Louisa Lasdun


Born and brought up in London, Louisa Lasdun studied music and graduated from the Dartington College of Arts in Devon. She took further composition studies under John Tavener and trained as a music teacher at the Institute of Education at London University. She has been a music teacher for children and youngsters for the past ten years, and has collaborated with the Anna Scher Children's Theatre for many years. She plays and composes for a jazz-big-band. She also authored 'Listen To All They Say' an essay about the application of pop-music in secondary school education.
She has lived in Zurich since 1989 and has produced several compositions, five of which where commissioned works and have been performed in Switzerland and abroad. She works as a freelance composer.

Louisa Lasdun
Sonnhaldenstr. 5
CH-8032 Zürich
Fon: +41 (0)1 251 09 72


"Jabberwocky" (1978)
for orator (most suitable would be a voice from the media known by children), piccolo, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, amplified harpsichord (or synthesizer), piano, four percussion, mixed choir ( also possible
Order No: 9501, sFr. 34.00
Text: Lewis Carroll Entertainment for anybody between the ages of four and ninety-nine. Suitable for a children's programme. The text is from ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ by Lewis Carroll, also available in French and German. The original is in English gibberish but is easily transferable to German or French gibberish.

There and Back Again (1993)
for piano trio, counter tenor, girl's voice (should sound like a 12-16 year-old)
Order No: 9503, sFr. 60.00
Text: James Lasdun This work (inspired by Paula Regos’ etchings based on English nursery rhymes) was originally conceived as a dance piece, but can also be performed as a concert piece. The text by James Lasdun was adapted from traditional children’s rhymes. There are four movements: Dramatis Personae - Questions - Requiem for Cock Robin and Journey Dance. This piece received an award at the ‘Ballet Gulbenkian’, Lisbon in November 1998.

Concerto für Wörter (1996)
for male and female speaker and male and female voices
Order No: 9504, sFr. 47.00
Texts: Isolde Schaad A rhythmical and difficult speaking part for a mixed speaking choir. A lively, humorous, theatrical and cheeky piece with choreography, lighting and text from the book ‘KüsschenTschüss - Sprachbilder und Geschichten zur öffentlichen Psychohygiene’ by Isolde Schaad.

FRACTAL (1996)
for twenty strings (
Order No: 9505, sFr. 47.00
A three-part piece written for an amateur choir. Andante inquieto - Prestissimo e molto energico - Andante Tranquillo. A quasi autobiographical chronicle of a day in the life of a mother with two small children. Commissioned by Chris Walton for the ‘Witikoner Streichorchester’.

"In meinen Träumen singen die Seelen meiner Schwestern und Brüder" (1998)
for mixed a-cappella choir
Order No: 9507, sFr. 42.00
Text: Mariella Mehr A piece in five movements commissioned by ‘ars cantata’ as part of a spiritual concert programme. Contains text fragments from a short story by Mariella Mehr. Deals with the topic of the torture of people by people (Holocaust).

Gespräch(e) im Gebirg (2002)
for seven players (fl[=pic].bcl.Ebcl/2vn.vc.db) and sound technician
Order No: 9508, sFr. 34.00
A single movement in eleven parts with play-back sound commissioned by the 'Luzerner Kammermusiker'. The recorded material is comprised of text fragments from Paul Celans prose 'Gespräch im Gebirg', read by the author; fragments of a prayer-call from canton Uri, an English nineteenth century hymn and Hebrew lyrics from Bialik. This piece takes Jewish identity in German speaking areas as ist theme.

Double Trouble (1990)

for flute, (pic), oboe (ca), clarinet (asx), bassoon, horn, trumpet, timpani, three percussion, synthesizer, string quartet, double-bass, various child intrumentalists as onstage band and children's choir (over eight years old) including solo roles
Order No: 9509, sFr. 145.00
A conventional opera in two acts with no adult roles, the English libretto is by Adam Thorpe. The orchestra accompaniment is for professional musicians. Commissioned by the W. 11. Children's Opera, London.

Smile (2008)

für Oboe, Cello und Klavier
Order No: 9510, sFr. 29.00

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