Thüring Bräm

10.04.1944

After graduating from college, Thüring Bräm was educated in piano, conducting and composition in his birth town of Basel. He also studied musicology at the Universities of Basel and Heidelberg. He lived in the USA from 1970 until 1973 where he worked as a conductor and coach at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, at the Santa Fe Summer Opera, at Aspen Music Festival and studied at the University of California in Berkeley where he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in composition. He was head of the music school of the ‘Musik-Akademie Basel’ (Basel Academy of Music) from 1973 until 1987. Since 1987 he is director of the Lucerne Conservatory. He is active as a conductor in Switzerland and abroad.
During his years as a student the most crucial influences he received were from Anton Webern and Pierre Boulez (primarily as conductor and analyst). After visiting America he became more involved in improvisational music having been influenced by John Cage, during the mid eighties this became more structured music when he was using plain traditional material to produce new sound effects, for example in the Oratorio ‘Litteri un Schattä - Lucie Ombre’ or in the orchestral work ‘Florestan und Eusebius’. He has received several important commissions and prizes for composition including from Pro Helvetia, the city of Basel, IMF (International Music Festival in Lucerne), Radio DRS, Danzig, BBC Singers, Edwin Fischer recognition prize, University of California and others. He has published and lectures as a guest.

Thüring Bräm
Lerchenstr. 56
CH-4059 Basel
Fon: +41 (0)61 361 79 36
E-mail: tbraem@mhs.fhz.ch


Samples:


Scores


Sechs Miniaturen (1967/68)
5'
for string trio
Order No: 8501, sFr. 18.00
Short characteristic pieces in a transparent, countrapuntal dodecaphonic Webern style.

Sechs Haikai (1969)
8'
for solo soprano, chamber choir, string trio and vibraphone
Order No: 8525, sFr. 44.00
Texts: Japanese texts Six short Japanese three-liners. The choir part is advanced but can be performed by good amateurs.

"... dass es nichts Neues gibt unter der Sonne..." (1970)
6'
for soprano, viola and bassoon
Order No: 8526, sFr. 21.00
Texts: Dieter Fringeli Four songs in the original scoring: Soprano, viola and bassoon. Text by the Basel poet Dieter Fringeli. There are some free passages in addition to the through-composed parts.

Uhrwerk (1976)
6'
for violin solo
Order No: 8502, sFr. 16.00
A virtuoso piece notated in two systems. It is very difficult to perform and uses twenty-eight different articulations.

Au temps perdu (1976)
14'
for flute and string trio
Order No: 8503, sFr. 21.00
The title plays with Proust's ‘A la recherche du temps perdu’. This through-composed piece requires flexibility due to improvisation-like parts. Satisfying for the flutist, who plays on the background of an often noise-like sliding sound carpet.

Drei Lieder (1978/79)
9'
for mixed a-cappella choir
Order No: 8528, sFr. 23.00
Texts: Lajzer Ajchenrand These three songs, based on a text by Lajzer Ajchenrand, were composed for Eric Ericson and his chamber choir. Because of the high demands in rhythm and intonation, this piece is best suited to a very well schooled, at least semi-professional ensemble (min. sixteen solo singers or a large choir).

Sieben Bagatellen (1979)
13'
for piano
Order No: 8504, sFr. 21.00
These short, pregnant pieces are cloudy images from Beethoven and Webern. Precisely notated, they require certain technical enhancements such as ‘cluster play’. One piece is graphically notated.

Children Songs of the American Indian (1979)
8'
for solo soprano, vocal ensemble (SATB), oboe, viola, violoncello, and marimbaphone
Order No: 8527, sFr. 34.00
Texts: Indian texts The 'Children Songs' (which received a prize from the University of California in 1973) are a kind of half scenic cantata based on Indian text.

Album Goodbye Seventies (1979/80)
17'
for clarinet or violin (or any other melodic instrument) and piano
Order No: 8505, sFr. 26.00
This cycle of seven pieces encompasses mostly notated memories: a (quasi) summary of the seventies. Where one movement requires the courage to improvise, another contains a sung alternative version.
Listen: Youtube

Quiet Music I-III (1980/81)
8'
for piano, flute, clarinet, oboe, violin and violoncello
Order No: 8506, sFr. 29.00
No. III is a markedly beautiful piece to commemorate Berio's 'O King'. No. I and II are confined to the piano and a melodic instrument of choice.

Drei Psalmen (1980/81)
15'
for mixed a-cappella choir (five groups, each with eight voices- register score ad libitum)
Order No: 8529, sFr. 57.00
Texts: Bibel / Liturgy A good amateur choir can tackle this spatial work for sub divided groups. It uses many vocal facets including sounds, screaming, speaking and singing. Text from the Old Testament.

Zeitlupenstücke (1983)
17'
for clarinet, violoncello and piano
Order No: 8507, sFr. 26.00
A single musical idea or gesture is explored in quasi slow motion.

Vier Lamenti (1984/85)
6'
for piano
Order No: 8508, sFr. 16.00
Four 'character pieces'. The last of which requires (in an ideal situation) grand rubber mutes in the piano but an alternative version can be played on the keys.

Kantate nach Sprüchen von Angelus Silesius (1986)
17'
for soprano, mixed choir and string orchestra
Order No: 8530, sFr. 26.00
Texts: Angelus Silesius A very good amateur choir with a professional orchestral accompaniment can perform this varified piece.

For the Birds (1987)
8'
for flute and bass clarinet
Order No: 8509, sFr. 21.00
Requires an interest in experimentation and practice.

2 Versuche über einen Ikarus (1989)
6'
for piano
Order No: 8510, sFr. 13.00
Two preliminary studies for the chamber orchestra work 'Plainte d'un Icare' based on a poem by Baudelaire.

Streichquartett Nr. 1 (1987/90)
17'
Order No: 8511, sFr. 42.00
A very diversified and animated work with a large cello solo (Er-Innerung 4 1/2), which can also be played as an individual piece. Commissioned by the International Music Festival, Lucerne.

Streichquartett Nr. 2 (1992)
13'
LITANIA
Order No: 8513, sFr. 18.00
In one movement. A harmonic work in memory of Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, with a solo viola part (cadenza), which can be performed as an individual piece.

4 Stücke aus Krajiny Snu ("Traumlandschaften") (1992)
7'
for piano trio
Order No: 8514, sFr. 18.00
The ‘Traumlandschaften’ for piano trio is in four short movements and corresponds approximately to the solo parts of the same concert for piano trio and chamber orchestra.

Torrenieri (1992)
6'15
for horn solo and string orchestra
Order No: 8521, sFr. 18.00
This piece, written for the Lucerne Festival Strings, can be easily introduced into a 'normal' string orchestra programme. It does, however, require great solo skills from the horn player.

Krajiny Snu (1992)
17'
for piano trio, chamber orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/str) and one crotale
Order No: 8522, sFr. 55.00
The title 'Krajiny Snu' means 'dreamlandscape' and represents shreds of the composer's associations with his work as a conductor from 1985 to 1995 in Pardubice. This work, originally dedicated to the 'Guarnieri Trio', Prague and the Pardubice Chamber Phillharmonic, enriches the concert for piano and orchestra genre.

Quasi notturno (1993)
6'
for bassoon solo
Order No: 8515, sFr. 13.00
Requires experimentation on ones own instrument. Even single parts of the bassoon are used for playing.

"Im Atemhaus" (1991/93)
14'
Three songs
for female a-cappella choir (SSAA)
Order No: 8531, sFr. 23.00
Texts: Anna Katharina von Greiffenberg Written for the ‘Vepatechor’. In addition to the through-composed Baroque text from Anna Katharina von Greiffenberg, it also contains a middle part without text, which evokes the title of the poem ‘Im Atemhaus’ by Rose Ausländer. This part (in space notation) requires flexibility in respect to rhythm and metricity.

Raum und Zeit (1993)
6'30
for 8 horns
Order No: 8516, sFr. 23.00
A soft spatial piece for eight spatially distributed hornists.

Nerval's Lobster (1994)
8'
for harpsichord solo
Order No: 8517, sFr. 21.00
A serious and not particularly easy piece based on many intellectual absurdities, e.g. Wagners Tristan Chord.

5 Eichendorff-Lieder (1996)
16'
for solo voice (T possibly S) and orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.2.3.1/ timp.2perc/str)
Order No: 8523, sFr. 49.00
Texts: Josef Freiherr von Eichendorff Written for the 1000-year anniversary of the city of Danzig. A representation of five poems by the romantic poet Josef Freiherr von Eichendorff for high voice (tenor, soprano) and orchestra with transparent texture.Todeslust - Im Alter - Die Zeit geht schnell - Memento - In Danzig.

Piccoli Madrigali (1996)
17'
for mixed a-cappella choir
Order No: 8532, sFr. 39.00
Texts: Anna Maria Bacher These ten a-cappella songs, based on the Italian version of poems by Anna Maria Bacher, are derived from the oratorium ‘Litteri un Schattä / Luci e ombre’. They can be performed separately. They are linear, melodic and varied in form.

A Cradle Song (1996)
9'
for mixed choir (twenty four-part, six per SATB with a minimum of sixteen voices)
Order No: 8534, sFr. 31.00
Texts: William Blake A work dedicated to the BBC Singers. Blake's plain but simultaneously complex text is translated into simple musical choir language representing the 'fin de siècle' of the 20th century. The work requires particular professionalism in regard to the intonation.

Transition (1997)
9'
for three trumpets, flugelhorn and bass trumpet
Order No: 8518, sFr. 23.00
A very 'soft' piece requiring lots of pp as well as a few outbursts from the five trumpets.

Piccoli Stagioni (1997)
7'
for piano trio, flute and voice
Order No: 8533, sFr. 31.00
Texts: Anna Maria Bacher Four-seasons poems by the poet Anna Maria Bacher from Pomatt in the Italian version; short, transparent pieces.

Streichquartett Nr. 3 (1997/98)
13'
"als Zuschauer am Rande des grossen Festes"
Order No: 8519, sFr. 26.00
'als Zuschauer, am Rande des grossen Festes' (therein adagio (4’) for string orchestra, for the 80th birthday of Rudolf Baumgartner). Striking piece in four movements with extremely quiet and kinetically excited parts. A version for string orchestra is also available.

Florestan und Eusebius (1997/98)
16'
for orchestra (3.3(poss.4).3.3(poss.4)/4.2.2.0/timp.2perc.echopiano.cymbalom/hp/str)
Order No: 8524, sFr. 42.00
Commissioned by the Basel Academy of Music. Variations on the choral from the ‘Album für die Jugend’ by Robert Schumann. This piece is relatively simple on the technical side and achieves differentiated sound effects through a spatial distribution of groups.


Discs


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.-

Thüring Bräm / Dimitri: Il Gong Magico - Mimopera
Thüring Bräm: Il Gong Magico - Mimopera in vier Akten
(Gesangssolisten der Musikhochschule Luzern; Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz; Jost Meier)


Musiques Suisses MGB 6212
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 38
Price CHF: 30.-



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