LAURENT METTRAUX

 

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PRINCIPAL WORKS

 

 

Orchestral works :

 

 

- Shadow for full orchestra (1995-8). Composition prize of the "Donaueschinger Musiktage 1998", chosen among more than 80 scores by a board of examiners including Wolfgang Rihm, Gérard Grisey, Christian Wolff, Sylvain Cambreling, Armin Köhler. First performed by the SWR Orchestra, conductor: Sylvain Cambreling (Donaueschinger Musiktage, October 17th, 1999).

  

 

- Symphony for Chamber Orchestra or First Symphony (1992). First prize and public award of the composition competition of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (1993). First performance: Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos (Lausanne, March 1st, 1993). First performed in its version for large orchestra by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Volgograd, conducted by Emmanuel Siffert (October 31st , 1999).

  

 

- Concerto for 15 soloist strings (1994). Personal order by Tibor Varga. First performed at the opening concert of the 1994 Tibor Varga Festival by the Festival Orchestra, conducted by Tibor Varga (Sion, July 12th, 1994).

  

 

- Concerto n.2 for violin and string orchestra (1998) commissioned for the celebrations, in Budapest, of the 150th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and of the Swiss Confederation. First performance by Isabelle Lambelet, the Camerata Symphonica of Budapest and Tibor Varga (Budapest, October 1st, 1998).

 

 

 - Le Cocyte for orchestra (1999) ordered by the Pro Helvetia Foundation for the 100th Festival of Swiss Musicians (Swiss Musicians Association). First performed in St. Moritz by the Symphony Orchestra of Bern, conducted by Luca Pfaff (September 2nd, 2000).

  

 

- Concerto n.3 for violin and orchestra (1999) ordered by the Swiss radio for the International Violin Competition Tibor Varga 2000 (set piece). First performed by Ryoko Yano and the Chamber Orchestra of Lithuania, conducted by Gilbert Varga (August 17th, 2000).

  

 

- Concerto for organ and orchestra (2002-3), for the inauguration of the new great organ of the Lausanne Cathedral (First performance in December 2003 with Jean-Christophe Geiser at the organ and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, conducted by Jean Balissat). The German first performance has taken place in June 2010 at the Gewandhaus of Leipzig, with Michael Schönheit at the organ, and the Gewandhaus orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.

 

 

 - Concerto for pi’pa, violin and orchestra for the famous pi’pa player Yang Jing and Boris Livschitz, violinist  of the Zurich String Trio.

 

 

  - La Mort sur un Cheval pâle (Death on a pale Horse) for orchestra (2007), commissioned by Pro Helvetia for the Basel Sinfonietta (first performance during May-June 2008 in Basel and during a concert tour in Germany).

 

 

- Chamber symphony for 13 musicians (2012-3) and Concerto for improvising trombonist and ensemble (2013), two works commissioned by the Association Nouvelles Créations. The first performances took place at the Utopia 1 Hall of the High School of Music (HEMU) of Lausanne on January 20th, 2014, with the Contemporary Ensemble of the HEMU of Lausanne and Denis Beuret, soloist in the concerto, conducted by William Blank.

 

 

 

Vocal works :

 

 

- Vers le Soleil Couchant (Towards the Setting Sun) (1995-6), oratorio for soloists, choirs and orchestra (on words by around forty authors), commissioned by the Fribourg University choir. First performance on June 1st and 6th, 1996, in Fribourg.

  

 

- Elogio della Notte for bass voice and piano (1997), text taken from sonnets by Michelangelo. First performed during the Orpheus Concerts in Zurich (March 1st, 2000).

  

 

- First lamentation for Maundy Thursday for mixed choir (1997) and Lucis Creator optime for children's choir (1997). Finalist works at the European Competition of Choral Composition of Amiens (1997).

  

 

- Crucifixion for mixed choir a cappella (1998). Commissioned and first performed by the Chamber Choir of the Fribourg University at the Greifswald Festival (Germany) and in Stettin (Poland), June 1999.

  

 

- La plus belle des Lumières (2000), on texts taken from the Rig Veda, choral work commissioned by the Festival of Sacred Music in Fribourg for the New London Chamber Choir, for the Festival of 2000.

  

 

- Le Nom Caché (The Hidden Name – 2001-2), oratorio commissioned by the Swiss National Exposition of year 2002.

  

 

- Plus près de toi que tu ne l’es toi-même for vocal ensemble (2006). Commission of the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music (New York), awarded through competition. First performance in November 2006.

 

 

- Choral Variations on the Christmas Carol « Vom Himmel hoch, da kommich her » for choir and orchestra (2008-9). Commissioned by the Gewandhaus Leipzig. First performance June 2010 with the GewandhausChor and the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig conducted by Riccardo Chailly (during the Leipzig Bachfest and the concert season of the Gewandhaus).

 

 

- Recitatives on the gospel texts to complete the St Mark Passion, BWV 247, by Bach for soloists, choir and baroque instrumental ensemble (2013-4), written at the request of the Concerts de l’Abbatiale de Payerne, where the work was first performed during the Holy Week concerts on April 6th, 2014, with the Corund Vocal Ensemble and the Capella Paterniacensis, conducted by Stephen Smith.

 

 


Instrumental and chamber music:

 

 

- Gethsemané for organ (1990). First performance in Bern by Erwin Messmer (1994). This work has often being performed (Kreuzkirche Dresden, Braunschweig Cathedral, ...).

  

 

- Fantasia for violin (1995) commissioned by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. Set piece of the International Violin Competition Tibor Varga 1995.

 

 

 - Trio for violin, cello and piano (1995-6) commissioned by the Musical Youths of Fribourg. First performance by the Trio Animae in 1999 at the Bratislava Festival of Contemporary Music.

 

 

- String Trio (1997-8) commissioned by the Pro Helvetia Foundation for the Zurich String Trio. First performance during a concert tour in India and Sri Lanka, in August 2000.

 

 

- String quartet (1998-9) ordered by the Jeunesses Musicales Gruériennes for the Talich Quartet. First performance in March 2003.

 

 

- Paremboles (1998) commissioned by the Triades Ensemble. First performance in Mar del Plata and Buenos Aires (October 1998).

 

 

- Duo for flute and clarinet (1999) commissioned by the Boswil Foundation for the Wiener Klangforum (First performance on November 27th, 1999).

 

 

- Duo for two saxophones (1999-2000), first performed on the occasion of the 12th World Congress of the Saxophone (Montréal, July 8th, 2000).

 

 

- Lux Mundi (2000). Commissioned by the European Music Month 2001. First performed by more than ten organists of Basel and surroundings, during the Holy Week of 2001.

 

 

- Wind Quintet (2000). First performance by the Eole Quintet (Fribourg, on September 11th, 2000).

 

 

- String Quintet (2001-2). Commissioned by the Zurich String Quintet, this work has been first performed during a concert tour in Helsinki (Finland) and Lithuania, in July 2003.

 

 

- Quintet for flute and strings (2002-3) for the flutist Alexandre Magnin and the Janacek Quartet (First performance in September 2003).

 

 

- Trio for clarinet, cello and piano (2003), order of the Avalon Trio, first performance during a concert tour in Ukraine and during the Festival « 2 days & 2 nights of modern music » of Odessa (April 2004).

 

 

- Complainte (2003). Written at the request of Shlomo Mintz to be the set piece of the International Violin Competition of Sion (2003).

 

 

- Reflets for violin and percussion (2002-4). First performance in 2004, Costa Rica, by Jan Dobrzelewski and Stuart Marrs.

 

 

- Swiss Dances for four-handed piano (2003-4). First performed July 2004, by the Piano Duo Dominique Derron & Pius Urech.

 

 

- Stimmungen for four cellos (2005-6). Commissioned by the Festival Viva Cello of Liestal.

  

 

- Suite for three flutes (2005-6). Written for the ensemble Les Chemins de Traverse.

  

 

- Serenata in chiaroscuro for organ (2005-6). Commissioned by the Bümplizer Orgelserenaden on the occasion of their 20th season. First performance in 2006-7 by Erwin Messmer.

  

 

- Émergences for violin and accordion (2006). First performed in July 2006, during the Festival of Auberive (France), by Marianne Piketty and Pascal Contet.

 

 

- Le Tombeau de Ravel for ensemble (2006). Commission by the Compagnie CH.AU, which has first performed the work in December 2006, in Vevey. This work has been transcribed for chamber orchestra (first performance of this version on October 2nd, 2008, in Quito, by the National Orchestra of Ecuador, conducted by Emmanuel Siffert).

 

 

- Quintet for clarinet and strings (2008). Order by the Davos Festival for Shirley Brill and the Terpsychordes Quartet. First performance in Davos, on July 30th, 2008.

 

 

- Sonata for guitar (rev. 2008). Commission by the International Guitar Festival of Fribourg. First performance on May 1st, 2009, by Olivia Steiner.

 

 

- Stèles, cycle of piano pieces after poems by Segalen (2007-8). First performance in Lausanne by Dana Ciocarlie on March 23rd, 2009, during a concert of the Society for Contemporary Music.

 

 

- Traces gravées dans le Sable, cycle of piano pieces inspired by texts of the Chan tradition (2009). First performance in Zurich by See Siang Wong on September 9th, 2009.

 

 

- Entre Rêves et Cauchemars (Between Dreams and Nightmares), for cello and double bass (2012-3), commissioned by the Association a Piacere. First performance in Lutry, May 1st, 2014, by Pascal Desarzens and Noëlle Reymond.

 

 

- Rhapsodic Variations on themes by Rameau, for accordion (2014), first performed by Sylvain Tissot in Fribourg and Leysin (August 2014).

 

 

- Quartet for flute and strings (2014-5), commissioned by the Camerata variabile, which first performed the work in June 2015 during a concert tour (Zurich, Basel,…).

 

 

 

You can download the complete dossier in pdf or Word, under the rubric documents.

COMPLETE CATALOGUE    CATALOGUE FOR EACH INSTRUMENT    AUDIO EXAMPLES