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Bräm Thüring

(10. 04. 1944)

Bräm Thüring
Bräm Thüring
Lerchenstr. 56
CH-4059 Basel
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Biography
After graduating from college Thüring Bräm was educated in piano, conducting and composition in his birth town of Basel. He also studied musicology at the Universities of Basel and Heidelberg. He lived in the USA from 1970 until 1973 where he worked as a conductor and coach at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, at the Santa Fe Summer Opera, at Aspen Music Festival and studied at the University of California in Berkeley where he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in composition. He was head of the music school of the 'Musik-Akademie Basel' (Basel Academy of Music) from 1973 until 1987. Since 1987 he is director of the Lucerne Conservatory. He is active as a conductor in Switzerland and abroad.
During his years as a student the most crucial influences he received were from Anton Webern and Pierre Boulez (primarily as conductor and analyst). After visiting America he became more involved in improvisational music having been influenced by John Cage, during the mid eighties this became more structured music when he was using plain traditional material to produce new sound effects, for example in the Oratorio 'Litteri un Schattä - Lucie Ombre' or in the orchestral work 'Florestan und Eusebius'. He has received several important commissions and prizes for composition including from Pro Helvetia, the city of Basel, IMF (International Music Festival in Lucerne), Radio DRS, Danzig, BBC Singers, Edwin Fischer recognition prize, University of California and others. He has published and lectures as a guest.


Work list
Sechs Miniaturen (1967-1968)
for string trio
Short characteristic pieces in a transparent, countrapuntal dodecaphonic Webern style.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Sechs Haikai (1969)
for solo Soprano, chamber choir, string trio and vibraphone
Texts: Japanische Texte
Six short Japanese three-liners. The choral part is on an advanced level but can be performed by good amateurs.
Duration: 8' 00"
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"... dass es nichts Neues gibt unter der Sonne..." (1970)
for Soprano, viola and bassoon
Texts: Dieter Fringeli
Four songs in the original scoring: Soprano, viola and bassoon. Text by the Basel poet Dieter Fringeli. There are more free passages in addition to the through-composed parts.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Indaba (1975)
for recorder
Duration: 7' 00"
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En route (1975)
for ensembles of any instrumentation
Duration: variabel
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Uhrwerk (1976)
for violin solo
A virtuoso piece notated in two systems. It is very difficult to perform and uses twenty-eight different articulations.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Au temps perdu (1976)
for flute and string trio
The title plays with Prousts ‘A la recherche du temps perdu’. This through-composed piece requires flexibility due to improvisation-like parts. Satisfying for the flutist who plays on the background of an often noise like sliding sound carpet.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Static Flow (1976)
for oboe and piano
Duration: 9' 00"
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Encounters (1976)
for violin and violoncello (or 2 violoncelli)
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Katzenlieder (1977)
for voice, children's choir, violin, 4 percussionists, xylophone, tubular bells and harp (piano)
Duration: 20' 00"
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Drei Lieder (1978-1979)
for mixed a-cappella choir
Texts: Lajzer Ajchenrand
These three songs, based on a text by Lajzer Ajchenrand, were composed for Eric Ericson and his chamber choir. Because of the high demands in rhythm and intonation, this piece is best suited to a very well schooled, at least semi-professional ensemble (min. sixteen solo singers or a large choir).
Duration: 9' 00"
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Sieben Bagatellen (1979)
for piano
These short, pregnant pieces are cloudy images from Beethoven and Webern. Precisely notated, they require certain technical enhancements such as ‘cluster play’. One piece is graphically notated.
Duration: 13' 00"
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Children Songs of the American Indian (1979)
for solo soprano, vocal ensemble (SATB), oboe, viola, violoncello, and marimbaphone
Texts: Indianische Texte
The Children Songs (which received a prize from the University of California in 1973) are a kind of half scenic cantata based on Indian text.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Alleluja (1979)
for singing
Texts: Henri David Thoreau
Duration: 7' 00"
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Album Goodbye Seventies (1979-1980)
for clarinet or violin (or any other melodic instrument) and piano
This cycle of seven pieces encompasses mostly notated memories: a (quasi) summary of the seventies. Where one movement requires the courage to improvise, another contains a sung alternative version.
Duration: 17' 00"
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Quiet Music I-III (1980-1981)
for piano, flute, clarinet, oboe, violin and violoncello
No. III is a markedly beautiful piece to commemorate Berios 'O King'. No. I and II are confined to the piano and a melodic instrument of choice.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Drei Psalmen (1980-1981)
for mixed a-cappella choir (five groups, each with eight voices- register score ad libitum)
Texts: Bibel / Liturgie
A good amateur choir can tackle this spatial work for sub divided groups. It uses many vocal facets including sounds, screaming, speaking and singing. Text from the Old Testament.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Fünf Präludien (1982)
for two flutes, two bass clarinets, trumpet and string orchestra
Duration: 12' 00"
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Zeitlupenstücke (1983)
for clarinet, violoncello and piano
A single musical idea or gesture is explored in quasi slow motion.
Duration: 17' 00"
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Die Frage nach der Zeit (1984)
for organ
Duration: 8' 00"
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Les lettres de Cézanne (1984)
for voice, flute and string trio
Texts: Paul Cézanne
Duration: 12' 00"
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Vier Lamenti (1984-1985)
for piano
Four characteristic pieces. The last of which requires (in an ideal situation) grand rubber mutes in the piano but an alternative version can be played on the keys.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Abgesang (1985)
for two flutes, three clarinets, bass clarinet, two horns and piano
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Continuum (1985)
six cellos
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Kantate nach Sprüchen von Angelus Silesius (1986)
for soprano, mixed choir and string orchestra
Texts: Angelus Silesius
A very good amateur choir with a professional orchestral accompaniment can perform this varified piece.
Duration: 17' 00"
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Spuren I & II (1986)
for piano
Duration: 3' 00"
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For the Birds (1987)
for flute and bass clarinet
Requires an interest in experimentation and practice.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Abend (1987)
for singing and piano
Duration: 7' 00"
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Lilith (1987)
for singing and piano
Texts: Gerald Meyer
Duration: 10' 00"
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5 + 5 (1988)
for piano
Duration: 2' 00"
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2 Versuche über einen Ikarus (1989)
for piano
Two preliminary studies for the chamber orchestra work 'Plainte d'un Icare' based on a poem by Baudelaire.
Duration: 6' 00"
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Zwei Pferdestücke (1989)
for piano trio
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Ara (1989)
for 6-12 flutes
Duration: variabe
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Image (1989)
for piano trio
Duration: 3' 00"
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Steinbeck (1989)
for piano trio
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Er-Innerung (1990)
for cello
Duration: 4' 30"
Manuscript
Streichquartett Nr. 1 (1987-1990)
A very diversified and animated work with a large cello solo (Er-Innerung 4 1/2), which can also be played as an individual piece. A commission for the International Music Festival, Lucerne.
Duration: 17' 00"
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Ombra (1990)
for violin, viola and string orchestra
Duration: 14' 00"
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Three Pictures of Georgia o'Keeffe (1991)
for violin and percussion
A rewarding piece for a new genre: violin and percussion (uses instruments: flexatone, vibraphone, bongos, woodblock). Based on the pictures by the American painter: Two Jimson Weeds, The Winter Road, Red Poppies.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Liedzeilen (1991)
for trumpet
Duration: 12' 00"
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Umarmt von den Grenzen (1991)
for singing and piano
Texts: Werner Lutz, Gerald Meyer
Duration: 11' 00"
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Streichquartett Nr. 2 LITANIA (1992)
LITANIA
In one movement. A harmonic work in memory of Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, with a solo viola part (cadenza), which can be performed as an individual piece.
Duration: 13' 00"
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4 Stücke aus Krajiny Snu ("Traumlandschaften") (1992)
for piano trio
The ‘Traumlandschaften’ for piano trio is in four short movements and corresponds approximately to the solo parts of the same concert for piano trio and chamber orchestra.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Torrenieri (1992)
for horn solo and string orchestra
This piece, written for the Lucerne Festival Strings, can be easily introduced into a 'normal' string orchestra programme. It does, however, require great solo skills from the horn player.
Duration: 6' 15"
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Krajiny Snu (1992)
for piano trio, chamber orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/str) and one crotale
The title 'Krajiny Snu' means 'dreamlandscape' and represents shreds of the composers associations with his work as a conductor from 1985 to 1995 in Pardubice. This work, originally dedicated to the 'Guarnieri Trio', Prague and the Pardubice Chamber Phillharmonic, enriches the category of concert for piano and orchestra.
Duration: 17' 00"
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Perpetuum mobile (1992)
for flute
Duration: 1' 10"
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Scherzo (1992)
for flute
Duration: 1' 00"
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Antiphon 1 & 2 (1992-1993)
for flute
Duration: 4' 00"
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"Im Atemhaus" (1991-1993)
Three lieder
for female a-cappella choir (SSAA)
Texts: Anna Katharina von Greiffenberg
Written for the ‘Vepatechor’. In addition to the through-composed Baroque text from Anna Katharina von Greiffenberg it contains a middle part without text, which evokes the title of the poem ‘Im Atemhaus’ by Rose Ausländer. This part (in space notation) requires flexibility in respect to rhythm and metricity.
Duration: 14' 00"
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Vier neue Etüden (four new etudes) (1992-1993)
for flute
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Quasi notturno (1993)
for bassoon solo
Requires experimentation on ones own instrument. Even single parts of the bassoon are used for playing
Duration: 6' 00"
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Raum und Zeit (1993)
for eight horns
A soft spatial piece for eight spatially distributed hornists.
Duration: 6' 30"
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Marginalien zu einem Anagramm (1993)
for violin and viola
Duration: 5' 00"
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Un'altra notte (1993)
for baritone
Texts: Giuseppe Ungaretti
Duration: 12' 00"
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Zwei Dürer-Präludien (1993)
for organ
Duration: 11' 00"
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Nerval's Lobster (1994)
for harpsichord solo
A serious and not particularly easy piece based on many intellectual absurdities, e.g. Wagners Tristan Chord.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Präludium (1994)
for orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.2.3.2/timp.3perc/hp/str)
Duration: 11' 00"
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24 Aphorismen (1994)
for clarinet, vibraphone and harp
Duration: 20' 00"
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Apokryphe Psalmen (1994)
for speaking voice, clarinet, vibraphone and harp
Texts: Joseph Vital Kopp
Duration: 6' 00"
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5 Eichendorff-Lieder (1996)
for solo voice (T possibly S) and orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.2.3.1/ timp.2perc/str)
Texts: Josef Freiherr von Eichendorff
Written for the 1000-year anniversary of the city of Danzig. A representation of five poems by the romantic poet Josef Freiherr von Eichendorff for high voice (tenor, at all events soprano) and orchestra with transparent texture.Todeslust - Im Alter - Die Zeit geht schnell - Memento - In Danzig.
Duration: 16' 00"
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Piccoli Madrigali (1996)
for mixed a-cappella choir
Texts: Anna Maria Bacher
The ten a-cappella songs based on the Italian version of poems by Anna Maria Bacher are derived from the oratorium ‘Litteri un Schattä / Luci e ombre’. They can be performed separately. They are linear, melodic and varied in form.
Duration: 17' 00"
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A Cradle Song (1996)
for mixed choir (twenty four-part, six per SATB with a minimum of sixteen voices)
Texts: William Blake
A work dedicated to the BBC Singers. Blake's plain but simultaneously complex text is translated into simple musical choir language representing the 'fin de siècle' of the 20th century. The work requires particular professionalism in regard to the intonation.
Duration: 9' 00"
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Tombeau pour Edison Denisov (1996)
for soprano saxophone, oboe, violin, violoncello and vibraphone
Duration: 2' 00"
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Transition (1997)
for three trumpets, flugelhorn and bass trumpet
This very soft piece requires lots of pp and a few outbursts from the five trumpets.
Duration: 9' 00"
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Piccoli Stagioni (1997)
for piano trio, flute and singing voice
Texts: Anna Maria Bacher
Four seasons poems by the poet Anna Maria Bacher from Pomatt in the Italian version; short, transparent pieces.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Fünf Adagios (1997)
for cello and piano
Duration: 5' 00"
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... als Zuschauer, am Rande des grossen Festes... (1997-1998)
for string orchestra (also as string quartet No. 3)
Duration: 13' 00"
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Streichquartett Nr. 3 "als Zuschauer am Rande des grossen Festes" (1997-1998)
'as an onlooker on the outskirts of a large celebration'
'As an onlooker on the outskirts of a large celebration' (therein adagio (4’) for string orchestra, for the 80th birthday of Rudolf Baumgartner). Striking piece in four movements with extremely quiet and kinetically excited parts.
A version for string orchestra is also available.

Duration: 13' 00"
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Florestan und Eusebius (1997-1998)
for orchestra (3.3(poss.4).3.3(poss.4)/4.2.2.0/timp.2perc.echopiano.cymbalom/hp/str)
Commissioned by the Basel Academy of Music. Variations on the choral from the ‘Album für die Jugend’ by Robert Schumann. This piece is relatively simple on the technical side and achieves differentiated sound effects through a spatial distribution of groups.
Duration: 16' 00"
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Cartoons (1998)
for violin and double-bass
A cycle of seven very different (not always serious) pieces, which narrate in a similar way to a picture story. It is possible to play certain parts separately.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Fête (1998)
for youth orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.2.1(ad lib).0/6perc/2pf4hnd)/str)
Suitable for amateurs.
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
One in two (1998)
for shakuhachi and viola
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Dix Préludes: Le pas s'est éloigné - le marcheur s'est tu (1998)
for piano
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Dix Préludes (1998)
for piano
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
A Monk's Tale (1999)
for guitar solo
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
DIRGE (1999)
Concert
for violin and brass tentet (4tpt, 4tbn, hn, tba)
Duration: 24' 00"
Manuscript
Prospero (2000-2001)
Homage to Verdi
for band
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Ein musikalisches Skizzenblatt für Paul Klee (2001)
for viola, English horn, bassoon and guitar
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Einhorn (2001-2002)
13 lieder
for voice, flute and one-handed piano
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Città da comporre (2002)
for piccolo, violin and piano
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
L'orecchio di Dionisio (2002)
for viola d'amore solo
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Il Gong magico (2002)
Mime opera
for min. 14 voices and chamber orchestra (1.1.1.1.sx/1.1.1.1/hp.acn.vib.3perc/str)
An opera after a piece carrying the same name by Dimitri.
Duration: 74' 00"
Manuscript
Elegia (2003)
In memory of Franco Gulli
for violin and piano
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Streichquartett Nr. 4 (string quartet n° 4) (2003)
Between two worlds...
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Das Tribschener Idyll (Nietzsche - Cosima - Wagner) (2004)
for mezzo soprano, flute (pic), clarinet, (bcl), tuba, accordion and violin (va)
A text collage by Dieter Borchmeyer.
Duration: 30' 00"
Manuscript
For you (2004)
3 pieces
for pipa
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Lyrik "... zwischen dem Wort und dem Nichtwort..." (2005)
6 movements
for 4 saxophones and 4 percussion instruments
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Singing Hands I (2005)
Quartet
for violin, violoncello, marimba and pipa
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Singing Hands II (2005)
Quartet
for violin, viola, marimba and pipa
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Postcards from Switzerland (Streichquartett Nr. 5) (2005)
5 movements after Swiss folksongs
for string quartet
Duration: 12' 00"
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3 Kanons (1965-2006)
for two pianos
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
7 Duettini (1967-2006)
for 2 violins
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Ellipse I (2006)
Homage to Richard Serra
for euphonium and marimbaphone
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
"Tornate a riveder i vostri liti" (2005-2007)
Concert
for violin and chamber orchestra (0.2.0.0/2.0.0.0/str)
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Concerto (2007)
for pipa and orchestra (2(pic).2.2.2/2.2.0.0/2perc/str)
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Mountain Call (2007)
for horn solo
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
4 Stücke für Vals (2007)
"im schweigen"
for pipa, violoncello and piano
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Uebergänge / Transitions (2007)
14 lieder
for mixed choir and pipa
Texts: Alanus von Lille, Ulla Hahn, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Müller, Eduard Mörike, Raphael Urweider, Anna Maria Bacher)
Duration: 40' 00"
Manuscript
My Tegscht isch e Garte (2007)
for one singing, speaking and playing violin
Texts: Guy Krneta
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
1942 (2008)
for brass quintet (2tpt, hn, tbn, tba)
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Albumblatt 2009 (Mountain Call No 2) (2008)
for violin, horn and piano
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
3 Mouvements (2008-2009)
for string trio
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Wie von ferne... (Hommage à Joseph Haydn) (2009)
3 movements
for baritone, viola and Baroque double bass
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Zeitspiegel (2010)
for violin, violoncello and piano
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
La sonate derrière la lune (2011)
5 chansons noires
for voice and accordion (perc/e-gtr/sousaphone/db)
Texts: Aloïse Corbaz
L'étoile du matin dans son lit terrestre si noir... - Je l'écoute chanter atala... - au lit des roses... - L'immense manteau de la nature - Miserere...
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
A Basic Question (2011)
for trumpet and piano
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Bänisegg (2011)
for baryton solo
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
3 Stücke zu "Wenzel" (2011)
for traverse flute and harp
Meditation - Tanz - Passacaglia.
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Diskographie
Andreas Gutzwiller - Schweizer Kompositionen für Shakuhachi (Grammont Portrait/ Musikszene Schweiz Nr. MGB CTS-M 61, 2000)
Interpreten:
Schneeberger, Hansheinz
Moster, Tobias
Werke:
Mäder, Urban: Windstriche I (1998)
Bräm, Thüring: One in two (1998)
Bennett, Gerald: Aki no kaze / Autumn Wind (2002)
Kessler, Thomas: Irasshaimase (1999)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Bibliography
Bräm, Thüring: DORE trägt Früchte. Gedanken zur angewandten Musikforschung ausgehend von der "Giornata sulla ricerca" vom 25. März 2011 in Lugano, in: Dissonanz 114 (2011), S. 71-72 [Internet]
Fatton, Andreas: C'est beau, le rouge. Thüring Bräms Kammeroper "Aloïse Opéra" in der Gare du Nord Basel (Mai 2010), in: Dissonanz 111 (2010), S. 64-65 [Internet]