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Waespi Oliver

(05. 11. 1971)

Waespi Oliver
Waespi Oliver
Sempachstrasse 15
CH-3014 Bern
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)31 331 75 69
Mobile: +41 (0)79 412 64 47


Biography
Oliver Waespi, born in Zurich in 1971, studied composition and conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zurich and pursued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His music is being performed by symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, soloists, choirs and numerous leading wind and brass bands in many countries and at various festivals. Besides composing, Oliver Waespi is a sought-after clinician and adjudicator and teaches at the Hochschule der Künste Bern.
Oliver Waespi's musical interests are most versatile, which leads to musical collaborations in different fields. Thereby, he also creates connexions with other art forms. Works like "Viaduct" for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra or "Hypercube" for the Paris Brass Band can be heard as musical explorations of urban landscapes and architectures. Several pieces are influenced by poetry from different periods, such as "Flut" for the BBC Singers, "Nachtferne" for the Berne Chamber Orchestra, "Weisser Atem" for the Brodsky Quartet, "Ad Astra" for the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain and the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel. Music and contemporary dance were brought to interact with each other in a project with the Ensemble TaG.
Some of Oliver Waespi's works are reflections on folk music or early music, such as "As If A Voice Were in Them", "Traversada" or "Audivi Media Nocte", which earned him worldwide acclaim amongst leading brass and wind ensembles. The latter work is also an example for the development of a personal rhythmical language in an orchestral context. More examples for this approach are the "Divertimento" for the Federal Band Convention, "Out of Earth" for the Aulos Wind Symphony or "At the Crossroads", commissioned by the Jena Philharmonic.
Several concertos complete Oliver Waespi's portofolio, including more recently the Horn Concerto for Lukas Christinat, the Euphonium Concerto for Thomas Rüedi and the Zuger Sinfonietta conducted by Philippe Bach or the Tuba Concerto for Perry Hoogendijk, solo tuba player of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam.
For his music, Oliver Waespi received numerous awards, including the International George Enescu-Composition Prize in 2003, the London Fellowship awarded by the Landis and Gyr Cultural Foundation in Zug in 2005/2006, a prize at the 2009 Uuno Klami-Composing Competition in Finland, composition grants of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Dutch Eduard van Beinum Foundation, the 2011 Composition Prize of the Swiss Federation of Orchestras, the 2013 NBA Revelli Award in the USA, the 2014 Stephan Jaeggi-Preis or the 2015 International BUMA Brass Award.


Work list
Short Drama for String Quartet (2000)
Duration: 7' 30"
Manuscript
Skies (2000)
for symphonic brass ensemble (3fl.2ob.ca.2bn.Ebcl.9bcl.bsstcl.cbcl.4sx/4hn.3tpt.3tbn.2euph.2tba/perc/str)
Duration: 17' 00"
Molenaar Edition
Wormerveer
Holland
Passacaglia (2001)
for brass ensemble (9cnt.1flhn.3hn.2bar.2euph.3tbn.4tba/perc)
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Konzert für Horn und Orchester (2001)
for solo horn and orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/3perc/hp/6.6.4.3.2)
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Jardins (2002)
for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Nachtferne (2003)
for chamber orchestra (1.1.1.1/1.1.0.0/perc/str)
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Intermezzi (2003)
for piano
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Land's End (2003)
for brass ensemble (9cnt.1flhn.3hn.2bar.2euph.3tbn.4tba/perc)
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
3 Preludes (2003)
for trumpet and piano
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Islands (2002-2004)
for large orchestra (3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/4perc/12.12.10.8.6)
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Symphonic Variations (2004)
for symphonic brass ensemble (3fl.2ob.ca.2bn.cbn.Ebcl.9cl-b.bcl.cbcl.4sx/4hn.3tpt.3tbn.2euph.2tba/perc/hp/db)
Duration: 17' 30"
Beriato Music Edition
Montfortstraat 1
B-2550 Kontich
Belgique
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Festive Fanfare (2004)
for band
Duration: 2' 00"
Beriato Music Edition
Montfortstraat 1
B-2550 Kontich
Belgique
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South Uist Variations (2004)
for brass quartet
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Il Cantico (2005)
for symphonic band (3fl, 2ob, ca, 2bn, cbn, cl-Eb, 9bcl, cl-Bb, cbcl, 4sx, 4hn, 3tpt, 3tbn, 2euph, 2tba, vcl, db, hp, perc)
The poetic template for this piece is provided by the Franciscan Canticle of Brother Sun. "Il Cantico", in a way similar to this mystical poem's emanation of and direction at the sun, is built on a single motivic gamete which works its way through the whole piece in a multifaceted manner.
The music is rudimentarily based on certain elements of the poem, most particularly earth & fire and the moon as an antipole of the sun.
Duration: 15' 30"
Beriato Music Edition
Montfortstraat 1
B-2550 Kontich
Belgique
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Second Sinfonietta (2005)
for symphonic band (3fl, 2ob, ca, 2bn, cbn, cl-Eb, 9bcl, cl-Bb, cbcl, 4sx, 4hn, 3tpt, 3tbn, 2euph, 2tba, vcl, db, hp, perc)
Duration: 16' 00"
Beriato Music Edition
Montfortstraat 1
B-2550 Kontich
Belgique
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Falls (2006)
for piano
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Auréole (2006)
for solo violin
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
East End (2006)
for solo trombone
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Moving Sculpture (2006)
for wind sextet (fl, ob, cl, bcl, bn, hn)
Duration: 5' 30"
Manuscript
La vie antérieure (2006)
for a-cappella choir (SSAATB)
Texts: Charles Baudelaire
Duration: 4' 30"
Manuscript
Pulse (2006)
Sonata
for viola and piano
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Temples (2006)
for symphonic band (3fl, 2ob, ca, 2bn, cbn, cl-Eb, 9bcl, cl-Bb, cbcl, 4sx, 4hn, 4tpt, 4tbn, 2euph, 2tba, db, hp, perc)
"Temples" was inspired by the Angkor temple complex in Cambodia and various parts of The Book of Prayers in the Bible. Four paragraphs embody awakening (Phnom Bakheng), conflict (Bayon), sorrow (Preah Khan) and regeneration (Angkor Wat). Eight distant instruments demolish the symphonic wind band's familiar sound pattern symbolising the architecture of Bayon, the erstwhile central temple and its eight Gopuras at the city of Angkor Thom.
Duration: 28' 00"
Beriato Music Edition
Montfortstraat 1
B-2550 Kontich
Belgique
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Legenda Rumantscha (2006)
for symphonic band (3fl, 2ob, ca, 2bn, cbn, cl-Eb, 9bcl, cl-Bb, cbcl, 4sx, 4hn, 3tpt, 3tbn, 2euph, 2tba, vcl, db, hp, perc)
Duration: 11' 00"
Lucerne Music Edition
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Schweiz
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A Moléson (2007)
for brass band
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Flut (2007)
for a-cappella choir (SSAATTBB)
Texts: Ovid, Marie-Luise Kaschnitz
The texts by Ovid and Marie-Luise Kaschnitz illuminate the deluge from different aesthetic viewpoints and epochs. In "Flut", the text levels lead initially to differing music material and on to a kind of speech counterpoint and a process of densification, which continues through the whole composition. The texts and music ultimately meet on the word "Meer/mare".
Duration: 6' 30"
Manuscript
Weisser Atem (2006-2008)
for string quartet
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Viaduct (2008)
for symphony orchestra (3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/1timp.3perc/str)
Duration: 14' 30"
Manuscript
Caledonia (2008)
for band
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Berglicht (2008)
for symphonic band (3fl, 2ob, ca, 2bn, cbn, cl-Eb, 9bcl, cl-Bb, cbcl, 4sx, 4hn, 4tpt, 4tbn, 2euph, 2tba, db, hp, perc)
Duration: 13' 00"
Beriato Music Edition
Montfortstraat 1
B-2550 Kontich
Belgique
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Double Concerto (2008)
for guitar, flute and orchestra (0.2.2.bcl.2/2.2.1.0/perc/str)
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Piz Kesch "Round Midnight" (2008)
for brass ensemble and percussion
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Canzun (2009)
for symphonic wind orchestra
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Intrada (2009)
for brass band
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Prolog (2009)
for flute and bass clarinet
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Aquarell (2010)
for symphony orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.2.0/str)
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Canticum (2010)
for mixed choir and orchestra (3.2.2.2/2.0.0.0/str)
Texts: Francesco d'Assisi
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Audivi Media Nocte (2011)
for brass band
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Divertimento (2011)
for symphonic wind orchestra
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Sonar (2011)
Tuba concert
for tuba solo and symphonic wind orchestra
Duration: 19' 00"
Manuscript
La Partenza (2012)
for symphony orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/perc/str)
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Traversada (2013)
for brass band
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Azur (2013)
for piano, violin and 2 percussionists
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Konzert (2013)
for euphonium solo and string orchestra
Duration: 21' 00"
Manuscript
Konzert (2013)
for piano solo, harp solo and symphonic wind orchestra
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript