Portrait Maria A. Niederberger August 2007

CATALOG RAISONNÉ

of my compositions

 


Pattern of Entries:

«Name of Composition» (translation if necessary) (duration)
cast
movements / parts
publisher (order number, price)
comments


2011:

«Dash of Color for Three» (2011) (ca. 08'30")
oboe, French horn, piano
• I. Introduction
• II. Cayenne Pepper
• III. Blooming Desert
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2010:

«Mountain Visions» (2009-2010) (ca. 12')
Solo Violin
• I. Awakening
• II. Glistening Leaves
• III. Winter Escapades
• IV. Avian Creatures
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2009:

«Homage à Frédéric Chopin: Three Impromptus» (2008-2009)(ca. 11')
Solo Piano
• Impromptu I: «Tears, From Heaven, Transformed, Falling on His Heart»
• Impromptu II: «With Whom Shall I Speak?»
• Impromptu III: Joy Mingling With Sorrow
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«Time Gates» (2008-2009)(ca. 10')
Clarinet Quartet: Bb cl I, II, III, and Bass clarinet
• I. Little Prelude
• II. Summer's Dream
• III. Trembling Stars
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«Only One Today» (TBD)(2007-2009)
Song cycle for soprano and piano
• Winged Worshipper (Lyrics: Charles Sprague)
• Shadow Evidence (Lyrics: Mary Mapes Dodge)
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2008:

«Baby, Dream Your Dream» (2’40”)
voice and piano
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Lyrics: composer

«Säntis Thoughts» (12’)
violin and piano
• I. Shapes
• II. Premonitions
• III. Dance of the Alpine Birds
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2007:

«Mit deinen Augen» (Through Your Eyes)(3’30”)
soprano, tenor, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon
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Lyrics: Heinrich Heine

2005:

«Duo for Violin and Cello» (4’30”)
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«Soliloqui: 1841 Lives» for Solo Clarinet in Bb (ca. 3’49”)
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«Lullaby»
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Lyrics: «Wiegenlied» by Clemens Brentano

«Full Pockets», (ca. 14’)
Song cycle for soprano, harp and flute (2003-2005)
Songs set to the following poems:
• On the Road (Anna Achmatova)
• Ode to the Storm (Pablo Neruda; transl.)
• Dreaming by the Ocean (Maria A. Niederberger)
• The Harp (Pablo Neruda; transl.)
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2004:

«Folia» for Solo Clarinet in Bb, (ca. 3’)
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2003:

«Aevaw I» for Solo Flute, (ca. 7’)
flute and light percussion (wood bells, two small bells, triangle, rainstick ca. 5" or substitute)
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• I. Liberamente
• II. Waves
• III. Ancient River
The poem of this piece is «Waves», by Mark Halperin)

Note: Aevaw I (A Wave) is a somewhat theatrical piece. Beside traditional performance techniques, the music makes use of extended techniques like whistle tones, glissandi, key clicks, flutter tongue, colored noise, etc. To surround the flute with additional sounds, the composer asks the flutist to engage a battery of small percussion instruments. In the second movement, a poem is partly recited by the flutist, partly projected onto a screen, together with coordinated photos of artwork. (For this purpose, one might use a PowerPoint presentation.)

As an alternative or if technical difficulties arise, the piece may be performed purely instrumental without the suggested projections. The poem, Waves, is used by generous permission of poet Mark Halperin.

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2002:

«An Unexpected Journey», (ca. 10’)
Organ
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• I. Prayer
• II. Spirit of the Ocean
• III. Vision of the Humble

«Movement for Solo Violin, Harp, and Symphony Orchestra», (ca. 6’)
solo violin, harp and orchestra (2 Flutes, Oboe, Engl.Horn, Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon, 2 F-Horns, Trumpet, 2 Trombones, Percussion, Xylophone, Strings)
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«While Shepherds Watched» a Christmas carol, (ca. 6’)
organ, choir, solo tenor and SSSAAA Women’s Ensemble. (This may be replaced by organ if necessary.)
SME
Lyrics: Nahum Tate

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2001:

«Thoughts 2001»
Solo violin
SME (2002)
• I. Story Telling
• II. Shadow Lines and Sudden Gleams
• III. Blue Ridges

«With Song and Trumpet Calls» a Christmas carol (ca. 3')
mixed choir (SATB), trumpet and trombone (horn in F if necessary)
With the composer
Lyrics: medieval (Latin), Maria A. Niederberger (English)

«I Sing For Joy», (1' 30")
Mixed Choir (SATB)
With the composer
Lyrics: based on Psalm 92

1999/2000:

«Concerto for Oboe and Instrumental Ensemble» (20')
Solo Oboe, Fl (Picc), Klar, Hn, Hp, 2 V, Va, Vc, CB
SME/EMS, Posfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9919; CHF 44.00/€29.00

Suited for organ and ensemble or (preferred) oboe and small orchestra. High level of difficulty for the oboe. The harp and the horn play an important role as well.

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1995/1999:

«Oh grosses Wunder» (Oh, Great Wonder): a collection of songs (two Christmas carols and three songs for the New Year) (12')
For high voices and small orchestra
SME/EMS. Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9918; CHF 32.00/€21.00

• I. Oh Grosses Wunder (Oh, Great Wonder) (second version)(M. Niederberger)
• II. Fluss der Zeit (River of Time) (M. Niederberger)
• III. Die Nacht ist hin (The Night Is Gone) (J.Chr. Günther)
• IV. Zum Neuen Jahr (For The New Year) (E. Mörike)
Suited for youth orchestra and small professional orchestra

1998:

«Vernissage: Musical Thoughts and Sketches for the Piano»
piano
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9901; CHF 24.00/€16.00

also:
Staccato Verlag, 2003; Klaviermusik von Komponistinnen (Music for the piano by women composers)

• I. Antezedenz (Antecedence)
• II. Blautöne (Blue Hues)
• III. Stilleben (Still Life)
• IV. Szene (Scene)
• V. Wellen und Vektoren (Waves and Vectors)
• VI. Finale (Finale)

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1997:

«Images» (20')
flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, contrabass, piano, percussion
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9911; CHF 44.00/€29.00
• I. Fluid Shapes
• II. Light and Shadow
• III. Symmetries - Broken Symmetries.
featured piano and trumpet

«On Winter's Margin» (12')
marimba and violin
SMS/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland,
order number: 9905; CHF 30.00/€20.00
• I. First Reflection – Interlude 1
• II. Second Reflection
• III. Princess of Crumbs – Interlude 2: A Hymn
• IV. Ice Flowers
Loose relations to a poem by Mary Oliver

«A Swift Progression» (3')
solo violin
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland,
order number: 9902; CHF 10.00/€6.60

1996/97:

«Sonnenspur: Tonbilder aus Kalifornien» (11')
(Traces of the Sun: Tone Poems from California) (11')
flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, percussion (2), piano, string quartet, contrabass
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland,
order number: 9910; CHF 64.00/€42.00

Fantasy Prelude
• I. Nächtlicher Kojotentanz (Dance of Coyotes by Night)
• II. Morgensonn’ das Meer enthüllet (Morning Sun Unveils The Sea)
• III. Purple Horses
• IV. Yosemite

featured percussion

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1996:

«Petite Suite» (5'30")
solo viola
The American Viola. New Works for Viola Solo.
publishers: MMB Music, Inc., Contemporary Arts Building, 3526 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 631019, USA, tel. ++ (314) 531-9635
• I. Saltarello (A Gymnast’s Routine)
• II. In Summer we Dance (Eclectic Variations)
• III. Mitten im Leben sind wir... (In the midst of life we are...)

«Six Choral Songs» (10')
mixed choir a capella
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland,
order number: 9916; CHF 26.00/€17.00
• 1. Under the Greenwood Tree
• 2. Nocturne
• 3. A Boy’s Head
• 4. Advent
• 5. The Door
• 6. Destiny
In a traditional, tonal style, with relatively free rhythms

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«Towards the Sound of River Aa» (4'30")
symphony orchestra (2(also Picc),2,2,1, Co-Fag- 4,3,3,B-Trb, o- Perc, Perc(2),Hrp, Pno- Str)
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9912; CHF 38.00/€25.00

1995:

«Einmal» (Once) (1')
choir
HBS Nepomuk, Entfelderstr. 39, Postfach, CH-5000 Aarau, Switzerland
Lyrics: Erica Pedretti

«The Door» (1'20")
mixed choir
With the composer
Lyrics: Miroslav Holub, Ian Milner

«Schlittle» (Sledding) (2')
women's choir
HBS Nepomuk, Entfelderstr. 39, Postfach, CH-5000 Aarau, Switzerland
Lyrics: Traugott Meyer

«In der Nacht» (By Night) (1')
children’s choir
HBS Nepomuk, Entfelderstr. 39, Postfach, CH-5000 Aarau, Switzerland
Lyrics: Joseph von Eichendorff

«Frühlingsmusen» (Muses of Spring) (1')
children’s choir
HBS Nepomuk, Entfelderstr. 39, Postfach, CH-5000 Aarau, Switzerland
Lyrics: M. Niederberger

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«Durch die Wipfel» (Through the Treetops)(8')
children’s choir
With the composer
Songs to poems by Adalbert von Chamisso, Matthias Claudius, Josef von Eichendorff, Maria Niederberger

«Destiny» (2')
mixed choir
With the composer
Lyrics: Edwin Arnold

«Lieder für hohe Stimmen» (Songs for high voices) (6')
soprano and alto voices
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9915; CHF 16.00/€10.50
These four german songs a capella (two-part to four-part) in a traditional-tonal style are suited for amateur singers, but they are not without demands. They may also be performed independently.
• 1. Carl Sandburg: Der Nebel (The Mist - two-part)
• 2. Gertrud Burkhalter: D Chrinne (The Crows - two-part)
• 3. Friedrich Bischoff: Schneefall (Snowfall - four-part)
• 4. Ernst Penzoldt: Abreise (Departure - canon for 3 sopranos)

«Oh grosses Wunder» (Oh Great Wonder) (4')
A Christmas carol (first version) (4')
choir and organ
choir with flute, triangle and string quartet (string ensemble)
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9914; CHF 10.00/€6.60
(Score with instruments: CHF 14.00/€9.50)
The choir does not exceed two parts. The text consists of four verses. Music is in a traditional (tonal) style. German lyrics: M. Niederberger

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«Wait for Me» (10')
song cycle for soprano with piano accompaniment
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9913; CHF 36.00/€24.00
Four songs: two in German, two in English. Lyrics by Silja Walter, Pablo Neruda, Langston Hughes, Ingeborg Bachmann. German-English translation of all lyrics by the composer

1994:

«Tragische Geschichte» (Tragical Story) (6')
children’s choir
HBS Nepomuk, Entfelderstr. 39, Postfach, CH-5000 Aarau, Switzerland
Lyrics: Adalbert von Chamisso

«September» (1')
women’s choir
HBS Nepomuk, Entfelderstr. 39, Postfach, CH-5000 Aarau, Switzerland
Lyrics: Werner Bergengrün

«Christiane» (2')
children’s choir
HBS Nepomuk, Entfelderstr. 39, Postfach, CH-5000 Aarau, Switzerland
Lyrics: Matthias Claudius

«Sounds of Space-Time» (18')
clarinet (also bass clarinet), marimba and piano
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9906; CHF 34.00/€22.50
The clarinet is treated as a solo instrument. Virtuoso passages; exacting.

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1993:

«Tandem Points» (9')
flute, oboe, bass clarinet, horn, percussion (2), violin, viola, cello, contrabass
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9909; CHF 46.00/€30.50
featured horn and percussion

1990:

«Piano Quintet» (ca. 10')
string quartet and piano
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9907; CHF 38.00/€25.00
SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.)
Vol. 31 of the SCI Journal of Music Scores, circulated by the European American Music Distributor’s Corporation

1989:

«D Vogelschiichi» (The Scarecrow) (8')
song cycle for youth choir (SATBar) and soloists (elected by the choir)
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9917; CHF 20.00/€13.00
Nidwaldner Mundartlyrik (poems in Swiss Nidwalden dialect by: Felix Stöckli)
• 1. Nid uiswiiche (Don’t Evade)
• 2. Zangg vo de junge Chräje (Young Crows Fighting)
• 3. Oh die Jährli (Oh Those Years)
• 4. Zangg vo de-n-alte Chräje (Old Crows Fighting)
• 5. Stirm hend pfuided (Storms Have Raged)
• 6. Ringelreihe vo de junge Chräje (Young Crows’ Ring-around-a-rosy)
• 7. Nid uiswiiche (Don’t Evade)

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1988/89:

«Album Pages» (6')
solo violin
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9903; CHF 12.00/€8.00

1985:

«Inferences» (8')
flute (also alto-flute), clarinet (also B-clarinet), bassoon, percussion (2), piano, violin, viola, cello
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9908; CHF 32.00/€21.00
featured piano

1984:

«Daedaleum» (5'30")
solo cello
HBS Nepomuk, Entfelderstr. 39, Postfach, CH-5000 Aarau, Switzerland
(out of print)
SME/EMS, Postfach 7851, CH-6000 Lucerne 7, Switzerland;
order number: 9904; CHF 12.00/€8.00
Notation: points not written traditionally: they change according to the playing method (pii, col legno, etc.)

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