Martin Wendel

02.06.1925 - 26.07.2013

Martin Wendal was born 1925 in Biberist, Solothurn. On completion of his 'Matura' studies (from 1944 until 1947) he studied at the conservatories in Berne and Lausanne (Teachers: Richard Flury, Hans Haug, Edmond Defrancesco).
1947 until 1949 - Further studies in Paris under Tony Aubin, Arthur Honegger and Marcel Moyse
1952 until1969 - Solo flutist in the orchestra of the Manheim National Theatre, the orchestra of the Music Collegium Winterthur and occasionally with the Festival Orchestra Lucerne.
1970 until1990 - Music teacher at the upper Zurich canton school in Wetzikon, lived in Bassersdorf
1960 - Award from the Radio Lausanne Compositions Competition
1967 - First prize at the ‘Premio Città di trieste’ international festival, for the piano concert op.20
1964 - Commission by canton Solothurn for the musical design of a procession at the Expo in Lausanne
Various other commissions
1983, 1987, 1989 - Invitation by the Composer and Musicologist Association of the DDR to perform works at the Berlin Music Biennale

Martin Wendel
Gerlisbergstr. 42
CH-8303 Bassersdorf
Fon: +41 (0)1 836 78 04


Konzert für Flöte und Kammerorchester, op. 5 (concert for flute and chamber orchestra. op. 5) (1949)
Order No: 10803, sFr. 52.00
A chamber music set, traditional dance-like, concise, virtuosic piece in three movements.

Trio für Flöte, Viola und Harfe, op. 8 (trio for flute, viola and harp. op. 8) (1956)
Order No: 10806, sFr. 36.00
The sounds of this instrumentation almost always calls associations with “Once upon a time….” The fairy tale begins…

Quartettino für Oboe, Violine, Viola und Violoncello, op. 10 (quartetino for oboe, vioolin, viola and violoncello, op. 10) (1957/80)
Order No: 10807, sFr. 29.00
Three movements as steps in a metamorphosis of a melodic material which stays strongly connected on the level of intervals.

Konzert für Viola und kleines Orchester, op. 11 (concert for viola and small orchestra, op. 11) (1958/78)
(va solo;
Order No: 10804, sFr. 55.00
Especially written for the dominating solo instrument.

Divertissement für Streichtrio, op. 12 (divertissement for string trio, op. 12) (1958)
Order No: 10808, sFr. 21.00
This piece has a playful character and utilises various playing manners - pizzicati and flageoletts - to express this character.

Bläserquintett, op. 17 (wind quintet, op. 17) (1962)
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn
Order No: 10809, sFr. 34.00

Musik für Klavier und Orchester, op. 20 (music for piano and orchestra, op. 20) (1966)
Order No: 10805, sFr. 62.00
This composition was received the 'Primo Premio Città di Trieste' award in 1967.

Musik für Oboe / Klarinette und Flöte / Klavier, op. 29 (music for oboe/clarinet and flute, op. 29) (1975)
Order No: 10810, sFr. 29.00
Two sounding pairs become isolated and re-converge in a quartet relationship. A multi-faceted composition in five parts.

Railways, op. 30 (1975/82)
for clarinet, viola and piano
Order No: 10811, sFr. 42.00
Bits of this four-movement chamber music piece were drawn-up on train journeys, hence the title.

Fünf Flugblätter für Klavier, op. 34 (1978)
Order No: 10823, sFr. 29.00
This confession-like cycle of five short parts is merged with a motive of seven notes that constantly reappears in different versions.

Votum für Flöte allein, op. 39 (votum for flute solo, op. 39) (1981)
Order No: 10812, sFr. 13.00
The translation of the process of a speech into the musical.

Quintett, op. 40 (quintet, op. 40) (1981)
for three clarinets, bass clarinet and piano
Order No: 10813, sFr. 52.00
Five passages connected by various associations.

Fünf Stücke für Blechbläserquartett, op. 42 (five pieces for brass quartet, op. 42) (1983)
for two trumpets and two trombones
Order No: 10814, sFr. 29.00
This piece is not a collection of isolated miniatures - the five pieces result in a cyclic whole.

Sonate für Violoncello und Klavier, op. 43 (sonata for violoncello and piano, op. 43) (1983)
Order No: 10815, sFr. 34.00
In a lyrically soft manner this music copes almost completely without the typical violoncello cantilenas. Instead combinations of intervals full of tension are used in order to accentuate the active gestures in all three aspects of a whole.

Duo für Violine und Gitarre in drei Sätzen, op. 44 (duo for violin and guitar in three movements, op. 44) (1984)
Order No: 10816, sFr. 23.00
The sound character of this piece is balanced and aligned with the gentle tone of the guitar.

Umriss, op. 45 (1984)
for wind orchestra (pic.2.1.3.bcl.asx.tsx.barsx.1/4bar.3.2cnt.3.2/timp.2perc/xyl/db)
Order No: 10801, sFr. 47.00

Musik für Flöte und Klavier, op. 46 (music for flute and piano, op. 46) (1985)
Order No: 10817, sFr. 42.00
A sonata-like formation which forms a congruent statement by bringing together two very oppositional instruments which are hardly capable of a tonal unity: the flute associated rather with the quiet and intimate and the expansive, differentiating modern grand piano.

Streicherkonzert, op. 51 (string concert, op. 51) (1987)
for string orchestra (
Order No: 10802, sFr. 49.00
Four movements uncovering the structure and development of the music through constantly recurring combinations of intervals. With thematic, rhythmic and acoustic elements.

Anmerkungen, op. 52 (1995)
for high singing voice, clarinet and piano
Order No: 10825, sFr. 49.00
After ancient Chinese texts. I tried to avoid all allusions to ancient Chinese exotics in the realisation of the aphoristic and directness of the still up-to-date texts. All fourteen pieces are connected in a meaningful compositional manner.

Entwürfe, op. 53 (1988)
for piano
Order No: 10824, sFr. 23.00
The dramaturgy of the composition (structured in seven segments) is developed and rounded, beginning with a quiet cluster-like sound. A very challenging work to interpret, with sighs, exhalations and silences - but not without ist more riotous moments!

Musik für Viola und Klavier, op. 56 (music for viola and piano, op. 56) (1991)
Order No: 10818, sFr. 34.00
The separate tones in this traditional three-movement composition search each other out and feel for worthy connections. Shrill aplenty but not without euphony.

Solo für Harfe, op. 58 (solo for harp. op. 58) (1992)
Order No: 10819, sFr. 13.00
A colourful, tonally differentiated ‘address’ using the minimum of material and with as direct a resemblance to spoken language as possible.

Streichquintett, op. 59 (string quintet, op. 59) (1993)
Order No: 10820, sFr. 49.00
Three detailed main movements are quasi-commentated by two intermezzo-like short inserts.

Trio für Violine, Violoncello und Klavier, op. 60 (trio for violin, violoncello and piano, op. 60) (1993)
Order No: 10821, sFr. 34.00
The duality of this piano trio is reminiscent of the formal type 'introduction and main theme'. It deals, however, with two absolutely equal and approximately similar format part pieces of a whole.

Streichquartett Nr. 3, op. 63 (string quartet n°3, op. 63) (1996)
Order No: 10822, sFr. 34.00
A cyclic arch consisting of six movements.

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