Josef Haselbach

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Josef Haselbach (born June 14, 1936 in Gams , Canton St. Gallen , † August 21, 2002 ) was a Swiss composer and organist .

After completing school, Haselbach began studying at the teachers' seminar in Rorschach . After graduation he took up employment as a teacher and organist. He also studied musicology at the Zurich Music Academy and later at the University of Zurich with Kurt von Fischer . At the same time, Haselbach also dealt with psychology and philosophy .

In 1960 he became a teacher for music and music didactics in Basel . Haselbach's first compositions were created at this time. From 1964 to 1968 he continued his composition studies at the Music Academy of the City of Basel with Klaus Huber . From 1975 Haselbach worked as a teacher for music theory and composition at the Zurich Conservatory. He held this position until 1989.

His compositional work primarily includes instrumental works. Among other things, he composed homages for chamber orchestras. His works are characterized by the inclusion of musical elements from Gregorian chant up to the musical elements of his time.


1978: Conrad Ferdinand Meyer Prize [1]

Works (selection)

  • Mironton for 2 bass viols
  • Prelude for orchestra
  • Leporello's dream for chamber orchestra (dedicated to Paul Sacher)
  • Anima di bronzo for orchestra
  • Evening song for violoncello
  • Alleluja II for clarinet and viola
  • Dance song for violin, two violas and violoncello
  • Evening song without words for soprano solo
  • Three songs based on poems by Katharina Sallenbach