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Zinsstag Gérard

(09. 05. 1941)

Zinsstag Gérard
Zinsstag Gérard
Seefeldstr. 191
CH-8008 Zürich
Schweiz

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Internet: www.gerardzinsstag.com/

Biography
Gérard Zinsstag spent his childhood and teenage years in Geneva. He attended the Calvin College and was educated in the flute at Geneva Conservatory. He attempted composing independently and began, in 1961 until 1963, a postgraduate study at the 'Conservatoire National Supérieur' and the 'Academia Musicale Chigiana' in Sienna. From 1964 until 1967 he toured the length and breadth of Europe as an orchestra musician. From 1967 until 1975 he was engaged by the 'Tonhalle Orchester' in Zurich, and from 1973 until 1975 he studied composition under Hans U. Lehmann at Zurich School of Music. From 1975 until 1977 he studied under Helmut Lachenmann in Stuttgart and Hannover. From 1976 until 1978 he participated in the Darmstadt summer course. In 1979 he travelled to San Francisco and New York and visited seminars at Berkeley University. From 1981 until 1982 he visited Berlin under the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD) and in 1982 he received an internship at the Institute of Research and Coordination in Acoustics (IRCAM) in Paris. In 1986 he founded the festival 'Tage für Neue Musik', Zurich. In 1989 he travelled through Russia. In 1986 he was guest of honour at the 'Printemps du Leningrad'. In 1991 he received a sabbatical year from the city of Zurich. From1992 until 1999 he attended seminars and conferences in Bamberg, Moscow, Paris (CNSM, CSM 18ième, IRCAM und Sorbonne), Salzburg, Taipei, Zurich etc. He was also a member of the jury for the compositions prize in Arezzo, Paris, Parma, Taipei and Triest.

Work list
Pentaphonie (1973)
for wind quintet
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Déliements (1975)
for dismantled flute and organ
Duration: 12' 00"
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Wenn zum beispiel... (1975)
for four speakers and five instrumentalists (piano, trombone, two percussion and double-bass)
Texts: Franz Mon
Based on a poem by Franz Mon.
Duration: 16' 00"
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Tatastenfelder (1975)
Intrumental theatre
for three typewriters, piano, electronic tape and scenery
Duration: 12' 00"
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Suono reale (1976)
for muted piano
Duration: 12' 00"
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Alternances (1976)
for large string orchestra and four percussionists
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Hülsen... oder die irrfahrt des Kerns (1977)
for four voices, string sextet, two electronic tapes and speaking choir
Duration: 30' 00"
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Points fluides (1977)
for harp, guitar and organ
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Innanzi (1978)
for double-bass and orchestra (0.0.0.0/0.3.3.2/5perc/egtr/14.14.10.8.7)
Duration: 23' 00"
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Foris (1979)
for orchestra (4.4.0.0/6.4.4.1/3perc/2pf/14.14.12.10.8)
Duration: 18' 00"
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Perforation (1980)
for eight instruments (egtr/2pf/3perc/2vc)
Duration: 21' 00"
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Altération (1980)
for chamber orchestra (2.1.2.0-1.1.1.0/2perc/pf/str)
Duration: 21' 00"
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Trauma (1980-1981)
for a-cappella choir (12x16 part)
Duration: 18' 00"
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Incalzando (1981)
for two pianos
Duration: 23' 00"
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Sept fragments ou Cinq fragments (1982-1983)
for string quartet
Five fragments: Numbers 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 from Seven fragments.
Duration: 23' 00"-32' 00"
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Artifices (1982-1983)
for eighteen instruments (2.2.2.0/3perc/pf.syn/2egtr/1.1.1.1.1), two electronic tapes and an electro-acoustic device
Duration: 20' 00"
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Stimuli (1984)
for three strings (viola, violoncello and double-bass)
Duration: 18' 00"
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Cut sounds (1984/91)
for organ
Duration: 15' 00"
Editions Salabert
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Tempi inquieti (1984-1986)
for piano, two percussionists and orchestra (4.4.4.4/4.4.4.1/4perc/hp/cel.egtr/12.12.10.10.8)
Duration: 25' 00"
Editions Salabert
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Eden jeden (1987)
for one voice (MzSAorBar) electronic tape and fourteen instruments (2.0.2.0/1.1.1.0/pf.cel/egtr/2perc/2violoncelli)
Texts: Claus Bremer
Based on a poem by Claus Bremer.
Duration: 20' 00"
Editions Salabert
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F-75009 Paris
Artifices II (1988)
for 2 electronic tapes, electro-acoustic device and ten instruments (2fl.2cl/2perc/2egtr/2syn)
Duration: 16' 00"
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Anaphores (1989)
Fantasy
for piano and orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.2.0/pf.hp/mar/4.4.3.3.2)
Duration: 16' 00"
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Anaphores (1989/11)
Fantasy
for piano and chamber ensemble (1(pic).1.1(bcl).1/1.1.1(tba).0/2perc/hp/1.1.1.1.1)
A little hommage to Balakirev.
Duration: 17' 00"
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Espressivo (1989-1990)
for cymbalum and thirteen instrumentalists (1.1(ca).1(bcl).1/1.0.0.0/hp/syn(or sampler)/2.0.2.2.0)
Duration: 15' 00"
Editions Salabert
22, rue Chauchat
F-75009 Paris
Altération (fragment) (1991)
for chamber orchestra (2.1.2.0/1.1.1.0/2perc/pf/str)
Duration: 10' 00"
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Tempor (1991-1992)
for flute, clarinet, piano and string trio
Duration: 15' 00"
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Diffractions (1993)
for percussion trio
Duration: 12' 00"
Editions Salabert
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...u vremenu rata... (1994)
for percussion solo
Duration: 10' 00"
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2e quatuor à cordes (1994-1995)
Duration: 18' 00"
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Tahir (1995)
Fantasy
for alto solo, string orchestra and small percussion
Duration: 13' 00"
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Ergo (1996)
Two movements
for piano, small wind ensemble (1.1.2.0/1.2.1.0) and two percussion
Duration: 14' 00"
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Hommage à Charles Racine (1997)
for mezzo-soprano and ensemble (fl.cl/hn/2perc/hp/vn.va.vc)
Texts: Charles Racine
Based on the poems of Charles Racine.
Duration: 21' 00"
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Trois études (1998)
for bass marimba
Duration: 12' 00"
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Ubu Cocu (1998-2000)
Opera in one act based on the work ‘homonyme’ by Alfred Jarry
eleven roles and orchestra (3.2.3.2/3.3.2.1/3perc/cel/str)
Texts: Peter Schweiger, Gérard Zinsstag
Libretto: P. Schweiger and G. Zinsstag.
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Passage (2000-2001)
for orchestra (3.3.4.3/4.3.3.2/3perc/hp/egtr/syn/12.10.10.8)
In memory of Gérard Grisey.
Duration: 18' 00"
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Kinêsis (2002)
for oboe and piano
Duration: 7' 00"-8' 00"
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Third string quartet (2002-2003)
Duration: 23' 00"
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Empreintes (2003)
for voice (mezzo-soprano) and orchestra
Duration: 20' 00"
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Ubuphonie (2003-2004)
for three voices and orchestra (3.2.3.2/3.3.2.1/3perc/cel/str)
Texts: Peter Schweiger, Gérard Zinsstag
A suite taken from the opera 'Ubu Cocu'.
Duration: 25' 00"
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Quatre mouvements (2004-2005)
for mixed ensemble (15 musicians)
Duration: 20' 00"
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Rémanences (2004-2006)
for voice, five instruments, three percussion instruments and electro-acoustic apparatus
Duration: 21' 00"
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Gilgamesh (2004-2007)
for speaker, instrumental ensemble, dance and video
Duration: 90' 00"
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Mozaic (2008)
for violoncello and piano
Duration: 7' 00"-8' 00"
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Cinq petites études sur les résonances (2008)
for piano
Duration: 8' 00"
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BING (2009)
for voice and ensemble
Texts: Samuel Beckett
Duration: 16' 00"
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Réitération (2010)
for piano
Duration: 12' 00"
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Lasciar vibrar (2010)
for ensemble
Duration: 20' 00"
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Eskatos (2012)
for vocal ensemble SATB (min. 3.3.3.3), 2 trumpets, 2 trombones and 2 percussionists
Texts: Apokalypse nach Johannes, Gérard Zinsstag
Duration: 25' 00"
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Seul, l'echo (2012)
for mezzo-soprano or alto and small ensemble (fl(bfl).cl(bcl)/2perc/pf.hp/vc)
Texts: Joël-Claude Meffre
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Tre scherzi (2012)
for piano
Duration: 6' 00"
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Diskographie
Mircea Ardeleanu (Musiques Suisses Nr. MGB CTS-M 121, 2009)
Interpreten:
Ardeleanu, Mircea
Werke:
Neidhöfer, Christoph: AU (1997)
Zinsstag, Gérard: ...u vremenu rata... (1994)
Roth, Michel: Trois têtes (2007)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Horatiu Radulescu, Gianluca Ulivelli
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Festival l'art pour l'Aar. November 2003 (Müller &Schade Nr. 5042/2, 2006)
Interpreten:
Frischknecht, Hans Eugen
Monot, Pierre-Alain
Werke:
Darbellay, Jean-Luc: Ecumes (1996)
Darbellay, Jean-Luc: Shadows (1998-1999)
Keller, Max E.: insieme, a coppie, indipendente (2000)
Marti, Heinz: Passages (1970)
Frischknecht, Hans Eugen: Streichquartett (1964)
Zinsstag, Gérard: Sept fragments ou Cinq fragments (1982-1983)
Gut, Ursula: Aquamarin (1992)
Roth, Michel: Patera (2003)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Hans Eugen Frischknecht, Jürg Wyttenbach, Jost Meier, Katrin Frauchiger, Daniel Andres, Alfred Schweizer
Gérard Zinsstag (Grammont Porträt Nr. 36-2, 1990)
Werke:
Zinsstag, Gérard: Wenn zum beispiel... (1975)
Zinsstag, Gérard: Innanzi (1978)
Zinsstag, Gérard: Foris (1979)
Zinsstag, Gérard: Trauma (1980-1981)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Bibliography
Zinsstag, Gérard: Absence de communication, présence d'indifférence, in: Dissonance 106 (2009), S. 53 [Internet]
Gottstein, Björn: Swiss Piano (CD ZHdK). Piano Works by Emmanuel Nunes and Rudolf Kelterborn (CD Guild), in: Dissonanz 115 (2011), S. 89-90 [Internet]
Brotbeck, Roman: Anstelle einer Konzertkritik. Neue Werke von Bettina Skrzypczak und Gérard Zinsstag, in: Dissonanz, Nr. 41 (August 1994) 41 (1994), S. 27–29 [Internet]