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Werdenberg Lars

(04. 05. 1979)

Werdenberg Lars
Werdenberg Lars
Schlüsselgässli 1
CH-4123 Allschwil
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)61 481 25 06
Internet: www.larswerdenberg.ch/wordpress/

Biography
Lars Werdenberg was born in Basel and was taught early in the art of theory and composition. He studied at the Musikhochschule Basel under the tutelage of Jürg Wyttenbach (piano) and Detlev Müller-Siemens (composition). Lars completed master classes headed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Helmut Lachenmann, Peter Eötvös and Beat Furrer and attended the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt in the years 1998 and 2000. His music has been performed in Europe, Australia and Asia (Goethe Institute).
Lars Werdenberg won the Geraer Orchestra Prize and the Stuttgarter Orchesterwerkstatt des SWR. He was awarded the "Herrenhaus Edenkoben" stipend after being recomended by Peter Eötvös in 2008 and became a resident student at the 2009 Ostrava Days for New Music.
Lars is a member of the board for the IGNM Basel and has been occupied with non-commercial European and American folk music for quite some time.


Work list
3 Lieder (1998)
for soprano and ensemble (fl.cl[=bcl].sx/perc/vn.vc.db)
Texts: Louis McNeice, Edith Sitwell
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Lady Lazarus (1999)
for three voices (SMezA) and three instruments (fl.cl[=bcl]/perc)
Texts: Sylvia Plath
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Stolen Bells I/II (1999-2000)
for ensemble (fl.ob.cl/perc/va.vc)
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Capriccio (2000)
for 2 violins
At the outset of my studies in composition and influenced by the music of Morton Feldman I wrote a number of pieces for several of the same instrument, e.g. for 4 clarinets, for 6 sopranos and 6 percussionists or for 5 trumpets etc.
This series was concluded by the composition "Capriccio" in the no-longer so exquisite violin duo formation.
While the tonal unity of a "super instrument" was at the forefront of my thoughts for the older pieces, "Capricco" is defined more by the element of dialogue, which can lead to musical competitiveness between the two musicians.
This piece often plays in the "lofty heights" of the instrument.
It gains more and more "traction" via "furious" double stops.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Three Lieder with texts in Rhaeto-Romanic (2001)
for soprano and piano
Texts: Luisa Famos, Arthur Caflisch
1. Margrittas (Artur Caflisch)
The soprano sings to a piano part, becoming ever thinner, similar to a flower whose petals are plucked one by one (…she loves me, she loves me not…)
2. Di d`inviern (Luisa Famos)
"Winter landscape" – piano clusters slowly 'thaw'. Shadow scales form, echo chords. Bells sound in the distance.
3. Queder engiadinais (Artur Caflisch)
Bizarre text about a man who is asked by his wife not to smoke in the living room. Half sung, half spoken. The piano part is strictly composed using a numerical series. There is no alignment between the two musicians.
Duration: 6' 30"
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2 Lieder ohne Worte (2001)
for alto saxophone and piano
1. Margrittas
2. Di d'inviern
Transcription of two parts from "3 Lieder auf rätoromanische Texte" for saxophone and piano. The saxophone part highlights the text of the poem.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Kakanien (2002)
Street music
for 9 percussionists
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Prélude (2003-2004)
for five instruments (fl.cl/vn/2perc)
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
5 Notturni (2003-2004)
for viola solo
- Notturno I "Aria"
My aria material comes from an Italian lullaby, which is actually quoted in this piece. The title "Aria" is also meant literally (aria = air) as the song alternates between being "breathed" and being played on the strings.
- Notturno II "Siciliano"
A play with the rhythmns of the Baroque dance bearing the same title. Each one is danced from top to bottom.
- Notturno III "Labyrinth Musick"
The violin strides through a tonal labyrinth of 3 intervals and 5 durations. It finally finds its way out - via the octaves.
- Notturno IV "Heaven and Hell"
A high (heaven) and a low (hell) sound landscape slowly merges. The begining and the end of the piece, however, is played on the earth.
- Notturno V "When the Shantyboy comes down"
Zapping through 18 radio stations (all played by the viola) searching for the song which lends its name to the title of this piece. Shortly before the end the composer believes he has found the right station - or is he mistaken?
Duration: 11' 00"
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Prélude mit Nidwaldner Betruf (2004)
for clarinet, viola, 2 percussionists, celesta and tape recorder
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
fall up - climb down (2005)
for chamber orchestra (1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/2perc/1.1.1.1.1) or orchestra (1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/2perc/8.8.6.4.2)
Duration: 10' 00"
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Trio (2006)
for clarinet, violoncello and piano
Drei gehen über Stock und Stein
jeder seines Wegs
suchen sich einen Partner
DAS ALTE LIED I
gehen zuweilen Hand in Hand
verlieren den Boden unter den Füssen
finden sich schliessllich ganz oben
fallen einander ins Wort
DAS ALTE LIED II
zwei gegen einen?
einer gegen alle?
GLOCKEN.

This trio is dedicated to Elliott Carter who celebrated his 100th birthday in 2008.
Duration: 13' 00"
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(Parts: sFr. 26.-; € 17.50)
Stägäli uf - Stägäli ab (2006-2007)
for orchestra (3.3.3.3/4.2.2.1/3perc/pf/12.12.10.8.6)
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
über stock und stein (2007)
for 6 instruments (cl, tpt, perc, pf, vn, vc)
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Danses et Silences (2007)
12 doors
for 8 instrumentalists (fl, ob, cl, perc, pf, vn, vc, db)
A Suite for 9 Instruments in 8 Parts.
Rhytmical lively, dance-like pieces alternate with more sound-orientated parts. Some of them citate, more or less obviously, folk music from England, the USA, Italy, Serbia and Switzerland.
These quotes can act like foreign bodies (like pinned photos) or are assimilated from the rest of the music and virtually digested.
The digestive process can go as far as leaving only a rhytmical skeleton or a scale of a song.
Within the less "hungry" passages, however, an entire "zoo" bustling with songs from different countries, unite in their respective national dress.
Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
Whoa Buck (2007-2008)
3 studies over a prison song
for violin solo
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Tschambocker (2008)
Duo
for violin and percussion
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
5 Notturni con Interludi (2008)
for violin and percussion
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Mechanische Landschaft (2008)
for violin solo
Zwanghaft, mechanische Landschaft
Albtraumhafte Wolken und Wege
auf denen man nie ankommt.
Treppen, Leitern und Türen die immer
zum Ausgangspunkt hin zurückverweisen.
Zunehmende Wut über ausweglose Situation
Einmal gar ausser sich geratend
einen Tunnel im Himmel graben.
Ueber Zahnräder stolpernd
daraus entlassen werden.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Manoeuvers (2009-2010)
for piano solo
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Las lieungas da glatsch (2010)
for piccolo solo
These short pieces were written for the marathon concert IMPULS 2011 in Graz, where approximately 10 pieces were performed by the flute class of Eva Furrer.
My composition comprises 9 short segments arranged under the following three basic types:
Bird-like calls, melodies with partly large jumps and loud morse rhythms.
I discover the tonal colour of the piccolo to be white and cold.
The Rheto-Romanic title rather fittingly means "ice tongues".
Duration: 2' 30"
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Manoeuvers (2011)
for flute, piano and percussion
Duration: 6' 00"
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Manœuvers (2009-2010)
for piano
Two hands maneuver on the keyboard - going apart from each other, coming together. They have to cover long distances - need to rest sometimes. They rotate, they run, they depart. Some keyboard areas have their own solo parts. From time to time, a strange type of polyphony occurs. "Unusual" intervals preferred.
Duration: 6' 00"
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