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Spöndlin Elisabeth

(08. 02. 1923)

Spöndlin Elisabeth
Spöndlin Elisabeth
von Suryweg 6
CH-4500 Solothurn
Schweiz
Tel: +41 (0)32 622 99 78


Biography
Elisabeth Spöndlin grew up in Zurich. She trained as a social worker and now lives in Solothurn where she devotes herself exclusively to music.
Although she began to play with the violin at the age of nine, it was not until she became a forty-year-old woman that she turned to music. Reluctantly and secretly she began to submit to her inner desire to express herself musically. In 1981 she and her works were presented on the radio broadcast 'Musikmacher ohne Oeffentlichkeit' where she discussed her works with Thüring Bräm. He encouraged her time and again in her work. 1989 saw the founding of the 'Friends of the Composer Elisabeth Spöndlin' circle. In 1997 she received the culture prize from the canton of Solothurn.


Work list
Unser Vater (1972)
for piano
Duration: 2' 30"
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Sine Nomine (1984)
for cello solo, flute, oboe, bassoon, two horns and strings
Duration: 15' 00"
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In memoriam (1984)
for chamber orchestra (pic.1.1.1.1/0.0.0.0/str)
Duration: 4' 00"
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Invention (1983)
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, vibraphone, piano, violin, viola and violoncello
Duration: 1' 30"
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Oboe sollte a geben (1983)
for oboe solo
Duration: 3' 30"
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Träumen (1984)
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, three horns, timpani, violin, viola, violoncello and double-bass
Duration: 6' 00"
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Geigengesang (1983-1984)
for violin solo
Duration: 6' 30"
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Klavierstücke (1981-1985)
1. Nach den Radioaufnahmen
2. Still
3. Flucht in die Andacht
4. Mobile mit Metallplättchen
5. Heftig
6. Wo ist der Schlag?
7. Aufbäumen

Duration: 17' 00"
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3 Miniatures (1985)
for English horn, viola and harp
Duration: 6' 00"
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Fussballmatch (1985)
for violin, viola, cello, double-bass, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, timpani, piano, police whistle and orator
Duration: 15' 00"
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Streiten (1985)
for keyboard and bongos
Duration: 1' 30"
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Klaviertrio (1985)
Four-part
Duration: 8' 00"
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String quartet No. 1 (1986)
Three movements: Angst - Warten - Hoffen.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Sprüche von Angelus Silesius (1986)
1. for choir and strings 2. for soprano, alto, tenor and string quartet 3. for choir, oboe, viola and cello 4. for soprano and string quartet
Duration: 14' 00"
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4 Variationen eines Menschen (1986)
for oboe, horn, violin, cello, small drum, large drum and cymbals
Duration: 14' 00"
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Klagelieder Jeremiae (1987)
for choir and string orchestra
Duration: 18' 00"
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Variations on a theme from "Ein Mensch" (string quartet No. 2) (1987)
string quartet No. 2
Duration: 9' 00"
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Kantate 1 (1987)
for soprano, tenor, bass, choir and string orchestra with percussion
Duration: 40' 00"
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Psalm 90 (1988)
for tenor, choir and chamber orchestra (1.0.1.1/0.0.1.0/str)
Duration: 18' 00"
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Sextet (1988)
for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and string trio
Duration: 16' 00"
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Gleichnis von den Arbeitern im Weinberg (1988)
for orator, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, tubular bells, percussion and string quartet
Duration: 23' 00"
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Klangbogen (1988)
for violin solo, flute, oboe, horn, violin, cello and four loud speakers
Duration: 9' 00"
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Trio (1988)
for viola, cello and double-bass
Three movements.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Spass (1988)
string trio for a birthday party
Duration: 7' 00"
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Six variations on a theme by the Beatles (1989)
for oboe and string quartet
Duration: 9' 00"
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Kantate 2 (1989)
for soprano, tenor, two choirs, two string orchestras, wind quartet (ob.cl.bn/hn), vibraphone and percussion
Texts: Bibel / Liturgie
Duration: 40' 00"
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Duett (1989)
for violin and viola
Banale Linien - Invention mit Variationen - Duell.
Duration: 10' 00"
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String quartet No. 3 (1990)
Freude - Arbeit - Fleiss - Ausklang.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Einer trage des andern Last (1990)
for tenor and cello
Duration: 5' 00"
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Trauer (1990)
for piano
Duration: 3' 00"
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Schwer, dunkel (1990)
for violin and bongos
Duration: 6' 00"
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Psalm 39 (1990)
for tenor, oboe, trombone, congas and string quartet
Duration: 24' 00"
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Werden-wachsen (1990)
for viola and string orchestra
Duration: 14' 00"
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Die Nullen und die Eins (1990)
for speaker, choir, flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet and four timpani
Texts: Heinrich Federer
Inspired by Heinrich Federer.
Duration: 21' 00"
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Messe (1991)
for choir, orator, four trombones and a string quartet
Texts: Bibel / Liturgie
Introit and expectation. A meditation for organ solo during the Communion.
Duration: 31' 00"
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Gebet (1991)
for soprano and string quartet
Texts: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Duration: 13' 00"
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4 Variationen über "s'Vreneli ab em Guggisberg" (Streichquartett Nr. 4) (1991)
String quartet No. 4
Duration: 5' 00"
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String quartet No. 5 (1991)
Meditation
Duration: 6' 30"
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Die Intervalle spielen Theater (1991)
for orator and ensemble (1.1.2.1/2.0.0.0/1.1.1.2/pf)
Duration: 25' 00"
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Gedichte von Mascha Kaléko (1991)
for soprano and piano
Texts: Mascha Kaléko
Kleine AnginaEin welkes Blatt
Duration: 5' 00"
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Wortlos (1991)
for viola and piano
Duration: 4' 00"
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6 Variationen über "Joseph, lieber Joseph mein" (1992)
for piano
Duration: 6' 00"
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Wir sind wie Zugvögel (1992)
for female choir and whistles
Texts: Ernesto Cardenal
Duration: 5' 00"
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Lachen, Lächeln (1992)
for female choir and percussion
Texts: Christian Morgenstern
Duration: 5' 00"
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Dornröschen (1992)
for children's voices and piano
Duration: 15' 00"
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Drei Motive klingen zusammen (1992)
for piano
Duration: 3' 30"
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Der Weg führt? (1992)
for mixed choir, congas, planetenton and wind chimes
Duration: 5' 00"
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3 Lieder von Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger (1992)
for soprano and violin
Texts: Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger
1. Den gelben Astern ein Lied2. Stille3. Poem
Duration: 17' 00"
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Müdes Lied (1993)
for violin or cello solo
Based on a poem by Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger.
Duration: 4' 30"
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Messe (1993)
for mixed a-cappella choir
Duration: 15' 00"
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Eingehüllt (1993)
for three wind chimes, violin and cello
Duration: 7' 00"
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3 Duette (1993)
for guitar and cello
Duration: 5' 30"
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Musikalisches Bild (1993)
for oboe, glockenspiel and string orchestra
Duration: 5' 00"
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Variationen über "Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten" (1994)
for mixed choir and organ
Duration: 10' 00"
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Violin concert (1994)
for violin and orchestra (two horns, trumpet, large drum, small drum, string orchestra)
Duration: 17' 00"
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Choralkantate "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" (1995)
for soprano and string quartet
Duration: 11' 00"
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5 Lieder von Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger (1995)
for voice and violin
Texts: Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger
1. Ja2. Schlaflied für die Sehnsucht3. Lied4. Kristall5. Märchen
Duration: 17' 00"
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5 x Cello (1995)
for five cellos
Duration: 6' 00"
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Cello solo (1995)
Duration: 8' 00"
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Es singt (1996)
for piano
Duration: 5' 00"
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Spiel mit Intervallen (1996)
for youth orchestra (1.1.1.1/1.1.0.0/timp/str)
Duration: 17' 00"
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Dur-Moll (Variationen) (1996)
for piano
Duration: 5' 00"
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O Heiland reiss die Himmel auf (1996)
for organ and congregational singing
Duration: 6' 00"
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Wie klingt wohl die Musik der Ewigkeit? (1996)
for two trumpets and organ
A version for two trumpets and string orchestra is available from the composer.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Soleil (1997)
for six recorders and bongos
Duration: 8' 00"
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String quartet No. 6 (1997)
Duration: 7' 00"
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Ich bin nie mehr ganz allein (1998)
for Tenor and piano
Texts: Franz Grim
Poem by Franz Grim.
Duration: 4' 00"
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Was ich Dir wünsche (1998)
for tenor, choir, oboe and double-bass
Texts: Jörg Zink
Duration: 13' 00"
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Wir: harp, viola, percussion (1998)
Duration: 9' 30"
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Fünf Tage Woche (1998)
for school choir, cymbals and congas
Duration: 3' 30"
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Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit (1998)
for church choir
Duration: 3' 30"
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Wir können nur dann in Frieden leben (1998)
for mixed choir, flute and conga drums
Duration: 4' 00"
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Musikalische Darstellung der wichtigsten Personen in "Anne Bäbi Jowäger" von Jeremias Gotthelf (1998-1999)
for five cellos and dulcimer
Duration: 15' 00"
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Abschied (1999)
for tenor and clarinet
Texts: Matthias Steiner sen.
Duration: 4' 30"
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Wunschtraum und Wirklichkeit (1999)
for string quartet and string orchestra
Duration: 12' 00"
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Arbeiten, aber wie? (1999)
for trumpet and string quartet
Duration: 8' 00"
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Die Oboe verliert ihre Mitte (2000)
for oboe, cello and percussion
Duration: 7' 30"
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Meditation (2000)
for flute, oboe, viola and cello
Duration: 6' 00"
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In sich gekehrt (2000)
for oboe and viola
Duration: 6' 00"
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Violin-concert No. 2 (2001)
for violin solo, oboe, clarinet and string orchestra
Duration: 13' 00"
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Einlenken? (2001)
for Viennese horn and harp
Duration: 5' 00"
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Das Leben (2002)
for bass, clarinet, string trio and double-bass
Duration: 15' 00"
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