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Irman Regina

(22. 03. 1957)

Irman Regina
Wasserfurristr. 48
CH-8406 Winterthur
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)52 203 01 32
Internet: www.regina-irman.ch/

Biography
Regina Irman, *22. 03. 1957. Composer and percussionist. Soloist. Lecturer at the 'Pädagogischen Hochschule Thurgau'. Lives in Winterthur

- Born and raised in Winterthur
1976 - Studies music at the Winterthur Conservatory after completing undergraduate education
1982 - Teacher's diploma with guitar as a main subject
- Begins, at the age of 28, to play percussion and receives, in 1995, her concert diploma with distinction for this instrumentarium.
- Produces initial compositions during her time of study, an intensive occupation with composition follows, this later becomes the centre of her activities
Although the earlier works of Regina Irman demonstrated an interest in microtonality and rhythmical combinations, her later pieces often consisted of processed found sound. She is interested in collage-like forms and theatrical and experimental performance situations. Predeterminations, often in connection with speech, play a central role in Irman's compositional work.
She works today as a composer and percussionist (primarily in the area of new music) and is a lecturer at the pedagogic school in Thurgau.
Compositions have been commissioned by, amongst others, the city and canton of Zurich, 'Pro Helvetia', the 'Tage für Neue Musik Zürich' festival, the International Festival for New Recorder Music Basel, the 5th 'Schweizerischen Frauenkongress Bern' and diverse ensembles. In 2000 she received a sabbatical year from the city of Zurich.


Work list
Hügel bei Céret (1983)
for two violas and double-bass (other string score possible)
A structure derived from a chain of pure intervals with no fixed pitch, but beginning low with a foundation tone, and later running freely. Intonation and listening carefully to each other is paramount in this piece. Graphic notation. Sponsored by SME Lucerne.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Speculum (1984)
for four Eb clarinets, two percussion, sisyphus machine, mirrored scenery and coloured lighting
The Sisyphus machine, mirror stage-layout and lighting can all be obtained on request. In the case of a version without these accessories the machine must be replaced by a running electronic tape.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Aus spiegelndem Eis (1984)
for four clarinets
Duration: 6' 00"
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boden(los) (1985)
for three violins
Duration: 2' 00"
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Melodie 1 (1985)
for quarter-tone guitar or other instruments with free intonation possibilities
Duration: 2' 00"
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Melodie 2 (1985)
for undertone flute or other instruments with free intonation possibilities
Duration: 2' 00"
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Ein vatter=ländischer Liederbogen. Nach Texten von Adolf Wölfli (1985-1986)
Based on texts by Adolf Wölfli
for singing and speaking voice (mezzo-soprano) and partly prepared piano
Texts: Adolf Wölfli
A collection of piano songs setting the Swiss character against the self. Typical Swiss misconceptions are compared and contrasted. Unfathomably grotesque. Illustrated score. Commissioned by of the City of Zurich.
Duration: 20' 00"
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Klangspiel (1986)
for piano
A simple piece for tuition - working with preparations.
Duration: 3' 00"
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Zahlen (1986)
for piano
A piece of intermediate difficulty for tuition in which the variable form, preparations of the piano and rhythm are central.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Ein Trauermarsch. Nach Texten von Adolf Wölfli (1987)
Based on texts by Adolf Wölfli.
for percussion trio and speaking voice
Texts: Adolf Wölfli
Percussion set-up to include: Three pans, zinc bowl, water ladle, water gong, pedal timpani, Basel drum, military snare, piccolo snare, two wood-felt sets, ten cow bells, two tam tams, Peking opera gong, six cymbals, kazoo, vibraslap. The illogical and anti-perspectivist text, and a few Wölfli-like somisation fragments are formed and set to music in individual strata. These strata are laid one on top of the other in a collage, betraying Wolfli's frequent tendency towards queer folklorism. The timpani are the central and recurrent element throughout. Commissioned by the festival 'Tage für Neue Musik Zürich'.
Duration: 40' 00"
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Schwarzes Glück (1988-1989)
for partly prepared piano
A rhythmic piece based on the poems bearing the same name by Hans Arp. Twenty-three pitches of the piano are highly altered. Commissioned by the City of Zurich.
Duration: 25' 00"
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Passacaglia (1989-1990)
for clarinet in A
A solo piece with a steady gait, in which tempered intervals from the lower and middle registers confront just intonated intervals in the higher register. Commissioned by Jürg Frey, Aarau.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Chopin in der Vertikalen (1991)
for orator, piano, timpani and electronic tape
Texts: Anna Achmatova
A short text by Anna Achmatowa meets a funeral march by Chopin.
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
Tabellen (1991)
for 3 speaking voices and percussion instruments (3 performers) or as a sound installation with three audio apparatuses
Texts: Adolf Wölfli
Duration: 30' 00"-60' 00"
Manuscript
Requiem "An den Tod" (1991-1993)
Based on a text by Anna Achmatowa
for twenty-five female voices in six groups from very high to very low register and a minimum of three male voices (bass solo)
Texts: Anna Achmatowa
This piece is based on a phonetic analysis of the voice of Achmatowa as she reads one of her own texts, and it is the musical rather than the semantic elements of Achmatowa's recitation that have been used. A cantus firmus-like line (male voices) defines the melody of her speech in a slow motion tempo. The six choir groups run "homophonically" and are a vertically "harmonious" splitting of the cantus firmus.
Commissioned by Pro Helvetia.

Duration: 60' 00"
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Maskerade (1993)
Eight pieces
for mixed choir
Texts: Anna Achmatowa
Four pairs of short pieces, the playing order of which is left to the performer. Text by Anna Achmatowa, with quotes from Schumann's 'Carnaval' and a madrigal by John Bennet forming the musical foundation. Composed for amateur choir. Commissioned by the choir 'Kultur und Volk'.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Spiegeltanz (1993)
for two recorders and one drum
In cooperation with Dieter Jordi and commissioned by Conrad Steinmann for the International Recorder Festival in Basel.
Duration: 4' 00"
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Wörter (1995)
for saxophone ensemble (4s2a2bar) and one percussion
This piece in five movements is derived from the same material as the vocal piece 'Requiem'. The sonogram of the same but differently pronounced words of a Russian text is processed in often very short sequences. With microtonal colouring. Commissioned by the City of Zurich.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Vereinsamt (1995)
for percussion solo (glockenspiel, cymbals and metal objects)
Quiet metallic sounds compliment a text by Friedrich Nietzsche.
Duration: 10' 00"
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"... wie eine Heuschrecke über die Meere..." (1995-1996)
for large mixed choir and play-back tapes
Texts: Meret Oppenheim
Based on text, images and an object by Meret Oppenheim.
The very large sounding body is set like a sculpture in the room. Commissioned by the Fifth Swiss Women’s Congress in Bern.

Duration: 20' 00"
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Heimweh macht unfruchtbar (1995-1996)
Theatre music
for percussion solo
Duration: variabel
Manuscript
Tisch mit Vogelfüssen (1996)
for electronic tape only
To an object by Meret Oppenheim, a collage of partly transposed bird calls, songs and sounds.
Duration: 5' 30"
Manuscript
Fünf Sprach-Klang-Objekte (1996)
for percussion solo (vibraphone, small percussion and speaking voice)
Based on texts by Sonja Sekula. Very short concentrated pieces that also require the interpreter to speak.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Fächer (1996)
for four-handed piano
The compulsory piece for the Swiss Young Musicians Competition. A sense of tone and rhythmical precision is required in favour of the classic competition virtuosity. Commissioned by the Swiss Young Musicians Competition.
Duration: 5' 00"
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"Ja, die Vögel müssen ihr Singen nie verkaufen" (1996)
Performance
for one ornithologist, a writer, four people on CD players and playback
Duration: variabel, mindestens 1 Stunde
Manuscript
Drei Tänze (1996-1997)
for soprano, speaking voice/ piano, clarinet and accordion
Texts: Anna Achmatova
Midnight ghostly spook. The concert version of a scene from the forthcoming opera 'Poem ohne Held'. Composition commisioned by the 'Ensemble Klangheimlich', Bern.
Duration: 18' 00"
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Sculptures (for Bruce Naumann) (1997)
for quarter-tone gamba quartet (2A2B)
Four quarter tone bound gambas for once in raw sonority. Commissioned by the 'Ensemble Concerto di Viole'.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Otto mane (1999)
for orator, soprano, piano and large drum
Texts: E.T.A. Hoffmann
A 'carnival' for four players in fifteen combinations with R. Schuhmann and E.T.A Hoffmann. For the 60th birthday of Urs Peter Schneider.
Duration: 3' 00"
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Orfeo (1999-2000)
for five playback apparatus (also a version for electronic tape)
Quotes from European art music and a Russian bell ring haunt through the formal casing of Monteverdis Orfeo-overture. Concert version of the nascent opera overture 'Poem ohne Held'.
Commissioned for the anniversary quiz of the concert series recital (Werner Bärtschi).

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Surdina (1999-2000)
for altus solo
Texts: Cecilia Meireles
A meditative song based on a text by the Brazillian poet Cecilia Meireles. Commissioned by 'Pro Helvetia.'
Duration: 7' 00"
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Schwarzes Glück 2 (1990-2001)
for percussion quartet
Percussion set-up to include: four piccolo snares, Basel drum, eight tom-toms, two bongos, conga, darbouka, two large frame drums, two bass drums, four pedal timpani, three woodblocks, temple block, large slit drum, two tam-tams, gong in c, four cymbals, three cowbells, large Japanese temple bell, brake drum, guiro, and other small percussion instruments (no melodic instruments). Two movements and an epilogue based on sections from the piano composition ‘Schwarzes Glück’. A rhythmical pulse and fine sounds predominate.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Poem ohne Held (1997-2002)
Opera in 3 acts
Texts: Anna Achmatova, Peter Schweiger
Soprano, altus, speaker, 2 female speakers, choir (SATB)
Instrumental ensemble (gambas, clarinet, accordion, 2 pianos, 2 percussion)
Duration: 80' 00"
Manuscript
Volkslieder und Zaubersprüche (2002)
for female choir
After medievel and popular texts.
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Landschaften (2003)
Five pieces
for percussion sextet
1. Schneelandschaft
2. Eisblumen
3. Maschinenlandschaft, zerschnitten
4. Eisgitter, amorph
5. Maschinenlandschaft, rotierend
Duration: 12' 00"
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Vier Kommentare zu den "Sprechstücken" von Carl Orff (2003)
for speaking voice and percussion
Texts: Hildegard von Bingen
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Ten short pieces based on motives by Bach and Biber (2004)
for (Baroque) violin solo
Duration: 10' 00"
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Vögel und andere fliegende Tiere (2004)
for four speaking voices, three pairs of glasses and playback CD
Texts: Hildegard von Bingen
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Schilfbilder (2005)
for alto flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello and piano
Commissioned by the city of Winterthur.
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Lautfelder (2006-2007)
for 8 female voices with percussion and light sources
After the "Lingua ignota" from Hildegard von Bingen.
Duration: variabel (mind. 20')
Manuscript
Linien (2006-2007)
for 2 soprano trombones and 2 alto trombones
After antiphones from Hildegard von Bingen.
Duration: variabel (mind. 10')
Manuscript
Sieben Szenen (2007-2008)
for recorder/shalm, cornett, Renaissance/Baroque guitar, harpsicord/chest organ, percussion, Baroque violin, Baroque cello/bass gamba, violin
A contribution to the cooperative mucial dance theatre 'Lambranzis curieuse Tantz-Schul' after an idea by Regina Irman.
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Songs (2009)
for soprano, bass clarinet, cello and piano
Texts: William Blake
Commissioned by the Ensembles Millefeuille.
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Follia / Schattenvariationen (2009-2010)
for two recorders, Baroque cello, theorbo, harpsichord and percussion
Commissioned by the Ensembles Opera strumentale.
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Im Park (2010-2011)
Short opera
for soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, bass baritone, clarinette, violin, double bass, accordion and percussion
Libretto by Ilma Rakusa.
Commissioned by Open Opera St.Gallen.
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Diskographie
Regina Irman (Grammont Porträt Musikszene Schweiz Nr. MGB CTS-M 62, 2001)
Interpreten:
Jordi, Dieter
Nopper, Sylvia
Weiss, Marcus
Steinmann, Conrad
Werke:
Irman, Regina: Hügel bei Céret (1983)
Irman, Regina: Schwarzes Glück 2 (1990-2001)
Irman, Regina: Wörter (1995)
Irman, Regina: Tisch mit Vogelfüssen (1996)
Irman, Regina: Drei Tänze (1996-1997)
Irman, Regina: Melodie 1 (1985)
Irman, Regina: Melodie 2 (1985)
Irman, Regina: Orfeo (1999-2000)
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