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Felder Alfred

(02. 09. 1950)

Felder Alfred
Felder Alfred
Ruchwiesenstr. 61
CH-8404 Winterthur (ZH)
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)52 222 84 46

www.alfredfelder.ch/



Genre: Classical Music
Professional activity: Komponierende, Interpretierende
Biography
Alfred Felder was born 1950 in Lucerne. He studied violoncello and composition at the Musikhochschule Luzern (teaching diploma with distinction) before attending the Mozarteum in Salzburg (soloist's diploma on the Migros culture foundation's fellowship).
Alfred Felder was solo cellist with various orchestras and a member of the Festival Strings Lucerne from 1977 until 1983. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in most European countries and in Canada, India, China and Japan.
Alfred Felder has been a violoncello teacher at the Winterthur Conservatory since 1981. He has received numerous commissions for compositions, including from the city of Zurich, the Tonhallegesellschaft Zürich, Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Festival Strings Lucerne, the Schweizer Kammerphilharmonie and many more. His orchestral works have been performed at various festivals in Tokyo, at the Osaka Festival, in South Africa, in Russian, the USA and at the Lucerne Festival. He composed the compulsory piece 'Capriccio und Variations for Violin Solo' for the 2005 and 2006 Concours International de Violon Shlomo Mintz. 'âtesh', a commissioned work for soli, mixed choir and large orchestra (Switerland's contribution to UNESCO year) was world premiered by the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and the Konzertchor Harmonie in 2007. His violin concert 'open secret', a piece commissioned by the Musikkollegium Winterthur, was first performed within the framework of a subscription concert. His string quartet, also commissioned by the Musikkollegium Winterthur, has to date been performed by various quartets including the Sarastro Quartet, which recorded its performance for prosperity during a tour of Argentina.
Felder's works are published by the SME, Nepomuk-Verlag, Gilgenreiner and KaNo. His compositions for children and youths include 'Wasserspiele', a piece commended by the European String Teachers Association (ESTA). Various other pieces have been labelled "particularly valuable for pedagogic purposes" by the Verband Deutscher Musikschulen. CDs featuring his work are available on the VdE Gallo, swiss pan and centaur labels. The composer has donated his complete manuscripts to Zurich's Cental Library.


Work list
Et (1976)

Instrumentation: for cello

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
for violoncello solo, harpsichord and strings (1982-1983)


A tale (ballad) told in music.

Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
Passacaglia (1985)

Instrumentation: for organ

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Klangstudie, Variationen über den gregorianischen Osterchoral (1985)

Instrumentation: for violoncello solo

Five variations and one coda based on the Gregorian choral 'Victimae pascali laudes'.

Duration: 13' 00"
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Monolog für Klarinette solo (1985)


Duration: 7' 00"
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Notturno (1986)
Music

Instrumentation: for violoncello and harpsichord

...and again it is night.

Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
... pasar por la calle... Passacaglia für Streicher (1986)

Instrumentation: for string orchestra

Passacaglia in four movements: "Ich bin, ich weiss nicht wer; ich komme, ich weiss nicht woher; ich gehe, ich weiss nicht wohin; mich wunderts, dass ich so fröhlich bin." From the 'cherubinischen Wandersmann' by Angelus Silesius.

Duration: 16' 00"
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Variations for Violin solo (1987)


Duration: 7' 00"
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Akasha (1988)

Instrumentation: for clarinet, cello and piano

Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Metamorphose - Impressionen über ein Bild von Thyl Eisenmann (1988)

Instrumentation: for strings and percussion

Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Tania's Dance (1989)

Instrumentation: for flute

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Capriccio (1989)

Instrumentation: for violin

Duration: 7' 00"
Verlag KaNo
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Dschen (1989)

Instrumentation: for viola

Duration: 7' 00"
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Kreise (1990)

Instrumentation: for flute, clarinet and harp

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Spass bei Saite (1990)

Instrumentation: for violin and violoncello

Duration: 3' 00"
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Im See ist Feuer (1990-1997)
Music

Instrumentation: for violin, violoncello and orchestra

Double concert;
Score for orchestra: strings and two percussionists.
"The fire below and the sea above battle and defeat one another…" from the symbol GO out of the Chinese oracle book I Ging.


Duration: 30' 00"
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Melisma (1992)

Instrumentation: for soprano, cello and harpsichord

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Wo meine Seele erstarkt (1992)

Instrumentation: for clarinet, cello and piano

Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Cercles (1992)

Instrumentation: for flute, clarinet, harp, string quartet and double-bass

Duration: 12' 00"
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CHF: 18.00
Nachtgesang (1993)
Music

Instrumentation: for flute, viola and harp

The spirit of the healing ritual "night song" of the Navajo Indians translated into music.

Duration: 17' 00"
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(Parts incl)
4 Collagen über Texte von Mani Matter (1993)

Instrumentation: for six violoncelli and one orator (German in Bern dialect)
Texts: Mani Matter

1. "wenn doch nume die..." (4')
2. "oberi und underi" (3')
3. Ballade vom Nationalrat Hugo Sanders (5')
4. us emene lääre Gygechaste (5')
Four of Mani Matters timeless texts, this time a little different.
Can be performed and ordered singularly (sFr. 14.-, 10.-, 12.-, 14.-)


Duration: 17' 00"
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Das Spiel mit dem Wasser (1993)

Instrumentation: for three - four clarinets in B

Duration: 7' 00"
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==-== (1994)
Music for piano


-- -- 'das Nachgebende', airy, soft.
----- 'das Feste', ostinate, earthy.


Duration: 11' 00"
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CHF: 15.60
Vision, music for strings (1994-1995)

Instrumentation: for thirteen solo strings (8.2.2.1) or string orchestra (16.4.4.2)

A journey inside us:"All of a sudden I was surrounded by a fire coloured cloud..." (R. Bucke).

Duration: 22' 00"-24' 00"
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CHF: 31.20
Vision (1995)

Instrumentation: for wind section (2.2.4.2/2.0.0.0), double-bass and percussion

Duration: 25' 00"
Manuscript
Song of the Sky (1996)

Instrumentation: for violin, guitar and double-bass

After searching for ones own identity one finds ones own songs.

Duration: 23' 00"-25' 00"
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CHF: 24.70
Night Chant (1996)
Music

Instrumentation: for violoncello and piano

An attempt to produce in music the secretive and magic text of the Indian ritual 'Night Chant'.

Duration: 25' 00"
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CHF: 21.00
Wasserspiele (1996)

Instrumentation: for three - five performers: min. two strings (vn,va,vc,db) and piano

Duration: 8' 00"-10' 00"
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Melodie (1996)

Instrumentation: for 2 clarinets

Duration: 2' 00"
Innovative Music
Postfach
CH-8932 Mettmenstetten
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4 Collagen über Schweizer Volksmusik (1996)

Instrumentation: for three violins violoncello and piano

Ländler-Walzerde plageti HansliSchwyzer-SchottischEntlibucher Polka

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Regen über der Wüste (1997)

Instrumentation: for clarinet, bass clarinet, percussion and speaker
Texts: Eva Eisenmann-Westphal

Duration: 6' 00"
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CHF: 12.00
Amen (1997)

Instrumentation: for speaker, bass clarinet, and two percussionists
Texts: Eva Eisenmann-Westphal

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Apache Clown Dance (1998)
Music

Instrumentation: for clarinet solo (in Bb)

Clowns are very important in the dance rituals of the Apache Indians. They can be jocular but are also holy. Attempt to be the 'holy clown' while you play the 'Apache Clown Dance'.

Duration: 10' 00"
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CHF: 13.80
Fussspur (1998)
Music

Instrumentation: for flute solo

"We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown. We have devised profound theories, one after another, to account for its origins. At last we have succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the footprint. And lo! It is our own." (Sir Arthur Eddington, 1882-1944).

Duration: 7' 00"
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CHF: 13.20
Elemente - 4 Tonbilder für Orchester (1999)

Instrumentation: (2.2.2.2/2.2.1.0/3perc/str

Walking in the Paths of the Warrior (fire)Teacher (water)Visionary (air)Healer (earth).

Duration: 35' 00"
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CHF: 63.60
(Material and CD available from composer)
The second attention (2000)

Instrumentation: for violin, violoncello, piano, maracas, bells and gong

Duration: 24' 00"
Manuscript
Klecks und das Katzenfest im Schulhaus (2001)
Musical for children

Instrumentation: for song, clarinet, violoncello, piano and percussion
Texts: Gabriela Büttiker-Meier

Duration: 85' 00"
Manuscript
Bratschissimo (2001)

Instrumentation: for 6 violas

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Traviata-Fantasie (2001)

Instrumentation: for violoncello and piano

A fantasy about the opera 'La Traviata' by Giuseppe Verdi.

Duration: 15' 00"
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CHF: 25.30
Labyrinth (2002)
Music

Instrumentation: for violin, viola and violoncello

Each instrument has its own individual character and its own tempo. It is like three wanderers with the same destination but each choosing a different route and each walking at a different pace. The wanderers occasionally meet, walk a while together then separate.

Duration: 16' 00"
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CHF: 21.00
(Parts: CHF 25.-)
... zu den Rändern ... (2002-2003)
Music

Instrumentation: for viola, bass clarinet and piano

Based on a picture by the Lucerne painter Thyl Eisenmann. Delicate, subtle colour tones possessing an intensive force.

Duration: 20' 00"
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CHF: 24.60
(Parts: CHF 20.-)
Chant for Viola solo (2003)


'Chant' deals with the search for ones own identity, the search for 'ones very own songs'. The soloist must move step by step on the stage after a pre-determined sequence.

Duration: 13' 00"
Verlag KaNo
Bachtelstr. 78
8400 Winterthur
Rhythm (2003)
Five movements

Instrumentation: for piano solo

There are five fundamental life rhythms: the chaotic, the flowing, the staccato (detached) the lyrical and the rhythm of silence.

Duration: 14' 00"
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CHF: 23.40
evening sun (2003)
Music

Instrumentation: for guitar solo

Fantasy based on an ancient Shamanic song telling how one can impart all ones sorrows, fears and pains to the sinking sun. On its cycle around the earth the sun washes these confessions in cold water and appears again in the morning, clean, fresh and full of energy.

Duration: 7' 00"
Verlag KaNo
Bachtelstr. 78
8400 Winterthur
... zu schwingen... (2003)
Music

Instrumentation: for violoncello solo, 2 baoding balls, 2 concrete tomtoms 2 wooden tomtoms and a singing bowl

Duration: 40' 00"
Manuscript
Chant (2004)

Instrumentation: for violin solo

'Chant' deals with the search for ones own identity, the search for 'ones very own songs'. The soloist must move step by step on the stage after a pre-determined sequence. There is a slightly modified version of 'Chant' for viola solo.

Duration: 12' 00"
Verlag KaNo
Bachtelstr. 78
8400 Winterthur
Song of the Blue Lizard (2004)

Instrumentation: for piano solo

To be played very freely, like an improvisation.

Duration: 6' 00"
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CHF: 12.00
Dreamlines (2004)
Trio

Instrumentation: for two clarinets and a basset horn

"The dream of a man is all that he possesses."

Duration: 15' 00"
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CHF: 17.40
all songs are good (2004)
Trio

Instrumentation: for flute (afl), clarinet (bcl) and piano

This piece is concerned with the journey into another reality, a reality where one can encounter various magical animals.

Duration: 30' 00"
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CHF: 27.60
(Flute and clarinet parts: CHF 40.-)
âtesh (2004-2006)

Instrumentation: for soprano, baritone, four-part mixed choir and large orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.2.3.0/3perc/str)

After poems by the Persian mystic Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)
"âtesh", Persian for fire - mystical poem - die to live...
"âtesh" was the Swiss contribution to the UNESCO Year 2007, world premiered by the Tonhalleorchester and Harmonie-Chor Zürich.

Duration: 75' 00"
Manuscript
Dialog (2006)
Music

Instrumentation: for violin and piano

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Mullah Nasrudin (2007)

Instrumentation: for violin solo

Mullah Nasrudin is simultaneously a sage, a fool, a master, a beggar, a magistrate, a teacher and a doctor figure in the Arabian tree. He appears in many stories, each of which can be perceived as superficial and funny but also contain a hidden proposition. It is for the latter reason that the stories of Nasrudin are deeply anchored in the tradition of Sufism (Islamic mysticism) where the Sheikhs use them as teaching stories for their dervishes. The first written reference of such a Nasrudin story can be found as far back as the 13th century. The name Nasr ed-Din means "victory of the faith". Nasreddin is always in the Muslim faith!
A historical Nasrudin most probably lived between the 13th and 14th centuries in Anatolia or Persia where he worked as a spiritual teacher. Konya in Turkey and Iran are his probable last resting places. As with other people from tradition, the present day Nasrudin is not an authentic historical perso. He is known in all Islamic regions, including Afghanistan, Iran and Tadzhikistan with many local miracles being ascribed to him.

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
CHF: 12.00
open secret, sohbet (2007)
Violin concert

Instrumentation: for violin solo and orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.2.0.0/2perc/str)

Inspired by a poem written by the Persian mystic Rumi. An intoxicatingly symbolic sound world alluding to a hidden second reality, steeped by mystic secrets: open secret.
Gilgenreiner Publishers


Duration: 28' 00"
Gilgenreiner Verlag
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Streichquartett "Fremd bin ich eingezogen..." (string quartet "Fremd bin ich eingezogen...") (2007-2008)


Variations over the lied "Gute Nacht" from the "Winterreise" by Franz Schubert.

Duration: 15' 00"
Gilgenreiner Verlag
Josef Gilgenreiner
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violas - alive (2008)

Instrumentation: for 6 violins

Version of the Irish folksong "Cockles and Mussels Alive - Alive Oh".

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Sagemattler-Walzer (2008)

Instrumentation: for string orchestra

Adaptation of 2 waltzes from the dance orchestra "d'Sagemattler" from Unterägeri (um 1840).

Duration: 13' 00"
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CHF: 21.60
9ten Novemb. 1828 Tagebuch Robert Schumann (2009)
Music

Instrumentation: for clarinet, viola, piano and percussion

Duration: 16' 00"
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CHF: 16.80
De Profundis (2009-2010)

Instrumentation: for soprano, mezzo-soprano and string quartet

Duration: 47' 00"
Manuscript
TaG TaG (2009)
Music

Instrumentation: for flute, clarinet, violin, viola and violoncello

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
this longing (2009)
Fantasy

Instrumentation: for piano solo

Over the romantic lyrics by Jelaluddin Rumi.

Duration: 17' 00"
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CHF: 19.20
Fantasia (2010)

Instrumentation: for piano solo

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Songs of time (2010)

Instrumentation: for countertenor and ensemble (fl.cl/pf.perc/vn.va.vc.db)

Old texts (Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, Sanskrit, Old French, Greek, Latin, English, ancient Egyptian).

Duration: 65' 00"
Manuscript
del-aram (2012)

Instrumentation: for baritone, 2 string orchestras and percussion
Texts: Jelaluddin Rumi

Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Diskographie
Fremd bin ich / Der Tod und das Mädchen (Gallo Nr. CD-1347, 2011)
Works:
Felder, Alfred: Streichquartett "Fremd bin ich eingezogen..." (2007-2008)
With more works of: Franz Schubert
new dialects / Gregory Oakes, clarinet (Centaur Records Nr. CRC 3038, 2009)
Works:
Felder, Alfred: Apache Clown Dance (1998)
With more works of: Eric Mandat, Ken Ueno, Roberto Sierra, Ned McGowan, Chen Yi, John Mayer
Martin Werner plays (Guild Nr. 7310, 2004)
Works:
Felder, Alfred: Song of the Blue Lizard (2004)
Klecks und das Katzenfest im Schulhaus, Kindermusical (Roccosound Nr. M001, 2002)
Works:
Felder, Alfred: Klecks und das Katzenfest im Schulhaus (2001)
Violoncelle et Opéra (Gallo Nr. 1133, 2001)
Works:
Felder, Alfred: Traviata-Fantasie (2001)
Trio Artemis (Gallo Nr. 1409, 2000)
Works:
Felder, Alfred: The second attention (2000)
Zeitgenössische Musik für Flöte solo (Jonas Lindenmann) (CD swiss pan, 1998)
Works:
Felder, Alfred: Fussspur (1998)
Eisenmann, Will: Improvisation I & II, op. 94, op. 107 (1977)
With more works of: Caspar Diethelm, Hans Zellweger, Peter Benary
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Concertos (Gallo Nr. 493, 1985)
Works:
Felder, Alfred: Ballade für Violoncello solo, Cembalo und Streicher (1982-1983)
With more works of: Jacques Valmont
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Bibliography
Büttiker, Herbert: Trio mit Schamanentrommel, in: Der Landbote (15.12.2000) (2000)
Wolfensberger, Rita: Alfred Felder - Luzerner Komponist und Cellist, in: Luzerner Zeitung (22.1.1991) (1991)