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Pfiffner Ernst

(06. 12. 1922 - 09. 07. 2011)

Pfiffner Ernst
Pfiffner Ernst
(BS)



Genre: Classical Music
Professional activity: Composers
Biography
* 06. 12. 1922, † 09. 07. 2011.

Following completion of his undergraduate studies in Disentis, Pfiffner studied philosophy and theology for several semesters (including in Fribourg). He studied music in Rome and in Basel (organ diploma under Eduard Müller). Between 1959 and 1994 he held numerous teaching posts in Basel and Lucerne. From 1950 until 1987 he was cantor, choirmaster and organist at St Michael's in Basel. Between 1960 and 1970 he was editor of the journal 'Katholische Kirchenmusik'. From 1967 until 1987 he was director of the 'Akademie für Schul- und Kirchenmusik, Luzern' (Academy of School and Church Music in Lucerne). He has lived in Basel since 1948.

Work list
Kleine Messe für Advent und Fastenzeit (1948-1949)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 4' 00"
Paulus Verlag GmbH
Murbacherstr. 29
CH-6003 Luzern
Adventspsalm (1949-1972)

Instrumentation: for two choirs, two trumpets, trombone and organ

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Reworking of 'In Fernen schau ich aus' for double choir, three trombones and organ.
Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Herbst: Schon bleichen alle Dinge (1950)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir

Texts: Alfons Reck

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 5' 00"
Musikverlag zum Pelikan
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
Schweiz
3 Gesänge nach östlichen Dichtern (1950-1973)

Instrumentation: for mezzo-soprano and piano

Texts: Hitoshi, Omar Khayyam, Mueyaki

- Nichtigkeit - Vergänglichkeit - EinsamkeitWork series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Proprium Adorate (1951)

Instrumentation: for two to four-part mixed choir

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 6' 00"
Christophorus-Verlag
Verlag Herder GmbH
Hermann Herder Str. 4

Sonate (1952)

Instrumentation: for piano

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Notturno (1952)

Instrumentation: for piano

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 5' 00"
Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas
Via Chischliun 14
CH-7180 Disentis-Mustèr
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)81 947 59 35
Meditatio super Ave Maria (1952-1977)

Instrumentation: for violin and organ

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate (1953-1954/70)

Instrumentation: for violoncello and piano

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 19' 00"
Manuscript
2 Gesänge nach Gedichten von Hans Carossa (1954)

Instrumentation: for high voice and piano

Texts: Hans Carossa

Und wie manche Nacht
Sternenlied.
Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Partita "Dreifaltigkeit, urewig Licht" (1955)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 10' 00"
Willy Müller, Süddeutscher Musikverlag
Heidelberg
3 Klavierstücke (1955-1956)

Work series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Partita "Herr send herab nun deinen Sohn" (1956)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 14' 00"
Schwann
Düsseldorf
Ecce sacerdos magnus (1956)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 5' 00"
Annie Bank
postbus 347
NL-1180 AH Amsterdam
Autosprüche (1956-1957)

Instrumentation: for 3-5 identical voices

Texts: Franz Frieg

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 6' 00"
Gregorius-Musikverlag
Münster/Westfalen
Dahinter aber... (1957)
Five songs

Instrumentation: for deep voice and piano

Texts: Herbert Meier, H. Kübler, Werner Bergengruen, Baltruscheitis

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Toccata in B (1957)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 7' 00"
Doblinger
Wien
Psalm 98 "Dominus regnat" (1957-1973)

Instrumentation: for soprano and organ

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Ein Hafis-Zyklus (1958)

Instrumentation: for baritone, violin, violoncello, piano and timpani

Texts: Hafis (F. Fischbach, E. Bertram

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Partita "Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist" (1958)

Instrumentation: for organ, three trumpets and three trombones

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Die Rasselbande: Ein heiteres Instrumentar (1958)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir

Texts: Franz Krieg

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 10' 00"
Gregorius-Musikverlag
Münster/Westfalen
Fantasie (1958-1959)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 8' 00"
Edition Kunzelmann
Grütstr. 28
CH-8134 Adliswil
Der Sängerspiegel (1959)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir

Texts: Franz Krieg

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 6' 00"
Fidula-Verlag Holzmeister
Boppard
Partita "Gott sei gelobet" (1959)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 14' 00"
Doblinger
Wien
5 Violoncello-Duette (1959)

Work series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 5' 00"
Bärenreiter Verlag Basel/Kassel
Neuweilerstr. 15
CH-4015 Basel
Schweiz
www.baerenreiter.com
Kantate über die Weltzeit (1959-1960)

Instrumentation: for baritone, percussion and piano

Texts: Su-Tong-Po, Li-Tai-Pe, Tschan-Jo-Su, Kun-Fu-Tse (Hans Bethge, Klabund)

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Capriccio (1960)

Instrumentation: for clarinet and piano

Work series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 5' 00"
Editions Henn
5-7 rue de l'Ancien-Port
CH-1201 Genève
Suisse
Tel. +41 (0)22 738 91 10
Fax +41 (0)22 738 91 16
sidomusic@sidomusic.com
www.sidomusic.com
Choralfantasie "Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich" (1960-1961)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 14' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Ambrosius-Messe (1960-1961)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir, congregation, cantor and organ

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 6' 00"
Paulus Verlag GmbH
Murbacherstr. 29
CH-6003 Luzern
Kantate auf den Erlöser (1961-1962)

Instrumentation: for soprano, baritone, mixed choir, small orchestra and organ

Texts: Andreas Gryphius, Augustinus, Manikkavashgar und Bibel / Liturgie

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 30' 00"
Manuscript
Messe auf die heilige Dreifaltigkeit (1962)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir and organ

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 10' 00"
Hänssler
Neuhausen / Stuttgart
Unüberwindlich starker Held (1962)

Instrumentation: for congregation, choir and organ

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 5' 00"
Pustet
Regensburg
Proprium: Adorate Deum (1963)

Instrumentation: for congregation, cantor, mixed choir and organ

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 12' 00"
Paulus Verlag GmbH
Murbacherstr. 29
CH-6003 Luzern
Meditationen über "O Lamm Gottes" (1964)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 13' 00"
Merseburger
Berlin
Der Mond ist aufgegangen (1964)

Instrumentation: for monophonic choir and piano

Texts: Matthias Claudius

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Proprium: Dignus est Agnus (1964)

Instrumentation: for congregation, cantor, mixed choir and organ

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 6' 00"
Paulus Verlag GmbH
Murbacherstr. 29
CH-6003 Luzern
Choralsonate I: Mitten wir im Leben sind (1964-1965)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 13' 00"
Edition Cron
Zinggentorstr. 3
CH-6006 Luzern
www.editioncron.ch/
Elegie über "In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr" (1964-1965)

Instrumentation: for oboe and organ

Also for oboe, violin, viola and violoncello.Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 9' 00"
Hänssler
Neuhausen / Stuttgart
Et exaltavit humiles... (1965)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Edition Cron
Zinggentorstr. 3
CH-6006 Luzern
www.editioncron.ch/
Geleitsprüche am Fahrweg (1965)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir

Texts: Willy Bieger

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Hug & Co. Musikverlage
Limmatquai 28-30
CH-8001 Zürich
Intermezzo für Blechbläser und Orgel (1965/77)

Instrumentation: for two trumpets, three trombones and organ

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 3' 00"
Laudinella Verlag
Engadiner Kantorei
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Dialog (1965-1972)

Instrumentation: for two trumpets, trombone and organ

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 3' 00"
Laudinella Verlag
Engadiner Kantorei
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Deutsches Proprium (1966)

Instrumentation: for congregation, cantor, mixed choir and organ

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 15' 00"
Paulus Verlag GmbH
Murbacherstr. 29
CH-6003 Luzern
Ach bleib mit deiner Gnade (1966-1967)
Lied cantata

Instrumentation: for organ and four-part choir

Texts: Josua Stegemann

Choral piece from 'Eine Passion'.
Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Laudinella Verlag
Engadiner Kantorei
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Eine Passion (1966-1967/86)

Instrumentation: for choir, soli and orchestra

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie, Josua Stegmann

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 58' 00"
Manuscript
Praeludium (1967)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 6' 00"
Edition Kunzelmann
Grütstr. 28
CH-8134 Adliswil
Psalm-Motette "Lobet den Herrn" (1968)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Orbis-Verlag
Köln
Geistliche Gesänge (1968-1969)

Instrumentation: for baritone, clarinet, harp, timpani and string quartet

Texts: Manikkavashagar, Dschelal-eddin-Rumi, Kalidasa, Ptha-Hymnus, Upanishaden

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Notturno II (1968-1969)

Instrumentation: for piano

Work Series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas
Via Chischliun 14
CH-7180 Disentis-Mustèr
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)81 947 59 35
Der Jubal (1968-1984)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir (or male choir or 3-4 identical voices)

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (1969)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir, two trumpets, two trombones and organ

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 3' 00"
Paulus Verlag GmbH
Murbacherstr. 29
CH-6003 Luzern
Toccata II (1969-1970)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Edition Kunzelmann
Grütstr. 28
CH-8134 Adliswil
Tierkreis-Triptychon (1970/74)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir and piano

Texts: Franz Krieg

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Mette (1971)

Instrumentation: for monophonic choir, congregation and four saxophones (or other instruments)

Texts: Manfred Züfle

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Laudinella Verlag
Engadiner Kantorei
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Ihm danket immerdar. Gesänge für die Eucharistiefeier (1971)
Hymns for the Eucharist celebrations

Instrumentation: for celebrant, cantor, congregation and organ

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 16' 00"
Akademie für Schul- und Kirchenmusik
Musikhochschule Luzern
Zentralstrasse 18
CH-6002 Luzern
Tel. +41 (0)41 226 03 70
Fax +41 (0)41 226 03 71
info@mhs.fhz.ch
www.musikhochschule.ch/index.html
Ode "Wir schauen nach ihm" (1972)

Instrumentation: for baritone, clarinet, horn, viola, violoncello and small percussion

Texts: Chinesisch

Text: China 4AD.Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
"... et aperuit oculos.." (1973-1974)

Instrumentation: for bass, baritone, three tenors and instrumental ensemble (0.0.2.2/4.2.3.0/4perc)

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

In this piece the Latinate poetry of the blind born from the gospel according to John, is set to music. In the first part, the wonderment of the event, in the second the interrogation and in the third the words of Jesus to the healed are set forth. The disciples in the first part and the Pharisees in the second are written for a group of three tenors (traditionally called 'Turba') who, according to the dramatical situation, speak, whisper or scream.
Work series A: Music for concerts.


Duration: 15' 00"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 32.00
Componimento (1974-1976)

Instrumentation: for organ, strings (min. 12.12.10.8.6) and four percussion instruments

The title here comes from Gottlieb Muffat's (1690-1770) 'Componimenti Musicale'. In this piece two rather contrasting movements are set against each other (chamber musical registration and 'Pleno' effects, combine agile percussion and string figuration with long held single notes with chords, strict structures with improvisatory elements, and various blends of organ and orchestral sound).
Work series A: Music for concerts.


Duration: 20' 00"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 41.30
Emmaus (1975-1976)

Instrumentation: for harpsichord

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Quoniam dilexit multum (1976-1977)
Biblical cantata

Instrumentation: for baritone, two clarinets and two violoncelli

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Text: Luke 37-50.Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Bagatellen über Tierlieder (1976-1980)

Instrumentation: for piano

Work series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Choralvariationen über "Lobt den Herrn" (1977)

Instrumentation: for trumpet and organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 9' 00"
Edition Kunzelmann
Grütstr. 28
CH-8134 Adliswil
Jakobsbrunnen (1977)

Instrumentation: for harpsichord

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
5 Biblische Geschichten (1977-1978)

Instrumentation: for orator, choir, organ, violoncello and percussion

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Tentatio (1977-1978)

Instrumentation: for saxophone quartet

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Kleine Intervallenlehre (1977-1978)

Instrumentation: for soprano and alto (also chorally)

Texts: Hermann Fischer

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 3' 00"
Akademie für Schul- und Kirchenmusik
Musikhochschule Luzern
Zentralstrasse 18
CH-6002 Luzern
Tel. +41 (0)41 226 03 70
Fax +41 (0)41 226 03 71
info@mhs.fhz.ch
www.musikhochschule.ch/index.html
Metamorphosen des königlichen Themas (1978)

Instrumentation: for violin and harpsichord

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 10' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Stazioni di San Francesco (1978-1979)

Instrumentation: for bassoon and string trio

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Stazioni di San Francesco (1978-1981)

Instrumentation: for bassoon and organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Sinfonia (1978-1981)

Instrumentation: for orchestra (3(afl-g,pic).3(ca).3cl-a(bcl).3(cbn)/4.3.3.1/4perc/hp.cel.pf/12.10.7.6.4)

Movement order: "In Catene - in Fuga - In Scioglimento". In a self-explanatory way, the title and movement order show that the piece does not try to follow classical and romantic form, even if it makes use of a large orchestral setting. The movement titles are merely a starting point for the compositional process, not a programme. In the final movement a theme from a motet by Felice Anerio (1560-1614) is re-worked and a Gregorian melody incorporated.
Work series A: Music for concerts.


Duration: 17' 00"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 41.30
Die biblische Szene von der gekrümmten Frau (1979-1980)

Instrumentation: for violin solo

Six miniatures based on Luke 13, 10-17.
Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 6' 00"
Müller & Schade AG
Moserstr. 16
CH-3014 Bern
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)31 320 26 26
Fax +41 (0)31 320 26 27
musik@mueller-schade.com
www.mueller-schade.com
Horengesänge II für Wurmsbach (1979-1983)

Instrumentation: for female choir

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
All mein Gedanken (1980)

Instrumentation: for four-part mixed choir

Texts: Volkslied

Melody and text circa 1460.Work series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Wer das Leben liebt (1980)

Instrumentation: for between one and five identical voices, speaking choir, two flutes, two trumpets, two violoncelli, piano and percussion

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 19' 00"
Manuscript
Wurmsbacher-Heft I (1980-1986)

Instrumentation: for monophonic choir

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie, Teresa Grolimund

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Wurmsbacher-Heft II (1980-1989)

Instrumentation: for between two and four-part choir

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie, Teresa Grolimund

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Drei Impromptus (1981)

Instrumentation: for oboe

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 8' 00"
Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas
Via Chischliun 14
CH-7180 Disentis-Mustèr
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)81 947 59 35
Cambiamenti concertanti (1981-1983)

Instrumentation: for oboe, string orchestra (6.6.5.4.3) and percussion

The oboist plays the oboe d'amore in the movements I, III, IV; oboe in the movements II, V and the English horn in movement IV.Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 16' 00"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 32.70
Der Kreuzweg (1981-1982)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Weihnachtstropus (1982)

Instrumentation: for five solo voices, harpsichord, harp and string orchestra

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie, Firdusi, Grolimund, Gryphius

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Die Parabel vom barmherzigen Samariter (1982)

Instrumentation: for three recorders, bassoon, trumpet, viola d'amore, gamba and harpsichord

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
4 "Glasperlenspiel-Gesänge" (1983)

Instrumentation: for soprano and piano

Texts: Hermann Hesse

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Miniatures bibliques (1983)

Instrumentation: for flute and violin

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 17' 00"
Pan Verlag
Gerbergasse 30
CH- 4001 Basel
Schweiz
www.pan-verlag.com/
Monologe über Frieden und Krieg (1983)

Instrumentation: for voice and string quartet

Texts: Dschang Dji, Andreas Gryphius, Hugo Ball, Li-Tai-Pe

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 12' 00"
SME/EMS
Postfach 7851
CH-6000 Luzern 7
Schweiz
info@musinfo.ch
www.musinfo.ch
CHF: 22.70
Sta viator (1983)

Instrumentation: for four-part male choir

Texts: Martin Opitz

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Capriccio (1984)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 6' 00"
Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas
Via Chischliun 14
CH-7180 Disentis-Mustèr
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)81 947 59 35
Das Gleichnis vom Saemann (1984)

Instrumentation: for recorder, flute, and harpsichord

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Homo viator (1984-1985)

Instrumentation: for piano

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Wer das versteht (1984-1987)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir (or female choir or male choir)

Texts: Rudolf Alexander Schroeder

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Hommages aux Muses (1985)

Instrumentation: for clarinet

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Omaggio a J.S. Bach (1985)

Instrumentation: for organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Scherzo di gatto (1985)

Instrumentation: for piano

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Quartett (1985)

Instrumentation: for horn, cello, percussion and piano

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Maranatha (1985-1987)

Instrumentation: for two mixed choirs, congregation, soprano solo, tenor solo, bass solo, organ and orchestra (0.2.obda.ca.0.2/3.2.2.0/perc/str)

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Manuscript
Don Quijote (1986-1987)

Instrumentation: for baritone and piano

Texts: Miguel de Cervantes

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Stationes Sancti Nicolai (1987)

Instrumentation: for organ and bassoon

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Den einen... (1987)

Instrumentation: for monophonic choir, flute, oboe, clarinet, string quartet and small percussion

Texts: Teresa Grollimund, Jochen Klepper

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Geistliche Sprüche (1987-1989)

Instrumentation: for monophonic choir and partly 2-4 bongos

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie, Franz von Assisi

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Aus tiefer Not - "Kontrapunkte" (1988)

Instrumentation: for oboe, bassoon, organ and string orchestra

Work series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 7' 00"-8' 00"
Manuscript
O sancta serenitas (1988-1989)

Instrumentation: for soprano (tenor) and wind quintet

Texts: Wilhelm Busch, Theodor Fontane

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
4 Laudes-Gesänge (1988-1989)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir, cantor, percussion and organ

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 13' 00"
Reformierter Kirchengesangsbund
Lohn/BE
Schweiz
Biblische Szene (1989-1991)

Instrumentation: for high voice and orchestra (2.2(2obda).2.2/ 2.2.0.0/perc/str)

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

This piece is based on the story of the healing of the boy in Mark's gospel. The voice assumes the roles of Jesus, the Father and a chronicler, by singing, whispering, speaking, and humming. Four timpani and nine other percussion instruments (two players) enlarge the classical strings and wind orchestra. In the final section there is a Gregorian credo motive and Beethoven's credo motive from the 'Missa Solemnis'.
Work series A: Music for concerts.


Duration: 20' 00"
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Zachäus (1990)

Instrumentation: for violoncello solo

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 9' 00"
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Und es begab sich... (1990)

Instrumentation: for transverse flute (in C, G, piccolo)

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Petrus-Worte (1991)

Instrumentation: for oboe (English horn) and four timpani

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Veni, veni, gaudium (1991)

Instrumentation: for two - eight-part mixed choir

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

This composition is based on the eternal and primordial concern with the Pentecostal Litany. A twelfth century melody together with poetry by Stephan Langton (also around 1200 AD) acts as a cantus firmus. The rhythm, declamation, voicing, orchestration, phrasing and expression of the piece is highly distinguished from the litany of the middle ages, from which the title has borrowed the first and last word.
Work series A: Music for concerts.


Duration: 12' 00"
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So spricht der Herr (1962-1992)
New cantor verses

Instrumentation: for cantor, congregation and organ

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
"... ahnten sie nicht" (1992)

Instrumentation: for alto, flute, English horn, viola, violoncello, small percussion

Texts: Karl Mittlinger

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 16' 00"
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Eine Kantilene vom Menschen (1992)

Instrumentation: for choir, oboe, violoncello and percussion

Texts: Matthias Claudius

This piece is based on the poem 'Empfangen und genähret' (Received and Nourished) by Matthias Claudius in connection with extracts from the book Kohelet (300 BC). Despite being scored for three vocal and three instrumental parts, the fascinating phenomenon of monophony is kept throughout,Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 4' 00"
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Trio sine nomine (1992)

Instrumentation: for flute, viola and harp

The title alludes deliberately to the custom of the 16th century, without revealing its associated theme.... The composer took another impulse from the tradition: the use of the modal method, particularly in view of one of the harp's peculiarities.
Work series A: Music for concerts.


Duration: 15' 00"
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Den Urkräften gewidmet (1992)

Instrumentation: for two flutes, trumpet, two violins, cello and piano

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Ein Kind ist uns geboren heut - Mit Ernst, o Menschenkinder - O Heiland reiss die Himmel auf (1992)

Instrumentation: for two-part youth and four-part mixed choir

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Vier Passionsgesänge (1992)

Instrumentation: for two-part choir, two recorders and small percussion

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
"Da der Tod" (1991-1993)

Instrumentation: for monophonic choir, alto, orator, flute, English horn, viola, violoncello and small percussion

Texts: Karl Mittlinger und W.A. Mozart

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 25' 00"
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Trio pasquale (1993)

Instrumentation: for flute, oboe and English horn

Da der Tod - ...ahnten sie nicht - Trio pasquale:
A variety of settings: in the first part the whole ensemble; in the second the choir and the speaker are omitted, whilst the third features flute, oboe, and cor anglais. The three pieces are a religious triptych, but they can be performed separately. The first two cycles set texts by the Graz writer Karl Mittlinger to music. In the first part death is objectified in its many aspects; whilst in the last part, the speaker narrates sentences from Mozart's letters to his father, in which he describes his attitude towards death. The middle piece is concerned with form, life and the mission of Jesus, and closes with death and resurrection. The 'Trio Pasquale' is concerned with Easter, as seen by Maria Magdalena.
Work series A: Music for concerts.


Duration: 14' 00"
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Carona (1993)

Instrumentation: for three recorders and harpsichord

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
"... wenn ich nur..." (1993)

Instrumentation: for three recorders, violoncello, harpsichord, and small percussion

Text: Mark 5, 24b-34, Luke 8, 42-48.
Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Psalm 114 (1993)

Instrumentation: for two-part youth choir, two transverse flutes, clarinet, violoncello, piano and small percussion

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Duettino (1994)

Instrumentation: for flute and oboe d'amore

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Jahreskreis-Paraphrasen (1994)

Instrumentation: for flute, oboe and English horn

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Miniature d'Umbria I (1994)

Instrumentation: for English horn solo

The three books of the ‘Miniature d’Umbria’ were produced during an unforgettable stay in Assisi, a city that owes its renown not to great powers but more to the bravery and quiescence of St Francis. There, art and nature are connected with the emanation of the Saints in a unique manner.
The first book is concerned with scenes from the life of Chiara from Assisi.
Work series A: Music for concerts.


Duration: 11' 00"
Accolade-Verlag
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Miniature d'Umbria II (1995)

Instrumentation: for oboe d'amore solo

The three books of the ‘Miniature d’Umbria’ were produced during an unforgettable stay in Assisi, a city that owes its renown not to great powers but more to the bravery and quiecence of St Francis. There, art and nature are connected with the emanation of the Saints in a unique manner.
Motivation for the third and second books came from various important places in Assisi.
Work series A: Music for concerts.


Duration: 10' 00"
Accolade-Verlag
Austrasse 7
D-83607 Holzkirchen
Miniature d'Umbria III (1995)

Instrumentation: for bassoon solo

The three books of the ‘Miniature d’Umbria’ were produced during an unforgettable stay in Assisi, a city that owes its renown not to great powers but more to the bravery and quiecence of St Francis. There, art and nature are connected with the emanation of the Saints in a unique manner.
Motivation for the third and second books came from various important places in Assisi.
Work series A: Music for concerts.


Duration: 8' 00"
Accolade-Verlag
Austrasse 7
D-83607 Holzkirchen
Menschenbeifall (1995)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir

Texts: Friedrich Hölderlin

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Osterbuch (1994-1996)

Instrumentation: for soli (MezATBarB), choir and orchestra (2.2(2ca).2.2/4.2.2.0/perc/str)

Texts: Euripides, Karl Jaspers, Blaise Pascal, William Shakespeare, Bibel / Liturgie

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 45' 00"
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CHF: 70.20
Sestetto d'Isissa (1995-1996)

Instrumentation: for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trombone and percussion

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 11' 00"
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CHF: 24.00
Miniature d'Umbria IV (Il cantico delle creature) (1996)

Instrumentation: for viola solo

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 8' 30"
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CHF: 15.00
Terzettino per Thebas (1996)

Instrumentation: for flute, viola and harp

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 7' 00"
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Miniaturen zu Bileam (1996)

Instrumentation: for singing voice (solo or choral), speaking voice, flute, bassoon, piano and small percussion

Texts: Klaus Peter Hertzsch

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Pfingstbuch (1996-1997)

Instrumentation: for six solo voices (SMezATBarB), speaking voice and chamber orchestra (1(pic,fl-g).1(ca).1.1/2.1.2.0/2perc/hp/str)

Texts: Martin Gutl, Huub Oosterhujs, Nelly Sachs, Rabindranath Tagore; Zitate von Helder Camara, Ernesto Cardenal, Johannes XXIII., Jos

Text from the Bible and eastern Liturgy; twelve single verses from Martin Gutl, Huub Oosterhujs, Nelly Sachs, Rabindranath Tagore; quotes from Helder Camara, Ernesto Cardenal, Johannes XXIII., Josef Quadflieg und J.M. Sailer.
Wie?
Pfingsten?
... die Gott verschlafen haben...
Verheissungen
Als Pfingsten gekommen
"Licht wird aus Sand"
Geist - Heiliger Geist
Schenk uns neue Begeisterung
Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 35' 00"
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CHF: 80.00
(Performance material available from 'Akademie für Schul- und Kirchenmusik Luzern.)
Wenn - dann (1997)

Instrumentation: for monophonic choir, orator, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, strings and percussion

Texts: Paul Heyse, Novalis

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Zwei Texte von Erich Fried (1997)

Instrumentation: for mezzo-soprano and English horn

Texts: Erich Fried

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Oktett (1998)

Instrumentation: for four-handed and footed organ

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Die Sternseherin Luise (1995-1999)

Instrumentation: for mixed choir

Texts: Matthias Claudius

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Miniaturen zu "Tobias" (1997-1999)

Instrumentation: for monophonic choir, orator, flute, trumpet (English horn), piano and small percussion

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work Series B: Pieces for tuition and amateur musicians.

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Ephata! (1999)

Instrumentation: for oboe d'amore solo

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
3 Vesper-Gesänge (1999)

Instrumentation: for soprano, choir, flute, violoncello, harp and organ

Texts: Bibel / Liturgie

Work series C: Music for church services.

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Marienbuch (2000)

Instrumentation: for three speaking voices, oboe and small percussion

Texts: Karl Mittlinger

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 26' 00"
Manuscript
Miniaturen zu David (2000-2001)

Instrumentation: for oboe and English horn

Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Miniaturen zu Judith (2001)

Instrumentation: for oboe and English horn

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
In memoriam Oscar Romero (2001)

Instrumentation: for oboe, English horn, tenor oboe and bassoon

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Miniaturen zu Thomas von Aquin bzw. Thomas Morus (2001)

Instrumentation: for oboe and English horn

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Musik für einen Advents-Gottesdienst (2001-2002)

Instrumentation: for choir, congregation, 4fl, 2tpt, 2tbn, 3 singing bowls and organ

Texts: Augustinus, Manikkavashagar, Ephrem der Syrer, Alfons Reck, Walter Bruce Hauser

Duration: 26' 00"
Manuscript
Es tut's doch nicht die Stimm' (2001-2002)

Instrumentation: for 4-part choir, mezzo-soprano, fl, obdam, vn, vc, pf, timp, perc

Texts: Johann Caspar Bachofen, Augustin, Anselm, Franz von Assisi

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Salut (2002)

Instrumentation: for 3 harpsichords and string orchestra

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Humana (2002)

Instrumentation: for flute solo

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Die Hochzeit in Kana (2003)
10 miniatures

Instrumentation: for zink and violoncello

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Von Hirten-Orten (2003)

Instrumentation: for oboe, oboe d'amore, English horn and horn

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
ER - nicht in Sturm, Feuer und Beben (2003)

Instrumentation: for string trio

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Parabel (2003-2004)

Instrumentation: for violin and string orchestra

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Caprices sur ton nom et un thème de Paganini (2004)

Instrumentation: for recorder and harpsichord

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Nikodemus (2004)

Instrumentation: for 2 choirs (unisono), flute, violin, gamba, violoncello and percussion

Texts: Augustinus

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Laudes (2004)

Instrumentation: for oboe, oboe d'amore and English horn

Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Aquileia (2004-2005)
Musical meditations

Instrumentation: for oboe, oboe d'amore and English horn

Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Musik für eine Kirchweih-Vesper (2006)

Instrumentation: for choir, congregation, cantor, organ, alto flute, sounding bowls and drum

Work series C: Music for Mass.

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Hommage à Frère Roger Schütz (2006)

Instrumentation: for one-part choir or one solo voice

Texts: Roger Schütz

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 3' 30"-4' 00"
Manuscript
Worte des Dalai Lama (2006-2007)

Instrumentation: for speaking voice, alto flute, viola, sounding bowls, cymbals and bongos

Work series A: Music for concerts.

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Der Sonnengesang (2007)

Instrumentation: for viola solo

Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Musik für die Osternachtfeier (1983-2009)

Instrumentation: for cantor (m/f), celebrant, congregation, trumpet, percussion and organ

Texts: Schwester Teresa Grollimund

Duration: 32' 00"
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Kommt und singt! (2008)

Instrumentation: for soprano, alto flute, violin and 2 bongos

Texts: Silja Walter

Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
2 Verse von Unruh' und Ruhe (2008)

Instrumentation: for soprano, alto flute, violin, 2 bongos and 2 singing bowls

Texts: Augustinus

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Der Sonnengesang des Franz von Assisi (2009)

Instrumentation: for baritone solo

Translated by Erwin Jeangros.

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Lebendige Steine (2009)

Instrumentation: for alto, violin, alto flute, 2 bongos, tubular bells and xylophone

Texts: Schwester Teresa Grollimund

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Singt und spielt (2009)
Verses and versettes

Instrumentation: for congregation, 2-part choir, trumpet, 3 trombones, bongo and organ

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
1. Suite zu "Singt und spielt" (2010)

Instrumentation: for flute solo

Duration: 1' 00"
Manuscript
2. Suite zu "Singt und spielt" (2010)

Instrumentation: for flute and organ

Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Componimento II (2009)

Instrumentation: for symphony orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.2.0/timp.perc/str)

Duration: 17' 00"
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8 Gesänge nach Gedichten von Bettina Ruchti (2010)

Instrumentation: for soprano and violin

Texts: Bettina Ruchti

Duration: 11' 00"
SME/EMS
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CHF: 16.80
Trio (2010)

Instrumentation: for oboe and two English horns

Duration: 13' 00"
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CHF: 18.00
Discography
Maranatha - Herr, komm doch! (Fono Nr. 4728, 1994)
Works:
Pfiffner, Ernst: Maranatha (1985-1987)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Ernst Pfiffner (ProViva Nr. ISPV 170, 1992)
Interpreters:
Schlaefli, Johannes
Works:
Pfiffner, Ernst: Don Quijote (1986-1987)
Pfiffner, Ernst: Componimento (1974-1976)
Pfiffner, Ernst: Cambiamenti concertanti (1981-1983)
Pfiffner, Ernst: Monologe über Frieden und Krieg (1983)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Bibliography
Kübler, Susanne: Frequenzen 2. Vier Schweizer Komponisten. Rudolf Kelterborn, Ernst Pfiffner, Rolf Urs Ringger, Peter Wettstein, Rüffer & Rub, Zürich 2005


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