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Brennan John Wolf

(13. 02. 1954)

Brennan John Wolf
Brennan John Wolf
Hofmattstr. 5
CH-6353 Weggis (LU)
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)41 390 27 77

www.cmc.ie/composers/brennan.html
www.brennan.ch
www.pagolibre.com

 

Genre: Classical Music
Professional activity: Composers, Improvisers, Interpreters
Biography
* 13. 02. 1954.

Pianist and composer John Wolf Brennan was born in Dublin (Ireland). He studied piano at Lucerne Conservatory under Eva Serman, and attended master classes in composition headed by James Wilson, Karl Berger, Ennio Morricone, Edison Denisov, Klaus Huber and Heinz Holliger. His musical career has followed various paths through improvisation, jazz and contemporary music. He writes music for theatre, as well as for pedagogical and choreographic purposes. As a pianist he has performed with numerous contemporary jazz groups including the quartet 'Pago Libre', Robert Dick, Evan Parker, Julie Tippetts, Gene Coleman, Margrit Rieben, Hans Kennel, and Christian Wolfarth. He also gives regular solo concerts: 'The Well-Prepared Clavier'; 'Text, Context, Co-Text & Co-Co-Text'. He has toured throughout Europe, Russia, Japan, USA and Canada. He is a member of the composers group 'Groupe Lacroix'.

Work list
Treiblinge, op. 16 (1982)
13 pieces

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 20' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Larice e Pratolina, op. 15 (1982)
A fairy tale for piano

Duration: 4' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Bestiarium, op. 51 (1983-1990)
13 Paino songs

Instrumentation: for high voice and piano

Texts: Otto Höschle, Christian Morgenstern

Duration: 23' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Capriccio, op. 55 (1990)
A concert piece

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 5' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Omega, op. 71m (1990)

Instrumentation: for piano solo

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Tau 2, op. 71n (1990)

Instrumentation: for piano solo

Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Tau 3, op. 71o (1990)

Instrumentation: for piano solo

Duration: 1' 00"
Manuscript
SprüchGägeSprüch, op. 72 (1991)

Instrumentation: for two mixed choirs, string quartet and percussion

Texts: Heinrich Ineichen

A dialectical cantata.

Duration: 26' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Xednindex, op. 71p (1991)

Instrumentation: for piano solo and MIDI piano

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Tangoneòn, op. 85 (1991)

Instrumentation: for eleven musicains (1.1.1.1.asx/0.0.0.0/pf.cel.hp/xyl/1.0.1.0)

Rubato malinconico - Confusione - Con moto, appassionata.

Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Drei ver-flix-te Flötenstücke, op. 11, 45, 49 (1980-1992)

1. Flix, op. 11 (Vivace): 1980 (1')2. Espaces, op. 49 (Lyrical): 1987 (3')3. Phlyx, op. 45 (Agitato): 1986/92 (6')

Duration: 10' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Happy Birthday Variationen, op. 95 (1992)

Instrumentation: for piano

Nine variations in the styles of old and new masters, from Bach to Satie and Pärt.

Duration: 10' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
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Twelfth Night, op. 77 (1992)

Instrumentation: for saxophone quartet

Six songs: a prelude and five intermezzi.

Duration: 15' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Pat me too, op. 99d (1992)

Instrumentation: for guitar, double bass, piano and percussion

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Sonata Pentatonica, op. 94 (1992-1993)

Instrumentation: for piano

Allegretto lirico - Adagio grottesco - Allegro ritmico.

Duration: 15' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
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Frictions, op. 104 (1993)

Instrumentation: for flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone and string trio

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Atanos, op. 103 (1993)
Trio

Instrumentation: for alto saxophone, piano and double-bass

Volcanic Instability - Hysterical Waltz - Lyrical Cantilena.

Duration: 12' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Morgenstern hat Gold im Mund, op. 109 (1987-1994)

Instrumentation: for mixed a-cappella choir

Texts: Christian Morgenstern

A choral approximation of the 'Galgenlieder' (gallows songs) by Christian Morgenstern (1871-1914).

Duration: 22' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Pandämonium, op. 107 (1994)

Instrumentation: for organ solo

Duration: 7' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Diálogos, op. 106 (1994)

Instrumentation: for two cellos

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Epithalamium, op. 111 (1994)
Nonet

Instrumentation: for flute (bfl), oboe (ca), clarinet (bcl), violin, viola, violoncello, double-bass, piano and percussion

Based on the poem No. XIII from 'Chamber music' (1907) by James Joyce.

Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
A Golly Gal's Way to Galway Bay, op. 120 (1995)

Instrumentation: for flute ensemble (55 flutes or much less...)

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Equilibrio precario (Galliate), op. 114b (1995)

Instrumentation: for violin, horn, piano and double bass

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Asikudaphari, op. 121 (1995)
Monody

Instrumentation: for violin solo

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Alef Bet, op. 127b (1996)

Instrumentation: for oboe, bassoon, piano (alternative score: piano trio)

Conflicting Voices - Unisons? (not really) - Peace Dance (Vivace giocoso).

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Rhap.s.odie, op. 122 (1996)

Instrumentation: for violin and piano

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Olos, op. 123 (1996)

Instrumentation: for clarinet solo

Shortened version of "Ellybis".

Duration: 5' 00"
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Leave it in Limbo, op. 90 (1996)

Instrumentation: for horn solo

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Nearly Charming, op. 134 (1997)
Octet

Instrumentation: for clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quartet and double-bass

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Go slow, op. 138, 6 (1997)

Instrumentation: for soprano, trombone, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, piano and percussion

Texts: Julie Tippetts

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Through the Ear of a Raindrop, op. 138 (1997)
Song cycle

Instrumentation: for soprano, bass clarinet, sax, trombone, piano and percussion

Texts: Paula Meehan, Edgar Allan Poe, Seamus Heaney, Julie Tippetts, Theo Dorgan, William Shakespeare

Duration: 50' 00"
Manuscript
for ED(i)S on ly, op. 142 (1997)

Instrumentation: for oboe, alto saxophone, vibraphone, violin and violoncello

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier, op. 136 (1997)
24 movements

Instrumentation: for piano, prepared piano and tape recorder

Duration: 75' 00"
Manuscript
5 Interludien, op. 141 (1997)
To Rachmaninows Chrysostomos Mass

Instrumentation: for organ solo

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Kyoto, op. 140 (1997)

Instrumentation: for piano solo

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Fraeschbers Traum, op. 135 (1997)

Instrumentation: for soprano, string trio and bass clarinet

Texts: Arno Schmidt, Oskar Pastior, Eveline Hasler, Peter Rühmkorf

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Enticing, op. 148a (1998)

Instrumentation: for horn, violin, double bass and piano

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Heptao, op. 151b (1998)

Instrumentation: for trumpet and organ

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Heptao, op. 148c (1998)

Instrumentation: for horn, violin, double bass and piano

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Kissing Joy (as it flies), op. 151a (1998)

Instrumentation: for trumpet and organ

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Kissing Joy (as it flies), op. 148d (1998)

Instrumentation: for horn, violin, double bass and piano

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Glockenspiel, op. 150 (1998)
24 pieces

Instrumentation: for 27 bells

Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
Locrian Locution, op. 151c (1998)

Instrumentation: for trumpet and organ

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Zigfing, op. 149 (1998)

Instrumentation: for two pianos (eight hands)

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Dance f Kara Ben Nemsi, op. 148b (1998)

Instrumentation: for horn, violin, double bass and piano

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
T.N.T. / Twelfth Night Tango, op. 155g (1990-1999)

Instrumentation: for trumpet, tuba and organ

Duration: 4' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Schoop Loop, op. 155f (1995-1999)
For Paul Klee

Instrumentation: for trumpet and organ

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Gravity, op. 155e (1996-1999)

Instrumentation: for trumpet, tuba and organ

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
KLA4, op. 161 (1999)

Instrumentation: for two pianos

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Silly Blooze, op. 162 (1999)
A Solo Piano Blues

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Klastr, op. 156d (1999)

Instrumentation: for organ

Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
N-gl, op. 157 (1999)

Instrumentation: for English horn, bassoon and viola

Based on Paul Klees' ‘Tastender Engel’.

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Metaterz, op. 156a (1999)

Instrumentation: for organ solo

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Der letzte Ketzer, op. 153 (1999)
"Sulzigjoggeli"

Instrumentation: for mixed choir

Texts: Paul Steinmann

Introductory music for the theatre piece by Paul Steinmann.

Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Subkutan, op. 156b (1999)

Instrumentation: for organ solo

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Arpiade ("Kunigundulakonfigurationen"), op. 158 (1999)

Instrumentation: for mezzo-soprano and piano

Texts: Hans Arp

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Another Different Train, op. 156c (1999)

Instrumentation: for organ solo

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Géo métrique ment, op. 166 (2000)

Instrumentation: for piccolo oboe, oboe, English horn and bassoon

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Sculpted Sound, op. 168 (2000)

Instrumentation: for voice, percussion and piano

Texts: Eugen Gomringer, John Wolf Brennan, Eveline Hasler, André Thomkins, Ernst Jandl, Gerhard Rühm

Duration: 70' 00"
Manuscript
Church Bell(e)s &Singing Birds, op. 173 (2001)

Instrumentation: for piano and tape

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Hunting Santa Claus (remixed), op. 173, 1 (2001)

Instrumentation: for prepared piano and tape

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
London Glockenspiel, op. 173 (2001)

Instrumentation: for glockenspiel

Duration: 23' 00"
Manuscript
Agricultural (Dezi-) Bells: Pumpkinet(h)ics, op. 173, 3 (2001)

Instrumentation: for prepared piano and tape

Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Ich zerreisse dich wie einen Fisch, op. 172 (2001)
Radio play music

Instrumentation: for speaker, piano, prepared piano and live electronics

Radio play by Geri Dillier after texts by Franz Kafka.

Duration: 38' 00"
Manuscript
Carillon à Dondolio, op. 173, 4 (2001)

Instrumentation: for piano solo

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Night. Shift, op. 170 (2001)
Figures in a Soundscape

Instrumentation: for soloists, choir, orchestra and jazz quartet

Texts: Rudolph Straub

Duration: 65' 00"
Manuscript
Flügel, op. 177 (1998-2002)

Instrumentation: for piano solo (incl. prepared piano, melodica, concertina) and tape

Duration: 65' 00"
Manuscript
Dancer in the Sky, op. 183, 6 (2002)
After Mirò

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Let it find you, op. 181/5 (2002)

Instrumentation: for melodica, violoncello and percussion

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
E rose garden, op. 183, 11 (2002)
Klee-Pentagon N° 5

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Etude, op. 183, 4 (2002)
After Cézanne

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Full Moon, op. 183, 9 (2002)
Klee-Pentagon N° 3

Instrumentation: for piano and prepared piano (arcopiano)

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Western Front, op. 181/6 (2002)

Instrumentation: for piano, violoncello and percussion

Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Lagoon, op. 183, 10 (2002)
Klee-Pentagon N° 4

Instrumentation: for piano and prepared piano (pizzicato piano)

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Little X, op. 183, 7 (2002)
Klee-Pentagon N° 1

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Pipe ou pas?, op. 183, 2 (2002)
Picasso-Triptych N° 2

Instrumentation: for piano and prepared piano

Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
ABC, op. 183, 8 (2002)
Klee-Pentagon N° 2

Instrumentation: for piano and prepared piano (glissando piano)

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Amour fou, op. 183, 3 (2002)
Picasso-Triptych N° 3

Instrumentation: for piano and prepared piano

Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Pictures in a Gallery, op. 183 (2002)

Instrumentation: for piano solo (prepared piano, melodica)

Duration: 74' 00"
Manuscript
Aubade (2002)
Picasso-Triptych N° 1

Instrumentation: for piano and prepared piano

Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Candy 'n Sky, op. 183, 5 (2002)
After Kandinsky

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Le souffle au coeur, op. 176/9 (2002)

Instrumentation: for song, trumpet, tuba and piano

Texts: John Wolf Brennan

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Klanggang, op. 180 (2002-2003)
Sound installation

Instrumentation: for 3 tapes

Duration: 71' 00"
Manuscript
Let it find you, op. 185/2 (2002-2003)
Sextet version

Instrumentation: for horn, melodica/piano, percusion, violin, violoncello and double bass

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Western Front, op. 185/3 (2002-2003)
Sextet version

Instrumentation: for horn, melodica/piano, percusion, violin, violoncello and double bass

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
RMX, op. 186/1 (2003)

Instrumentation: for violin, horn, piano and double bass

Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Klick, klick, ihr Sätzlinge, op. 190 (2003)

Instrumentation: for recitation, piano, prepared piano, keyboards, percussion and melodica

Texts: Eveline Hasler

Duration: 64' 00"
Manuscript
Im Fluss (State of Flux), op. 189 (2003)

Instrumentation: for voice, clarinet/bass clarinet, e-bass, piano and percussion ad libitum

Texts: John Wolf Brennan

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Equilibrio precario, op. 192 (2003-2004)

Instrumentation: for soprano and CD

Texts: John Wolf Brennan

Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Güdelmäntig, op. 184 (2003-2004)
Speaking choir

Instrumentation: for one actor, choir and orchestra

Texts: Thomas Hürlimann

Duration: 75' 00"
Manuscript
Klangbahn / passage sonore, op. 194 (2004)
Sound installation

Instrumentation: for piano and electronics

Duration: 41' 00"
Manuscript
Chechov-Variationen, op. 194 (2004)

Instrumentation: for horn/flügelhorn, piano and melodica

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Discombobulated Rug Cutters, op. 171 (2001-2005)

Instrumentation: fot tuba solo

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Schnickschnack, op. 197 l (2005)

Instrumentation: for voice, horn, piano, violin, double bass and percussion

Texts: Daniil Charms

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
In a Gaelic Mood, op. 191a (2004-2006)

Instrumentation: for violin, horn, piano and double bass

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Zum Gipfel und zurück, op. 199 a (2006)

Instrumentation: for 4 alphorns

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Song and Variations, op. 199 b (2006)

Instrumentation: for alphorn, flugelhorn and three horns

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Triple Stipple, op. 198 (2006)

Instrumentation: for guitar trio

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
SILK/ST/RINGS, op. 207 (2007)

Instrumentation: for pipa and guitar trio

Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Immram, op. 212 (2009)

Instrumentation: for guitar ensemble

Duration: 10' 00"-12' 00"
Manuscript
State of Flux, op. 211 (2009)

Instrumentation: for violin, violoncello and piano

Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Wolkenpumpentango, op. 214 (2009)

Instrumentation: for violin, violoncello and piano

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Inner &Outer Spaces, op. 220 (2009-2010)

Instrumentation: for pino, prepared piano, melodica, flute, electronics and audio tapes

Duration: 50' 00"
Manuscript
Hornborn Hymn, op. 221 (2010)

Instrumentation: version for horn, timpani and string orchestra

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Ever for never, op. 222 (2010)

Instrumentation: version for horn, xylophone, marimba and string orchestra

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Perpetuum, op. 230a (2011)

Instrumentation: for 2 pianos

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
TLS - a tarkus love story, op. 230b (2011)

Instrumentation: for 2 pianos

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
10 Duo-Stücke, op. 230 c (2011)

Instrumentation: for piano duo

Unfolding Patterns - SPARKUS - Klimba - DARKUS - SHARKUS - Gateless Gate - LARKUS - Contrapunto - Sotto voce - Ben ritmato

Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
Poya, op. 231 (2011)

Instrumentation: for piano, melodica and prepared piano

Duration: 72' 00"
Manuscript
Pilgrims, op. 238 (Meditative Moments 3+5) (2011)
Solo pieces

Instrumentation: for piano / piano + melodica

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Pilgrims, op. 238 (2011-2012)
Duo pieces

Instrumentation: for piano and percussion

Tubular voices - Meditative Moments 1, 2, 4, 6 + 7 - Oasi - Thirsty Donkey - Final Still

Duration: 35' 00"
Manuscript
Diskographie
Momentum 4 (Leo Records Nr. 440, 2005)
Interpreters:
Mejer, Thomas K. J.
Brennan, John Wolf
With more works of: John Wolf Brennan, Gene Coleman, Thomas K.J. Mejer, Marc Unternährer
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Momentum 2: The Law of Refraction (Leo Record Nr. LR 296, 2000)
Interpreters:
Zimmerlin, Alfred
Brennan, John Wolf
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Musik in Luzern: Klaviermusik (Gallo Nr. 1010/11, 2000)
Interpreters:
Brennan, John Wolf
Klavierduo Adrienne Soós und Ivo Haag
Works:
Mäder, Urban: stossen, ziehen, schieben - am Rand (1999)
Ammann, Dieter: Regards sur les traditions (1994-1995)
Brennan, John Wolf: KLA4, op. 161 (1999)
With more works of: Sergej Rachmaninoff, Richard Rosenberg, Hans Huber, Peter Benary, Philipp Eichenwald
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Groupe Lacroix - The Composer Group (Creative Works Nr. 1030, 1997)
Works:
Darbellay, Jean-Luc: Empreintes (1996)
Henking, Christian: Novalis 24 (1996)
Schneider, Michael: touch(e)! (1996)
Brennan, John Wolf: Rhap.s.odie, op. 122 (1996)
With more works of: Marianne Schroeder, Michael Baumgartner, Edison Denissov
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Contemporary Music for Alto Saxophone (Jecklin Edition Nr. JS 302-2, 1994)
Interpreters:
Dratva, Tomas
Works:
Vassena, Nadir: Nocturnes I - II - III (1993)
Brennan, John Wolf: Atanos, op. 103 (1993)
Pflüger, Andreas: Tra qua e la (1979)
With more works of: Jacques Wildberger, Franco Cesarini