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Oliver Waespi

Oliver Waespi

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General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 17:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Molenaar Edition
Cost: Score and Parts - $375.00   |   Score Only - $75.00


1. Symphonic Movement
2. Nocturne
3. Toccata


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contra Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Flugelhorn (in Eb)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(Percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Suite for Wind Orchestra has three parts. The introductory Symphonic Movement is based on two opposite musical ideas. The first is chromatic, whereas the second is rather diatonically harmonized. Both themes are subsequently, each according to its character, developed and even combined. A very important element is the often freely used counterpoint which makes the work dynamic and gives it a transparent and merry character, the same way the orchestration does.

The Nocturne or second part is contrasting with the preceding part and is written in the minor key. This part is, both as homage and by conviction, quite indebted to the Romantic musical language and could be considered as a kind of musical narration. The theme is initially presented in a rather plaintive way and subsequently developed by several instruments in broad melodic lines. It is, however, interrupted by a short passage written in the major key.

The quiet atmosphere at the end of the Nocturne is abruptly interrupted by theToccata. This part, a vivace leading to a presto at the end, has a wild, passionate character. According to the Baroque musical tradition, the toccata is a very free, virtuoso musical form and can also be considered as a fantasia. The music is built and developed on sparse musical ideas. The continuous movement of the motifs, certainly toward the end of this piece, reminds us here of a “perpetuum mobile.”

- Program notes by Oliver Waespi


Sample download; ensemble and conductor unknown

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Waespi, O. (1997). Suite No. 1 [score]. Molenaar Edition: Wormerveer, Netherlands.