Date / Place I

30 November 2019 Gare du Nord, Basel

Date / Place II

01 December 2019 Gare du Nord, Basel




Heinz Holliger’s 80th birthday


Heinz Holliger (*1939) “Quintett” for piano and four wind players (dedicated to Sándor Veress) (1989) – 15’ “Ad marginem” [No. I from “Übungen zu Scardanelli” – dedicated to Friedrich Hölderlin] for chamber ensemble and tape (to Pierre Boulez) (1983) – 8’ “Eisblumen” for seven string instruments [No. V from “Übungen zu Scardanelli” – dedicated to Friedrich Hölderlin] (1985) – 5’ “Puneigä” ten songs with interludes for voice (soprano) and five instruments on poems by Anna Maria Bacher (in “Pumatter” German) (to the poet in devotion – for Juliane Banse) (2000-2002) – 25’–30’ Sándor Veress (1907–1992) “Concertotilinkó” for flute and strings (1991) – 9’ Jacques Wildberger (1922–2006) “Elegie” for soprano and chamber ensemble on a poem by Friedrich Hölderlin (1994/95) – 7’


Svea Schildknecht
Christoph Bösch
flute solo
Jürg Henneberger
Christoph Bösch
flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute
Josef Feichter
Antje Thierbach
oboe, English horn
Toshiko Sakakibara
clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Donna Molinari
Lucas Rößner
Aurélien Tschopp
Matthias Würsch
percussion, cimbalum
Manuel Bärtsch
Friedemann Treiber
David Sontòn Caflisch
Petra Ackermann
Alessandro D’Amico
Martin Jaggi
Stéphanie Meyer
Aleksander Gabryś
double bass
Christof Stürchler
sound engineer

Program description

The compositional work of Heinz Holliger, who celebrated his 80th birthday on May 21, 2019, has been influenced since 1975 by the late work of Friedrich Hölderlin, who liked to refer to himself as “Scardanelli” during his last three decades, which he spent in Tübingen in a tower room of the household of the carpenter Ernst Zimmer. Since his early youth, the composer Holliger has been interested in poet personalities who tried to escape the social norm – be it through suicide (Alexander Xaver Gwerder, Paul Celan) or escape into so-called “mental derangement” (Friedrich Hölderlin, Nikolaus Lenau, Robert Schumann, Robert Walser, Louis Soutter) or depression (Clemens Brentano). Holliger’s “Eisblumen” is a paraphrase of the Bach chorale “Komm o Tod, Du Schlafes Bruder.” “Ad marginem” takes us to the (acoustic) limits to the point of complete inaudibility. “Puneigä” is a homage to the endangered Pumatter dialect, in which the poet Anna Maria Bacher writes her poems. Jacques Wildberge, composer from Riehen also used poems by Friedrich Hölderlin or Paul Celan in his works. In his late work “Elegie” is based on Hölderlin’s poem “Sunset”. In addition “Concertotilinkó” for flute and strings, a work by Sándor Veress’s, Holliger’s composition teacher,  will be performed.