back Rainer BISCHOF

In Rainer Bischof we are confronted with one of the most versatile of Austria's composer personalities. After the early years of tuition at the Vienna Academy of Music in Vienna, he became a private pupil in 1967 under Hans Erich Apostel. He started studies in law, and went on in philosophy, art history and pedagogy after 1969 at Vienna University. He graduated to doctor of philosophy in 1973 with a dissertation concerned with the fundamental philosophic aesthetic. Bischof worked with an international transport agency and was company secretary for a travel agency group. From 1978-1983 he directed the artistic business office of the Vienna Konzerthaus Association. From 1984-1988 he was the director of the theatrical department of the City of Vienna Department of Culture, and from 1986 he was director of the musical department and the "Vienna Music Summer." From 1984-86 Bischof was president of the Austrian Composers' Association. He has been general secretary of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra since 1988. Rainer Bischof is a founder member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and since 1991 he has been president of the International Gustav Mahler Association, and vice-president of the Alban Berg Foundation. Bischof was active as a teacher at colleges in Vienna and with the Alpbach European Forum. He has had a teaching a teaching position at the University of Music in Vienna since 1987 for philosophy and aesthetic. He assumed responsibility for a composition class at the City of Vienna Conservatory in 1996. He is, moreover, a dog handler with the Austrian Dog-Rescue Brigade. As an academic, he is the author of numerous works to the aesthetics of music and philosophy. Among his book publications is his volume of aphorisms of 1998, and Vom Europäischen Geist (Löcklerverlag). He composed around 60 works with the most varied arrangements, which were successfully performed world-wide, including orchestral works, instrumental concertos, an opera, chamber music and lieder. Rainer Bischof received many awards, including the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art (1993), the Bregenz Festival Ring of Honour (1997), the Vienna Symphony Ring of Honour, the Bruckner Ring, (1997), Decoration in Gold for Services to the Province of Vienna (1997), the Austrian Dog-Rescue Brigade Insignia in Bronze (1997), Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art 1st Class (1999), Montfort-Order of the Provinz Vorarlberg As a pupil of Hans Erich Apostel - and thus a descendant of the "2nd Vienna School" - Rainer Bischof designs his complete works according to a strict dodecaphonic principle. Contrary to the prevalent view that dodecaphony (twelve-tone technique) has led into a cul-de-sac, and is passé today, this technique is used, as before, by many contemporary composers (often hidden), and still presents one of the best systems for the ordering of the chromatic all - the use of which could be heard in Bach, even before. That this principle of organisation alone expresses nothing of the gesture and characteristic of the music, and characteristic, is proved by the many differing personal styles of the composers working with dodecaphony. In Rainer Bischof's music, emotion and expressiveness is of great moment. Naturally, the message is to be conveyed and it is constantly concerned with a philosophic content. (Rainer Bonelli)

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 Rainer BISCHOF
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Im Volkston op. 73. Vier Lieder (Antonín Dvorák). Orchesterfassung (2004/05)
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Präludium und Fuge über B-A-C-H (Franz Liszt). Orchesterfassung (2011)
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Assoziationen für Trompete solo op. 59 (2000)
duration: 10'
order number: 05 718
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Auf der Suche nach... Klavierstück op. 45 (1996)
duration: 8'
order number: 01 646
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Bläserquartett für Flöte, Klarinette, Horn und Fagott op. 5 (1971)
duration: 10'
order number: 06 360 (Stimmen) / Stp. 488 (Studienpartitur)
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Cadenza for organ op. 19/2 (1978)
duration: 10'
order number: 02 386
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Charakteristische Differenzen für Violine und Klavier op. 8 (1974)
duration: 7'
order number: 03 244
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Contrabassissimo. Sechs Variationen für Kontrabass solo op. 51 (1998)
duration: 8'
order number: 03 990
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Das Donauergeschenk. Kammeroper op. 29 (1990)
duration: 60'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / 09 651 (Textbuch)
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Deduktionen für Streichorchester op. 7 (1973/74)
duration: 13'
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Der narrische Uhu. Konzert für Violine und Orchester op. 62 (2001)
duration: 30'
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Dir Seele des Weltalls. Fertigstellung des Kantaten-Fragments KV 429 von W. A. Mozart für zwei Tenöre, Bass, Männerchor und Orchester o. op. (1991)
duration: 9'
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Doppelkonzert für Violine, Violoncello und Orchester op. 13 (1979/80)
duration: 20'
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Ein Jahr im Turm mit Hölder. Liederzyklus für Alt, Fagott (Cello), Klavier und Celesta op. 44 (1996)
duration: 12'
order number: 08 839
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Elegie für Bassflöte op. 30 (1990/91)
duration: 6'
order number: 05 048
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Epigramme. Zehn Variationen für Violoncello solo (2005)
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Fanfare für die Rudolfina-Redoute für Blechbläser und Pauken (1996)
duration: 0'40''
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Gebet und Verzweiflung für gemischten Chor und Orchester op. 35 (1993)
duration: 30'
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Gedanken für drei Instrumente für Violine, Horn und Klavier op. 34 (1993)
duration: 9'
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Gesänge der Kunst. Fünf vier- bis achtstimmige gemischte Chöre op. 46 (1996)
duration: 10'
order number: 44 772
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Grave für Violine und Klavier op. 6 (1970/71)
duration: 6'
order number: 03 243
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Hawa naschira. Acht Variationen für Violine solo op. 31 (1990/91)
duration: 15'
order number: 03 066
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Herbstgesänge für Kammerchor und sieben Instrumente op. 36 (1993)
duration: 12'
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In memoriam memoriae. Liederzyklus für Mezzosopran, Sprecher und Kammerensemble op. 9 (1975-77)
duration: 13'
order number: 08 827
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Konzert für Flöte und Streichorchester op. 11/1 (1978/79)
duration: 17'
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Largo desolato für Streichorchester op. 20 (1985)
duration: 4'
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Lieb' und Leben. Liederzyklus nach Gedichten von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe op. 55 (1998/99)
duration: 15'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise (Fassung für Sopran und Ensemble) / 08 687 (Fassung für Sopran und Klavier)
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Mangoldiana für Violoncello und Klavier (2003)
duration: 10'
order number: 03 834
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Musik für sechs Blockflöten op. 15 (1982/83)
duration: 10'
order number: 04 439
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Mutationen für Violoncello solo op. 41 (1994)
duration: 7'
order number: 03 741
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Nightwoods for saxophone quartet op. 23 (1988)
duration: 10'
order number: 05 465
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Orchesterstücke op. 10 (1976/82)
duration: 8'
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Quartett für Flöte und Klaviertrio (2007)
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Quasi una fuga für großes Orchester op. 43 (1995/96)
duration: 7'
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Reflexion für Oboe und Rezitation op. 47 (1997)
duration: 7'
order number: 05 207
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Requiem für Errol für zwei Streichorchester und Pauken (2002/03)
duration: 15'
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Sempre lo 'stesso, ma... für Violine, Klarinette, Horn, Fagott und Klavier op. 52 (1998)
duration: 8'
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Sic et non. 5-4 Cogitationes per trombone op. 24 (1988)
duration: 4'
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Sinfonia op. 40 (1994)
duration: 12'
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Solo für Orchester op. 38 (1995)
duration: 13'
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Sonatine für Horn solo op. 2 (1970)
duration: 6'
order number: 05 620
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Stracci II. Kammersymphonie op. 33 (1992)
duration: 11'
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Stracci III. Kammersymphonie op. 49 (1997)
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Stracci IV. Kammersymphonie op. 54 (1998)
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Streichquartett Nr. 1 op. 18 (1983-86)
duration: 11'
order number: 06 155 (Stimmen) / Stp. 561 (Studienpartitur)
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Streichquartett Nr. 2 op. 58 (1999)
duration: 20'
order number: 06 177 (Stimmen) / Stp. 705 (Studienpartitur)
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Streichsextett für zwei Violinen, zwei Violen und zwei Violoncelli op. 28 (1989/90)
duration: 9'
order number: 06 267 (Stimmen) / Stp. 564 (Studienpartitur)
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Streichtrio op. 27 (1989/90)
duration: 8'
order number: 06 032
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Studie in Pianissimo für großes Orchester op. 32 (1991)
duration: 8'
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Studien zum Flötenkonzert für Flöte solo op. 11/2 (1978)
duration: 5'
order number: 05 005
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Suerte für Tenorsaxophon, Schlagwerk und Streichorchester (2004/05)
duration: 18'
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Thema und sieben Variationen für Oboe und Violoncello op. 4 (1970)
duration: 7'
order number: 06 702
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Timpani malletissimo op. 56 für sieben Pauken, fünf gestimmte Tom-Toms und fünf Schlaginstrumente, aber nur einen Spieler (1998)
duration: 15'
order number: 07 429
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Totentanz. Zwanzig Abstraktionen nach Herwig Zens für großes Orchester op. 57 (1999)
duration: 25'
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Trafigurazione für Fagott solo op. 42 (1995)
duration: 5'
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Trauermusik für Siegfried Palm für Viola, Bläser und Schlagwerk (2005)
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Triptychon für großes Orchester (1976-96)
duration: 23'
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Und so sink ich leise in mich selbst hinein. Österreichischer Liederzyklus für Mezzosopran und Violine op. 17 (1982/83)
duration: 12'
order number: 08 829
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Versuch über das Wienerische für Schrammelquintett op. 63 (2001)
duration: 5'
order number: 07 702
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Viola tricolor. 32 Variationen für Bratsche solo op. 16 (1982)
duration: 7'
order number: 03 507
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Arrangement of Arnold SCHÖNBERG's Fragment 10th November 1938 (Kristallnachtfuge)

for Violin, Cello and Piano


order number: 37 238
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Ausgeträumt for piano (2010)
order number: 01 684, in: Liszten to - Homage to Franz Liszt
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BACH Figlio e Madre for Violin and Alto Flute
duration: 3'30
order number: 06 720
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Bekenntnis für Violine solo
order number: 33 018(in Vorbereitung)
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Breueriana - A little Musical 'Rascality' on Verdi-Wagner for Violin solo (2007)
order number: 33 008
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Come un sviluppo... stracci. Chamber symphony op. 25 (1988/89)
duration: 9'
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Concerto for organ and orchestra op. 19/1 (1983-86)
duration: 20'
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Death Fugue

after Paul Celan for Baritone and 4 Violins


order number: 38 804/Part + Stimmen
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Der Erlöser for boys- or female choir a cappella op. 53 (1997)
Commission for the Vienna boy's choir

duration: 5'
order number: 64 493
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Der Ernst des Lebens for Violin and Piano (2013)
order number: 33 210
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Der Herbst in meinem Herzen. Septet (2007)
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Der Sturz der Engel for Piano (2010)
duration: 10'
order number: 01 668
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Des Lichtstrahls dreifache Töne (2008)
for mixed choir a cappella

order number: 42 883
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Erbarme Dich (Have Mercy). Siciliano sulla Passione secondo San Matteo for solo flute (2009)
duration: 9'
order number: 35 036
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Es dunkelt schon die Luft for piano trio and English horn (2011)
order number: 07 372
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Fantasia for Flute and Cello
duration: 3'50
order number: 06 721
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Felice volto for speaker, flute, violin, cello and piano (2007)
order number: 07 364
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From Haze into the Light. Piano quartet (2008)
duration: 10'
order number: 07 246
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Harp-Fantasie für Harfe solo
order number: 35 844(in Vorbereitung)
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Harping on the Heartstrings for violin, cello, percussion and piano (2010)
Variations on twelve gouaches by Friedrich Danielis

order number: 07 434
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HAYDN-ahnend for string orchestra (2008)
duration: 18'
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Il Cantico di Frate Sole (The Canticle of Brother Sun) for tenor and Piano Trio (2011)

after St. Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of Creatures"


order number: 38 801 (in Vorbereitung)
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Intreccio profondo for Alto Flute and Bass Flute op. 61
duration: 10'
order number: 35 022
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Invention über den Mutterakkord for orchestra (2009)
duration: 50 Sek.
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Keine Angst (Don't be afraid) for violin and piano (2009)
duration: 10'
order number: 33 013
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La Pequena. Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra (2013)
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / Material for hire
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Lumpiade Solo Caprice for Violin
order number: 33 016
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Meditatio mortis (2011)

Music for Oboe, English horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Horn, Tenor Tuba, Bassoon and Double Bassoon


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Metamorphose for 3 Violins, 2 Celli and Piano (2013)
order number: 07 282 (in Vorbereitung
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Nachtlied for Clarinet and Piano
duration: 5'
order number: 35 360
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Notturno for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2009)
duration: 13'
order number: 06 777
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Para hablar sobre ... Quartet for flute, violin, viola and cello (2008)
order number: 06 775
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Pax veneziana estate 12 for solo Cello
order number: 33 717
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Piano Trio (2016)
duration: 15'
order number: 37 242
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Pierrot. Two Pieces for flute solo (2009)

Pierrot I - Apfelbrotbaum / Pierrot II


order number: 35 037
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Pike Quintet

for Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano


duration: 6'
order number: 07 272
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Quadrifoglio for Solo Flute
order number: 35 042
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Recuerdo for Alto and Baritone Sax (2002)
order number: 05 479
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Sello de Luisa (2007)
Theme and 23 Variations for Solo Alto Flute

order number: 35 031
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Sonatina for Clarinet solo op. 1 (1969)
duration: 7'
order number: 05 309
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Songs to Lyrics by France Preseren for Alto and Piano op. 60
duration: 13'
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Suite Mosaique Fantastique for Organ
duration: 5'
order number: 02 508
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Sweet Nothings. Duet for Violin and Cello (2007)
duration: 4'
order number: 03 435
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Trio 89 for violin, cello, and piano op. 26 (1989)
duration: 8'
order number: 07 236
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Trio fragile 1985 for violin, cello, and piano op. 21 (1985)
duration: 8'
order number: 07 234
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Tronco-Rama-Hojas (Stem - Branch - Leaves) for guitar (2006)
duration: 8'
order number: 35 927
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Tu felix...! for Wind Orchestra (2010)
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Una voce molto fa for Flute and Piano (2011)
order number: 05 086(in Vorbereitung 11/2015)
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Valenciana for Organ and Guitar (2007)
duration: 8'
order number: 02 929
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We Artists 10 Variations for Cello and Piano
duration: 10'
order number: 33 767
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Who is who? Fantasia amorosa for two violins (2010)
order number: 03 127
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Wozu? Deshalb! for orchestra (2010)
duration: 16'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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