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Oliver Waespi

Oliver Waespi

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General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 14:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Beriato Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $215.00   |   Score Only - $36.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef) I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The sun glides over the white-blue rock, the glaring back-light on the snowflakes whisked up by the wind, mirror-images in waterfalls and ice-fields, glaciers veined with moraines, further on the dark caves and cliffs, stone chasms that seem infinitely dark, the cool shadow on the north flank of the rocks, damp chilliness, woods at the foot of the valley. An unceasing interplay of light and shade teaches us, mankind, to get a feel of the Alps.

Those powerful, almost poetic images spark off the composer's creative process, which much later results in Berglicht. Another important compositional element is the chorale Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstorm, which enhances the idea of "light" even more. In this way Berglicht turned out as a chorale fantasy for a large wind orchestra, composed on commission to the Stadtmusik Saltine Brig and its conductor Edo Zurwerra for the Alpenstadt 2008 festival.

At the start of the work, after a short overture, the brass introduces parts of the chorale theme, accompanied by bright chords from the woodwind. This is followed by a quick section with the first variations on the theme, first very rhythmically, then tunefully.

The we hear an idyllic Pastorale d'été, though the mood gradually becomes darker. The full theme is now introduced for the first time by muted brass, accompanied by sombre chords from the woodwind.

Slowly but surely the tension increases, while the theme of the chorale nevertheless unfolds once again in a dramatic but only fragmentary way. Towards the end, calm gradually returns. The light shines once again and the theme rings out one last time, but now with a different timbre and rhythm. The mountain light slowly but surely makes way for a peaceful and joyful atmosphere.

- Program Note from score



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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Waespi, O. (2008). Berglicht [score]. [s.n.]:[s.l.]