Peter Wettstein

(b. 15 September 1939, Zürich).

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

Mr. Wettstein studied at the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich and the Universität Zürich and then at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold from 1961–65, where he studied composition, conducting, music theory, and violin. He attended courses in Darmstadt, Hilversum, New York, and Paris.

He taught conducting and music theory at the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich from 1965–76 and served as director of the career division of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zürich from 1976–78. He taught at the Universität Zürich from 1978–2001 and served as director of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste from 1999–2003.

He is the father of the composer Martin Wettstein.

His publisher is Musikhaus Jecklin & Co.


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Concerto grosso, female dancer, violin, ensemble (flute [+ alto flute], clarinet, cello, piano, percussion), 1989

Viriditas (play, text compiled by the composer), 9 mixed voices, dance troupe, small orchestra (14 players), 1990

Seifenblasen (theatre piece; all players speak text by Silvia Gillardon), piano (+ wooden percussion) (3 players), 1993


Notturno, string orchestra, 1969–71

Zwei Szenen, large orchestra, 1973–74

Konzert, 18 or more strings, 1974–75

Alkezir, 1981

Suono del ceresio, large orchestra, 1984

Aphoriphone, clown ad libitum, 12 strings, 1982–86

Musica concertante, oboe, violin, harpsichord, string orchestra, 1986

Concerto Violinissimo, violin, orchestra, 1991–92

Rhapsodie, symphonic band, 1992

Kaleidos, 2 percussion, 16 strings, 1993

Ritornelli, small orchestra, 1995 (section of work Kreuzende Wege, a collaboration with Werner Bärtschi, Ulrich Gasser, Max E. Keller, Martin Sigrist; may be performed separately)

Begegnung, cello, large orchestra, 1997

Blaue Stunde, 21 strings, 1997–98

Hesli-Musik, 5 clarinets, string orchestra, 1999 (section of Von Kissen und Küssen in Chüesenacht; may be performed separately)

Pierre de Lune, alto saxophone, 21 strings, 2000

Image mystérieuse, large orchestra, 2002–03

(T)raummusik, recorder, oboe, trumpet, violin, string orchestra, 2004


Kammermusik, flute, clarinet, string quartet, 1964

Kammermusik, oboe, viola, harpsichord, 1966–68

Metamorphosen, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1969

Gravitation, clarinet, bassoon, harp, violin, cello, 1969–70

Abraxas, flute, cello, piano, 1970–71

Sieben Miniaturen, transverse flute, harpsichord, 1974

Tönungen, flute, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 1976

Anrufungen, clarinet, organ, 1976–77

Esquisses, violin, 1976–77

Legende, flute, clarinet, piano, 1977

Musica riservata, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1979

Skizzen, guitar, 1981 (also longer version as Skizzen für Flöte und Duettino für Flöte und Gitarre, flute, guitar, 1988)

Fadensonnen, violin, viola, cello, 1985

Air dans l'aube, flute, 1987

Janus, string quartet, 1987

Starowy, clarinet, alto saxophone, piano, 1987

Canto trasognato, cello, piano, 1988

Arkadische Spielereien, pan flute, any keyboard instrument, 1989

Sieben Märchenbilder, flute, guitar, viola, 1989

Capriccio (-fa + Es-C-H), flute (+ piccolo), double bass, 1990

Puzzle-Duo, 2 violins, 1990

Une Liaison, clarinet, piano, 1992

Fünf plus drei, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 1994–95

Nachtstück, clarinet, piano, 1996

(T)raummusik, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, French horn, trumpet, trombone, 1996

Das Narrenspiel, violin, piano, 1997

Eine E-Musik, flute (+ alto flute), harpsichord, 1998

Rotondo, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, viola, double bass, piano, accordion, percussion, 1998–99 (collaboration with Werner Bärtschi, Ulrich Gasser, Max E. Keller, Martin Sigrist)

Alla Polacca, violin, 1999 (section of Von Kissen und Küssen in Chüesenacht; may be performed separately)

Inannas Abstieg in die Unterwelt, flute, violin, 2 violas, cello, 2000

Sechs Miniaturen, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2001–02


Gitanjali (cantata, text by Rabindranath Tagore [translated by Gabriele Maria Muncker, Adam Haas]), mixed chorus, organ, 1971–72

Bellica pax, mixed chorus, 1978

Acht Nostalgische Madrigaletti (text by Mascha Kaléko), mixed chorus, 1986

Elegie (cantata, text by Wolfdietrich Schnurre), 16–24 mixed voices, 2 flutes (1st + piccolo, 2nd + alto flute), oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, 1988

Un Giro immortale (Totentanz 1995) (texts by Dante Alighieri, Giuseppe Ungaretti), baritone, female speaker, male speaker, mixed chorus, mime ad libitum, violin, ensemble (clarinet [+ E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet], 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos, piano 4 hands, 2 percussion), 1994

Von Kissen und Küssen in Chüesenacht, 4 soloists, 4 choruses, 5 clarinets, 2 ensembles, string orchestra, 1999 (two sections may be performed separately: Alla Polacca; Hesli-Musik)


Gelöstes Haar (cantata, text by Manfred Hausmann), alto, string quartet, 1967

Sequenz zu 'Missa in festo Pentecostes', soprano, clarinet, viola, organ, 1985 (section of Propriumsteile der Pfingstmesse, a collaboration with Gerald Bennett, Josef Haselbach, Heinz Holliger, Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Jacques Wildberger; may be performed separately)

Sehnsucht (text by Katharina Sallenbach), bass-baritone, piano, 1986

Die Göttin (text by Robert Walser), male voice, piano, 2001


Quatre Moments Musicaux, 1971

Pulsationen, 1984

Sieben Bilder aus dem alten Buch, 1986 (collaboration with painter Elisabeth Wettstein-Wille)

Quintatön, 1986

Topas, clavier à lumières, 2002


Fantasie, 1962–63

Vor- und Nachspiel, 1978–79

Toccata (Mi-HF-), 1984–85


Concerto Violinissimo. Katharina Schamböck, violin; Vytautas Viržonis/Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (Studio A: SACD 010294, 1994)

Rotondo. Christian Hommel/Ensemble Aventure (Schweizerischer Tonkünstlerverein: STV/ASM 016, 2002)

Sequenz zu 'Missa in festo Pentecostes'. (Edition Jecklin: JD 617-2)

Sehnsucht. (Edition Jecklin: JS 270/71-2)

Janus. (Edition Jecklin: JS 283-2)