work, with a great variety of colours. Slow introduction, virtuoso part followed by a slow movement altogether of great tenderness and great sadness. The end is a slow rise towards the light, going through various stages.
Duration: 17' 00"
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Epigramme II (1994)
for piano
Duration: 1' 00"
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Epigramme IV (1994)
for piano
Duration: 25' 00"
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Epigramme V (1994)
for piano
Duration: 35' 00"
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O süsser Mund, o Glaubensgrund (1994)
for organ
Duration: 2' 00"
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Thrène, M. 513 (1995)
for alto saxophone solo
Uses some particularities of contemporary notation to produce a passionate and dreamlike atmosphere.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Miroir du silence, M. 514 (1995)
for harp
Myterious and ruminant work, almost oriental. In the middle the piece retrogrades back to the beginning.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Trio n. 2, M. 520 (1995-1996)
for violin, violoncello and piano
A tragic work with tense climates, sometimes mysterious in a terrifying sense, with a scherzo furioso and a calmer end.
Duration: 17' 00"
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"Vers le soleil couchant", oratorio, M. 528 (1995-1996)
for four soli (SATB), children's choir or girl choir, mixed choir and orchestra (0.0.acl.2bthn.2/0.2.3.0/2perc/vn&vcsoli/str)
Texts: Gilgamesh-Epos, Emily Brontë, Vedas (indisch), Guillaume Apollinaire
Numerous, equally overlapping texts regarding the problem of death: from the epic of Gilgamesh to E. Brontë, from the Vedas to Apollinaire. A very impressive work in its expressivity and its musical and philosophical progression, with a multitude of climates and a very serene ending.
Duration: 42' 00"
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Ombre, M. 515 (1995-1998)
for orchestra (3(pic).3(ca).3(bcl).3(cbn)/4perc/str)
Impressive work, based on a tale by Edgar Poe, where terror and anguish mix together, with sometimes strange sonorities, from the imperceptible to the imposing ffff. This work won 1998 the prize of the Donaueschinger Musiktage, awarded for the first time. First performance by the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden-Freiburg, conducted by Sylvain Cambreling, Donaueschingen, 17.10.1999.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Elégie, M. 529 (1995-1997)
for trombone and organ
A piece of noble temperament, very well suited to the character of the trombone.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Duo for Violin and Violoncello, M. 537 (1996)
An energetic piece using free polyphony and imitation techniques in order to facilitate a succulent and inventive work.
Duration: 9' 00"
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Sonate, M. 533 (1996)
for flute and piano
Three connected parts, amongst them is a scherzo which is inspired by the music of the Andees and a ruminant final, becoming increasingly intimate.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Duo, M. 540 (1996)
for violin and alto saxophone
The parts are balanced well to ensure the saxophone doesn't cover the violin. Four movements: appassionato, rêveur, energico and intérieur.
Duration: 11' 00"
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Concerto n. 1, M. 544 (1996)
for violin and orchestra (2(pic).2(ca).2(bcl).2(cbn)/2.0.0.0/str)
In two parts, the first is sad and tragic, with a cadenza almost at the beginning; the second ruminant and deep. It disappears in the end towards the high in the solists part, towards the low in the orchestral and towards silence.
Duration: 13' 00"
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Quatuor de flûtes, M. 547 (1996)
for four flutes (first with piccolo, and fourth with flute in G)
Mysterious sounds and a elegiac atmosphere outside time, accentuatetd by sparkling outbursts of energy. The use of uncommon chords opens intense sonorous landscapes.
Duration: 9' 00"
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Prélude III (1996)
for piano
Duration: 3' 00"
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Auf die erniedrigende Erhebung und erhebte Niedrigkeit, M. 548 (1997)
for high voice and piano
Texts: Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg
Conflict between mysticism and human torture. Sedation in the coda of the piano solo.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Elògio della Nòtte, M. 549 (1997)
for bass and piano
Texts: Michelangelo Buonarrotti
First dark and tortured, then ruminant and calm. Written especially for the bass voice. The accompaniment is particularly impressive because of its sobriety.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Trio pour flûte, alto et harpe, M. 569 (1997-1999)
A single movement: funeral-like, slow and melancholic.
Duration: 11' 00"
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Lied, M. 551 (1997)
for soprano saxophone and piano
Very song-like piece accentuating the expressive qualities of the saxophone.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Credo, M.556 (1997)
for male choir (TTBB)
Modal. Alternating soft passages with hieratic passages.
Duration: 1' 10"
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Sonate, M. 553 (1997)
for violoncello and piano
An epic and dark work with an elegiac movement in the centre part.
Duration: 16' 00"
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Duo, M. 554 (1997)
for two violas
Accentuates the timbre of the viola. Alternates between passionate, ruminant and energetic passages.
Duration: 12' 00"
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Al cor di zolfo..., M. 559 (1997)
for bass and piano
Texts: Michelangelo Buonarrotti
Between passion and reflection. Based on a sonnet by Michelangelo.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Sonata, M. 566 (1997)
for pianoforte (can be performed on a modern piano)
Accentuates the clearness of the lower registers of historic pianos - can be performed on modern pianos.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Je suis l'autre ver de l'autre tombe (1997)
for medium voice and piano
Texts: Victor Hugo
Duration: 5' 00"
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Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae, M. 562 (1997)
for mixed choir
In Latin language. Music with rhythmical scansion near to Gregorian music, but chordal. Large phrases and atmosphere of deep collectedness.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Lucis Creator optime, M. 563 (1997)
for children's choir or female choir
In Latin language. Very large phrases, with very pure dissonances and bright consonances.
Duration: 8' 30"
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Sonate, M. 560 (1997-1998)
for viola solo
Three movements: elegiaco, con passione et meditativo.
Duration: 12' 00"
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Trio à cordes, M. 552 (1997-1998)
for violin, viola and violoncello
Meditating work. The central part alternates growls of revolt and of resignation, even grief. The appeased end moves off to inner silence. Commission of Pro Helvetia for the Zurich String Trio, which first performed it during August 2000 on the occasion of a tour in India and Sri Lanka.
Duration: 18' 00"
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Toccata, M. 566a (1997-1998)
for celesta
Duration: 8' 00"
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Duo pour flûte-alto et guitare, M. 576 (1998)
In three movements. Elegiaco with subtle timbres, presto malinconico, scherzo in mirrored form and estaticamente lento with an immense purety of expression.
Duration: 13' 00"
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Soliloque, M. 585 (1998)
for violin solo
Between melancholy and serenity, a work of great inner contemplation.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Quatuor à cordes, M. 587 (1998-1999)
Comissioned by the Talich Quartet. One single slow movement with equally extreme desolation and expressive density.
Duration: 17' 00"
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Sonata a quattro, M. 582 (1998)
for flute, horn and two trumpets
Subtle and delicate sonorities. Work which articulates itself around perfect consonances, requesting a great purity of intonation.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Concerto n. 2, M. 579 (1998)
for violin and string orchestra (6.6.4.4.1 or 2)
First movement is virtuosic and passionate, the second quiet and ruminant and the third dynamic. The particularly expressive cadenza is at the end of the second movement.
Duration: 19' 00"
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Trio, M. 573 (1998-1999)
for alto saxophone, violoncello and piano
2 contrasted movements: the first passionate, ending in distress, and the second meditating, ending in serenity. Simultaneous performance, on February 11th, 2000, during concerts organized by the "Association for the Development of the Classical Saxophone", which commissioned the work, in more than ten cities in Switzerland and abroad.
Duration: 13' 00"
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Duo, M. 576 (1998)
for alto flute and guitar
Duration: 13' 00"
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Crucifixion, M. 589 (1998)
for mixed a-cappella choir
Texts: Laurent Mettraux
On a text by the composer, partly inspired by the Gospels. Alternates impressive parts, because of their tension, and Gospel excerpts, where every shade of the text is evoked. first performance by the Chamber Choir of the University of Fribourg during the Festival "Greifswalder Bachwoche" on June 11th, 1999.
Duration: 18' 00"
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Erhebt die Stimme, M. 596 (1998)
for four-part mixed a-cappella choir
Piece with crafty harmonies. Text by Ben Sirach (XLIII 29-30).
Duration: 3' 00"
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Devouring time..., M. 581 (1998)
for tenor and piano
Texts: William Shakespeare
Duration: 4' 00"
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Paremboles, M. 580 (1998)
for flute, clarinet, saxophone (s and a) viola ad lib. and piano (two ro four-handed ad lib.)
Work which might be performed in 6 different versions, according to the principle of the adding or the retrenchment of one or more voices. From granitic to deep emotion, following compositional forms of the Ars antiqua, but with contemporary harmonies.
Duration: 11' 00"
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3 Microludes, M. 577, M. 584, M. 599 (1998-1999)
for soprano sax
Duration: 5' 00"
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Quatuor à cordes No. 1 (string quartet N° 1) (1998-1999)
Duration: 17' 00"
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"Le cocyte", M. 603 (1999)
for large orchestra (3(2pic).3(ca).3(2bcl).3(cbn).barsx/4.3.3.1/4-5perc/str)
Depicts the icey and disturbing atmosphere of the frozen lake in Dantes 'Divine Comedy'.
Duration: 11' 00"
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Concerto n. 3, M. 607 (1999)
for violin and large orchestra (3(2pic).3(ca).3(bcl).3(cbn).barsx/4.3.3.1/tom-tom/str)
In two movements: the first virtuoso and dramatic, the second elegiac, 'tristamente semplice'.
Duration: 20' 00"
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Ludus I (1999)
for a-cappella children's choir
Duration: 5' 00"
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Lamento (1999)
for quartet or ensemble of violoncelli
Duration: 11' 00"
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Offrande (1999)
for orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.3.1/2perc/str)
Duration: 15' 00"
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Duo pour 2 saxophones-altos, M. 609 (1999-2000)
A piece demanding a special effort in breathing.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Duo, M. 598 (1999)
for flute and clarinet
Work written for the Wiener Klangforum (first performed 1999 in Boswil). Rather virtuoso and complex, including among others quarter tones. Very contrasted, from the serene calm to the pathetic dramatism.
Duration: 9' 00"
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Lux Mundi, M. 614 (2000)
for organ
A composition written in such a manner as to allow it to be performed on various styles of organ. It can be performed during concerts, during the Holy Week Liturgy and on all other occasions. A very meditative piece alternating between dark and light, tension and relaxation. Commissioned by the ‘Europäischer Musikmonat 2001’. Premiered by ten organists from Basel and surrounding area during the Holy Week in 2001.
Duration: 22' 00"
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Duo (1996-2001)
for violin and violoncello
Duration: 9' 00"
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Mass for Male A-cappella Choir, M. 616 (2000-2001)
for male choir (TTBB)
The liturgical text is in French. This piece is accessible to amateur choirs and fits particularly well in the liturgy.
Duration: 6' 00"
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"La plus belle des lumières", M. 611 (2000)
for mixed a-cappella choir (eight-part)
Texts: Rigveda (indisch)
Text by the composer based on the Rig Veda. The meaningful harmonies swell in two immense waves from the night, from the peaceful and sinister to the triumphant arrival of light.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Quintette à vents, M. 612 (2000)
for flute (also piccolo, alto flute), oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon
Every instrument is presented in a large variety of colours. A work which alternates between energetic, melancholic, mysterious, sad or contemplative.
Duration: 16' 00"
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Septett, M. 620 (2001)
for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, violoncello and piano
This septet has been especially written for the ‘Mittelland’ ensemble. The tragic and disturbing, mysterious and melancholic are mixed in five consecutive movements.


Duration: 18' 00"
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Déploration, M.621 (2001)
for piano
This short and austere piece highlights fragments of desolated melodies, be it in dialogue or in canon form, and the muffled hammering of a very low chord. Commissioned by the Association Jeune Musique, for the 1st International Piano Competition in Fribourg.
Duration: 1' 30"
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Etude rythmique No. 1, M. 622 (2001)
for piano solo
Duration: 1' 00"
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Etude rythmique No. 2, M. 623 (2001)
for piano solo
Duration: 2' 00"
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Etude rythmique No. 3, M. 624 (2001)
for piano solo
Duration: 1' 00"
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String Quintet, M.618 (2001-2002)
for two violins, two violas and violoncello
Commissioned by the Zurich String Quintet this work was premiered during a tour to Finland and Lithuania in July 2003. A large, slow, oppressed movement from which emerges a sort of line based on an implacable ostinato.


Duration: 17' 00"
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Le Nom Caché, M.625 (2001-2002)
Oratorium
for four soli (SATB), mixed choir, violoncello solo, two pianos and percussion (six percussionists
Libretto by the composer after texts by Grégoire de Nazianze, Rainer Maria Rilke an Inca hymn to Viracocha, Ibn ul-‘Arabi, Angelus Silesius, Proclus, Toukaram, Hallaj, Pushpadanta, and Lao Tse amongst others. Commissioned by the Swiss National Exposition (‘Expo 02’), this work is based on texts which underline the fear and then the reassurance of human beings faced with the mystery of a hidden and nameless God. It shows, in succession, diverse human sentiments: questioning, rebellion, despair, doubt, accepting the limits of human understanding and contemplative silence.
Duration: 48' 00"
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Double Concerto, M. 629 (2002-2005)
for pipa, violin and orchestra (2*.2*.2*.2*/2.0.0.0/2perc/str)
A work written to celebrate the famous pipa (chinese lute) played Yang Jing and the violinist Boris Livschitz. In three movements: the first one alternates between mysterious and energetic passages, the second is meditative and the third, Eruptivo, contains an important cadenza for the soloists.
Duration: 21' 00"
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Quintet for Flute and Strings, M.627 (2002-2003)
for flute, violoncello, two violas and violoncello
This work was written for Alexandre Magnin and the Janacek Quartet and developed out of a dream-like nostalgia. Equilibrium was obtained in the sonority of the quintet by the use of a second viola instead of a second violin. “This quintet contains all the human sentiments” (A. Magnin).
Duration: 14' 00"
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Concerto for organ and orchestra, M.628 (2002-2003)
for large organ and orchestra (2(pic).2(ca).2(bcl).2(cbn)/2.2.2.0/3perc/str)
World premiere at the inauguration of the Lausanne Cathedral’s large organ in December 2003. This piece is alternatingly virtuoso, ruminant, passionate or majestic. The organ communicates with the single instruments or is in opposition to the orchestra.
Duration: 18' 00"
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Les Serrures à Secret, M.634 (2003-2005)
for bass solo, actors, choir and instrumental ensemble
Libretto by Michel Gremaud. This work explores the myth of Hephaestus set in our time. The instrumental ensemble is divided into different groups, amongst which are a wind quintet and a percussion ensemble.
Duration: 95' 00"
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Trio for Clarinet, Violoncello and Piano, M.632 (2003)
Commissioned by the ‘Trio Avalon’ this work was world premiered in April 2004 at the 2 days & 2 nights of modern music festival in Odessa and performed during a tour in the Ukraine. In three movements: where the lyricism of the clarinet and the cello are opposed to the implacable rhythms of the piano; scherzo furioso followed by a calm ending. This work is inspired by, amongst others, elements of klezmer music.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Complainte, M.633 (2003)
for violin solo
A composition commissioned by Shlomo Mintz for the International Violin Competition in Sion, 2003. Between rage and resignation, lamentation and fury.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Reflets, M.630 (2003-2004)
for violin and percussion
The violin and percussion respond, imitate, interpellate, influence, attract or repel but always mirror each other. The percussion part demands numerous timbres and playing techniques.
Duration: 12' 00"
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Danses Suisses, M.635 (2003-2004)
for four-handed piano
This series of six dances consists of the following parts: Ländler, Coraules, Polka, Galop des Nains, Totentanz and Danse du Sauvage. The first three are inspired by Swiss folkloric themes whereas the last three are inspired more freely with reference to traditional Swiss elements
Duration: 15' 00"
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Appel I et Appel II, M.637 et 638 (2004)
for wind instrument (wood or brass)
Appel means 'call'. Both Appels have been composed within the context of the ORB_IT project of the World New Music Days 2004. These two short pieces, like miniature fanfares, are written so they can be played by any wind instrument (woodwind or brass).
Duration: 1' 00"
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Veilleur, où en est la nuit?, M.640 (2004-2005)
for organ
The title "Veilleur, où en est la nuit?" ("Watchman, what of the night?") is taken from the book of Isaiah. Between the anguish of the dark night and the hope inspired by the watchman that the day shall rise again.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Attente, M.636 (2004)
for saxophone, violoncello, piano and percussion
This is a successively passive and resigned waiting or an active and revolutionary expectation. The saxophonist plays three instruments successively: baritone, soprano and alto.
Duration: 11' 00"
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Microlude, M. 639 (2004)
for violoncello
This short piece, ordered on the occasion of the inaugural concert of the Compagnie CH.AU, has an elliptical and enigmatic character.
Duration: 1' 40"
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Serenata in chiaroscuro, M.650 (2005-2006)
for organ
This work was commissioned for the 20th Concert Season of the Orgelserenaden of Berne-Bümpliz. In one single movement the piece repeatedly goes from brightness to obscurity and vice versa. It is elliptical and interrogative. The principal, hesitant theme alternates with rich harmonies.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Alléluia I et Alléluia II, M.641 et 644 (2005)
for male choir (TTBB)
Two simple hallelujahs, the first one full and serene for 4 voices, the second one limpid for 2 voices.
Duration: 1' 00"
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Suite pour quintette à vents, M.642 (2005-2006)
for flute (also piccolo and alto flute in G), oboe (also English horn), Bb clarinet (also small Eb clarinet, Bb bass clarinet and clarinet in A ad libitum), bassoon (also contrabassoon) and horn
This suite, taken from the scenic work "Les Serrures à Secret", consists of four movements and two short interludes. The first movement is mysterious and almost hypnotic, the second ironical, grotesque and mocking, the third first grave and solemn, then progressively more appeased, and the fourth, first like a dance on obsessive rhythms, ends on a touch of nostalgia. The two interludes surrounding the second movement are in the spirit of the Musiques d'ameublement by Satie. The full score serves also as separate parts for each instrumentalist.
Duration: 18' 00"
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Le Vent blesse les Branches des Cerisiers, M.645 (2005)
for mixed, a-cappella choir
The text of this song is inspired by a number of haikus by Saigyo, a Japanese Zen monk of the 12th century. The music is simple and appeased, a little melancholic. Relatively simple to sing.
Duration: 3' 00"
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Puissance, Honneur, Louange et Gloire, M.646 (2005)
for male choir (TTBB)
Entry Hymn of praise to the Holy Trinity. Refrain with full and solemn harmonies and three ad libitum verses for one voice accompanied by the chords of the other voices of the choir.
Duration: 4' 00"
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Le Sommeil de la Raison produit des monstres, M.647 (2005)
for arpeggione solo
After an engraving taken from the Caprichos by Goya. This short, concentrated piece installs a mysterious and elliptic climate of expectation and fear.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Stimmungen, M.648 (2005-2006)
for 4 violoncelli
The five movements of this work, a commission for Liestal's Viva Cello Festival, have very contrasting atmospheres. The first movement is a contrapuntal appassionato; the second a melancholy piece; the third a macabre and fear-inspiring movement. The fourth movement is wrathful and bases itself on quadruple chords and clusters; the last movement is dreamy, with suspended melodies and harmonic glissandi.
Duration: 13' 00"
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Suite pour trois flûtes traversières, M.649 (2005-2006)
for three flutes (also piccolo, alto flute in g and bass flute)
This Suite is made of four movements, each of which puts into light a different instrument. The first movement, with alto flute, is mysterious and of changing mood. The second, with piccolo, is spontaneous, skipping along and almost carefree. The third, very serene, is near to a Zen meditation and puts into light the bass flute. The last movement, written for the three flutes in C, is voluble and dynamic.
Duration: 13' 00"
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Plus près de toi que tu ne l'es toi-même, M.651 (2006)
for vocal ensemble (small choir consisting of 8 soloists or eight-voice choir)
Text by the composer after texts from different spiritual traditions. It has been written in 2006 for the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music of New York, commission awarded through competition. The work alternates tensions and relaxations, as much on the agogical as on the harmonic level.
Duration: 13' 00"
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Émergences, M.652 (2006)
for violin and accordion
This work was commissioned by the Festival des Musicales d'Auberive (France) and written for Marianne Piketty and Pascal Contet. This work is a little enigmatic, based on threatening - even stormy clusters - and impassive tritones on the one hand and dreamy, lyrical passages on the other. The title can evoke the emergence of forces from the subconscious, the emergence of physical or meteorological phenomena, or even the emergence of sonorous events, for instance the pianissimo apparition of the violin under a forte of the accordion.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Les Espaces Insoupçonnés, M.653 (2006)
for violoncello solo
This work begins in an elegiac manner and is followed by a wild passage. A lyrical melody leads to the central, ecstatic passage, which uses various kinds of vibratos in the high and the highest tones of the instrument. Leaving these "espaces insoupçonnés", the work progressively returns to a dramatic and bitter mood, like a return to earth after an out-of-time vision.
Duration: 11' 00"
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Le Tombeau de Ravel, M.654 (2006)
for tenor saxophone, bassoon, violin, violoncello, piano, guitar and percussion
This work has been written for a project by the Compagnie CH.AU, for which six composers have each written one movement corresponding to one of the parts of the Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel. This piece is inspired by the Menuet of the Tombeau de Couperin and has a principally elegiac, tender and nostalgic character. It has also been scored for a chamber orchestra.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Le Tombeau de Ravel, M.654b (2006-2007)
for chamber orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.0.0.0/perc/str)
This work has been written for a project by the Compagnie CH.AU, for which six composers have each written one movement corresponding to one of the parts of the Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel. This piece is inspired by the Menuet of the Tombeau de Couperin and has a principally elegiac, tender and nostalgic character. The original version of this work was written for an ensemble of 7 instruments.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Petite Suite de Danses, M.655 (2006-2007)
for violin and piano
This little dance suite consists of four movements (Polka, Galop des Nains, Totentanz - Danse Macabre - et Danse du Sauvage). It is a transcription of four Swiss dances originally written for four-handed piano.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Cyprès, M.660 (2007)
for string quartet
This short work has been written for the occasion of the first performance of the complete song cycle "Cypresses" by Dvorak, out of which Dvorak himself had transcribed 12 of the melodies for string quartet. The work has a nostalgic character and uses the melody taken from the 15th song of the cycle, which Dvorak did not transcribe for quartet. This piece was first performed by the Leipziger String Quartet during the Ljubljana 2007 Festival.
Duration: 3' 20"
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Cloches du Crépuscule et de l'Aube, M.657 (2007)
for glockenspiel and tubular bells
This piece is written for an 8-note glockenspiel (c, d, e, f, g, a, b flat, b natural) and can be transposed according to the tonality of each glockenspiel. It can also be played on tubular bells. It is based on thematic cells, some of which use semitone frictions.
Duration: 3' 40"
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Quelle terre est vide de toi?, M.659 (2007)
for high voice and piano
This song is a transcription of a passage from the oratorio "Le Nom Caché" (The Hidden Name). The text, by the composer, is inspired by the mystic poems of sufi sage Hallaj; it is a meditation on the unknowable nature of the Divine.
Duration: 3' 00"
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C'est à l'eau du ruisseau qu'on nettoie sa pierre à encre, M. 661 (2007)
for pipa solo
Duration: 4' 00"
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La Mort sur un Cheval Pâle, m. 662 (2007)
for orchestra (pic.2.2.2.2.cbn/4.4.3.1/2perc/str)
Duration: 10' 00"
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Inventio, M. 669 (2008)
for 2 oboes (or oboe d'amour, 2 English horns, 2 heckelphones)
Duration: 2' 00"
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Quintette, M. 668 (2008)
for clarinet and string quartet
Duration: 13' 00"
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Stèles, M. 670 (2009)
for piano
After 5 poems by Victor Segalen.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Sonate, M. 671 (2009)
for guitar solo
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Choral-Variationen über das Weihnachtslied "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her", M. 672 (2009)
for four-part choir and orchestra (2.2.ca.0.2.cbn/0.3.3.0/hp/va.db)
Duration: 16' 00"
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Prélude, M. 674 (2009)
for piano
Duration: 2' 00"
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Traces gravées dans le sable, M. 673 (2009)
for piano
Duration: 12' 00"
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Offrande funèbre en hommage à Bach, M. 675 (2010)
for flute, violin, violoncello and organ
Duration: 5' 00"
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Diskographie
Bibliography
Gottstein, Björn: Swiss Piano (CD ZHdK). Piano Works by Emmanuel Nunes and Rudolf Kelterborn (CD Guild), in: Dissonanz 115 (2011), S. 89-90 [Internet]
Laurent Mettraux, hrsg. von Pro Helvetia (Contemporary Swiss Composers), Zürich 2001
Sansonnens, Bernard: Laurent Mettraux: La quête d'une expression equilibrée et profonde, in: Revue musicale de Suisse Romande 1 (1000), S. 55-57