Alfred Felder


Alfred Felder was born 1950 in Lucerne. He studied violoncello and composition at the Musikhochschule Luzern (teaching diploma with distinction) before attending the Mozarteum in Salzburg (soloist's diploma on the Migros culture foundation's fellowship).
Alfred Felder was solo cellist with various orchestras and a member of the Festival Strings Lucerne from 1977 until 1983. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in most European countries and in Canada, India, China and Japan.
Alfred Felder has been a violoncello teacher at the Winterthur Conservatory since 1981. He has received numerous commissions for compositions, including from the city of Zurich, the Tonhallegesellschaft Zürich, Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Festival Strings Lucerne, the Schweizer Kammerphilharmonie and many more. His orchestral works have been performed at various festivals in Tokyo, at the Osaka Festival, in South Africa, in Russian, the USA and at the Lucerne Festival. He composed the compulsory piece 'Capriccio und Variations for Violin Solo' for the 2005 and 2006 Concours International de Violon Shlomo Mintz. 'âtesh', a commissioned work for soli, mixed choir and large orchestra (Switerland's contribution to UNESCO year) was world premiered by the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and the Konzertchor Harmonie in 2007. His violin concert 'open secret', a piece commissioned by the Musikkollegium Winterthur, was first performed within the framework of a subscription concert. His string quartet, also commissioned by the Musikkollegium Winterthur, has to date been performed by various quartets including the Sarastro Quartet, which recorded its performance for prosperity during a tour of Argentina.
Felder's works are published by the SME, Nepomuk-Verlag, Gilgenreiner and KaNo. His compositions for children and youths include 'Wasserspiele', a piece commended by the European String Teachers Association (ESTA). Various other pieces have been labelled "particularly valuable for pedagogic purposes" by the Verband Deutscher Musikschulen. CDs featuring his work are available on the VdE Gallo, swiss pan and centaur labels. The composer has donated his complete manuscripts to Zurich's Cental Library.

Alfred Felder
Ruchwiesenstr. 61
CH-8404 Winterthur
Fon: +41 (0)52 222 84 46


... pasar por la calle... Passacaglia für Streicher (1986)
for string orchestra
Order No: 6603, sFr. 26.00
Passacaglia in four movements: "Ich bin, ich weiss nicht wer; ich komme, ich weiss nicht woher; ich gehe, ich weiss nicht wohin; mich wunderts, dass ich so fröhlich bin." From the 'cherubinischen Wandersmann' by Angelus Silesius.

Dschen (1989)
for viola
Order No: 6621, sFr. 13.00

Cercles (1992)
for flute, clarinet, harp, string quartet and double bass
Order No: 6618, sFr. 26.00

Nachtgesang (1993)
for flute,viola and harp
Order No: 6605, sFr. 26.00
(Parts available from SME: Sfr. 20.-; € 20.-)
The spirit of the healing ritual "night song" of the Navajo Indians translated into music.

4 Collagen über Texte von Mani Matter (1993)
for six violoncelli and one orator (German in Berne dialect)
Order No: 6606, sFr. 39.00
Texts: Mani Matter 1. "wenn doch nume die..." (4’) 2. "oberi und underi" (3’) 3. Ballade vom Nationalrat Hugo Sanders (5’) 4. us emene lääre Gygechaste (5’) Four of Mani Matters timeless texts, this time a little different. Can be performed and ordered singularly (sFr. 14.-, 10.-, 12.-, 14.-)

==-== (1994)
(music for piano)
Order No: 6607, sFr. 18.00
-- -- "das Nachgebende", luftige, weiche ----- "das Feste", ostinate, erdige

Vision, music for strings (1994/95)
for thirteen solo strings ( or string orchestra (
Order No: 6608, sFr. 47.00
A journey inside us:"All of a sudden I was surrounded by a fire coloured cloud..." (R. Bucke).

Song of the Sky (1996)
for violin, guitar and double bass
Order No: 6609, sFr. 31.00
On searching for ones own identity, one finds ones own songs.

Night Chant (1996)
for violoncello and piano
Order No: 6610, sFr. 29.00
(Cello part available from SME: Sfr. 18.-; € 18.-)
An attempt to produce in music the secretive and magic text of the Indian ritual 'Night Chant'.

Im See ist Feuer (1990/97)
for violin, viooloncello and orchestra
Order No: 6604, sFr. 49.00
Double concert; scored for orchestra: strings and two percussionists. "The fire below and the sea above battle and defeat one another…" from the symbol GO out of the Chinese oracle book I Ging.

Regen über der Wüste (1997)
for clarinet, bass clarinet, percussion and speaker
Order No: 6611, sFr. 13.00
Text: Eva Eisenmann-Westphal.

Apache Clown Dance (1998)
for clarinet solo (in Bb)
Order No: 6612, sFr. 16.00
Clowns are very important in the dance rituals of the Apache Indians. They can be jocular but are also holy. Attempt to be the ‘holy clown’ while you play the ‘Apache Clown Dance’.

Fussspur (1998)
for flute solo
Order No: 6613, sFr. 18.00
"We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown. We have devised profound theories, one after another, to account for its origins. At last we have succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the footprint. And lo! It is our own." (Sir Arthur Eddington, 1882-1944).

Elemente - 4 Tonbilder für Orchester (1999)
Order No: 6614, sFr. 49.00
(Material and CD available from composer)
Walking in the Paths of the Warrior (Feuer) Teacher (Wasser) Visionary (Luft) Healer (Erde).

Traviata-Fantasie (2001)
for violoncello and piano
Order No: 6640, sFr. 31.00
A fantasy about the opera 'La Traviata' by Giuseppe Verdi.

Labyrinth (2002)
for violin, viola and violoncello
Order No: 6643, sFr. 21.00
(Parts: sFr. 20.-; € 13.50)
Each instrument has its own individual character and its own tempo. It is like three wanderers with the same destination but each choosing a different route and each walking at a different pace. The wanderers occasionally meet, walk a while together then separate again.

... zu den Rändern ... (2002/03)
for viola, bass clarinet and piano
Order No: 6645, sFr. 23.00
(Parts: sFr. 20.-; € 13.50)
Based on a picture by the Lucerne painter Thyl Eisenmann. Delicate, subtle colour tones possessing an intensive force.

Rhythm (2003)
5 movements
for piano solo
Order No: 6642, sFr. 34.00
There are five fundamental life rhythms: the chaotic, the flowing, the staccato (detached) the lyrical and the rhythm of silence.

Song of the Blue Lizard (2004)
for piano solo
Order No: 6646, sFr. 16.00
To be played very freely, like an improvisation.

Dreamlines (2004)
for 2 clarinets and basset horn
Order No: 6647, sFr. 23.00
"The dream of a man is all that he possesses."

all songs are good (2004)
for flute (afl), clarinet (bcl) and piano
Order No: 6648, sFr. 42.00
(Flute and clarinet parts: sFr. 30.-; € 30.00)
This piece is concerned with the journey into another reality, a reality where one can encounter various magical animals.

Mullah Nasrudin (2007)
for violin solo
Order No: 6649, sFr. 16.00
Mullah Nasrudin is simultaneously a sage, a fool, a master, a beggar, a magistrate, a teacher and a doctor figure in the Arabian tree. He appears in many stories, each of which can be perceived as superficial and funny but also contain a hidden proposition. It is for the latter reason that the stories of Nasrudin are deeply anchored in the tradition of Sufism (Islamic mysticism) where the Sheikhs use them as teaching stories for their dervishes. The first written reference of such a Nasrudin story can be found as far back as the 13th century. The name Nasr ed-Din means "victory of the faith". Nasreddin is always in the Muslim faith! A historical Nasrudin most probably lived between the 13th and 14th centuries in Anatolia or Persia where he worked as a spiritual teacher. Konya in Turkey and Iran are his probable last resting places. As with other people from tradition, the present day Nasrudin is not an authentic historical figure. He is known in all Islamic regions, including Afghanistan, Iran and Tadzhikistan, with many local miracles being ascribed to him.

Sagemattler-Walzer (2008)
for string orchestra
Order No: 6650, sFr. 29.00
Adaptation of 2 waltzes from the dance orchestra "d'Sagemattler" from Unterägeri (um 1840).

this longing (2009)
for piano solo
Order No: 6651, sFr. 29.00
Over the romantic lyrics by Jelaluddin Rumi.

9ten Novemb. 1828 Tagebuch Robert Schumann (2009)
for clarinet, viola, piano and percussion
Order No: 6652, sFr. 23.00


Martin Werner plays
Franz Schubert: Impromptu in A flat major, Op. 142, D. 935
Franz Schubert: Impromptu in A flat major, Op. 90, D. 899
Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (Ausschnitte)
Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71 (Ausschnitte)
Frédéric Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op. 66
Sergej Rachmaninov: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2
Sergej Rachmaninov: Prelude in G sharp minor, Op. 32, No. 12
Alfred Felder: Song of the blue lizard
(Martin Werner)

Guild GMCD 7310
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 146
Price CHF: 30.-

CD Gallo-493: Ballade für Violoncello solo, Cembalo und Streicher
CD Gallo-569: Metamorphose, Impressionen über ein Bild von Thyl Eisenmann, pasar por la calle...
CD swiss pan: Fussspur, Musik für Flöte solo
CD Gallo 1133: Fantasie über die Oper "La Traviata"

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