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Heinz Holliger

(b. 1939)


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(b Langenthal, Switz., 1939).

Swiss oboist and composer, husband of Ursula Holliger. Won comps. at Geneva (1959) and Munich (1961). Prin. ob., Basle Orch. 1959–64. Salzburg Fest. début 1961. Prof. of ob., Freiburg Musikhochschule, from 1966. Works written for him by Berio, Huber, Krenek, Henze, Penderecki, Lutosłlawski, Ligeti, Stockhausen, Carter, Ferneyhough, Takemitsu, etc. His own comps. incl. Erde und Himmel, cantata, ten., 5 instr.; Elis, 3 nocturnes, pf. (1961); 3 Liebeslieder, alto, orch.; Schwarzgewebene Trauer, sop., 3 instr.; 4 Bagatelles, sop., pf. (1963); Glühende Rätsel, alto, instr. (1964); Der magische Tänzer, 2 singers, 2 dancers, 2 actors, ch., orch., tape (1965); Trio, ob., va., hp. (1966); Siebengesang, ob., orch., vv., amplifiers (1967); h, wind quintet (1968); Dona nobis pacem, 12 unacc. vv. (1968–9); Pneuma, 34 winds, org., perc., radios (1970); Cardiophonie, 1 wind player (1971); Str. Qt. (1974–5); Atembogen, orch. (1975); Chaconne, vc. (1976); Come and Go, chamber opera (1976–7); NOT 1, monodrama, sop., elec. (1980); Ad marginem, chamber orch., elec. (1983); Engführung, chamber orch. (1983–4); Der ferne Klang, chamber orch., elec. (1983–4); Schaufelrad, chamber orch., opt. women's vv. (1983–4); Turm‐Musik, fl., orch., elec. (1984); Tonscherben, orch. (1985); What Where, chamber opera (1988); Scardanelli‐Zyklus (1975–91): 1. Die Jahreszeiten, unacc. ch. (1975–9), 2. (t)air(e), fl. (1980–3), 3. Übungen zu Scardanelli, small orch., tape (1978–85), 4. Ostinato funebre, small orch. (1991); (S)irató, orch. (1992–3); Hommage à Soutter, vn., orch. (1993–5); Mileva‐Lieder, sop., pf. (1994); Schneewittchen, opera (1997–8); Partita, pf. (1999); ConcErto? … cErtO!, soloists, chamber orch. (2001).

Subjects: Music.


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