updated 28 August 2023

Walter Feldmann

Swiss composer born 4 September 1965 in Glarus.

Walter Feldmann was born in Glarus, Switzerland, in 1965. He studied French, Latin, and musicology at the University of Zurich, and flute with Dominique Hunziker in Aarau. He plays the flute in various orchestras as well as in the ensemble Les joueurs de flûte. A self-taught composer, he began writing his first compositions in 1986. In 1991, he founded Ensemble S in Zürich. In 1992, he began co-organizing the Tage für Neue Musik Zürich festival, and served as its artistic director from 1994 to 2003. In 1993, he participated in the IRCAM’s first summer academy, and was then selected to participate in a summer course in computer music there in 1996.

A significant portion of Walter Feldmann’s catalogue consists of chamber music compositions, including several string quartets – “…à tournoyer” (1990), absences (“fragmenté”) (1991-1992), le second tour du noyé (1996-1997), and “se sont penchés dessus” (2004-2005), which has two violin concertante parts – as well as pieces with saxophone, guitar, flute, and viola, such as K K H for baritone saxophone, guitar, and electronics (2006-2007) or “incantation” for solo guitar, bass flute, baritone saxophone, and viola (2007), as well as numerous pieces for flute, including “fort et longtemps” for two solo alto flutes and two flute trios (1999) and transcriptions of Debussy for flute ensemble: Le sommeil de Lear (2008) and La fille aux cheveux de lin (2010).

Walter Feldmann includes scenic, spatial, and light effects in his compositions. As a flutist and a composer, he works closely with the choreographer Gabriel Hernández (tHEL danse) in Paris, notably for how many parts of it – the one, – and (…), nr. 1 the one, a co-production of the IRCAM and the Biennale nationale de danse of Val de Marne (2001-2002) and fr.gm.nts - “ .o. .a.y “, choreographic games for flute, viola, and electronics (2002), as well as for an electronic piece entitled “sspd” / “sspd” saturé (2004).

After a cycle based on Les Géorgiques by Claude Simon, “tellement froid que” (1996), “comme si le froid” (1998) and “n’était le froid” (1999-2001), he drew inspiration from the writing of Anne-Marie Albiach for a concerto for viola and ensemble “monstrueuse vécut dans le cadre” la mémoire, which premiered in Paris in 2004 in a performance by Odile Aubouin and the Ensemble intercontemporain. This was followed by a major triptych titled “une géométrie” (2005-2007). Another cycle of compositions for piano based on these texts followed.

Walter Feldmann received the Composition Prize of the City of Zurich in 1999, and the Etat Pro Arte Foundation Prize in 2003. His music is published by Carus Verlag Stuttgart. He teaches flute at the Alte Kantonsschule Aarau, and lives and works in Zurich.

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Discographie sélective

  • Walter FELDMANN, figurations de mémoire, dans « figurations », BlattWerk Quintett, avec des œuvres de Bela Bartòk, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, 1 Cd Schweizer Fonogramm, 2022.
  • Walter FELDMANN, …süsses Unheil…, dans « ghosts of motion », Richard Haynes : clarinette, avec des œuvres de Chris Dench, James Gardner, Matthis Renaud, Samuel Andreyev, Jonah Haven, Sean Quinn, 1 Cd Cubus Records, 2021, CR374.
  • Walter FELDMANN, « how many parts of it – the one, – and [how many] [the] other » nr. 2 « the other », Mats Scheidegger et Stephan Schmidt : guitares, avec des œuvres de Helmut Lachenmann, Heinz Holliger et Adriana Hölszky, 1 cd Musiques Suisses, Grammont Portrait, 2004, MGB CTS-M 90.
  • Walter FELDMANN, « dolcificare a piacere » ; « r.e.c. », Ensemble æquatuor : Tobias Moster, Matthias Arter, Sylvia Nopper, Ingrid Karlen, avec des œuvres de Frederic Rzewsky et Mary Finsterer, 1 cd En Avant Records, 1999, ear-842 001 M.
  • Walter FELDMANN, le sexe du noyé, dans « Oboe plus », Matthias Arter : hautbois, avec des œuvres de Matthias Arter, Luciano Berio, Nicolaus A Huber et Rainer Boesch, 1 cd col legno, 1996, WWE 20009.

Bibliographie sélective

  • Walter FELDMANN, « Anne-Marie Albiach. Le texte comme ADN de la transposition musicale », in Le choix du poème, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2015.
  • Walter FELDMANN, « Duett » in kultzürichaussersihl, verlag um die ecke, Silvio Baviera, Zürich, 2010.
  • Walter FELDMANN, « From Basic Material to Dramaturgy : les géorgiques » in Polyphony & Complexity, Wolke Verlag Hofheim, 2002.
  • Walter FELDMANN, « Grenzüberschreitung und verantwortliche Kompetenz im Kultur- und Konzertbetrieb » in Musik und Ästhetik 13, Klett-Cotta Stuttgart, 2000.
  • Walter FELDMANN, « « fragmenté » (épilogue)« H II »  linéaires, Anne-Marie Albiach», danstartine n° 8, Paris, juin 1993.
  • Walter FELDMANN,« approches : « H II »   linéaires », dans Nioques n°4, La Sétérée, janvier 1992.