Urban Mäder


- Born in Romanshorn, lives with his family in Lucerne
- Studied at both the conservatory and the Akademie für Schul- und Kirchenmusik in Lucerne
- Teacher at the Musikhochschule Luzern (piano and group improvisation, chamber music)
- Very active composer and improviser
- Develops so-called 'installative music' in an interdisciplinary context
- Co-founder of the Forum Neue Musik Luzern
- Recipient of various prizes and awards including the Edwin Fischer Stiftung Sponsorship Prize, Bursaries (1988, 1996 and 2000) + the Paris-Atelier in 1992 from the canton of Aargau, Bursaries (1988, 1998) from the canton of Lucerne
- Numerous commissions for compositions and a catalogue of over 50 works
- Broadcasts on various radio stations and performances in concert series and festivals at home and abroad

Urban Mäder
Mozartstrasse 6
CH-6004 Luzern
Fon: +41 (0)41 240 96 89
E-mail: urban.maeder@bluewin.ch



Tauber (1986)
for speaker, alto, tenor and ensemble (
Order No: 3122, sFr. 75.00
Text: Heinz Zimmermann A melodrama based on a text by Heinz Zimmermann. The theme of this piece concerns outer and inner captivity.

Spuren ... Furchen (1987)
for orchestra (2(pic).2(ca).2(bcl).2(cbn)/
Order No: 3101, sFr. 47.00
Searching for the subtlest sound track, fearful eruption, internalised epilogue.

Drei Versuche über ein Morgenrot (1988)
for three bass clarinets
Order No: 3103, sFr. 23.00
Concertante performance or with simple parodic scenery.

... in die Oberfäche geritzt (1988)
for chamber orchestra (1.1.1(bcl).1/
Order No: 3104, sFr. 70.00
Penetrating and bursting forth or the structural surface, this is where the individual instruments make sound contact. Inspired by the first text of ‘Stimmen’ by Paul Celan.
Listen: Youtube

Stationen eines Gehenden (1989)
for trumpet solo
Order No: 3105, sFr. 23.00
For solo trumpet walking towards a goal ("target-objects", which the composer puts at his disposal) from which he then distances himself.

Mit Nacht beladen (1990)
for alto, clarinet and chamber orchestra (flute, horn and strings)
Order No: 3106, sFr. 78.00
Text: Max Bolliger Based on a text by Max Bolliger from the collection of poems ‘Schweigen, vermehrt um den Schnee‘, on the theme of nature and death.
Listen: Youtube

vergänglich (1990)
for sixteen solo strings (
Order No: 3107, sFr. 70.00
Text: Max Bolliger Based on a text by Max Bolliger from the collection of poems ‘Schweigen, vermehrt um den Schnee‘, on the theme of nature and death.
Listen: Youtube

Die Morgenröte (1987/91)
for choir (SATB) wind music (clarinet, cornet, bugle, horn, trombone, tuba) and recorded material
Order No: 3123, sFr. 47.00
Text: Folksong Satirical adaptation of the Swiss National Anthem in a collage like combination with other existing folk songs. The wind passage (score flexible) requires a professional player. The choral passage can be performed by a good amateur choir.

Annäherung an Dorfmusik (1991)
for clarinet and brass instruments (cn.bugle[=2tpt]/hn.tbn.tb)
Order No: 3119, sFr. 31.00
Adaptation of folk musical elements.

L'absence de vent (1992)
for speaker, soprano, alto, countertenor, flute, guitar and bass clarinet
Order No: 3108, sFr. 47.00
Text: Samuel Backett An audio play after a quote from Samuel Beckett's “Mal vu mal dit” (badly seen badly said).

der und die (1993)
for piano
Order No: 3109, sFr. 31.00
Inspired by a text bearing the same name by Ernst Jandl. Comical tension between formal severity and dramatised allusions.

der und die (1993)
for alto and violin
Order No: 3110, sFr. 31.00
Text: Ernst Jandl Formal severity (alto) and virtuoso intoxicated play (vn) with a conformably direct relationship to the speech form and content of a text bearing the same name by Ernst Jandl.

Drei Sätze für Klavier (three movements for piano) (1993)
Order No: 3121, sFr. 18.00
Three miniatures. Volatile figural play requiring agile manoeuvrability.

lieber ein Saxophon (1994)
for contrabass saxophone (also baritone saxophone) and recorded material
Order No: 3111, sFr. 36.00
(CD included)
Text: Ernst Jandl A theatrical attempt by a saxophonist to articulate the self-ironic text by Ernst Jandl through the mouthpiece of his instrument while the recorded material plays.
Listen: Youtube

vom Nesselweg her (1994)
for instrumental ensemble (fl.cl/pf/perc/vn.vc)
Order No: 3112, sFr. 47.00
(Stimmen: SME/EMS sFr. 30.-; € 26.50)
Alternating solos for the wind and strings are concurrent with the transparent, fragile playing of the ensemble. Based on the ‘Stimmen’ - texts by Paul Celan.
Listen: Youtube

Stimmenfragmente (1994)
for instrumental ensemble (fl.ob.cl(bcl).bn/perc/pf/
Order No: 3113, sFr. 47.00
Bright and dark sounds in numerous forms are set in motion in a fragmentary way. This piece was inspired by the 'Stimmen' texts by Paul Celan.
Listen: Youtube

s'ébranler (1994)
for piano
Order No: 3114, sFr. 31.00
Preoccupation with motion, with its origins in dance.

... Ma-non troppo (1995)
for violin and a prepared piano
Order No: 3115, sFr. 23.00
Aphoristic - in memory of Alban Berg and his violin concerto; with post-serial roots, ...but only just!

Das fette Echo u.a. (1996)
for violincello solo (incl. voice)
Order No: 3116, sFr. 23.00

tut kreuz und quer zur Neige blasen (1996)
for twelve wind (fl(pic).ob.ca.cl.bcl.2bn.cbn/hn.tpt.tbn.tba) 2 percussionists and conductors
Order No: 3120, sFr. 42.00
Musical theatrical play from the entrance to the bow. DVD available from the composer.

en suite (1997)
for flute and harpsichord
Order No: 3117, sFr. 42.00

fast zerrissen (1997)
for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano and percussion
Order No: 3118, sFr. 49.00

Windstriche I (1998)
for shakuhachi, string trio and percussion
Order No: 3124, sFr. 57.00
Fine, transparent sound piece using the Japanese Zen flute, the shakuhachi. An attempt to converge.

stossen, ziehen, schieben - am Rand (1999)
for two pianos
Order No: 3125, sFr. 31.00
Four movements: ‘kontrabass’, cumbersome and kinetic. ‘harmonium’ compressed variations form. ‘verklang’ an unconventional way of dealing with fade out. ‘jezz’ rhythmically tricky, pushy play.
Listen: Youtube

hornamental (1999)
for five alphorns and simple electronics (ad libitum)
Order No: 3126, sFr. 21.00
Solo voice (with freedom to improvise) to a rhythmically flowing alphorn quartet movement. Required: five horns in F, three horns in F#, and one horn in E. Recorded transformed alphorn figures on CD can be used freely as a counterpart to the solo alphorn.

Windstriche II (1999)
for shakuhachi and seven flute players (instrumentarium: pic.fl-f.4fl-c.afl-g.bfl-c.bfl-f.cbfl-c)
Order No: 3127, sFr. 47.00
Four movements. Four differing attempts to combine the soloistic Japanese Zen flute, the shakuhachi, with the european transverse flute.

orten (2000)
for tenor recorder, viola, violoncello and percussion
Order No: 3128, sFr. 29.00
These three studies of intermediate difficulty are composed for a small yet highly resonant room.

anhaltend (2000)
for a Baroque ensemble (altus, tenor recorder, Baroque violin, viola da gamba, harpsichord)
Order No: 3129, sFr. 23.00
Text: Thomas Locher Based on text clippings from ‘Das Eine. Das Selbe. Das Gleiche’ by Thomas Locher. Introduction and dance that allow the Baroque elements to shine through. Tonally subtle and transparent music. Typical Baroque performance technique combined with a variety of contemporary experimental (noisy, brittle) playing methods.

Der Hosenträger (2001)
Five short scenes
for one percussionist (one standing tom-tom and three cymbals)
Order No: 3130, sFr. 16.00
The presentation of this piece goes beyond pure percussion playing. The performance concepts have theatrical significance and have to be accomplished with a concentrated stage presence.

Das Eine. Das Selbe. Das Gleiche (202)
for voice (altus), recorder(s), violin, gamba and double bass
Order No: 3132, sFr. 31.00
(CD and Video available from the composer)
This project is a collaboration between video art and a musically open play disposition in the room. Based on a text by Thomas Locher, with the Scappatella Ensemble and the video artist Judith Albert. CD and video available from the composer.

mit Mass - Zählzeit - Schlagsaiten (2001)
Three pieces
for guitar duo
Order No: 3131, sFr. 26.00
For the guitar, this an unconventional yet guitar-like piece sounding meticulously fine and transparent. Intermediate level of difficulty.

Treibgut (202)
for violoncello and string orchestra (
Order No: 3133, sFr. 39.00
Commissioned by the Festival Stings Lucerne with the soloist Patrick Demenga. It is the renewed attempt to convey the movement of nature in non-imitative musical outlines.

Gesten - Nichts (2004)
Concert piece
for choir (SATB), violin, double bass and organ
Order No: 3134, sFr. 23.00
Commissioned by the Cantorin Contenti Zug. Even though the starting point for this composition is texts from Bach's "Jesu, meine Freude", "Gesten - Nichts" still remains a rudimentary music of sound and noise.

35 Gesten für Kontrabaß (2005)
Order No: 3135, sFr. 18.00
For Cristin Wildbolz. The course of motions is derived partly from simple normal bass playing and partly from musical motion sequences.

Scurriculum (2007)
for recorder(s) and harpsichord
Order No: 3136, sFr. 29.00
Eight fragments for recorder(s) and harpsichord. For Andel Strube and Verena Habel.

Ballast (2009)
for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano and percussion
Order No: 3137, sFr. 42.00
Three movements: gestaut, dickflüssig, überschwappend.

Flucht (2009)
for two saxophone quartets
Order No: 3138, sFr. 47.00
Three movements: vögel ziehn ins offene, die ahnung, ein süsser duft.
Listen: Youtube

Über Stock und Stein (2010)
Encounters in the alps in 6 movements
for blfl, 2bfl, dulcimer, Swiss acc, acc, pf, vn and fl, cl, pf, vn, vc
Order No: 3139, sFr. 60.00
Commissioned by the Tonkünstlerfest for the 2010 Lucerne Festival.
Listen: Youtube

Kulm (2013)
for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon and string quintet
Order No: 3140, sFr. 57.00
After a radio protocol on Pilatus. Commissioned by the Ensemble Montaigne, Lucerne.


Musik in Luzern - Klaviermusik Duo
Sergej Rachmaninov: Rhapsodie, op. 43
(Mazzola, Wendling)
Richard Rosenberg: Sieben vormärzliche Walzer
(Lang, Schubert)
Hans Huber: Sonate Nr. 2
(Haug, Urech)
Peter Benary: Divertimento
(Soós, Haag)
Urban Mäder: stossen, ziehen, schieben, - am Rand
(Soós, Haag)
Philipp Eichenwald: Faites vos jeux...
(Vonmoos, Clemann)
Dieter Ammann: Regard sur les traditions
(Soós, Haag)
John Wolf Brennan: KLA4
(Wolf, Brennan)

Gallo CD 1010/11
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 149
Price CHF: 39.- (2 CDs)

Compositions for Contrabass-Saxophone
Mani Planzer: The Awakening of Atman
Michael Finnissy: Quelle
James Clapperton: Hjalmundalsa
Urban Mäder: Lieber ein Saxophon
Thomas K.J. Mejer: Tartarelischer Tanz I
Leo Bachmann: Schwarzer Schatten
Ulrich Krieger: Midnight Siblings
Frank Denyer: Resonances o Ancient Sins
Andrew Toovey: Fall
Franco Tosi: Concerto Grosso
(MorschAchBlasorCHester, Mani Planzer; Thomas K.J. Mejer)

earup CD 1003
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 127
Price CHF: 30.-

hartmann/mäder: die abwesenheit des igels / beim einbrechen der nacht
Christian Hartmann, Urban Mäder: Die Abwesenheit des Igels
Christian Hartmann, Urban Mäder: Beim Einbrechen der Nach
(Hartmann; Mäder)

stv/asm 019
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 120
Price CHF: 30.-

Urban Mäder
Urban Mäder:
Spuren: Vergänglich
Mit Nacht beladen
... In die Oberfläche geritzt
Vom Nesselweg her
(Gohl; Gohl; ensemble opus novum luzern; Collegium Musicum Zug; Siegwart)

Jecklin szene sCHweiz JS 307-2
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 106
Price CHF: 30.-

Keller-Steinbrecher. Musica riservata
Jia Guoping: Schweben über grenzenlosem Feld
Hans Ulrich Lehmann: Minuties
Rudolf Kelterborn: Invention
Alfred Zimmerlin: Anderer Ort
Nadir Vassena: Formulae
Lukas Langlotz: Facetten
Urban Mäder: en suite
Peter Wettstein: Sieben Miniaturen
Wang Peng: Yàna
(Heinrich Keller; Brigitta Steinbrecher)

Musiques Suisses MGB CTS-M 85
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 95
Price CHF: 30.-

Andreas Gutzwiller
Thüring Bräm: "One in Two"
Urban Mäder: "Windstriche I"
Gerald Bennett: "Three dances of the Angel"
Thomas Kessler: "Irasshaimase"
(Andreas Gutzwiller (Shakuhachi); Egidius Streiff; Mariana Doughty; Tobias Moster; Lorenz Haas; Matthias Eser)

Musiques Suisses MGB CTS-M 61
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 79
Price CHF: 30.-

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