Valentin Marti


Valentin Marti was born in Zürich. He graduated from Zurich Conservatory with degrees in classical saxophone (1987-94 Urs Schoch, Marcus Weiss) and studies in composition (1991-95 Gerald Bennet). From 1995 until 1997 he made additional studies in composition under Michael Jarrell in Vienna at the School of Music and Performing Arts.
He is currently active as a free-lance musician (mainly of contemporary music), as a member of various contemporary chamber music ensembles, and an instrumental tutor. He is a member of the board of ISCM (International Society of Contemporary Music) in Zurich, and since 1993 president thereof.
He won second prize at the International Composers' Competition of Klagenfurt in Austria (1997), was awarded a special prize by the 'Universal Edition' in Salzburg in Austria (1997), received a honourable mention at the 'Premio Valentino Bucchi' in Rome (1997), achievement award from the Zollikon council in 2002, received a commission for a composition from the canton of Zurich and was awarded a sabbatical year for composition by the city of Zurich in 2003. Valentin Marti lives in Zurich.

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Quintett für Klarinette und Streichquartett (quintet for clarinet and string quartet) (1993)
Order No: 7101, sFr. 36.00
A sound world, oscillating between expressivity and absolute non-expressivity, is created from a simple initial motive. World premiere: 04.12.95. in Zurich by the ‘Ensemble Opera Nova’.

Seuils (1994)
for small orchestra (
Order No: 7102, sFr. 49.00
Every transgressed threshold leads to another state of sound, in another inner development.

Tres sendas espinosas (1995)
for flute (alto flute) clarinet (bass clarinet), violin, violoncello, percussion and piano
Order No: 7103, sFr. 47.00
Paths leading nowhere, a search leading to nothingness; subsurface there is a trace that, in its lack of direction, actually depicts the way. In three parts. World premiere: 23.5.1997 in Zurich by the Ensemble for New Music (Zurich) under the direction of Johannes Harneit.

Arachne (1995/96)
for flute (piccolo) and harpsichord
Order No: 7104, sFr. 31.00
Two instruments which never meet tonally, but produce ‘knots’ which carry the whole fabric. Double manual harpsichord. World premiere: 17.01.97 in Prague by Monika Körner (Fl) and Sandra Lechner (hpd).

Euphotic Circles (1996)
for soprano saxophone solo and ensemble (
Order No: 7105, sFr. 49.00
"The fascinating colours, the successful combination of the three wind players and their perfect connection with the string players are very well mastered from a formal point of view, they let arise an ensemble piece in the truest sense of the word." (S. Palm) World premiere: 31.7.97 in Klagenfurt by Janus-Ensemble Wien Robert HP Platz (conductor).

... visión ... (1996)
for violin solo
Order No: 7106, sFr. 13.00
A volatile, flickering appearance. World premiere: 09.10.96 in Vienna by Patricia Kopachinskaja.

Rainshadows (1996/99)
for bass clarinet, trombone, violoncello and percussion
Order No: 7107, sFr. 42.00
Shadowy diffused sounds are generated below the sound spectrum of the rainstick. Sounds which, the stronger and more corporeal they appear, the more fragile they really are. Requires three rainsticks. World premiere: 25.02.00 in Baden by the 'Ensemble Avance'.

Sculpture (1997)
for violoncello solo
Order No: 7108, sFr. 13.00
Fine tonal shapes are sculpted out of crude blocks. A piece with a high physical intensity (tremolo). World premiere: 28.04.97 in Vienna by Attila Pasztor.

Floating (1997)
for piccolo / alto flute, oboe and soprano saxophone
Order No: 7109, sFr. 21.00
Fragile transitions between noise and tone, fluctuating chromatic modulations and a metre that masks the rhythm are characteristics of this trio. World premiere: 28.9.97 in Wädenswil by theTrio Lepic.

On a Darkling Plain (1998)
for accordion, violoncello and four-handed piano
Order No: 7112, sFr. 49.00
Combined polymerized growth, a sudden break and darkening decolouration. A subtle coordinated sound balance is essential for this piece. World premiere: 13.7.98 in Klagenfurt by the Austrian Art Ensemble.

Marmoradern - latent (1998/99)
for wind octet (ob.ob,,bcl.2hn.2bn)
Order No: 7113, sFr. 34.00
A composition in the area of conflict between ‘Aleph’ (the all embracing) and ‘Zahir’ (bearer of the “appalling nature of the unforgettable” (J.L.Borges)), the (apparently) conflictive central ideas of two novels by J.L. Borges. World premiere: 23.3.99 in Zurich by Octomania.

Re-version of a Verse (1999)
for flute solo
Order No: 7116, sFr. 18.00
An extending, slowly accelerating line whose harmonic surrounding constantly rotates around its own axis becomes gradually penetrated and superposed by a defined texture. World premiere: 7.1.00 in Zurich by Vera Fischer.

Den Schatten der Rose entdecken (1999, rev. 2003)
for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello and piano
Order No: 7124, sFr. 29.00
World premiere: 27.11.1999 in Boswil by 'Klangforum Vienna' under the direction of V. Kiradjiew.

Wurzelholz (2000)
for alto recorder
Order No: 7117, sFr. 16.00
A continuous expansion of a central sound field, riddled with incursions; knaggy, meditative, continuosly quarter tonal. World premiere: 25.03.00 in Dägerlen by Christine Fringeli.

Wurzelholz (2000)
for tenor recorder or any other woodwind instrument (alto flute, oboe, tenor saxophone...)
Order No: 7118, sFr. 16.00
For a different woodwind instrument to the recorder, a somewhat smoother effect because the extreme registers of the recorder have a greater influence on the tone than other instruments with a wider range. World Premiere: 04.02.01 in Wädenswil by Rico Gubler (tsx).

Expansion of a Verse (2000)
for alto flute, basset horn, violoncello and harp
Order No: 7119, sFr. 29.00
A further independent version of ‘Re-version of a Verse’ which was left open for harmonic and formal additions. Intertwining structured sound surfaces; timbral changes. World premiere: 12.5.00 in Zumikon by I.Bende (fl), V.Wandeler (bhn), B.Göttert (vc), I.-L. Stettler-Jansen (hp), Philipp Hefti (cond.).

Passages (2000)
for viola, piccolo/bass flute, baritone saxophone, guitar and percussion
Order No: 7120, sFr. 31.00
‘Passages’ is determined by a hugely formal changing process, beginning with block-like, vertical melodies of the solo viola, leading to a linear, horizontal notation with five equal instrumental parts. Quarter tonal. World premiere: 28..8.00 in St.Moritz by the Ensemble Cattrall under the direction of Marc Kissoczy.

Fernruf J 12 (2001)
for soprano, oboe, violoncello and piano
Order No: 7115, sFr. 36.00
Text: Everyday advertising and media language The basis of the text for ‘Fernruf J 12’ is the the list of the Bolshevist musicians from the Berlin department for art preservation from 1935: it is the list of musicians which had to be displaced from the music scene. The piece works, from a musical point of view, with different levels of understanding i.e. repression and forgetting. World premiere: 22.05.02 in Basel by the aequator ensemble.
Listen: Youtube

Blendung (2001)
for a large orchestra (
Order No: 7121, sFr. 57.00
Three movements attacca: I nebel; (haze) II schleier; (mist) III blendung (glare). The simple basic idea of ‘Blendung’ is the process of constant accentuation in the musical course of action, to lurid density during the third movement. World premiere: 26.04.02 in Berne by the Berne Symphony Orchestra under the direction of D. Kitajenko.

Nachtschatten (2001)
for clarinet and piano
Order No: 7122, sFr. 34.00
The work with under blown tones is an essential part of this composition. The fingered overblown tones sound merely as a reflection of the under blown shadow-sound. World premiere: 26.5.02 in Zollikon by Sarah Chardonnens-Lehmann (clar.), Eriko Kagawa (piano).

splitting (2002)
for clarinet, violoncello and piano
Order No: 7123, sFr. 36.00
A tone is coloured and set in motion, fragments of this tone develop their own life, fan out and become tonally coloured. World premiere: 04.06.02 in Basel by the Avalon Trio.

Notizen und Gravur (2003)
for mandolin, guitar and harp
Order No: 7125, sFr. 36.00
Jede Aktion während der Arbeit an Skizzen eines Werkes löst einen Gedanken aus, in welcher Form diese Notizen in die Ausarbeitung einfliessen, wie sie konkretisiert, gewichtet, beleuchtet werden können. Diese Überlegung läuft zeitgleich mit der Skizzierung ab, geht aber mit der nächsten Aktion vordergründig verloren, versinkt in eine unbewusste Ebene, weil die Arbeit an den folgenden Notizen die Offenheit verlangt, auf den Moment spontan und intuitiv eingehen zu können. Vor und während der Gravur - der Umsetzung der Notizen - kommen einige Gedanken geschärft und klar zurück. Andere vermochten sich nicht zu festigen und bleiben in der Festlegung des Werkes unberücksichtigt. Die beiden Sätze von "Notizen und Gravur" können getrennt oder ineinanderfliessend aufgeführt werden. UA: 14.6.03, Zürich. mille cord

Exposure (2003)
for alto saxophone, trombone, accordion, piano and percussion
Order No: 7126, sFr. 26.00
World premiere: 20.9.03 in Lugano by Ensemble Oggimusica.

Tempio in tre impressioni (2004)
for Rennaissance alto recorder and percussion
Order No: 7127, sFr. 21.00
'Tempio in tre impressioni' associates three imaginary encounters with the remains of the portico of a Doric temple, each from a different temporal perspective. The percussion consists of a 'Ching' (a Korean gong) or similar instrument, 2 templeblocks, a very high tambourine and a large framedrum. World premiere: 24.9.04 in Malans by opera strumental.
Listen: Youtube

Le Journal de Sisyphos (2003-05)
for saxophone quartet
Order No: 7134, sFr. 42.00
Five movements with partly alternating instrumentation (satb – ttbb), a continual upward movement of the piece's harmonic concept with simultaneous individual downward draughts… the knowledge of the aimlessness / futility of human action leads to the realisation that the experience of every moment, that (artistic) creation, as absurd as it seems, is the ultimate representation of the meaning of life (after Camus). World premiere: 18.9.05, Lugano, 4tenors (Journées 1-3); 30.5.08, Zurich, 4tenors (Journées 1-5)
Listen: Youtube

La 4ème journée de Sisyphos (2005)
for alto saxophone solo
Order No: 7128, sFr. 16.00
Solo version of the 4th movement from the saxophone quartet "Le Journal de Sisyphos". World premiere: 12.04 08 Wilmington (North Carolina) USA, Laurent Estoppey

Aus der Ferne (2006)
for Renaissance recorder, viola da gamba and harpsichord/organ
Order No: 7129, sFr. 39.00
In 6 movements. The 6th movement is a modest hommage to György Ligeti: "Clarity".
Listen: Youtube

Flügelschläge (2006)
for pipa solo
Order No: 7130, sFr. 16.00
3 character pieces. WP: 21.1.08, Lausanne, Lingling Yu

im Wind geschliffen (Segesta II) (2006)
for two recorders, violin, violoncello and harpsichord
Order No: 7131, sFr. 34.00
Various positions or points of origin lead to different perceptions, to different truths about an object or event. Minimally displaced observation points lead to a drifting apart and drifting together of individual lines, to individual stickings on a single tone or form of articulation.

In der Kälte des tauenden Eises (2007/09)
for pipa, violoncello and clarinet
Order No: 7132, sFr. 26.00
A work for two European instruments (clarinet and violoncello) and one Chinese instrument (pipa). The title describes a non-stable state out of which various musical and cultural developments are possible.

Charon schläft (2007)
... not a nocturne
for tenor saxophone solo
Order No: 7135, sFr. 18.00
Rawness is as present as lightness, crudeness as present as elegance and obstinacy as present as excursiveness. Sound palette features specific to the tenor saxophone. Many special fingerings are derived directly from standard fingerings. World premiere: 23.4.08, Zurich, Marcus Weiss
Listen: Youtube

Pintxo 1 (2007)
for violin solo
Order No: 7133, sFr. 13.00
The Baskian variant of tapas was the model for this piece: each a work of art in itself, but designed for consumption. World premiere: 6.5.07 in Vevey by Valérie Bernard.

Pinxto 2 (2008)
for 2 oboes
Order No: 7136, sFr. 13.00
WP: 1.3. 09, Zürich, Ani Lomsaridze, Matthias Arter

Out Of Chinatown (2008)
for clarinet and violoncello
Order No: 7137, sFr. 18.00

White Screen (2009)
for ensemble (fl, cl, bcl, tsx, tbn, 2 perc, pf, vn, va, vc, db)
Order No: 7138, sFr. 52.00
"White Screen" is the music to a film playing on an empty screen, that is to say, a series of images, colours or movements that takes place solely in the imagination of the listener. The initial starting point of this composition was a tale that (for me) still haunts music, a tale I would rather not tell… World premiere: 5.11.09, Zurich, Ensemble Laboratorium, Pierre-André Valade

Desert Winds (2010)
for Erhu, Pipa and Guzheng
Order No: 7139, sFr. 26.00
(Parts: sFr. 18.-; € 12.-)


Valentin Marti
Marti, Valentin:
Fernruf J 12
Tempio in tre impressioni
Le Journal de Sisyphe
Aus der Ferne
Charon schläft
(Weiss, Marcus; aequatuor; 4tenors)

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