Dieter Ammann


Dieter Ammann studied school music in Lucerne with a paralell study at the jazz school in Bern. He then studied theory and composition in Basel under R. Moser and D. Müller-Siemens amongst others. He attended courses with W. Lutoslawski, W. Rihm and D. Schnebel. He has a lectureship at the Lucerne Conservatory and the 'Akademie für Schul- und Kirchenmusik, Luzern' (Academy for School and Church Music, Lucerne). He is a freelance musician who has recorded many productions and has performed at international festivals such as Willisau, Lugano, Cologne and Brussels. At the age of 29, he became more attracted to composition. - He has produced only a few compositions, as he is a slow and careful writer. -
He performs nationally and internationally and has received awards, also on a national and international level, for example he was main prize recipient at the International Competition for Composers (in honour of L. Berio), the IBLA-Foundation New York, 'Franz Liszt-Stipendium der Weimar Kulturstadt Europas 1999 GmbH' (Franz Liszt Fellowship of the Weimar City of Culture 1999 Ltd). He received first prize at the international composers competition for new music within the festival 'Niederrheinischer Herbst'.

Dieter Ammann
Wuhrmattstr. 15
CH-4800 Zofingen
Fon: +41 (0)62 751 33 61



Developments (1993)
for 2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba
Order No: 8303, sFr. 21.00

Piece for Cello (1994 (rev. 1998))
Order No: 8304, sFr. 13.00

Regards sur les traditions (1994/95)
for 4-handed piano
Order No: 8305, sFr. 23.00
Listen: Youtube

Morceau en forme d'improvisation (1995)
for choir (36 voices), 4-handed piano and jazz sextet
Order No: 8306, sFr. 36.00

The Freedeom of Speech (1995/96)
for flute (also bfl), clarinet (also bcl), violin, violoncello, percussion and piano
Order No: 8308, sFr. 49.00
(Parts: SME sFr. 70.-; 47.-)

Short Variation (1996)
for 7 clarinets and bass clarinet
Order No: 8307, sFr. 16.00

Under Pressure (1996/97)
for tenor saxophone and orchetsra (3(1.pic)
Order No: 8309, sFr. 44.00

Musica Empirica (1997/98)
for soprano saxophone and guitar
Order No: 8310, sFr. 21.00

Gehörte Form - Hommages (1998)
for violin, viola and violoncello
Order No: 8311, sFr. 49.00
Listen: Youtube

Violation (1999)
for violoncello and ensemble (fl(pic).cl(bcl)/
Order No: 8312, sFr. 49.00
(Parts SME: sFr. 120.-; 120.-)

Grooves- fitting one (2000)
for chamber orchestra (1(pic).2.0.2(cbn)/
Order No: 8316, sFr. 52.00
Listen: Youtube

A (tenir) tension (2002/03)
for flute, marimbaphone, vibraphone and percussion instruments
Order No: 8319, sFr. 21.00
The completely dissimilar sound generation of flute and percussion, for example with regard to the acquisition and decay times, formed an important compositional aspect while working on this new ouvre. This dissimilitude, by analogy, is also transferred to the temporal configuration insofar as the rhythmical form of extremely tight motorical passages ("moltoritmico") ranges over diverse intermediate stages to flexible handling parts ("tempo fluido") producing, thereby, tightly packed episodes with highly differentiated timbral play alongside processes where virtuosity in the traditional sense is central. It is so that the trio produces in quick succession various states, which are highly demanding for the interpreters, with regards interaction and playing technique.
Listen: Youtube

Geborstener Satz (2003)
for string quartet
Order No: 8320, sFr. 26.00
This piece will most probably become part of a cycle with the planned multipart work already being hinted at by the title. Furthermore it suggests musical energy, for all the complexity of its structure the work is also (particularly from the standpoint of the listener) expressional music, a music that finds its way outwardly with powerful manifestation. This piece is technically and expressively very demanding for interpreters.
Listen: Youtube

d'accord(s) (2004)
for 2 alto saxophones
Order No: 8321, sFr. 18.00
The title has two meanings: On one hand side, the material for the pitch is derived mainly from parallel chords which have been placed horizontally to build up the melodic lines. (d'accords = in the sense of originating from chords). On the other hand side, there are textures where both instruments play consensually, in substantial accord, together. This leads up to (mostly fast) homorhythmical passages.

Eine Minute für zwei Fanfaren (2004)
for horn in F
Order No: 8322, sFr. 13.00

Après le silence (2005)
for violin, violoncello and piano
Order No: 8323, sFr. 34.00
The title refers, on the one hand, to the long phase of silence (as an inner absence of music), which preceded the piece, and on the other hand the necessity for one, following this silence, to make oneself completely understood. The large range of expressive means is a result of this necessity for complete expression. The work fathoms then, a multitude of conflicting areas: here it goes from sound alteration to noise as the result of inner endeavours, there a huge instrumental gesture, the outwardly directed virtuosity. Moments of static from "frozen" textures are relieved by moments of kinetic density, which (paradoxically) can return again to stagnation. The associative exploration (exploration as a circumlocution of the working method, not the resulting sounds) is sometimes penetrated by sound gestures, which are not, in a logical sense, inherently part of the system but are created in the respective moment of the work process, from an inner (thus subjective) necessity - they have, as a result, a purely "psychological function". The compositional challenge, to construct the unexpected as paradigm without this producing an (expected?) abrasion, is for the piano trio programme. The rapid scales deceive, the pulses are fragile, ostinato lead to nowhere, the seemingly target-orientated become volatilised; no state is definitive. Many moments subsume that which came previous and simultaneously refer to that which is to follow, the music gives birth to and is itself permanently reborn. The work is held together more through the atmospherical density and a conjunctive (sound) sensualism than through the structures material relationships (e.g. regarding pitch). All this occurs in a concentrated from and a tight time dimension.
Listen: Youtube

stellen (2008)
for 14 strings (
Order No: 8324, sFr. 39.00
(Stimmen SME: sFr. 150.-)

Streichquartett Nr. 2 "Distanzenquartett" (2009)
Order No: 8326, sFr. 26.00
Initially, two maximally distanced, clearly seperated elements are exposed: Sounds - quarter tone glissandi - rhythmical, strongly percussive figures. The following come face to face: Passages within which only certain intervals are used, full chromatism, harmonic lead tones, suggestions of "spectralism" - that is to say, music from the overtone series.
Listen: Youtube

Venite a dire / Raummusik (2010)
2 madrigals
for 12 solo voices (3S3A3T3B)
Order No: 8327, sFr. 42.00
The three pieces are formally independent of each other and can be performed seperately.

Cute (2011)
for flute and clarinet
Order No: 8328, sFr. 18.00


Klavierduo Adrienne Soós / Ivo Haag
Rudolf Kelterborn: Sonata für zwei Klaviere
Michel Roth: Molasse vivante
Krzysztof Meyer: Impromptu multicolore
Dieter Ammann: regards sur les traditions
Rudolf Kelterborn: Klavierstück 7 ("Quinternio")
(Soós, Haag)

Musiques Suisses CTS-M 107
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 195
Price CHF: 30.-

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)

Mondrian Ensemble
Iannis Xenakis: Ikhoor für Streichtrio
Michel Roth: Verinnerung
Martin Jaggi: Schebka
Giacinto Scelsi: Trio à cordes
Dieter Ammann: Gehörte Form
(Daniela Müller; Christian Zgraggen; Martin Jaggi; Walter Zoller; Daniel Sailer)

Musiques Suisses MGB CTS-M 88
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 98
Price CHF: 30.-

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