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Wendel Martin

(02. 06. 1925 - 26. 07. 2013)

Wendel Martin
Wendel Martin
Gerlisbergstr. 42
CH-8303 Bassersdorf
Schweiz
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Biography
Martin Wendal was born 1925 in Biberist, Solothurn. On completion of his undergraduate studies (from 1944 until 1947) he studied at the conservatories in Bern and Lausanne (Teachers: Richard Flury, Hans Haug, Edmond Defrancesco).
1947 until 1949 - Further studies in Paris under Tony Aubin, Arthur Honegger and Marcel Moyse
1952 until1969 - Solo flutist in the orchestra of the Manheim National Theatre, the orchestra of the Music Collegium Winterthur and occasionally with the Festival Orchestra Lucerne.
1970 until1990 - Music teacher at the upper Zurich canton school in Wetzikon, lived in Bassersdorf
1960 - Award from the Radio Lausanne Compositions Competition
1967 - First prize at the 'Premio Città di trieste' international festival, for the piano concert op.20
1964 - Commission by canton Solothurn for the musical design of a procession at the Expo in Lausanne
Various other commissions
1983, 1987, 1989 - Invitation by the Composer and Musicologist Association of the DDR to perform works at the Berlin Music Biennale


Work list
Quartett für Flöte, Violine, Viola und Violoncello, op. 1 (1946)
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Duett für zwei Flöten, op. 2 (1948)
Duration: 9' 00"
Edition Kunzelmann
Grütstr. 28
CH-8134 Adliswil
Andantino für Cello und Klavier, op. 3 (1948)
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Streichquartett Nr. 1, op. 4 (1948)
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Konzert für Flöte und Kammerorchester, op. 5 (1949)
(1solo.1.1.1/0.1.0.0/str)
A chamber music set, traditional dance-like, concise, virtuosic piece in three movements.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Drei Sprüche (Werner Bergengrün), op. 6 (1951)
for soprano and piano
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate für Violine und Klavier, op. 7 (1953)
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Trio für Flöte, Viola und Harfe, op. 8 (1956)
The sounds of this instrumentation almost always calls associations with “Once upon a time….” The fairy tale begins…
Duration: 13' 00"
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Konzert für Violine, Klavier und Streicher, op. 9 (1952)
for solo violin, solo piano and multi-instrumentated string orchestra
Duration: 19' 00"
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Quartettino for oboe, violin, viola and violoncello, op. 10 (1957-1980)
Three movements as steps in a metamorphosis of a melodic material which stays strongly connected on the level of intervals.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Konzert für Viola und kleines Orchester, op. 11 (1958-1978)
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Especially written for the dominating solo instrument.
Duration: 16' 00"
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Divertissement für Streichtrio, op. 12 (1958)
This piece has a playful character and utilises various playing manners - pizzicati and flageoletts - to express this character.
Duration: 11' 00"
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Streichquartett Nr. 2, op. 13 (1959)
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Sinfonie 1960, op. 14 (1960)
for chamber orchestra (1(pic).1.ca.1.1/1.1.0.0/timp.perc/hp/str)
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Quintett für Flöte, Oboe, Fagott, Violine und Cembalo, op. 15 (1961)
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Kaleidoskop der kleinen Therese, op. 16 (1962)
for voice and seven instruments (fl.ob.bn/pf/vn.va.db)
Texts: Herbert Meier
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Bläserquintett, op. 17 (1962)
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn
Duration: 10' 00"
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Pièce brève für Flötenensemble, op. 18 (1964)
for piccolo, four flutes and alto flute in G
Duration: 2' 30"
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Lied zur Ermutigung, op. 19 (1965)
for four tenors, four trombones and string quartet
Texts: Hilde Domin
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Musik für Klavier und Orchester, op. 20 (1966)
(2(pic).2(ca)2(bcl).2/2.2.2.0/timp/3perc/hp.cel/str)
This composition was awarded the 'Primo Premio Città di Trieste' in 1967.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Journal Suisse, op. 21 (1966)
for flute, clarinet and piano
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Divertimento-Suite, op. 22 (1966)
for flute, English horn, bassoon, violin and harpsichord
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Berceuse für Klavier, op. 23 (1968)
Duration: 4' 00"
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Drei konzertante Skizzen, op. 24 (1969)
for flute, piano and string orchestra
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Capriccio für Flöte und Klavier, op. 25 (1969)
Duration: 5' 00"
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Kleine Musik in sechs Sätzen, op. 26 (1972)
for chamber orchestra (pic.1.0.1.bcl.1/2.1.0.0/perc/hp/6.2.2.1)
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
"Zwischentöne", op. 27 (1970-1971)
for orchestra (pic.2.2.2.2(ca)/2.2.2.0/hp.pf/cel.xyl/perc/15.12.9.6.3)
Duration: 7' 30"
Manuscript
Oktett, op. 28 (1973)
for clarinet, trombone, xylophone, harp, piano, harpsichord, viola and double-bass
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Musik für Oboe / Klarinette und Flöte / Klavier, op. 29 (1975)
Two sound pairs set borders, isolate themselves and re-converge in a quartet relationship. A multi-faceted composition in five parts.
Duration: 12' 00"
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Railways, op. 30 (1975-1982)
Trio
for clarinet, viola and piano
Bits of this four-movement chamber music piece were drawn-up on train journeys, hence the title.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Ein profanes Requiem, op. 31 (1977)
for mixed choir and wind orchestra (fl[=pic].cl.bcl.tag.asx.tsx.barsx/xyl/3perc/3cnt.3tpt.3Ebhn.3tbn-c.thn.bar.2btba/db)
Texts: Anonymus, Karl Boppel, Hermann Scherchen, Recha Freier, Gottfried Keller
Duration: 19' 00"
Manuscript
Ein profanes Requiem, op. 31 bis (1977-2002)
for mixed choir and instrumental ensemble (pic.fl.ob.ca.cl.bcl.bn/2hn.3tpt-c.3ttbn-c/pf/xyl/2perc/1.1.1.1.1)
Duration: 19' 00"
Manuscript
9 Croquis für Klavier, op. 32a (1985)
Duration: 6' 40"
Manuscript
Fragment für Oboe und Viola, op. 32b (1996)
Duration: 2' 30"
Manuscript
Eine Oktobermusik, op. 33 (1977)
for flute and bassoon
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Fünf Flugblätter für Klavier, op. 34 (1978)
This confession-like cycle of five short parts is merged with a motive of seven notes that constantly reappears in different versions.
Duration: 12' 00"
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Pamphlet für Blasorchester, op. 35 (1979)
(pic.2fl.ob.3cl.bcl.bn.asx.tsx.barsx/perc/xyl/2cnt.3tpt.3Ebhn.3tbn-c.thn.bar.btba/db)
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Violinmusik, op. 36 (1979)
for solo violin and instrumental ensemble (pic.fl.ob.ca.2cl.2bn/2hn.2tpt-c.tbn-c/2perc/hp/8.4.4.2)
Duration: 18' 30"
Manuscript
9 Dokumente für Singstimme und Klavier, op. 37 (1980)
Texts: Alltags- Werbe- Mediensprache, Clemens Mettler, Rolf Hörler, René Regenass, Lisel Bruggmann
Anonymous text from the newspaper, Clemens Mettler, Rolf Hörler, René Regenass and Lisel Bruggmann.
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Notizen, op. 38 (1980)
twenty-eight simple piano pieces
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Votum für Flöte allein, op. 39 (1981)
The translation of the process of a speech into the musical.
Duration: 3' 00"
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Quintett, op. 40 (1981)
for three clarinets, bass clarinet and piano
Five passages connected by various associations.
Duration: 18' 00"
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"Zeilen", op. 41 (1981)
for baritone and string orchestrta (6.6.4.4.2)
Texts: Anonymus, Jürg Weibel, Heinrich Wiesner, Karl Boppel, Christoph Mangold, Rassul Rsa, Martin Wendel
Duration: 14' 30"
Manuscript
Fünf Stücke für Blechbläserquartett, op. 42 (1983)
for two trumpets and two trombones
This piece is not a collection of isolated miniatures - the five pieces result in a cyclic whole.
Duration: 9' 00"
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Sonate für Violoncello und Klavier, op. 43 (1983)
In a lyrically soft manner this music copes almost completely without the typical violoncello cantilenas. Instead combinations of intervals full of tension are used in order to accentuate the active gestures in all three aspects of a whole.
Duration: 12' 00"
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Duo für Violine und Gitarre in drei Sätzen, op. 44 (1984)
The sound character of this piece is balanced and aligned with the gentle tone of the guitar.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Umriss, op. 45 (1984)
for wind orchestra (pic.2.1.3.bcl.asx.tsx.barsx.1/4bar.3.2cnt.3.2/timp.2perc/xyl/db)
Duration: 5' 00"
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Music for flute and piano op. 46 (1985)
A sonata-like formation which forms a congruent statement by bringing together two very oppositional instruments which are hardly capable of a tonal unity: the flute associated rather with the quiet and intimate and the expansive, differentiating modern grand piano.
Duration: 12' 00"
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"Friedensmusik", op. 47 (1985)
for trumpet, string orchestra (8.8.6.6.1) and piano
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Rondo, op. 48 (1986)
for flute(pic), violin, oboe and bassoon
Duration: 6' 30"
Manuscript
Unsere Geschichte, op. 49 (1986)
for mixed choir, speaking voice and piano
Texts: Hans Peter Gansner
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Fünf Ostinati, op. 50 (1986)
for flute, violin and piano
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Streicherkonzert, op. 51 (1987)
for string orchestra (6.6.4.4.2)
Four movements uncovering the structure and development of the music through constantly recurring combinations of intervals. With thematic, rhythmic and acoustic elements.
Duration: 17' 00"
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Anmerkungen, op. 52 (1995)
for high singing voice, clarinet and piano
Texts: Chinesisch
I tried to avoid all allusions to ancient Chinese exotics in the realisation of the aphoristic and directness of the still up-to-date texts. All fourteen pieces are connected in a meaningful compositional manner.
Duration: 21' 00"
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Entwürfe, op. 53 (1988)
Cycle
for piano
The dramaturgy of the composition (structured in seven segments) is developed and rounded, beginning with a quiet cluster-like sound.
A very challenging work to interpret, with sighs, exhalations and silences, but not without its more riotous moments!

Duration: 12' 00"
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Ostinato für Blasorchester, op. 54 (1989)
(pic.2fl.3cl.bcl.bn.asx.tsx.barsx/2hn.3tpt.3tbn-c.bar.btba-c/4perc/xyl)
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Spuren, op. 55 (1990)
for mezzo-soprano and piano
Texts: Wolfgang Bittner, Karl Boppel
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Musik für Viola und Klavier, op. 56 (1991)
The separate tones in this traditional three-movement composition search each other out and feel for worthy connections. Shrill aplenty but not without euphony.
Duration: 17' 00"
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Quartett für Violine, Viola, Kontrabass und Klavier, op. 57 (1991-1992)
Duration: 13' 30"
Manuscript
Solo für Harfe, op. 58 (1992)
A colourful, tonally differentiated ‘address’ using the minimum of material and with as direct a resemblance to spoken language as possible.
Duration: 4' 30"
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Streichquintett, op. 59 (1993)
Three detailed main movements are quasi commentated by two intermezzo-like short inserts.
Duration: 16' 00"
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Trio für Violine, Violoncello und Klavier, op. 60 (1993)
The duality of this piano trio is reminiscent of the formal type 'introduction and main theme'. It deals rather with two absolutely equal and approximately similar format part pieces of a whole.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Wege - 7 Gesänge für Bariton und Klavier, op. 61 (1994)
Texts: Frank Geerk, Joseph Zoderer, Niklaus Meienberg, Hans-Jürgen Heise, Ingeborg Kaiser, Ivar Breitenmoser, Jürgen Stelling
Duration: 11' 30"
Manuscript
Sieben Texte für hohe Singstimme und Klavier, op. 62 (1995)
Texts: Christa Reinig, Ingrid Isermann
Duration: 14' 30"
Manuscript
Streichquartett Nr. 3, op. 63 (1996)
A cyclic arch consisting of six movements.
Duration: 16' 00"
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Nachtstrophen für gemischten Chor a cappella, op. 64 (1997)
Texts: Martin Wendel
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Fantasie für Violine allein, op. 65 (1998)
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Zwei Skizzenblätter für Klavier, op. 66 (1998-1999)
Duration: 1' 20"
Manuscript
Trio für Flöte, Violine, Klavier, op. 67 (1998-1999)
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Später Gesang, op. 68 (1999-2000)
Five movements
for tenor (poss. soprano) and string orchestra (each four violins I, II, III, six violas, six violoncelli, one double-bass)
Texts: Hilde Domin, Andri Peer, Albin Zollinger
Duration: 13' 30"
Manuscript
Klavierquintett, op. 69 (2000)
Duration: 17' 30"
Manuscript
"Nostalgia", op. 70 (2002)
Music
for piano
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Nachklang, op. 71 (2002)
for flute and piano
Duration: 4' 30"
Manuscript
Nachklang, op. 71 (2002)
for English horn and string quartet
Duration: 4' 15"
Manuscript
Rhapsody, op. 72 (2003)
for clarinet and piano
Duration: 7' 40"
Manuscript
String Quartet No. 4, op. 73 (2003)
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Situationen, op, 74 (2004)
9 Songs
for alt (baritone) and piano
Texts: Peter Salomon, Anton Kürzi, Hans Manz, Elisabeth Meylan, Recha Freier, Axel Kutsch, Peter Grohmann, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg,
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Ricercar, op. 75 (2005)
for stringtrio
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Nächtlicher Hinweis, op. 76 (2006)
Series of lieder
for mezzo-soprano and piano
Texts: Anton Kürzi, Christian Saalberg, Irmgard Hierdeis, Brigitte Fuchs, Radka Donnell, Axel Kutsch, Elisabeth Meylan, Fred Kurer, Urs
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Bibliography
Artikel "Wendel, Martin", in: Schweizer Komponisten unserer Zeit, hrsg. von SUISA (et al.), Amadeus, Winterthur 1993