ⓘ Theo Hirsbrunner. Born in Thun, Hirsbrunner attended an old-language grammar school. He then studied violin with Walter Kagi in Bern and Rene Benedetti in Paris ..


ⓘ Theo Hirsbrunner

Born in Thun, Hirsbrunner attended an old-language grammar school. He then studied violin with Walter Kagi in Bern and Rene Benedetti in Paris. From 1956 he studied musical composition and music theory. twelve-tone technique with Sandor Veress and Wladimir Vogel. In the 60s he attended a conducting course with Pierre Boulez in Basel.

From 1956 to 1987 he taught music theory, work analysis and more recent historical musicology at the Hochschule der Kunste Bern. From 1968 to 1973 he conducted research at the Bibliotheque nationale de France. From 1979 to 1983 he taught at Boulez request at the IRCAM. He gave lectures in Europe e.g. at the Lucerne Festival, Australia Adelaide 1979, Japan Tokyo 1989, Taiwan Taipei 1999 and the USA Berkeley 1977 and Los Angeles 1987 as well as on representatives of Neue Musik at European radio stations. In addition to numerous articles for specialist journals, encyclopaedias and newspapers, he has written five monographs on musical personalities and two volumes on the history of music.

He has received several awards, including the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

Hirsbrunner died in Bern at the age of 79.


1. Awards

  • 1998: Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres
  • 1989: Medaille of the Nissay-Theaters Tokio
  • 1978: Janacek-Medaille der Tschechoslowakei
  • 2006: Grosser Musikpreis des Kantons Bern
  • 1996: Ehrendoktorwurde of the University of Bern
  • 1984: Medaille of the UNESCO

2. Work

  • Igor Strawinsky in Paris. Laaber-Verlag, Laaber 1982, ISBN 3-921518-62-8.
  • Die Musik in Frankreich im 20. Jahrhundert. Laaber-Verlag, Laaber 1995, ISBN 3-89007-197-X.
  • Olivier Messiaen. Leben und Werk. Laaber-Verlag, Laaber 1988; 2nd expended edition 1999, ISBN 3-89007-139-2.
  • Pierre Boulez und sein Werk. Laaber-Verlag, Laaber 1985, ISBN 3-89007-047-7.
  • Debussy und seine Zeit. Laaber-Verlag, Laaber 1981, ISBN 3-921518-61-X.
  • Von Richard Wagner bis Pierre Boulez. Essays. Muller-Speiser, Anif 1997, ISBN 3-85145-048-5.
  • Maurice Ravel. Sein Leben, sein Werk. Laaber-Verlag, Laaber 1989, ISBN 3-89007-143-0, 2nd expended editiion u.d. T. Maurice Ravel und sein Werk. Laaber-Verlag, Laaber 2014, ISBN 978-3-89007-253-1.

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