Alexander Wagendristel

(b. 23 March 1965, Vienna).

Austrian composer of mostly chamber, vocal and piano works that have been performed in Europe and elsewhere.

Mr. Wagendristel began composing at age four, began lessons in recorder in 1971 and studied both flute and music theory privately with Robert Wolf from 1974–80. He then studied composition with Heinrich Gattermeyer, Friedrich Neumann and Erich Urbanner and flute with Werner Tripp at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna from 1980–90 and there earned diplomas with distinction in flute in 1988 and composition in 1990. He later attended the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt and studied flute with Aurèle Nicolet in 1988.

Among his honours are the Theodor-Körner-Preis (1995), a prize in a competition for short opera in Berlin (1997) and a prize from the section in Austria of ISCM (2001). His music has been performed in Austria, Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the USA.

He is also active in other positions. As a flutist, he has performed in the orchestra of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien since 1987 and performed in the improvisational ensemble Things of NowNow from 1988–92. He co-founded with Roland Freisitzer and Thomas Heinisch Ensemble Reconsil in Vienna in 2002.

He has taught at various music schools in Austria since 1986.


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Leonce und Lena (opera, libretto by the composer, after Georg Büchner), 1982 (incomplete; one section may be performed separately as a concert work: Lied der Rosetta)

Der Narr (opera in 2 acts, libretto by the composer, after Edgar Allan Poe), Op. 45, 1991–93, revised 1995 (a concert suite was arranged as Playout)

Die Liebe zu den Drei Orangen (chamber opera in 2 acts, libretto by Thomas Strittmatter, after Carlo Gozzi), Op. 49, 1993–94 (a concert suite was arranged as Fritzimitzispuzzi)

The Very First Soap Opera (chamber opera, libretto by Robert Wiche), Op. 71, 1997


Musik in einem Satz, symphonic band, Op. 11a, 1983 (also version for small orchestra [12 players], Op. 11b, 1983–84)

Vier kleine Orchesterstücke, Op. 12b, 1983–84 (version of Vier kleine Klavierstücke, piano, Op. 12a)

Concertino, flute, string orchestra, Op. 14b, 1984 (version of chamber work, Op. 14a)

Ouverture, small orchestra, Op. 21, 1986

Torso – 1. Symphonie, Op. 22, 1986, revised 1996 (also version of first movement as Kopfsatz, small orchestra, 1991)

Suoni reali, 15 strings, Op. 38, 1988–89

Playout, small orchestra, 1991–92 (concert suite from Der Narr, Op. 45)

PENTALPHA, oboe, string orchestra, Op. 59, 1994–96

m'onde, Op. 57b, 1995–96 (version of chamber work, Op. 57a)

Symphonie Nr. 2, 4 percussion, small orchestra, Op. 66, 1996

Games without Frontiers, small orchestra (15 players), Op. 77, 1998

Split the Lark, flute, small orchestra (15 players), Op. 87, 2000–01

Typhon, piano, orchestra, Op. 89, 2001


Duo, flute, violin, Op. 1, 1980, revised 1993

String Quartet No. 1, Op. 2, 1981, revised 1994–95

Scherzo, flute, piano, Op. 3, 1981

Serenade, 2 flutes, oboe, bassoon, Op. 4, 1981

Trio, violin, viola, cello, Op. 5, 1982

Sonate, flute, piano, Op. 6, 1982

Duo, violin, cello, Op. 7, 1982

Nachtstück, 4 flutes, Op. 8, 1982, revised 1995

Trio, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, Op. 9, 1982–83

Concertino, flute, piano, Op. 14a, 1983 (also version for flute, string orchestra, Op. 14b)

Trio, violin, cello, piano, Op. 16, 1984

Danse infernale, flute, piano, Op. 19, 1985

Trio, flute, harp, viola, Op. 20, 1986

Eisblumen, 2 flutes, violin, cello, piano, Op. 23, 1986

Divertimento, 2 flutes, Op. 25, 1987

ESKapaden, 2 oboes, English horn, Op. 27, 1987

Quartet, flute, violin, viola, cello, Op. 29, 1987

3x3 Bagatellen, flute, harp, viola, Op. 30, 1987

Präludium und Unfuge, 5 flutes, Op. 33, 1988 (incomplete)

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 34, 1988

Short Story, improvisational ensemble, 1988

Und (und ohne und), 4 saxophones, Op. 32, 1988–89 (one section may be performed separately: Pastorale hongroise, Op. 32b, 1988)

From a Nonexistent Movie Soundtrack, improvisational ensemble, 1989

Die abstrakte Braut, improvisational ensemble, Op. 36, 1989 (one section may be performed separately: ...ein Weillchen Musik, flute, alto saxophone, tuba, cello, organ, percussion, Op. 36b, 1989)

Madness 4 Every 1, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), Op. 41, 1990

Exorcism, baritone saxophone, piano, 3 percussion, Op. 42, 1991

Doo's Nicks, improvisational ensemble, 1991

No Reggae No Cry, improvisational ensemble, 1991

ja und warum, flute, clarinet, string quartet, Op. 43, 1991 (incomplete)

Halberfundene Begegnungen, flute, cello, piano, Op. 44, 1991

Rain, 4 saxophones, drum machine, Op. 47, 1993

Die Kirchenmaus als Hawaiimädchen, 3 recorders, 3 bowed psalteries, Op. 48, 1993

Bonus Tracks, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, vibraphone, Op. 51, 1994

Fritzimitzispuzzi, 2 flutes, piano, 1994 (concert suite from Die Liebe zu den Drei Orangen, Op. 49)

und ordnung keimt empor, oboe, bassoon, piano, Op. 52, 1994

Parasit, flute, Op. 53, 1994

saxoscope, alto saxophone, Op. 55, 1994

Chimaera I, harp, violin, Op. 56 No. 1, 1995 (also version for violin, piano, Op. 56 No. 1a, 1997)

Chimaera II, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, Op. 56 No. 2, 1995

onde, accordion, Op. 57a, 1995

m'onde, clarinet, alto saxophone, tuba, viola, organ, accordion, percussion, Op. 57a, 1995 (also version for orchestra, Op. 57b)

Ajándék, bassoon, piano, Op. 58 No. 2, 1995 (also version for cello, piano, Op. 58 No. 2a, 1997)

Prélude – Durchdringung, alto saxophone, organ, Op. 61, 1995

ALPHA, oboe, Op. 59a, 1996 (also version for flute, Op. 59b, 1998)

Hörst du (String Quartet No. 3), Op. 62, 1996

Trauriger Dienstag lustiger Freitag, violin, Op. 64 No. 1, 1996

wagneramente, flute, clarinet, Op. 64 No. 2, 1997

MinonA, flute, violin, viola, cello, Op. 69, 1997–98

Lullaby, 3 microtonal electric guitars, microtonal bass guitar, Op. 75, 1998

Reichert '98, 5 flutes, Op. 76 No. 1, 1998

für drei raben nr. 9, flute (+ alto flute), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), accordion, Op. 76 No. 2, 1998

L'Ombra mi aduggia, flute, Op. 80, 1999

Schrittwerk, flute, violin, viola, cello, percussion, Op. 83, 2000

Chorea, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, Op. 84, 2000

Cake Walk, string quartet, Op. 85, 2000


Mass, mixed chorus, string orchestra, Op. 13, 1983 (incomplete)

De Profundis, soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, small orchestra (15 players), Op. 28, 1987

Zlyirr (text by the composer), mixed chorus, Op. 37, 1989

Ursprungszeugnis (text from the Rig Veda), mixed chorus, amplified clavichord/amplified piano, Op. 79, 1999


Lied der Rosetta (text by Georg Büchner), soprano, piano, 1982, revised 1996 (section of Leonce und Lena; may be performed separately as a concert work)

An (text by Nikolaus Lenau), tenor, piano, 1984

Zärtlich schweben Schmetterlinge (text by Renate Lerperger), high soprano, flute, piano, 1986

Klage (text by Georg Trakl), high soprano, flute, 1987

Das Lied einer Waise (text by Rainer Maria Rilke), soprano, flute, cello, piano, 1987

Ringelnatz (text by Joachim Ringelnatz), soprano, flute, piano, Op. 39, 1990

Die Ratten (text by Georg Trakl), soprano, piano, 1991

Ophelia (text by William Shakespeare), soprano, piano, Op. 54, 1994

The Bed Book (text by Sylvia Plath), soprano, piano, Op. 60, 1995

...wir dachten an Händel, aber er verstarb mitten im Schaffensrausch (texts by Rainer Brambach, Frank Geerk), baritone, piano, Op. 65, 1996

Poetry and Grammar (text by Gertrude Stein), 2 female voices, piano, Op. 67, 1996

Wintermind (texts by Rainer Brambach, Frank Geerk), soprano, piano, Op. 68, 1996

Was denkt die Maus am Donnerstag (text by Josef Guggenmos), soprano, violin, cello, piano, Op. 70, 1997 (also version for soprano, piano, 1997)

Wie die Hinde lechzt (text from the Bible), soprano, baritone, organ, Op. 72, 1997

Des Löwen Geburtstag (text by Peter Hammerschlag), soprano, piano, 1997

Mondträumerlieder (text by Jean Arp), tenor, piano, Op. 73, 1998

Drei Liebeslieder (text by Else Lasker-Schüler), mezzo-soprano, piano, Op. 74, 1998

A House that Tries to be Haunted (text by Emily Dickinson), soprano, small orchestra (15 players), Op. 78, 1999


Fantasie, Op. 10, 1982–83

Vier kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 12a, 1983 (also version as Vier kleine Orchesterstücke, orchestra, Op. 12b)

Variationen über ein eigenes Thema, Op. 15, 1983

Sonata, Op. 17, 1985

Drei Stücke, piano 4 hands, Op. 18, 1985

Après une lecture de Plenzdorf, Op. 24, 1987

Textures, 2 pianos, Op. 31, 1987–88

Moments musicaux, Op. 35, 1989

zeichnen nach der natur, 2 pianos, Op. 40, 1990

Love in the Kitchen, Op. 49b, 1994, revised 1998

Frenzy... quasi una toccata, Op. 81, 1999


Chants et cris, Op. 26, 1987

Tiefamt, Op. 50, 1990–93

Beuschel verkehrt, Op. 63, 1996


Lithium, microtonal harpsichord, Op. 58 No. 1, 1995


Circular Framework, fixed media, 1988 (collaboration with Lukas Ligeti, Christian Minkowitsch)

Fake Songs, fixed media, Op. 46, 1993