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Wildberger Jacques

(03. 01. 1922 - 23. 08. 2006)

Wildberger Jacques
Wildberger Jacques
Pfaffenlohweg 51
CH-4125 Basel
Schweiz
Tel: +41 (0)61 641 56 34


Biography
Jacques Wildberger was born in Basel. He was educated at Basel Conservatory and later studied composition under Wladimir Vogel. Between 1959 and 1966 he lectured in composition, analysis and instrumentation at the Baden School of Music in Karlsruhe. In 1967 he spent a term in Berlin as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholar, and up until the autumn of 1987 he taught composition, harmony, analysis and instrumentation at Basel Academy of Music. He lives in Riehen, near Basel. In 1960 he won the Basel Lions Club Prize, in 1965 the German Broadcasting Industry's Stereo Prize, in 1981 the Swiss Musicians Association Composition Prize, and in 1987 the Arts Prize of Riehen District Council.

Work list
Quattro pezzi (1951)
for piano
Duration: 10' 00"
edition modern München
Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
Elisabethstr. 38
D-80796 München
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Quartetto (1952)
for flute, clarinet, violin and violoncello
Duration: 12' 00"
edition modern München
Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
Elisabethstr. 38
D-80796 München
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Trio (1952)
for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
Duration: 16' 00"
edition modern München
Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
Elisabethstr. 38
D-80796 München
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Tre mutazioni (1953)
for chamber orchestra (2(pic).1.ca.2(cbl).1/0.2.2.0/timp.3perc/pf.hp/hpd/str)
Duration: 14' 00"
edition modern München
Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
Elisabethstr. 38
D-80796 München
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Vom Kommen und Gehen des Menschen (1954)
Cantata based on native texts
for soprano, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra (3(pic).2.ca.0.bcl.2/0.0.3.3/timp.perc/hp.pf/xyl.glock/db)
Duration: 23' 00"
Manuscript
Concentrum (1956)
for harpsichord
Duration: 4' 00"
edition modern München
Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
Elisabethstr. 38
D-80796 München
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Divertimento (1956)
for piano and orchestra (1.1.1.1/2mellophones.tpt/timp.perc/org/str)
Duration: 5' 00"
edition modern München
Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
Elisabethstr. 38
D-80796 München
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"Ihr meint, das Leben sei kurz...". Cantata on Short Japanese Poems (1957)
Cantata based on japanese short poems.
for choir, choir soli numbers, and instrumental ensemble (fl.cl.bcl/pf/perc/2vn.va.db)
Texts: Japanisch
Highly dependent on good diction and close conformity to the character of the text. An amateur choir with trained voices can overcome the difficulties contained within.
Duration: 25' 00"
edition modern München
Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
Elisabethstr. 38
D-80796 München
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Intensio-Centrum-Remissio (1958)
for orchestra (1.pic.1.ca.2.bcl.1/2.1.1.1/pf.hp/str)
Duration: 12' 00"
edition modern München
Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
Elisabethstr. 38
D-80796 München
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Zeitebenen (1958)
for eight players
Duration: 22' 00"
edition modern München
Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
Elisabethstr. 38
D-80796 München
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Music for violoncello and piano (1959)
Duration: 12' 00"
Ahn & Simrock
Damenstiftstr. 7
D-80331 München
Music for 22 solo strings (1960)
Duration: 12' 00"
Ahn & Simrock
Damenstiftstr. 7
D-80331 München
Rondeau (1962)
for oboe solo
Duration: 8' 00"
edition modern München
Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
Elisabethstr. 38
D-80796 München
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Epitaphe pour Evariste Galois (1962)
Scripted performance
for narrator, soprano, baritone, speaking choir, electronic tape and orchestra (3.3.3.3./4.3.3.1/6perc/pf.hp/cel/str)
Texts: Jacques Wildberger
edition modern München
Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
Elisabethstr. 38
D-80796 München
Tel. +49 (0)89 2728990
Fax +49 (0)89 27289920
office@hwmedia.de
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Oboenkonzert (1963)
for solo oboe, string orchestra, harpsichord, celesta, harp and percussion
Duration: 14' 00"
Ahn & Simrock
Damenstiftstr. 7
D-80331 München
Mouvements pour grand orchestre (1964)
(3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/4perc/str)
Duration: 11' 00"
Ahn & Simrock
Damenstiftstr. 7
D-80331 München
In my End is my Beginning (1964)
Cantata
for soprano, tenor and chamber orchestra (1.1.1.1/1.1.0.0/3perc/pf.hp/cel.hpd/0.4.3.2)
Texts: T.S. Eliot
Duration: 14' 00"
Breitkopf & Härtel
Postfach 1707
D-65195 Wiesbaden
Tel. +49 611 45 00 80
Fünf Stücke für Orgel (1966)
Duration: 15' 00"
Breitkopf & Härtel
Postfach 1707
D-65195 Wiesbaden
Tel. +49 611 45 00 80
Rencontres (1967)
between flute/piccolo and Eb clarinet/bass clarinet/basset horn
A virtuosic piece using a total of six possible duet combinations, amongst which are five soloistic transitions.
Duration: 10' 00"
Breitkopf & Härtel
Postfach 1707
D-65195 Wiesbaden
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Quartett (1967)
for flute, oboe, harp and piano
Duration: 13' 00"
Breitkopf & Härtel
Postfach 1707
D-65195 Wiesbaden
Tel. +49 611 45 00 80
La Notte (1967)
Tryptic
for electronic tape, mezzo-soprano and five instruments
Texts: Michelangelo Buonarrotti, Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Duration: 10' 00"
Breitkopf & Härtel
Postfach 1707
D-65195 Wiesbaden
Tel. +49 611 45 00 80
Contratempi (1970)
for a solo flutist and four orchestral groups (0.0.0.cbcl.0.cbn/2.2.4.0/4perc/hp/cel.gtr.man/3.4.3.4)
Duration: 18' 00"
Breitkopf & Härtel
Postfach 1707
D-65195 Wiesbaden
Tel. +49 611 45 00 80
Study for violoncello (1971)
Duration: 6' 00"
Breitkopf & Härtel
Postfach 1707
D-65195 Wiesbaden
Tel. +49 611 45 00 80
Double Refrain (1972)
for flute, English horn, guitar (also bass flute and oboe with contact-microphones) and electronic tape
After a short instrumental trio comes a two-channel electronic tape containing recorded text dealing with the relationship of the individual to the state. Based on this text the music gradually deteriorates leaving only white noise.
Duration: 12' 00"
Breitkopf & Härtel
Postfach 1707
D-65195 Wiesbaden
Tel. +49 611 45 00 80
Retrospective I & II (1972)
for flute solo
A timbral study with a fast middle section. Suitable as an encore piece.
Duration: 7' 00"
Breitkopf & Härtel
Postfach 1707
D-65195 Wiesbaden
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"... die Stimme, die alte schwächer werdende Stimme..." (1973-1974)
Triptychon
for solo soprano, solo violoncello, orchestra (3.3.3.3/4.3.4.0/4perc/cel/hp/str;tp)
Texts: Friedrich Hölderlin, Bibel / Liturgie, Paul Celan, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Samuel Beckett.
Duration: 25' 00"
Breitkopf & Härtel
Postfach 1707
D-65195 Wiesbaden
Tel. +49 611 45 00 80
Diario per Clarinetto (1971-1975)
Mulitphonics are given with precise fingerings.
Duration: 11' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
Prismes (1975)
for alto saxophone
Demanding in all respects but with virtuosic effect.
Duration: 10' 00"
Breitkopf & Härtel
Postfach 1707
D-65195 Wiesbaden
Tel. +49 611 45 00 80
Schattenwerk (1976)
for organ
Duration: 10' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
"Tod und Verklärung" (1977)
for baritone and chamber orchestra (0.0.1.1/0.1.1.0/3perc/cel/5.4.3.3.1)
Texts: Johannes von Tepl, Novalis, Heinrich Heine
Duration: 19' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
"An die Hoffnung" (1979)
for soprano, orator and orchestra (3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/perc(3)/hp.cel/str)
Texts: Friedrich Hölderlin, Erich Fried, Volkslied, Jurek Becker
The soprano sings quotes from the 'Städtel-Lied' and text from Hölderlin and E. Fried. The orator recites chronicles of the holocaust in Nazi Germany and from J. Becker.All parts are demanding.
Duration: 18' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
Konzertante Szenen (1981)
for saxophone and orchestra (38pic.afl).3(ca).3(bcl).3(cbn)/4.4.4.0/4perc/hp/cel/str)
Duration: 18' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
Canto per orchestra (1982)
(2(pic).2(ca).2(bcl).2(cbn)/2.2.1.0/perc/str)
From amidst noise there gradually emerges the distinct 'singing' of the instruments, with the dramatic entrance of angst in the climax (heartbeat). Right up to the end the 'singing' remains in abeyance of danger.
Duration: 10' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
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Portrait (1983)
for alto saxophone
Demanding in all respects.
Duration: 8' 00"
Universal Edition
Karlsplatz 6
A-1010 Wien
Oesterreich
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Fax +43 1 337 23 400
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Kanons und Interludien (1984)
for four clarinets
Duration: 11' 30"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
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Communio zu "Missa in festo Pentecostes" (1985)
for Soprano, bass clarinet, viola and organ
Texts: Bibel / Liturgie
Part of a joint composition: Proprium part of the Whitsunday mass by H. Holliger, H.U. Lehmann, J. Haselbach, P. Wettstein, G. Bennett and J. Wildberger.
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
80 Jahre Paul Sacher (1985)
for orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/perc/6.6.4.4.2)
Duration: 1' 20"
Manuscript
Diaphanie (Fantasia super "Veni creator spiritus" et Canones diversi super "Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist") (1986)
for viola solo
Partly extreme procreation of sounds (behind the bridge, scordatura of the fourth string at the end). Double flageolets and a mixture of firmly fingered tones with flageolets. There is a traditional beauty in the intonation, the play is expressive.
Duration: 9' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
"Los pajarillos no cantan" (The Birds Sing No Longer) (1987)
for guitar solo
This piece is a reaction to the Chilean military putsch by Pinochet. The singing (partly quotes from songs of Chilean singers) is gradually stifled and trampled on by the sound of soldiers’ boots.
Glissando with glass baton and drumming of fingers on soundboard required.

Duration: 10' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
"Du holde Kunst" (1987-1988)
Profane representation
for orator, soprano and orchestra (3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/3perc/hp.pf/acn/cel.gtr/va(solo).12.10.5.6.4)
Texts: Peter Weiss, Günter Eich, Walter Benjamin, Stéphane Mallarmé
Duration: 20' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
... und füllet die Erde und machet sie euch untertan... (1988-1989)
Biblical history
for orchestra (3(pic,afl,bfl).2.ca.3(bcl,cbcl).2.cbn/4.3.3.1/6perc/hp.pf/cel/12.10.8.8.6)
Duration: 17' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
Notturno (1990)
for viola piano
Muted and alienated playing: flageolets from the viola and piano. Interference arises from clashing flageolets.
Duration: 12' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
Concerto per orchestra (1991-1992)
Spatial dialogues
(4.4.4.4/7.6.4.btba/5perc/hp/cel/16.14.12.10.7)
Duration: 16' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
"tantôt libre, tantôt recherchée" (1992-1993)
for violoncello solo
Tapping on the belly and fret-board, unusual bow strokes, interference between natural flageolets, ‘unisono’ on various strings.
Duration: 7' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
Elegy (1994-1995)
for soprano and chamber ensemble (clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon, percussion and string quintet)
Texts: Friedrich Hölderlin
Lyrical soprano h-a“. Toneless play by the woodwind. Unusual bowstrokes and high natural flageolets in the deep strings.
Duration: 8' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
Kammerkonzert (1995-1996)
Reconnaissances in the sixteenth-tone area
for string instruments and synthesizer (harpsichord, concert piano with three pedals, pianoforte, each set a sixteenth-tone apart, synthesizer Yamaha SY 99 programmed to sixteenth-tone, two violoncelli and two double-bass)
Duration: 20' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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Commiato (1997)
Music
for string quartet
Apart from the traditional playing methods, this piece also uses widely known unconventional methods.
Duration: 16' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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www.ricordi.de
Fantasia sul Re (1998)
for contrabass flute
Duration: 5' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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www.ricordi.de
Tempus cadendi tempus sperandi (1999)
for mixed choir, percussion and keyboard
Texts: Paul Celan, Erich Fried, Friedrich Hölderlin
Duration: 17' 00"
G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH
Stralauer Allee 1
D-10245 Berlin
BRD
Tel. +49 (030) 520071321
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www.ricordi.de
Diskographie
Eduard Brunner (Grammont Porträt Nr. MGB CTS-M 108, 2007)
Interpreten:
Brunner, Eduard
Werke:
Kelterborn, Rudolf: Vier Stücke (1969)
Lehmann, Hans Ulrich: Duplum II (1999)
Suter, Robert: Sonatine pour clarinette et piano (1957)
Wildberger, Jacques: Diario per Clarinetto (1971-1975)
Moeschinger, Albert: Sonate pour clarinette et piano, op. 87 (1959)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Heinrich Sutermeister, Conrad Beck
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Bibliography
Kunkel, Michael: Zum Tod von Jacques Wildberger, in: Dissonanz 96 (2006) [Internet]
Kunkel, Michael: Der Komponist Jacques Wildberger – Eine Porträtskizze. Aussagen und Dokumente zum 80. Geburtstag, in: Dissonanz 73 (2002) [Internet]
Brotbeck, Roman: Luftschlösser mit Falltüren. Neue Werke von Wyttenbach, Wildberger und Sonderegger, in: Dissonanz. Die neue schweizerische Musikzeitung, Nr. 4 (Mai 1985) 4 (1985) [Internet]