Urs Peter Schneider

14.02.1939

Urs Peter Schneider was born in Berne. He is a composer, interpreter and educationalist.
1959 until 1966 studies under the tutelage of Walter Lang and prof. Bruno Seidlhofer (piano), prof. Sandor Veress and Karlheinz Stockhausen (composition) in Berne, Cologne and Vienna.
1968 founds the Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern (over 800 concerts, radio recordings and performances)
1967 until 2007 a total of fifteen recordings, partly with composed programmes
1983 receives canton Berne's music prize
1964 until 1987 receives a further six prizes as a composer and pianist
Since 1966 lives in Biel, where he was awarded the city's culture prize in 2006.
1955 until 2004 twelve dozen compositions encompassing all genres (over 2000 performances in Europe, America and Russia)
Until 2002 professor for theory and ensemble music at the Musikhochschule Bern
Urs Peter Schneider increasingly appears as a performer, often with his own text compositions. He is a specialist in (pre)classical and conceptual music. He received the Swiss Association of Musician's composition award in 2009 and has over 200 works with "aart-Verlag" (since 2002).

Urs Peter Schneider
Tessenbergstr. 45
CH-2505 Biel
Fon: +41 (0)32 323 44 57


Samples:


Scores


Käfig: Septett, Quintett, Terzett (1961-62)
var.
for any instrumentation (each with piano ad libitum)
Order No: 4602, sFr. 26.00
Versions of considerable duration can be realised using the existing material, these are versions whose time / space characteristics are completely accidental. Musical grid structures are the unpredictable result. These pieces are dedicated to John Cage, Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff.

Babel (1961-1967)
variabel
for anything which makes a noise
Order No: 4620, sFr. 29.00
Thirteen pages each with thirty-five notations of musical and non-musical provenance. To be performed by a maximum of thirteen players who help themselves to a large 'arsenal' of percussion instruments and then let loose their prepared realisations on each other. Only the duration of play and an approximate sequence of events are discussed in advance. This work is dedicated to Erika Radermacher (my first long-time companion).
Listen: Youtube

Raritäten für Interpreten (1959-1971/83)
variabel
for any score (not necessarily musical)
Order No: 4621, sFr. 83.00
Ninety one diversely cross-linked leaves for a comprehensive media performance. Any number of musicians, actors, actresses and further participants help themselves to any number of leaves and let their musical and non-musical actions, (modelled on anarchistic directness) out into the open. Dedicated to the theatrewright and long-term friend Norbert Klassen.

Blumen (1971)
38'
for four pianos
Order No: 4622, sFr. 34.00

Hölzerner Himmel: Ohrwurm, Uhrwerk, Ehrwort (1976/79 (rev. 1993))
var.
for 8-32 strings, 8-32 percussionists and 8-32 speakers
Order No: 4612, sFr. 13.00
Three concept pieces for a semi-theatrical performance in purely verbal notation. Merry musical fairytale pieces created for children where each piece can also be performed singularly. Barely any technical difficulties but does require carefully controlled study of the tonal procedures. A stage director takes care of all the sensibly formed optical moments.

Duplizitäten für Interpreten (1961-1983/95)
variabel
for any instrumentation (also of a non-musical type)
Order No: 4623, sFr. 62.00
Fifty-five leaves, each with two related texts, for multidisciplinary performances: any number of musicians, actors/actresses and further participants help themselves to any number of leaves in order to assist them in the preparation of their actions; dedicated to the actress and friend of many years Janet Haufler.

Robert Walser Trilogie I, 1. Die schöne Frau von Thun (1987)
7'
Six life-images
for three pairs of (string and/or wind) instruments
Order No: 4614, sFr. 31.00
A cycle based on savage and partly lost writings; "Die schöne Frau von Thun" uses six instruments, which can be relatively freely chosen; "Tobold" is a compositional concept, formal and extremely variable in its instrumentation (the composer has arranged one version); "Das Mädchen mit den schönen Augen" is the last work before the composer's non-composing phase, maliciously simple, supposedly humorous; it is dedicated to the performer Marion Leyh.

Robert Walser Trilogie I,2: Tobold (1987-88)
variabel
Scenes of humility
for choir voices and orchestral groups
Order No: 4615, sFr. 29.00
A cycle based on savage and partly lost writings; "Die schöne Frau von Thun" uses six instruments, which can be relatively freely chosen; "Tobold" is a compositional concept, formal and extremely variable in its instrumentation (the composer has arranged one version); "Das Mädchen mit den schönen Augen" is the last work before the composer's non-composing phase, maliciously simple, supposedly humorous - it is dedicated to the performer Marion Leyh.

Robert Walser Trilogie I,3: Das Mädchen mit den schönen Augen (1988)
3'
Two album leaves
for oboe and trumpet (or two other, slightly different instruments)
Order No: 4616, sFr. 16.00
A cycle based on savage and partly lost writings; "Die schöne Frau von Thun" uses six instruments, which can be relatively freely chosen; "Tobold" is a compositional concept, formal and extremely variable in its instrumentation (the composer has arranged one version); "Das Mädchen mit den schönen Augen" is the last work before the composer's non-composing phase, maliciously simple, supposedly humorous - it is dedicated to the performer Marion Leyh.

Robert Walser Trilogie II,1: Studje zwej (1995)
variabel
for speaker or saxophone solo (et al)
Order No: 4624, sFr. 16.00

Robert Walser Trilogie II,2: Studie über den Adel (1995-1996)
14'
for four performers (multimedia work)
Order No: 4625, sFr. 34.00

Robert Walser Trilogie II,3: Studje drej (1996)
variabel
for female speaker or harp solo (et al)
Order No: 4626, sFr. 16.00

Robert Walser Trilogie III,1: Die Liebe in den leichten Worten (2003)
5'
Two Album leaves
for fidle and gamba (or two slightly differeing instruments)
Order No: 4617, sFr. 16.00
This last cycle, which mirrors the first in many ways, is based closely on restructured texts by the poet. "Die Liebe in den leichten Worten" continues semantic distraction in unsophisticated seconds, deceptive and beautiful; "Kanal" is a conceptual composition, creating artificial folklore and sentences of a piece of prosa, quasi idyllic continuation (the composer himself has created one version); "Das leichte End in Bern" is to be scored in a monochrome fashion with six identical instruments. It tells of disappearance into anonymity, of poltergeists and much more; it is dedicated to the performer Eva Fuhrer.

Robert Walser Trilogie III,2: Kanal (2003-04)
variabel
Scenes of Grace
for speaking voice and chamber ensemble
Order No: 4618, sFr. 23.00
This last cycle, which mirrors the first in many ways, is based closely on restructured texts by the poet. "Die Liebe in den leichten Worten" continues semantic distraction in unsophisticated seconds, deceptive and beautiful; "Kanal" is a conceptual composition, creating artificial folklore and sentences of a piece of prosa, quasi idyllic continuation (the composer himself has created one version); "Das leichte End in Bern" is to be scored in a monochrome fashion with six identical instruments. It tells of disappearance into anonymity, of poltergeists and much more; it is dedicated to the performer Eva Fuhrer.

Robert Walser Trilogie III,3: Das leichte End in Bern (2004)
9'
Six life-images
for three pairs of (plucked and/or string) instruments
Order No: 4619, sFr. 34.00
This last cycle, which mirrors the first in many ways, is based closely on restructured texts by the poet. "Die Liebe in den leichten Worten" continues semantic distraction in unsophisticated seconds, deceptive and beautiful; "Kanal" is a conceptual composition, creating artificial folklore and sentences of a piece of prosa, quasi idyllic continuation (the composer himself has created one version); "Das leichte End in Bern" is to be scored in a monochrome fashion with six identical instruments. It tells of disappearance into anonymity, of poltergeists and much more; it is dedicated to the performer Eva Fuhrer.

Jericho (2000-2004)
variabel
for any sources of sound
Order No: 4627, sFr. 26.00
Collected concepts for various realisations with a maximum of eleven performers; a teeny-weeny 'concert tub' produced in cooperation with Tzie Elgna and Ludger von Diedrichsfeld, Dora Hermine Eybling and Margot Erdmute von Drajschenfleygh. It is to be understood as a kind of worthy comparison to the piece 'Babel'. Dedicated to the conceptualist Marion Leyh (the second partner).


Discs


Urs Peter Schneider
Zeitgehöft
Sternstunde
(Radermacher, Tüller, Gaugler, Klassen, Bühlmann, Schneider)


Edition Wandelweiser EWR 0101
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 139
Price CHF: 30.-

Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern: Historische Aufnahmen 1968-1998
Werke von und mit:
Hansjürgen Wälderle, Peter Streiff, Niklaus Sitter; Urs Peter Schneider; Erika Radermacher; Roland Moser; Suzanne Huber; Elisabeth Grimm; Matthias Bruppacher


Musiques Suisses MGB CTS-M 76
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 86
Price CHF: 39.- (2 CDs)

Robert Walser und die Schweizer Musik
Urs Peter Schneider: Beiseit I & II
Jürg Frey: Lachen und Lächeln
Anette Schmucki: Am Fenster
Edu Haubensak: Sechs Walserminiaturen
Christoph Neidhöfer: Vier Lieder nach Robert Walser
Daniel Glaus: Sechs Lieder
Aleksander Gabrys: Da ich ein Knabe war
Urs Peter Schneider: Robert Walser Trilogie II
(Erika Radermacher; Urs Peter Schneider; Chiharu Sato; u.a.)


Musiques Suisses MGB 6226
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 47
Price CHF: 30.-

Urs Peter Schneider
Urs Peter Schneider:
Babel
(Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern)
Chorbuch
(Chor; Karl Scheuber)
Studien
(Drei Narzissen)
Orchesterbuch
(Berner Kammerorchester; Jean-Pierre Moeckli)


Grammont CTS-P 34-2
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 18
Price CHF: 30.-


Further Discs:
CD Unit Records, CH-8037 Zürich, UTR 4047: Studien (fragm.)
CD Zytglogge CH-3073 Gümligen, ZYT 4282: 24 Kompositionen (z. T. fragm.)
CD Studio Lanz, CH-3457 Wasen, KPK 960822: Studien für Brassband
CD Müller & Schade, CH-3011 Bern: Schriftwerke (fragm.)
CD Die Brotsuppe, CH-2500 Biel: 16 Kompositionen (z.T. fragm.)

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