THE LIVING COMPOSERS PROJECT  

Hans Ulrich Lehmann

(b. 4 May 1937, Biel – d. 26 January 2013, Zollikerberg, Zollikon).

Swiss composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed throughout the world.

Mr. Lehmann studied at the Musikschule Biel, where he earned a diploma in cello, and at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zürich, where he earned a diploma as a teacher of music theory. He then studied with Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel from 1960–63. He later studied musicology with Kurt von Fischer at the Universität Zürich.

Among his honours were the Conrad-Ferdinand-Meyer-Preis (1973), the Komponistenpreis of the Schweizerischer Tonkünstlerverein (1988), the Kunstpreis from the city of Zollikon (1990), and the Kunstpreis from the city of Zürich (1993).

He was also active in other positions. He served as president of the Schweizerischer Tonkünstlerverein from 1983–86. He served as a member of the board of directors of the organisation SUISA from 1987–2013 and as its president from 1991–2011.

He taught at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel from 1961–72, taught contemporary music and music theory at the Universität Zürich from 1969–90 and taught composition and music theory at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste from 1972–98. In addition, he served as director of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste from 1976–98.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Website: http://www.hu-lehmann.ch/ (German only)

SELECT LIST OF WORKS

ORCHESTRAL:

Quanti, flute, small orchestra (14 players), 1962

Komposition für 19, small orchestra (19 players), 1964–65

Régions, 16 music boxes, 1968

Konzert, flute, clarinet, string orchestra, 1969

dis-cantus I, oboe, string orchestra, 1971

Positionen, large orchestra, 1971

zu blasen, small orchestra (12 winds, 11 brass), 1975–76

Kammermusik I, 'hommage à Mozart', small orchestra, 1978–79

Kammermusik II, small orchestra (17 players), 1979

Kammermusik III, 12 strings, 1983

Aphorismus, small orchestra, 1985

Akademisch-konservative Fragmente, small orchestra, 1986–87

Nocturnes, 1990–91

Prélude à une étendue, small orchestra, 1993–94

battements, percussion, small orchestra, 1994–95

Notturno, bass clarinet, orchestra, 2001

favole, clarinet, orchestra, 2005–06

Contradictions (viola in all moods and senses), viola, small orchestra, 2008

CHAMBER MUSIC:

Structures transparentes, clarinet, viola, piano, 1960

Régions pour un flûtiste, flute, 1963

Episoden, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1963–64

Mosaik, clarinet, 1964

Spiele, oboe, harp, 1965

Notenbüchlein, harp, 1965

Studien für Bratsche, viola, 1966

Régions III, clarinet, trombone, cello, 1970

Monodie I, any wind instrument, 1970 (also version as Monodie II, tenor recorder, 2007)

Kadenz, oboe, 1970

Sonata da chiesa, violin, organ, 1971

Tractus, flute, oboe, clarinet, 1971

faces, piano/harpsichord, ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, cello), 1972

Arco, violin, 1972–73

gegen-(bei)-spiele, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1973

Rota, oboe, harpsichord, 1973–74

quod libet, violin, piano, 1974

...zu streichen, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1974

Points d'orgue, flute, cello, organ, 1975

de-concertante, percussion, ensemble (flute, clarinet, trombone, cello, electronic organ), 1975

Duplum I, transverse flute, basset horn, 1977

Air, clarinet, piano, 1977

Contr'aire, clarinet, piano, 1979

flautando, 3 recorders, 1981

stroiking, percussion, 1982

'...', trumpet, piano, 1982

battuto a tretratto, 3 percussion, 1983

Mirlitonnades, flute, 1983

Triplum, 3 basset horns/bass clarinets, 1984

sich fragend nach frühster Erinnerung, 4 recorders, 1985

ludes, cello, piano, 1985

Dédicace, trumpet, 1986

Concerti-no, cello, string quartet, 1986

In honorem S. Nicolai de Flüe, 2 flutes, 2 cellos, organ, 1986–87

Streichquartett, string quartet, 1987–88

de profundis, contrabass clarinet, cello, percussion, 1988–89

Esercizi per violoncello solo, cello, 1989

etwas Klang von meiner Oberfläche, guitar, 1991

el mar, bass clarinet/contrabass clarinet, 1993

Duo, flute, clarinet, 1995

Miniatures, flute, harpsichord ad libitum, 1998

Tele-Man(n)ia, bass flute, 1998

Duplum II, clarinet, cello, 1999

(in)aperçu, clarinet, cello, percussion, 1999

Aus der Erstarrung, accordion, 1999

vagues, bass clarinet, organ, percussion, 1999–2000

inquiétudes, harp, cello, 2000

instantanés I, harp, 2000

ritenuto, violin, cello, string quartet, 2000

dédales, alto flute, bass clarinet, harp, vibraphone, 2001–02

trajets, A-clarinet, cello, piano, 2003

viola in all moods and senses, viola, 2003

um-risse, baritone saxophone, guitar, 2003

instantanés II, harp, 2006

Duo, viola, double bass, 2009

Nachklänge, string quartet, 2009

Lieder ohne Worte, viola, piano, 2010–11

CHORAL:

Mon-Tage (texts by Helmut Heißenbüttel, Franz Mon), mixed chorus, 1969

à la recherche (texts from litanies, the Bible, the Mass), 4 mixed voices, organ, 1973

Streuungen (text by Helmut Heißenbüttel), 3 mixed choruses, orchestra, 1975–76

Motetus Paraburi (text by Kurt Marti), 3 mixed voices, 1977–78

Gottes panarchische Nacht (cantata, text by Kurt Marti), soprano, female chorus, trumpet, orchestra, 1981–82

der rat der rose (text by Kurt Marti), mixed chorus, 2002

Annäherungen an H. H. (text by Helmut Heißenbüttel), mixed chorus, 2002–03

VOCAL:

Kantate (text by Liselotte Lüscher), soprano, flute, French horn, harp, viola, 1962

Rondo (text by Helmut Heißenbüttel), soprano, orchestra, 1967

dis-cantus II (text from the Bible), soprano, organ, small orchestra, 1971 (also version for organ)

bringen um zu kommen (text by Franz Mon), soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, cello, 1972

Tantris (text by James Joyce), soprano, flute, cello, 1976–77

Duette für drei Spieler (text by Franz Mon), soprano, flute, cello, 1980

Lege mich wie ein Siegel auf mein Herz (text by Marc Chagall), soprano, flute, clarinet, cello, 1980–81

Theolalie (text by Kurt Marti), soprano, flute, cello, 1980–81

Canticum I (text by e. e. cummings), soprano, any 2 or more melody instruments ad libitum, 1981

Canticum II (text by Kurt Marti), soprano, any 2 or more melody instruments ad libitum, 1981

Alleluja 1 zu 'Missa in festo Pentecostes', soprano, clarinet, organ, glockenspiel, 1985 (section of Propriumsteile der Pfingstmesse, a collaboration with Gerald Bennett, Josef Haselbach, Heinz Holliger, Peter Wettstein, Jacques Wildberger; may be performed separately)

Osculetur me (text from the Bible), soprano, basset horn, 1988–89

Wandloser Raum (text by Ernst Meister), speaker, flute, clarinet, harp, 1989

Ad missam Prolationum (text by Rainer Maria Rilke), tenor, bass, bass clarinet, percussion, 1989–90

ut signaculum (texts by e. e. cummings, the Song of Solomon), soprano, baritone, small orchestra, 1991–92

Sprich... (text by Rose Ausländer), alto/countertenor, tenor recorder, 1993

Book of Songs (text by e. e. cummings), baritone, flute, cello, percussion, 1998–99

twi-Light (text by e. e. cummings), soprano, small orchestra, 1998–99

Three Songs (text by e. e. cummings), alto, piano, 2000

partita di ritorno (text by Giorgio Orelli), baritone, bass clarinet, cello, 2000–01

Magica (text by Donata Berra), soprano, piano, 2003 (also version for mezzo-soprano, flute, viola, 2006)

Nachts ist der Himmel näher als am Tag (text by Anne Weber), baritone, cello, small orchestra, 2004–05

Apparition (text by Stéphane Mallarmé), soprano, orchestra, 2006–07

silences (text by e. e. cummings), soprano, 2008–09

Voyages aux îles des vestiges (text by Michel Butor), soprano, male speaker ad libitum, bass clarinet, viola, percussion, 2008–09

Dans la Nuit (text by Henri Michaux), soprano, clarinet, cello, percussion, 2010

PIANO:

Instants pour piano, 1968–69

Klavierstück, 1970

tasten, 1972

Charakterstücke, 1985

Klavierstück 2009, 2009

ORGAN:

Noten, organ/2 organs, 1964–66

dis-cantus II, 1972 (version of vocal work)

Monolog, 1976

Doppelspiel, organ (+ percussion) (with assistant), 1977

Kreuzwege, 1978

Fundamentum, 1980

HARPSICHORD:

Twi-is-light bird, 2011–12

DISCOGRAPHY

Sonata da chiesa. Anikó Katharina Szathmáry, violin; Zsigmond Szathmáry, organ (Are: 7017)

Akademisch-konservative Fragmente. Peter Wettstein/orchestra of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Edition Jecklin: JS 261-2)

stroiking; Mirlitonnades; Tantris; Canticum II; de profundis. Kathrin Graf, soprano; Anna-Katharina Graf, flute; Elmar Schmid, clarinet, contrabass clarinet; Walter Grimmer, cello; Isao Nakamura, percussion (Edition Jecklin: JS 689-2)

Esercizi per violoncello solo. Walter Grimmer, cello (Grammont: CTS-M 67)

Sprich... Luiz Alves da Silva, countertenor; Conrad Steinmann, tenor recorder (Grammont: CTS-M 68)

Tele-Man(n)ia. Felix Renggli, bass flute (Grammont: CTS-M 73)

dis-cantus I; Sonata da chiesa; Kammermusik II; Tractus; Triplum; Streichquartett. Ursula Burkhard, flute; Peter Fuchs, Heinz Holliger, oboes; Hans Rudolf Stalder, clarinet, basset horn; Heinz Hofer, Elmar Schmid, basset horns; Hansheinz Schneeberger, violin; Janine Lehmann, organ; Neues Zürcher Streichquartett; Alexander van Wijnkoop/Camerata Bern; Rudolf Kelterborn/Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (Grammont: CTS-P 4)

Monodie I. Matthias Arter, oboe (Pan Classics: 510 087)

etwas Klang von meiner Oberfläche. Christoph Jäggin, guitar (Quantaphon: 30.323)