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Oberson René

(27. 06. 1945)

Oberson René
Oberson René
La Buchille 85
CH-1756 Lovens
Suisse

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Biography
Following his studies at the conservatories of Fribourg (piano, organ, music theory, orchestration), Geneva (organ improvisation) and Berne (orchestration with Luc Balmer) he went to Paris to benefit as an organist from the teachings of Jean Langlais and as a composer from the advices of Henri Dutilleux.
His activities as a performer lead him to play in Switzerland and abroad: in Marmoutier in France (in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the restoration of the Silbermann organ at the collegiate church), at the Notre Dame in Paris and the Osaka Symphony Hall. In 2001 he was invited by the Fédération Francophone des Amis de l'Orgue (the French-speaking Association for Friends of the Organ) to represent Switzerland at the congress in Alsace, where he gave a recital on the historic organ of Bischoffsheim. He has recorded several CDs as a soloist and together with ensembles.
As a composer he received the jury prize at the composers competition organised by canton Fribourg in celebration of the 500th anniversary of its joining the Swiss Confederation. He received commissions from Radio Suisse Romande, the Swiss Association of Musicians and the Art Foundation of the Swiss Economy, by Jeunesses musicales, by the Festival des Musiques Sacrées of Fribourg and other institutions and individuals.
A great number of his works for symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, small ensembles and organ have been recorded by the RSR (Radio Suisse Romande) or are published on CD.


Work list
Ré (1978-1979)
Trio
for 2 trumpets and organ
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Renaissance (1979-1980)
for baritone solo and orchestra (3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/4perc/cel.hp/str)
Texts: Jean Cocteau, René Oberson
Royaume immuable - chute - enfer dialectique - Renaissance.
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Ceng-Men (1980-1981)
for chamber orchestra (3.0.2.2/1.1.0.0/perc/10.8.6.4.2)
3 movements.
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
L'Exilée (1982-1983)
for baritone solo, mixed choir, 3 small soprano choirs, large organ and symphonic orchestra (3.3.2.3/4.3.3.1/3perc/hp/str)
Texts: Jean-Dominique Humbert
Duration: 26' 00"
Manuscript
Concerto (1983-1984)
for panpipes and chamber orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.0.0.0/2perc/str)
Duration: 23' 00"
Manuscript
Le Grand Cercle (1984-1985)
for chamber orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/perc/6.6.4.4.2)
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Homo Somniens (1987-1988)
"L'Homme ne vit pas, il est vécu par ses rêves, ses chimères"
for trumpet-c and organ
4 movements:
Rêve martial, rêve sensuel, rêve de rencontre, rêve de joie.
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Au Seuil de l'Ere du Verseau (1988)
for flute, oboe, violoncello and harpsichord
Babel - Demasquage - Joie.
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Appel (1989)
for violin and piano
Duration: 3' 30"
Manuscript
Lumière intérieur (1990-2004)
for large organ
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
.. Espoirs... (1990)
for 2 trumpets, 2 trombones (of those 1 bass trombone) and organ
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Rebec (1994/96)
for string orchestra
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Roumious (1996)
Des Pélerins de l'Amour
for piano
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
La Porte mystique (1997-1998)
for large organ
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Amour et Haine (2000)
for mixed choir (18.10.7.9)
Texts: René Oberson
Difficult work divided into numerous voices.
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Ecoute, ô bien-aimé (2002-2003)
for soprano and large organ
After a poem by Ibn Arabi (1165-1241).
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Catharsis (2007-2011)
for organ
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Facétie sérieuse (2008)
for piano solo
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Concerto (2009)
for panpipes, chamber orchestra (2.2.2.2/1.0.0.0/str) and percussion
Duration: 19' 00"
Manuscript
Hommage au plain-chant (2010)
for string quartet
Pilgrimage of "Victimae paschali laudes" into beatitude.
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Concertino (2011)
for violoncello solo and string orchestra
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Facétie sérieuse No. 2 (2011)
for piano solo
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript