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Compositions for small wind- and string-ensembles

The following pieces have been written in a way so that they can be played in different combinations of instruments. For demonstrating the difference of instrumentation, each piece is shown in two variants (wind only / strings only). Thereby it is clear that the electronic playback with its artificial rigid sound can never reach the natural sound of real instruments. Thus, the listening of the given examples needs getting used to. But the objectiv is to give a rough acoustical impression.

To allow any combination of instruments certain parts are available in different versions (tonality, clef). If desired, you can naturally ask for additional parts for other instruments.
The relative parts for wind and strings are not completely identical (for respiration reason), but they are compatible amongst them and can therfore be played together.

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Corona Impressionen
A smooth ballad (Andante moderato) with "mixed feelings" in arduous pandemic times.

Versions of instrumentation:

Click for listening or reading the score
With wind instruments:

MP3: Corona Impressionen

PDF: Corona Impressionen

- Flute
- Oboe
- Bassoon 1
- Bassoon 2 (Piano optional)

With string instruments:

MP3: Corona Impressionen

PDF: Corona Impressionen

- Violine 1
- Violine 2
- Cello 1
- Cello 2 (Piano optional)

For reading / printing the individual parts

PDF: Part 1 (Flöte-Oboe1)

PDF: Part 1 (Violine1)

PDF: Part 2 (Oboe-Flöte2)

PDF: Part 2 (Violine2)

PDF: Part 3 (Cello)

PDF: Part 3 (Fagott1)

PDF: Part 4 (Piano)




Folk Duo mit Bassline
Originally a contrapuntal duet, then completed by a bass-line. The melody and its style tries to express a folkloristic ease.

Versions of instrumentation:

Click for listening or reading the score
With wind instruments:

MP3: Folk Duo mit Bassline

PDF: Folk Duo mit Bassline

- Oboe
- Clarinet Bb
- Bassoon

With string instruments:

MP3: Folk Duo mit Bassline

PDF: Folk Duo mit Bassline

- Violine (or opt. Oboe)
- Viola
- Cello

For reading / printing the individual parts

PDF: Part 1 (Oboe-Flöte)

PDF: Part 1 (Violine)

PDF: Part 2 (Klarinette Bb)

PDF: Part 2 (Viola)

PDF: Part 3 (Cello)

PDF: Part 3 (Fagott)




Harmonie en évolution
In life, and particularly in a partner relation, there are many ups and downs. These snapshots describe musically some of these emotional states: "unsicher" (doubtful), "freudig" (joyful), "melancholisch" (melancholic), "schwerer" (arduous), "suchend" (seeking), "gefunden" (found). Thus an alternation of Major and Minor.

Versions of instrumentation:

Click for listening or reading the score
With wind instruments:

MP3: Harmonie en évolution

PDF: Harmonie en évolution

- Oboe
- Clarinet in Bb
- Bassoon
- Piano (optional)

With string instruments:

MP3: Harmonie en évolution

PDF: Harmonie en évolution

- Violine (or opt Oboe)
- Viola
- Cello
- Piano (optional)

For reading / printing the individual parts

PDF: Part 1 (Oboe)

PDF: Part 1 (Violine)

PDF: Part 2 (Clarinet Bb)

PDF: Part 2 (Viola)

PDF: Part 3 (Cello)

PDF: Part 3 (Fagott)

PDF: Part 4 (Piano)




Pour Aditya
This piece was a "gift" to Aditya (granddaughter), who made her first musical experiences.
For being playable for her, it is technically very simple, but with the emphasis on an easy melodic line.


Versions of instrumentation:

Click for listening or reading the score
With wind instruments:

MP3: Pour Aditya

PDF: Pour Aditya

- Flute
- Oboe
- Bassoon
- Piano (optional)

With string instruments:

MP3: Pour Aditya

PDF: Pour Aditya

- Violine
- Viola
- Cello
- Piano (optional)

For reading / printing the individual parts

PDF: Part 1 (Flöte)

PDF: Part 1 (Violine1)

PDF: Part 2 (Oboe)

PDF: Part 2 (Violine2)

PDF: Part 2 (Viola)

PDF: Part 3 (Cello)

PDF: Part 3 (Fagott)

PDF: Part 4 (Piano)




Kleine Suite im Dreivierteltakt
A musical suite of short melodical fragments in three quarter time, expressing different emotional moods:
"lebendig" (lively), "freudig" (joyful), "bedächtiger" (thoughtful), "neuer Schwung" (new verve), "jetzt läuft's" (all OK).


Versions of instrumentation:

Click for listening or reading the score
With wind instruments:

MP3: Kleine Suite im Dreivierteltakt

PDF: Kleine Suite im Dreivierteltakt

- Flute
- Oboe
- Clarinet in Bb
- Engl. Horn
- Bassoon 1
- Bassoon 2 (optional)

With string instruments:

MP3: Kleine Suite im Dreivierteltakt

PDF: Kleine Suite im Dreivierteltakt

- Violine 1
- Violine 2 (or Oboe)
- Viola 1
- Viola 2
- Cello 1
- Cello 2 (optional)

For reading / printing the individual parts

PDF: Part 1 (Flöte)

PDF: Part 1 (Violine1)

PDF: Part 2 (Oboe)

PDF: Part 2 (Violine2)

PDF: Part 3 (KlarinetteBb)

PDF: Part 3 (Viola1)

PDF: Part 4 (Engl.HornF)

PDF: Part 4 (Viola2)

PDF: Part 5 (Cello1)

PDF: Part 5 (Fagott1)

PDF: Part 6 (Cello2)

PDF: Part 6 (Fagott2)




Leichte Muse
This "Kleine bunte Suite" aligns six short mouvements in different moods: Andante moderato, Allegro, Andante moderato, Vivace, Allegretto, Vivace.
By the way: the tempo indications are only propositions and can be adapted according to individual feeling (or performance abilities).


Versions of instrumentation:

Click for listening or reading the score
With wind instruments:

MP3: Leichte Muse

PDF: Leichte Muse

- Flute
- Oboe
- Engl.Horn
- Bassoon 1
- Bassoon 2 (optional)

With string instruments:

MP3: Leichte Muse

PDF: Leichte Muse

- Violine 1
- Violine 2
- Viola
- Cello 1
- Cello 2 (optional)

For reading / printing the individual parts

PDF: Part 1 (Flöte)

PDF: Part 1 (Violine1)

PDF: Part 2 (Oboe)

PDF: Part 2 (Violine2)

PDF: Part 3 (Engl.Horn)

PDF: Part 3 (Viola)

PDF: Part 4 (Cello1)

PDF: Part 4 (Fagott1)

PDF: Part 5 (Cello2)

PDF: Part 5 (Fagott2)




Menuet folklorique
This dance in minuet style shows with its melody and ease its caracter folkloristic. It is thought to express a pleasant cosiness..

Versions of instrumentation:

Click for listening or reading the score
With wind instruments:

MP3: Menuet folklorique

PDF: Menuet folklorique

- Oboe 1
- Oboe 2
- Horn 1
- Horn 2
- Bassoon 1
- Bassoon 2

With string instruments:

MP3: Menuet folklorique

PDF: Menuet folklorique

- Violine 1
- Violine 2
- Viola 1
- Viola 2
- Cello 1
- Cello 2

For reading / printing the individual parts

PDF: Part 1 (Oboe1)

PDF: Part 1 (Violine1)

PDF: Part 2 (Oboe2)

PDF: Part 2 (Violine2)

PDF: Part 3 (HornF1)

PDF: Part 3 (Viola1)

PDF: Part 4 (HornF2)

PDF: Part 4 (Viola2)

PDF: Part 5 (Cello1)

PDF: Part 5 (Fagott1)

PDF: Part 6 (Cello2)

PDF: Part 6 (Fagott2)




Variationen in g-moll
This trio for flute, Oboe, Bassoon or Violine,Viola, Cello with optional piano (or only bass-line accomp.) is composed of a series of contrapuntal melodic variations in g-minor.

Versions of instrumentation:

Click for listening or reading the score
With wind instruments:

MP3: Variationen in g-moll

PDF: Variationen in g-moll

- Flute
- Oboe
- Bassoon
- Piano (optional)

With string instruments:

MP3: Variationen in g-moll

PDF: Variationen in g-moll

- Violine
- Viola
- Cello 1
- Cello 2 (instead of piano)

For reading / printing the individual parts

PDF: Part 1 (Flöte-Oboe)

PDF: Part 1 (Violine)

PDF: Part 2 (Oboe)

PDF: Part 2 (Viola)

PDF: Part 3 (Fagott)

PDF: Part 3 (Cello)

PDF: Part 4 (Piano)




Vergänglichkeit
This piece (called "Caducity") arose in a melancolooc mood and under the impression that everything in life, the happy moments, as well as - fortunatly - the unhappy experiences are ephemeral, even though they often recur. The solo-part which repeats to rejoin the other instruments demonstrates how life over and over opens new asects.

Versions of instrumentation:

Click for listening or reading the score
With wind instruments:

MP3: Vergänglichkeit

PDF: Vergänglichkeit

- Flute (solo)
- Oboe
- Bassoon
- Piano (optional)

With string instruments:

MP3: Vergänglichkeit

PDF: Vergänglichkeit

- Oboe (solo)
- Violine
- Cello 1
- Cello 2 (statt Piano)

For reading / printing the individual parts

PDF: Part 1 (Flöte)

PDF: Part 1 (Violine1)

PDF: Part 2 (Oboe)

PDF: Part 2 (Violine2)

PDF: Part 3 (Fagott)

PDF: Part 3 (Cello)

PDF: Part 4 (Piano oder nur Cello-Fgt)




Trois Airs
To offer a personalized music to a family with a young violinist I have written this collection of three short parts. They have the titles : "Un air ambigu" (ambiguous because of mixing major and minor), "Un air rythmé" (rythmic syncopation exercise) und "Un air joyeux" (small dance in three-four time). For the celliste/bassooniste it is a little more ambitious. The piano accompaniment is optional and helps to keep the rythm. The given chord notation can be used freely by a potential guitarist.

Versions of instrumentation:

Click for listening or reading the score
With wind instruments:

MP3: Trois Airs

PDF: Trois Airs

- Flute oder Oboe
- Bassoon)
- Piano (optional)
- Chords (for guitar)

With string instruments:

MP3: Trois Airs

PDF: Trois Airs

- Violine
- Cello
- Piano (optional)
- Chords (for guitar)

For reading / printing the individual parts

PDF: Part 1 (Flûte-Haubois)

PDF: Part 1 (Violine)

PDF: Part 2 (Basson)

PDF: Part 2 (Cello)

PDF: Part 3 (Piano)

PDF: Part 4 (GuitarAkkorde)




Fais-moi un canard
A short humoresque, written spontanously for two young people who had fun to banter themselves by pulling a (duck) face. The melodic base is the famous "Duck Dance" composed by Werner Thomas.

Versions of instrumentation:

Click for listening or reading the score
With wind instruments:

MP3: Fais-moi un canard

PDF: Fais-moi un canard

- Oboe
- Clarinet Bb
- Bassoon

With string instruments:

MP3: Fais-moi un canard

PDF: Fais-moi un canard

- Violine
- Viola
- Cello

For reading / printing the individual parts

PDF: Part 1 (Oboe-Violine)

PDF: Part 2 (Klarinette Bb)

PDF: Part 2 (Viola)

PDF: Part 3 (Cello-Fagott)




Bass Power 50
And here is another additional example which shows a completely different Style. It was written for practicing of an e-bass player. Later some brass parts wer added which reproduce the monotonous rhythm in g-minor.
(curently it ist available only in this wind- and e-bass version)


Versions of instrumentation:

Click for listening or reading the score
With wind instruments:

MP3: Bass Power 50

PDF: Bass Power 50

- Trompet
- Trombone
- Chords
- e-Bass (solo)
- Drums

For reading / printing the individual parts

(only on demand)



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