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Together with composers such as Iván Eröd, Ingomar Grünauer, Gösta Neuwirth, Kurt Schwertsik and Otto M. Zykan, Erich Urbanner was one of the group of young musicians which formed itself in the mid-50s around the composer Karl Schiske, whose teaching activities at the Vienna Academy of Music formed an important counterpoint to the conservative circles which dominated Viennese musical life at that period. Similarly to his colleagues, the young Urbanner studied the techniques of that time's avant-garde, was influenced by the 2nd Viennese school and by his impressions gained at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. Among his dodecaphonic and serial works of the 1960s are for example the Five Pieces for violin and piano of 1961 (which show parallels to Anton Webern's Vier Stücke für Violine und Klavier, op. 7), the Adagio for piano (1966), and the orchestral work Theme, 19 Variations, and a Postlude (1968) which brings together once more all compositional techniques employed by Urbanner so far. Beginning with Improvisation III for chamber ensemble (1969), Urbanner employed a freer idiom incorporating improvisatory elements (at first even with a newly developed notation, the Streckennotation, "distance notation"). In the Violin concerto (1971) and in the Double bass concerto (1973) the improvisatory character is enriched with elements of sound and is more clearly structured by a new emphasis on formal procedures. Following this development it became essential for Urbanner to leave ample room for melodic development beside rational structure. This and the re-thinking of traditional formal schemes characterise for example the Retrospektiven for orchestra (1974/75; new version 1979) which contains, among other features, a funeral march that is reduced to its rhythm and a rondo with a ritornello that appears only once in its original version. In later works Urbanner also employs elements of cluster technique and micropolyphony. To be able to reflect musical content from a new viewpoint he remains open for all new developments and considers them for possible use in his own oeuvre: "In a time of the most varied stylistic movements, but also in a time of uncertainty of judging what is avant-garde and what is conservatism, it is important to realise that fewer innovations than ever can be made in the sphere of material; they have to be effected by the degree of assimilation through artistic, compositional means." (Erich Urbanner, 1993) Several times Urbanner has dealt with larger forms. Noteworthy are especially the Requiem for soloists, chorus and orchestra (1975) with its expressive choral part written for the 175th anniversary celebrations of the Tyrolean fight for liberty, and the opera Ninive (1987) which was successfully produced in 1988 at the Tyrolean Landestheater. Christian Heindl, transl. Nicolas Radulescu

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 Erich URBANNER
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works

...apropos Orgelpunkt... für Gitarre solo (1998)
duration: 8'
order number: 05 985
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...begegnung...variation...wiederbegegnung... für zwölf Instrumentalisten (1996)
duration: 17'
order number: Leihmaterial
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...in Bewegung... Trio für Violine, Violoncello und Klavier (1990)
duration: 20'
order number: 07 237
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Acht Aphorismen für Flöte, Klarinette und Fagott (1966)
duration: 8'
order number: 06 325 / Stp. 133
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Acht ächte Tyroller Liader für Sopran, Tenor und Kammerensemble (1985)
duration: 30'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Adagio für Klavier (1966)
duration: 10'
order number: 01 545
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Arioso - furioso für Violoncello und Klavier (1980)
duration: 12'
order number: 03 792
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Ballade für Gitarre solo (1982)
duration: 11'
order number: 05 952
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Burleske für Flöte und Orgel (1973)
duration: 13'
order number: 02 912
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Concerto für Alt-Saxophon und 12 Spieler (1978/79; 1981)
duration: 14'
order number: Leihmaterial / Stp. 606
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Concerto für Oboe und Kammerorchester (1966)
duration: 13'
order number: Leihmaterial / 05 274 / Stp. 231
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Dialoge für Klavier und Orchester (1965)
duration: 18'
order number: Leihmaterial / 01 908
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Doppelkonzert für Flöte, Klarinette und Orchester (1984)
duration: 20'
order number: Leihmaterial / Stp. 540
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Dreizehn Charakterstücke für Klavier (1989)
duration: 26'
order number: 01 626
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Duo für Akkordeon und Kontrabass (1992)
duration: 12'
order number: 05 869
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Duo für zwei Gitarren (2003)
duration: 11'
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Emotionen für Saxophonquartett (1984)
duration: 9'
order number: 05 462
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Entfaltung für Violoncello und Klavier (1999)
duration: 10'
order number: 03 827
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Etüde für Bläserquintett (1965)
duration: 4'
order number: 06 419 / Stp. 141
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Flötenconcertino (1959)
duration: 12'
order number: Leihmaterial / 05 072 KlA. / Stp. 134
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Formen im Wandel. Klavierstück 1996 (1996)
duration: 8'
order number: 01 644
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Fünf Stücke für Violine und Klavier (1961)
duration: 10'
order number: 03 234
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Improvisation II für 2 Klaviere (1966)
duration: 9'
order number: 01 951
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Improvisation III für zehn Instrumente (1969)
duration: 15'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Improvisation IV für Bläserquintett (1969)
duration: 7'
order number: 06 458 / Stp. 531
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Johannes Stein oder Der Rock des Kaisers. Monodram für Sprecherin, vier Männerstimmen und Orchester (1991/94)
duration: 60'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Klavierkonzert '76 (1976)
duration: 18'
order number: Leihmaterial / 01 603 Solost.
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Klavierkonzert Nr. 4 (2002/03)
duration: 25'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Kontrabasskonzert (1973)
duration: 22'
order number: Leihmaterial / 03 920 Solost. / 03 956 KlA / Stp. 381
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Kontraste II für Orchester (1970)
duration: 8'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Konzert für Akkordeon und neun Instrumente (2003/04)
duration: 17'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester (1981)
duration: 22'
order number: Leihmaterial / 03 729 Solost. / Stp. 639
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Lyrica für elf Instrumente (1971)
duration: 8'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Multiphonie für großes Orchester (1998/99)
duration: 20'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Nachtstück für Blockflötenensemble (1978)
duration: 8'
order number: 04 421
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Ninive oder Das Leben geht weiter. Oper in zwei Teilen (sieben Bildern) nach dem Buch Jona (1987)
order number: Leihmaterial / 09 590 Libr.
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Nonett 1981 (1981)
duration: 11'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Orgelwerk 1998. Suite in vier Sätzen (1998)
duration: 12'
order number: 02 432
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Pastorale (1975)
duration: 18'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Phantasiestück für Orgel (1995)
duration: 16'
order number: 02 419
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Quartett für Violine, Klarinette, Tenorsaxophon und Klavier (1997)
duration: 13'
order number: 07 344
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Quasi una fantasia. Sechs konzertante Stücke für 15 Instrumente (1993)
duration: 19'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Requiem für Soli, gemischten Chor und Orchester (1983)
duration: 120'
order number: Leihmaterial / 46 071
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Retrospektiven. Vier Stücke für großes Orchester (1974/75; 1979)
duration: 18'
order number: Leihmaterial / Stp. 493
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Rondeau für großes Orchester (1967)
duration: 17'
order number: Leihmaterial / Stp. 232
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Sechs Phan-Tasten und zwei Schlagzeuger (1980)
duration: 13'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Sinfonia concertante für Kammerorchester (1982)
duration: 20'
order number: Leihmaterial / Stp. 641
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Sinfonietta 79 für Kammerorchester (1979)
duration: 16'
order number: Leihmaterial / Stp. 512
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Solo für Geige (1971)
duration: 7'
order number: 03 033
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Solo für Klarinette (1997)
duration: 10'
order number: 05 347
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Sonata brevis für Kammerorchester (1980)
duration: 7'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Sonatine Nr. 1 für Klavier (1956)
duration: 7'
order number: 01 611
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Sonatine Nr. 2 für Klavier (1957)
duration: 9'
order number: 01 651
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Streichquartett Nr. 2 (1957)
duration: 8'
order number: 06 129
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Streichquartett Nr. 3 (1972)
duration: 8'
order number: 06 152 / Stp. 504
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Streichquartett Nr. 5 (2001)
duration: 21'
order number: 06 179 / Stp. 711
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Takes für Klaviertrio (1977)
duration: 16'
order number: 07 228
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Thema, 19 Variationen und ein Nachspiel für Orchester (1968)
duration: 12'
order number: Leihmaterial
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Variation, in: "Diabelli '81". 17 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Antonio Diabelli für Klavier (1981)
duration: 2'
order number: 01 607
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Vier Moritaten für Bariton und frei zu wählende Instrumentalbegleitung (2000)
duration: 16'
order number: 08 688
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Vier Stücke für Viola (1967)
duration: 8'
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Violinkonzert (1971)
duration: 20'
order number: Leihmaterial / Stp. 385
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Zyklus für Orgel (1992)
duration: 16'
order number: 02 408
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Ballad for piano (2008
duration: 12'
order number: 01 678
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Begegnungen (Encounters) for orchestra (2005/06)
duration: 20'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Chamber Concerto for twelve players (2009)
duration: 18'30''
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Concerto 'Wolfgang Amadeus' for two orchestras, three trombones and Celesta (1972)
duration: 14'
order number: Leihmaterial / Stp. 380
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Concerto for viola and thirteen players (2010)
duration: 18'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Duet for 2 Guitars
order number: 35 909
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Ein-Fall für Zwei. Duo for Flute and Cello (2007)
duration: 10'
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Fünf Klavierstücke
order number: 01 704(in Vorbereitung)
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Gruppen im Dialog for eight Players (2012)
duration: 14'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Improvisation for Organ (1961)
duration: 8'
order number: 02 289
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Nocturne for Piano (2010)
order number: 01 684, in: Liszten to - Homage to Franz Liszt
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Polyphony for Organ (2012)
duration: 17'
order number: 02 495
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Seven Piano Pieces for Advanced Players (2007)
duration: 11'
order number: 01 674
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Streichquartett Nr. 1(1957/2013)
order number: 36 114(in Vorbereitung)
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String Quartet No. 1 1957/2013
duration: 12'
order number: 36 114
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String quartet No. 4 (1992)
duration: 15'
order number: 06 160 / Stp. 658
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String Quartet No. 6 (2008)
for the Artis Quartet Vienna

duration: 20'
order number: 06 190
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Three Movements for mixed choir, soli (SATB) and Cello after lyrics from Paul Celan's 'Die Niemandsrose' IV (1995)
duration: 22'
order number: 46 084
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Trio mobile for Flute, Viola and Cello (1987)
duration: 12'
order number: 06 739 Stimmen / Stp. 638 Studienpartitur
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Viererkette

Quartett für Flöte (Altflöte), Viola, Violoncello und Klavier


duration: 12'
order number: 37 303/in Vorbereitung
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