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BOGUSŁAW SCHAFFER

(b. 1929, Lwów; now Lviv, Ukraine)

Biography List of Works


BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Boguslaw Schaeffer - composer, theoretician, music critic and teacher - was born on June 6, 1929 in Lwów (Lviv, Ukraine). He studied violin in Opole and later dedicated himself to composition studies at the State Higher School of Music (now Academy of Music) in Kraków. In 1953 he graduated from Jagellonian University after having completed his studies in musicology under Zdzisław Jachimecki. Schaeffer began writing music at the age of seventeen. As a composer he has won many awards and honours, e.g in 1959 - 2nd Prize at the Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition in Katowice for his Monosonata for 24 Solo Stringed Instruments, and a honorary mention at the same competition for Quattro movimenti for Piano and Orchestra; in 1960 - two mentions at the Fitelberg Competition for Topofonica for 40 Instruments and for Equivalenze sonore for Chamber Percusion Orchestra; in 1962 - Prize at the Arthur Malawski Competition in Kraków for Musica ipsa for the Orchestra of Low-pitched Instruments, and a honorary mention at the same competition for Four Pieces for String Trio; in 1964 - 2nd Prize at the Fitelberg Competition for Little Symphony: Scultura for Orchestra, and 3rd Prize at the same competition for Collage and Form for 8 Jazzmen and Orchestra; in 1966 - Mention at the Malawski Competition for Collage for Chamber Orchestra. His compositions have been played all over the world, among many places in Warsaw, Oslo, Zagreb, Amsterdam, Shiraz, Vienna, Rochester, Mexico, Salzburg, and Athens. Schaeffer has been a member of the "Cracow Group" - an artistic association assembling the representatives of vanguard movement in music and art; he represented this group as a composer at number of festivals (among them in Edinburg).

As a thoretican in new music he has writen several books, including New Music. Problems of Contemporary Composing Techniques; Small Guidebook of Twentieth Century Music; Twientieth Century Music. Creators and Problems; Classics of Dodecaphony; Introduction to Composition; History of Music. Styles and Creators. As a teacher he has been lecturing on composition at the Academy of Music in Cracow since 1963, many of his students being prize-winners of competitions for composers. Since mid-1980s Schaeffer is a professor of composition of the Hochschule fur Musik in Salzburg, Austria. Schaffer has frequently taken part in concerts of new music as co-ordinator and pianist, appearing with the well-known "MW2 Ensemble." His interests in music theatre and performative aspects of music have resulted in the development of his talents as a playwright; his plays, often based on music themes, have received numerous awards and festival performances.


Orchestral Works

Music for MI , for vibraphone and orchestra - 1963

Three Short Pieces, for orchestra - 1951

Music for String: Nocturne , for small string orchestra - 1953

Quattro movimenti , for piano and orchestra - 1957

Tertium Datur , for harpischord and instruments - 1958

Combined Constructions , for big string orchestra - 1960

Topofonica , for 40 different instruments - 1960

Musica ipsa, for orchestra - 1962

Collage and Form , for 8 jazz musician and orchestra - 1963

Collage , for orchestra - 1964

Symphonie: Music Orchestra , for big orchestra - 1967

Text , for orchestra - 1971

Symphonie in 9 Pieces , for orchestra - 1973

Warsaw Overture , for orchestra - 1975

Romuald Traugutt , for orchestra - 1976

Jangwa , double bass nad orchestra - 1979

Stabat mater ,for sopran, alt, string orchestra and orgeln - 1983

Missa sinfonica , for orchestra - 1986

String Quartett No. 5 - 1986

Sinfonia , for orchestra - 1988


Concerti

Concerto, for 4 piano - 1946

Concerto , for 2 pianos - 1951

Concerto Breve , for cello and orchestra - 1959

Concerto per sei e tre , for free instrument and orchestra - 1960
Musica , for harpischord and instruments - 1961

Course "h" , for Jazz- and Philharmonieensemble - 1962

S'alto , for saxophone and chamber orchestra of soloists - 1963

Concerto , for flute, flute trio and orchestra - 1963

Violin concerto - 1963

Quartett , for piano and clarinet- 1965

Concerto , for piano and orchestra - 1967

Concerto , for harp, piano and tape recorder - 1969

Jazz Concerto , for 12 musicians and orchestra - 1969

Concerto , for 3 pianos - 1972

Confrontations , for a solo instrument and orchestra - 1972

Te Deum , vocal voice and orchestra - 1979

Conzerto , for saxophone quartett- 1980

Conzerto , for guitar and orchestra - 1984

Conzerto , for orchestra - 1984

Conzerto , for orgeln and violin solo - 1984

Conzerto , for violin and orchestra - 1986

Conzerto , for flute, harp and orchestra - 1986

Conzerto , for violin - 1987

Double Concert , for 2 violins and orchestra - 1988

Concerto , for flute, viola, violin, piano, saxopohone - 1988

Concert , for piano and orchestra - 1988

Concert , for 2 pianos and orchestra- 1988

Concert , for soprano and orchestra - 1988

Violin Concert II - 1989

Piano Concert III , for piano and orchestra - 1990


Chamber Music

Sonatine, for 2 violins - 1946

Sonatine , for alto saxophone - 1946

Concertino, for 2 violins and viola - 1946

Trio , for 2 violins and viola - 1947

Four Pieces, for piano and basson - 1947

Duett, for oboe and clarineto - 1947

Quartett , for 2 violins, viola and piano - 1946

Andante, for string sextet - 1947

Three Vocal Duets , for soprano and mezzosoprano - 1948

2 short Compositions , for 2 flutes and 2 pianos - 1948

Piece , for 2 flutes - 1948

Piece , for 2 clarinetos - 1948

Small Quartett , for trumpet, 2 horns and trombone - 1948

Fantasia, for flute and harp - 1949

I String Quartett - 1957

Music, for string quartet - 1954

Permutations , for 10 instruments - 1956

String quartet No.1 - 1957

Extremes , for 10 instruments - 1957

Monosonate , for 6 string quartetts - 1946

Lineare Construction , for piano - 1959

Equivalenze sonore , for percussion chamber orchestra - 1959

Three Compositions for MJQ , for piano, vibraphone - 1961

Sound Forms , for alto saxophone - 1961

Kodes , for chamber orchestra - 1961

TIS MW2: Scene Composition - 1963

Two Pieces , for piano and violin - 1963

Four Pieces , for string trio - 1962

Two pieces , for violon and piano - 1964

Strng Quartet No.2 - 1964

Oboe Quartet , for oboe and strings trio - 1966

Trio , for flute, viols and harp - 1966

4H/1P, for piano 4handling - 1966

Composition , for harp and piano - 1966

Incident , for recipient group - 1966
Decet , for harp and 9 instruments - 1966

PRSC , Different Peformances - 1968

Trio , for piano, violine, and harpishord - 1969

Variations , for blazer quintett - 1971

Estratto , for string trio - 1971

String Quartet No.3 - 1971

Sgraffito , for flute, 2 pianos and harpishord - 1971

Mare , for piano and 9 instruments - 1971

Concept Music , - 1972

Neues , for three violins - 1972

Negative Music , for choosen instrument - 1972

ba/vo - 1972

Bergsoniana , for flute, soprano, piano, tape - 1972

BlueS I , for 2 piano and tape - 1972

Polonaise , for 12 voices choir - 1972

Free Form I , for 5 instruments - 1972

Free Form II , for double bass - 1972

Minimal Art , for tuba, piano - 1977

Gravesono , for wind instrument - 1977

Self-expression , for violoncello - 1978

blueS III , for 2 pianos - 1978

Matan I , for 3 percussions - 1978

Matan II , for 5 percussions - 1978

Kesukann , for 13 string instruments - 1978

Hideggeriana , for flute, oboe, vibraphone, 3 violin , piano, violoncello - 1979

Monolog - 1980

Kongruenzen , for piano and vibraphone - 1980

Oktett , for double bass, piano, flute, oboe and horn - 1980

Evasion , for violin and guitar - 1980

Delusive Cadences , for tuba and percussion - 1981

Essentials , for 3 violins - 1981

Five introductions and An Epilogue , for small chamber orchestra - 1981

Euphony , for sing voices and double bass - 1981

Entertainment Music , for percussion and wind player - 1981

Sonata breve , for organ and percussion - 1981

Naarah , for oboe and string trio - 1983

Teatrino fantastico , for actor, violin, and piano - 1983

Gasab , for gasab-violin and piano - 1983

Esatto e libero , for violin and piano - 1983

Mouhadatsa , for viola and violoncello - 1985

Sihr , for saxophone and piano - 1985

Mikrotone , for 4 pianisten - 1985

Tumbo la kuhara , for 3 oboe - 1985

Shuvvi mischkal , for oboe and violin - 1985

Trio , for flute, guitar and percussion - 1985

A due , for dancer and piano - 1986

Nonett , for 3 oboe - 1986

Kwaiwa , for violin and computer - 1986

Conzerto , for saxopohone - 1986

Four Pieces , for bassoon and piano - 1987

Small Concerto , for violin and 3 oboe - 1987

Summer Music , for akordeon, piano - 1987

Free Form III , for double bass and piano - 1987

Gracianiana , for piano and electronic instrument - 1987

Mazungumzo , for guitar and accordion - 1987

Milm , for 3 percussions and film projector - 1988

Missa brevis , for choir - 1988

Spring Music , for violin and piano - 1988

Winter Music , for horn and piano - 1988

Miniopera - 1988

Chamber Symphonie , for chamber orchestra - 1988

Love Moments - 1990


Vocal-Instrumental Music

Three Songs, for piano and voice - 1949

Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire , for soprano and orchestra - 1949

Expressive Aspekte , for soprano and flute - 1963

Out of Tune , for soprano and cello - 1972

Out of Tune II, for soprano and piano - 1972

PR-I III , for choire and orchestra - 1963

Media , for voices and instruments - 1967

Ishirini I , for voice and piano - 1986

Ishirini II , for voice and orchestra - 1986


Piano and Keyboard Works

Three Short Pieces, for piano - 1946

Diaruim, 14 short pices for piano- 1947

Mazurek, for piano - 1949

Polytonale Study, for 3 clarinette - 1949

Three Romantic Pieces , for piano - 1949

Two Pieces , for piano - 1950

Sonatine , for piano - 1952

Composition , for piano - 1954

Study in Diagramm I , for piano - 1955

Model I , for piano - 1956

Model II , for piano - 1957

Variations , for piano - 1958

Eight Pieces , for piano - 1958

Free Composition , for piano - 1958

Three Pieces, for piano - 1959

Artikulationen , for piano - 1959

Configurations , for piano - 1960

Staring Point, for piano - 1960

Non-stop, for piano - 1960

Dispositions , for piano - 1960

Model III, for piano - 1961

Konturen , for piano - 1963

Modell IV, for piano - 1963

TIS GK: Scene Composition , for piano - 1963

Sfumato , for harpisichord - 1964

Dispositions , for piano - 1965

Model V , for piano - 1965

Music , for harpisichord - 1966

Described Emotions, for piano - 1966

Asemblages , for harpisichord - 1966

Dispositions c, for piano - 1970

Modell VI , for piano - 1970

Modell VII , for piano - 1971

Modell VIII , for piano - 1972

String Quartett No.4 , for piano - 1973

Dispositions d , for piano - 1975

Modell IX , for piano - 1976

Modell X , for piano - 1977

Berlin 80' , for piano - 1980

Modell XI , for piano - 1981

Modell XII , for piano - 1984

Sonate II , for organ - 1985

Colloquiu , for organ - 1985

8H/2P , for 2 pianos - 1985

Kinanda , for piano - 1986

Sonate III , for organ - 1986

Sonate IV , for organ - 1986

Sonate III , for organ - 1986

Sonate IV , for organ - 1986

Modell XIII , for piano - 1986

Modell XIII , for piano - 1986

Yookai , for piano - 1988

Modell XIV , for piano - 1988

Modell XV , for piano - 1988

Disagreements , for 2 pianos - 1988


Music for Solo Instruments

23 short Pieces , for violin solo - 1948

Canzona , for violoncello solo - 1949

Two Study , for flute solo - 1953

Two Study , for alto saxophone solo - 1954

Sonate , for violin solo - 1955

Negative , for flute solo - 1960

Five short Pieces , for harp solo - 1964

Azione a due , for piano and instruments - 1961

Imago Musicae , for violin with an interpolating instrumental accompaniment - 1961

Construction , for vibraphone solo - 1962

Five Pieces , for guitar solo - 1970

Variations , for oboe solo - 1971

Interview , for violin solo - 1972

aSa , for piano solo - 1973

aDieu , for double bass solo - 1973

Euterpe , for oboe solo - 1984

AO , for violin solo - 1987

13 Studies , for flute solo - 1988

Saitenblick , for guitar solo - 1988


Visual Music

Projekt , automatic music composition - 1962

Transmission, for cello and two pianos - 1965

Visual Music , for three actors pianist and cellist - 1966

Comunicazione audiovisiva: Audiovisual Music , for five performers - 1970

Subject: electronic music , for computer- 1970

15 Elements I, for 2 pianos - 1971

15 Elements II, for 2 pianos and computer - 1971

Contract , for soprano, cello and percussion - 1971

Experimenta , for a pianist and orchestra - 1971

Micropieces , for cello and 6 concurrent performers - 1972

Maah , for computer, violine solo and orchestra - 1979

Miserere , for soprano choir, tape and computer - 1978

Kontate: Electronic Music - 1979

Pilch Music , for piano, percussion, electronic instrument - 1988

Addolarato , for violin and electronic instrument - 1981

Computerstory , for computer - 1988


Action music

Symphonie: Electric Music , for tape - 1964

Cantata , for 60 voices and orchestra - 1966

Hommage a Strzeminski, for tape recorder- 1966

Monodram , for tape recorder - 1968

Concerto,for tape recorder - 1968

Open Scene , for three performers - 1969

Heraclitiana, for twelve alternative sololistic performers and tape - 1970


Electroacoustic Music

PR-I VII/i>, for tape recorder - 1971
Open Music II , for piano and tape - 1973

Open Music III , for piano and tape - 1973

Synthistory: Electronic Music - 1973

Antiphona , for choire and tape - 1975

Missa electronica , for kinder choir amd tape - 1975

Missa electronica , for choir and tape - 1975

Iranian Set , for flute, piano, 3 actors and ensemble of performers - 1976

Spinoziana , for ensemble - 1977

Poetries , for tape - 1978

Berlin 80' , for piano and tape- 1980

Acontecimiento , for 3 pianos and tape - 1988

blueS IV , for 2 pianos and tape - 1988

Music with Actors

Scenario , for a not existing but possible instrumental actor - 1963

Audience I-V , for actors - 1964

PR-V , for actor - 1964

Audiences No 1-5 , for actors - 1966

Howl , for 3 actors and chamber orchestra - 1966

Quartet , for four actors - 1966

Fragment , for two actors and cellist - 1968

Fragment , for two actors and double- bass - 1968

Szenar , for 3 actors - 1970

Scenario , actors - 1970

Hommage a Czyzewski , for actor and ensemble of performers - 1972

Vaniniana , for 2 actors and ensemble - 1978

Autogenic Composition , for soprano, flute, violoncello, piano, and actor - 1980
Duodrama , for percussion, alt saxophoneand, and actor - 1981

Closed Relations , for oboe, actor and piano - 1985

Autumn Music , for violin, piano, actor - 1988


Overparametric Music

PR-1 I , for choir - 1958

PR-1 II , for new non-existing instrument - 1958

PR-I IV , for equivalent instruments - 1964

PR-I VI , for solist choir - 1965

Quartet SG , for any performers - 1968

Reading , for 6 performers - 1968

The Easiest Solutions , for musicians company - 1969

Algorithmen , for comapany of 7 performers - 1970

Synectics , for any three performers - 1970

Spectra , for 5 instruments - 1970

Dream with Schaffer , for ensemble of performers - 1972

blueS II, for enesemble of instruments - 1972

Hommage a Irzykowski , for ensemble - 1973

PR-I VIII , for chosen instrument - 1972

0/p Music , for an ensemble of performers - 1972

Open Music I , for chosen instrument - 1973

Scribal Error Music , for ensemble - 1981

Voice, Noise, Beuys, Choice , for ensemble - 1984

Asiakiria , for ensemble - 1985


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Based on "Boguslaw Schaeffer - Leben, Werk, Bedeutung" - Edition Helbling 1991.
Edited in July 2000 by Błażej Wajszczuk. Updated on 28 June 2001.