Mischa Käser

01.01.1959

Born 1959 in Zurich, Käser produced his first compositions as a child, and had the feeling he could experience the world musically.
1978 - 1982 Studied guitar at the 'Musikhochschule Zurich / Winterthur' (Zurich / Winterthur School of Music) with diploma
1980 - 1983 Master classes
1983 - 1985 Studied composition under Hans-Ulrich Lehmann in Zurich
1985 - 1989 Studied composition under Roland Moser at the 'Musikhochschule Basel' (Basel School of Music)
1987 - 1989 Studied lute in Basel at the Schola Cantorum
Subsequent to 1990 he received his first experiences in composing and performing for theatre, he was later to become the director of his own theatre and music theatre project. Käser is the founder of various ensembles, the most recent being the improvisation trios III. VII, XII, with whom he performs as a vocalist. Mischa Käser lives as a guitar teacher, composer, director and musician in Zurich, his compositional strong points being vocal music, chamber music and musical theatre.
Prizes:
1992 Zurich sabbatical year
1996 Conrad Ferdinand Meyer Prize
1998 First prize: Prix International de Composition Musicale ' Reine Marie José' for the orchestral piece 'Ordouble'

Mischa Käser
Asylstr. 50
CH-8708 Männedorf
Fon: +41 (0)43 96 00 963
Fax: +41 (0)44 461 75 11
E-mail: mischa.k@gmx.ch


Samples:


Scores


tombeau (1985)
2'
for female voice, clarinet and viola
Order No: 2502, sFr. 13.00
A piece dealing with failure.

5 stücke (5 pieces) (1985/91)
13'
for clarinet and violoncello
Order No: 2501, sFr. 18.00
A humming cellist with large lung capacity is required here. Very demanding piece. Clarinets in Bb, A and bass clarinet.

albumblätter (1988)
15'
for piano
Order No: 2503, sFr. 34.00
Pieces varying widely in character and difficulty.

7 lieder zu volkstexten (1990)
18'
for soprano, flute (or pic or bfl), clarinet (or cbcl or Ebcl) and string trio
Order No: 2505, sFr. 47.00
Text from the book 'knaben wunderhorn'.

einspruch (1990/91)
13'
for baritone, speaker, accordion, double bass, saxophone, percussion and a dance duo
Order No: 2507, sFr. 60.00
Texts: Thomas Huonker, Peter Zahl, everyday advertising and media language A piece requiring demanding rehearsals. The speaker should draw on his talent for rhythm. The sung sections can be performed by a tenor with a good lower register. Uses texts by Thomas Huonker, Peter Zahl, and newspaper cuttings.

15 liedl nach Jandl (1991)
22'
for soprano and instrumental ensemble (1.1.1.1/1.1.0.0/man.gtr/1.1.1.1)
Order No: 2508, sFr. 60.00

the hard core of beauty (1992)
28'
for soprano and instrumental ensemble (fl/perc/acn/man/2vn.2va.2vc.db)
Order No: 2509, sFr. 86.00
Parts available form the composer)
A cycle of songs based on texts by W. C. Williams.

sechs stücke (six pieces) (1992)
16'
for flute, violin and harp
Order No: 2510, sFr. 31.00
Also required for one of these pieces: a pedal bass drum, some glasses and stones.

abenteuer in sachen haut (1993)
24'
for ten strings (5.2.2.1) and flute
Order No: 2511, sFr. 55.00
15 micro-chromatic variations over a diatonic melody. Independent playing techniques required. Needs lots of rehearsing but is technically quite simple.

7 kleine stücke (7 small pieces) (1993)
8'
for viola and piano
Order No: 2513, sFr. 23.00

musik zu Alexander (1993/94)
36'
for soprano and instrumental ensemble (flute/melodica, clarinet, piano/melodica, accordion, mandolin, violin/viola, violoncello)
Order No: 2512, sFr. 52.00
Text: Ernst Herbeck 27 songs and four intermezzi based on the schizophrenic lyrics contained in the poems of Ernst Herbeck (Alexander). Relatively simple for the instrumentalists. In some sections, the musicians have to sing and whistle as well.

5 bagatellen (1994)
3'30
for violoncello
Order No: 2514, sFr. 16.00
For humming and singing cellist, contains partly very obsessive passages. Singing partly in quarter-tone, requires a good ear and attention to detail.
Listen: Youtube

napoleonskurve (1994/95)
8'
for chamber orchestra (2.2.2.bcl.2/2.2.0.0/2perc/6.6.4.3.3)
Order No: 2515, sFr. 31.00
(Parts available from the composer)
Four groups of instruments and a string trio are set in a rather chamber-music-ensemble-like manner. Various tempi are layered one on top of the other. Requires two conductors.

klavierquartett (piano quartet) (1999)
14'
for violin, viola, violoncello and piano
Order No: 2516, sFr. 52.00


Discs


Grammont Sélection 1. Uraufführungen aus dem Jahr 2007
Martin Jaggi: Trieb
Bettina Skrzypczak: Initial
Alfred Zimmerlin: Cuellis par la mémoire des voûtes
Eric Gaudibert: A... In Wonderland
Rico Gubler: RIT
Ulrich Gasser: Zeit/Züge II
William Blank: Dans l'instant
Xavier Dayer: D'un amour lancé
Mischa Käser: Drei Sätze für Streichquartett
Klaus Huber: Vida y muerte non son mundos contrarios


Musiques Suisses Grammont Porträt MGB CTS-M 115
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 209
Price CHF: 39.- (2 CDs)

Radio Aequatuor
Frederic Rzewsky: "Chains" and "Spots"
Mary Finsterer: Madame He
Walter Feldmann: Dolcificare a piacere - R.E.C.
Mischa Käser: Vom Grundriss der Brötchen
(Ensemble Aequatuor)


en avant records ear-842 001 M
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 152
Price CHF: 30.-

Luiz Alves da Silva
Hans Ulrich Lehmann: Sprich...
Andreas Stahl: rufen wir charon? Und wenn er nicht kommt?
Mischa Käser: Musik zu Dufay
Jürg Frey: Der Mensch gleicht einem Hauche
Pelayo Arrizabalaga: Bolero para el fin del Milenio
Balz Trümpy: Indianisches Lied
Conrad Steinmann: Fünf Monodien
(Luiz Alves da Silva; Urs Hänggli; Mischa Käser; Anne Piguet; Jan Schacher; u.a.)


Musiques Suisses MGB CTS-M 68
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 112
Price CHF: 30.-

Mischa Käser
Mischa Käser:
Musik zu Alexander
(Rosemary Hardy; Collegium Novum Zürich)
Dupuy Tren
(Christine Omlin; Bryony Crawford; Hans-Jürg Meier)
Fünf Stücke für Klarinette und Violoncello
(Ernesto Molinari; David Inniger)
Nebul
(Collegium Novum Zürich)


Musiques Suisses MGB CTS-M 93
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 27
Price CHF: 30.-



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