Goebbels, Heiner

Stage works
Orchestra works
Ensemble works
Chamber music
Electronic works

Note: Generally all works by Heiner Goebbels have to be amplified. 




STAGE WORKS

When the Mountain Changed Its Clothing • [2012/13]
Music theatre for mixed choir 
Text: Jean Jaques Rousseau, Gertrude Stein, Adalbert Stifter, Alain Robe-Grillet a.o.
World Premiere: Bochum, 26.9.2012
Duration: 70’
Sy. 4306 // Score / Vx.

I went to the house but did not enter • [2007/08]
Scenic concert in three pictures for four male voices 
I. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (text by T.S. Eliot); IIa. The Madness of the Day (text by Maurice Blanchot); IIb. Coda „Excursion into the mountains / Der Ausflug ins Gebirge” (Franz Kafka); III. Worstward Ho (text by Samuel Beckett). Concert version on request. 
Text: T.S. Eliot; Maurice Blanchot; Samuel Beckett; Franz Kafka
Ct. 2T. B.
World Premiere: Edinburgh, 28.8.2008
Duration: 95’
Sy. 3838 // Score

Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten • [2002]
Opera for ensemble, choir and soloists
Text: Texts and motifs by Giordano Bruno, Arthur Chapman/Estelle Philleo, T.S. Eliot, Francois Fénelon, Michel Foucault, Katharina Fritsch, Claude Lorrain, Henri Michaux, Nicolas Poussin, Max Reger, Gertrude Stein, Diego Velázquez, Leonardo da Vinci, Sisley Xshafa
Choir: SATB (4. 4. 4. 4.) / 1 (Bfl, chines. Fl). 1 (Musette). 1. B.Cl. 1. / 2 (1. also Zink, Ps; 2. also Picctr, Flghr). 1. 1. 0. / 2 Perc. Cem (Clavichord, Sam, Pno, Hp). Sam (Acc, Pno). / 1. 1. 1. 2 (1. also Blfl, 2. also Tablecello). 1 (E-Bass)
Material on request. Frankfurt version 2010 (without choir, duration: 85 min.) on request.
World Premiere: Genf, 16.10.2002
Duration: 0’
Sy. 3562 // Score / Vx. / Carr.

Schwarz auf Weiß • [1995/96]
Music theatre for eighteen musicians 
1. „Qui parle?”; 2. The Concert (Zither); 3. Text Machine (Spiele); 4. Readings I (Ye who read); 5. „Du, der Lesende...”; 6. In the Basement; 7. Readings II (Over Some Flasks); 8. Writings I (Strings); 9. Harrypatari; 10. Unisono; 11. Readings III (A dead weight - un poids mortel); 12. Chaconne/Kantorloops; 13. Marseille, 22. September 91 (Pegelton); 14. Readings IV (Cependant nous poussions nos rires); 15. Letter Brass; 16. Brass in 5/4; 17. The Brazen Doorway; 18. „Wir saßen nachts...”; 19. That Corpse; 20. Toccata for Teapot & Piccolo; 21. Writings II (Tutti); 22. Writings III (Strings and Sampler); 23. Koto Machine; 24. „Doch allmählich hörten unsere Lieder auf...”
Text: Edgar Allan Poe (Shadow); John Webster / T.S. Eliot (That Corpse, aus: The Waste Land); Maurice Blanchot (L‘attente l‘oubli)
1. 1. 1. BCl (Ssax. Tsax). 1. / 1. 1. 1. 0. / 2 Perc. 2 Acc (Clavichord. Sam). / 3 Vl. Vla. Vc. D.B (E-Bass). / (all Instr. el. amp.)
Some sections from „Schwarz auf Weiß” may also be performed independently. Please contact the publisher for further information.
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 14.3.1996
Duration: 75’
Sy. 3190 // *Score / Vx. / Carr.

Surrogate Cities • [1993/94]
For mezzo-soprano, speaker, sampler and big orchestra 
1. D&C; 2. In the Country of Last Things; 3. Die Faust im Wappen; 4. Suite for Sampler and Orchestra; 5. Drei Horatier-Songs; 6. Die Städte u. die Toten / Argia; 7. Surrogate; 8. In the Country of Last Things 2
Text: Heiner Müller, Hugo Hamilton, Paul Auster
Ms. Sp.
Movements may also be performed independently. 
World Premiere: Frankfurt/M., 31.8.1994
Duration: 85’
Sy.  // *Score / Vx. / Carr.



ORCHESTRA WORKS

Songs of wars I have seen • [2002/2007]
A staged concert with texts by Gertrude Stein
For chamber orchestra (ad lib. with old and new instruments) 
Text: Texts from „Wars I Have Seen” by Gertrude Stein
Fl (Picc). Ob. Cl (B.Cl.). Bn. / Tr. Hr. Ps. / Hp. Theorbe. Pno (Cem). Sam. 2 Perc. / 2 Vl. Vla. Vc. D.B. / Light installation. Requisites. Costumes. 
This composition consists of space, staging and lighting elements. The performance needs to be realized in consultation with Heiner Goebbels. The texts by Gertrude Stein will exclusively be spoken by the female instrumentalists. Different scores are available for performances depending on the use of historical instruments.
World Premiere: London, 12.7.2007
Duration: 50’
Sy. 3736 // Score / Vx.

Ou bien Sunyatta • [2004]
For Griot-singing, Kora and orchestra
Text: traditional Griot chant from Senegal (Mandingo)
Griot-singing. Kora. (both el. amp.)
3 (2 A.Fl). 3. 3. 3. / 4. 4. 4. 0. / 4 Perc. 1 Pno. 1 Sam. / Str: (Sam el. amp.)
Singer and Kora player are separated from the orchestra. The Kora player may move through the audience using a wireless microphone.   
World Premiere: Bochum, 9.7.2004
Duration: 15’
Sy. 3611 // *Score / Vx.

Notiz einer Fanfare • [2003]
For big orchestra 
3 (A.Fl). 2. Eng.Hn. 3. 3 (C.Bn.) or 4 (A.Fl). 3. Eng.Hn. 4. 4 (C.Bn). / 4. 4. 4. 1-2. / Hp. Pno. Timp. 3 Perc. / 13. 11. 9. 8. 6.
World Premiere: Bochum, 18.9.2003
Duration: 4’
Sy. 3579 // *Score / Vx.

Aus einem Tagebuch • [2002/2003]
Short diary entries for orchestra 
3. 3. 3. 3. / 4. 4. 4. 2. / Timp. 4 Perc. Hp. Pno. Sam. / 0. 0. 0. 0. 6.
World Premiere: Berlin, 23.1.2003
Duration: 22’
Sy. 3311 // *Score / Vx. / Carr.

Bildbeschreibungen • [2002/2003]
Suite from Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten
Text: T.S. Eliot, Henri Michaux, Francois Fenelon, Gertrude Stein, Leonardo da Vinci, Nicholas Poussin
Bar. Female and male speaker 
1 (Picc). 1. 2 (B.Cl). 1. / 0. 2 (1 cornett, Trb. 1 Flhn). 1. 0. / 2 Perc. 2 Key (Pno. Sam. Cem). Acc. Hp. / 1. 1. 2. 2. 1 (E-Bass). / All instrumentalists also play Brazilian percussion and sound bowls (ad lib.); speaker parts may be performed by instrumentalists. 
Prelude „Triumphmarsch” and postlude „Il ne se donne point de visible” ad lib. 
Total duration without prelude and postlude: 25 min. 
The part „Schlachtenbeschreibung” (ca. 10 min.) may be performed individually.
World Premiere: Luzern, 22.8.2003
Duration: 35’
Sy. 3576 // *Score / Vx.

Walden • [1998]
For extended orchestra and speaker 
Text: H. D. Thoreau (Walden), engl.
Speak.
1 (A.Fl).1 (Didgeridoo). 2 Cl in B (D.B.Cl). 1 (bassoon without reed; bocal with pickup connected to distortion and octave pedals) / 1. 4. 4. 1. / 3-4 Perc (Koto. Cim. Djembé.  a.m.o.). / 2-3 E-Guit (also table-guitar, 3. also Daxophone) / 2 Key (Pno, Sam I and II, Midi-Key, Harm, Cem or rather Clav). / 10-14. 0. 9-10. 3. 3 (1. also E-Bass). / 2-4 player for div. Bow Chimes, Steel-Celli
Versions for a smaller ensemble on request.
World Premiere: Hannover, 15.11.1998
Duration: 50’
Sy. 3398 // *Score / Vx. / Carr.

Writings II (Tutti) • [1996]
from Schwarz auf Weiß
for ensemble or orchestra 
1. 1. Eh. 1. B.Cl. 1. / 2. 2. 1. 0. / Perc. Pno. playback-CD / Str:
Variable instrumentation
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 14.3.1996
Duration: 3’
Sy. 3389 // Score / Vx. / Carr.

Zither • [1996]
from Schwarz auf Weiß
for ensemble or orchestra 
1. B.Fl. 1. Eng.Hn. 1. B.Cl. 1. KBn. / 2. 2. 2 (Tb). / 3 Perc. Cem. Acc. / Str:
Variable instrumentation
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 14.3.1996
Duration: 3’
Sy. 3388 // Score / Vx.

Nichts weiter • [1996]
For orchestra (with the voice of Gustav Gründgens)
2 (2 Picc. A.Fl). 2 (Eng.Hn). 2 (B.Cl). 2. / 4. 3. 3. 1. / 3 Perc. Hp. Pno. Sam. / 12. 9. 7. 6. 4. (or taller) / (all instr. el. amp.)
Performance upon prior approval.
World Premiere: Oldenburg, 31.5.1996
Duration: 12’
Sy. 3359 // *Score / Vx. / Carr.

D&C • [1993/94]
For orchestra 
from Surrogate Cities
3. 3. 3. 3. / 4. 4. 4. 2. / Timp. 4 Perc. Pno. Hp. / Str. / (all Instr. el. amp.)
World Premiere: Frankfurt/M., 31.8.1994
Duration: 11’
Sy. 3293 // *Score / Vx.

Die Faust im Wappen • [1993/94]
For improvising male voice and orchestra 
from Surrogate Cities
After a motif by Franz Kafka
Mst. (Improvisation, el. amp.)
3 (2 Picc). 3 (Eng.Hn). 3 (B.Cl). 3 (KBn). / 4. 4. 4. 2. / Timp. 2 Perc. Sam. / Str. / (all Instr. el. amp.)
World Premiere: Frankfurt/M., 31.8.1994
Duration: 7’
Sy. 3295 // *Score / Vx.

Die Städte and die Toten 4 / Argia • [1993/94]
for orchestra
from Surrogate Cities
After a motif by Italo Calvino
3 (2 Picc). 3. 3. 2. KBn. / 4. 4. 4. 2. / 3 Perc. Pno. / Str. / (all Instr. el. amp.)
World Premiere: Frankfurt/M., 31.8.1994
Duration: 4’
Sy. 3299 // *Score / Vx.

Drei Horatier-Songs • [1993/94]
for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
from Surrogate Cities
1. Rome and Alba; 2. So That Blood Dropped to the Earth; 3. Dwell Where the Dogs Dwell
Text: Heiner Müller
Ms.
3. 3 (Eng.Hn). 3 (B.Cl). 3 (KBn). / 4. 4. 4. 2. / 5 Perc. Pno. Hp. / Str. / (Ms. all Inst. el. amp.)
See also ensemble version 
World Premiere: Frankfurt/M., 31.8.1994
Duration: 15’
Sy. 3297 // *Score / Vx.

Suite for Sampler and Orchestra • [1993/94]
from Surrogate Cities
1. Sarabande (N-touch); 2. Allemande (Les Ruines); 3. Courante (Banlieue); 4. Gigue; 5. Bourrée (Wildcard); 6. Passacaglia; 7. Chaconne (Kantorloops); 8. Menuet (L‘ingénieur); 9. Gavotte (N-touch remix); 10. Air (Compression)
3 (A.Fl). 3 (Eng.Hn. BarOb). 3 (B.Cl. D.B.Cl). 3 (KBn). / 4. 4. 4. 2. / Timp. 3 Perc. Sam. Pno. Hp. / Str: / (all Instr. el. amp.)
See also „Samplersuite” for ensemble
World Premiere: Frankfurt/M., 31.8.1994
Duration: 30’
Sy. 3296 // *Score / Vx. / Carr.

Surrogate • [1993/94]
for speaking voice and orchestra
from Surrogate Cities
Text: Hugo Hamilton
Spr.
0. 0. 2. B.Cl. 2. KBn. / 4. 0. 4. 2. / Timp. 4 Perc. Pno. Hp. / Str: / (Spr. u. alle Inst. el. amp.)
See also ensemble version
World Premiere: Frankfurt/M., 31.8.1994
Duration: 7’
Sy. 3300 // *Score / Vx.



ENSEMBLE WORKS (6 instruments and more)

Walden • [1998/2008]
Version for speaker and chamber ensemble 
by Pete Harden
Text: H. D. Thoreau (Walden), engl.
Spr.
2 Sax. Ps. Perc. Key. Guit (E-Guit). 2 Vl. Vla. Vc. D.B (E-Bass).
Material on request
World Premiere: Amsterdam, 2.3.2008
Duration: 50’
Sy. 3928 // Score / Vx.

Industry and Idleness • [1996/2002]
Popular Print for Ensemble
1. 2. 2 (B.Cl). 1. / 2. 2. 1. 0. / 2 Perc (1 Key). 1 Sam. / 2. 2. 2. 1.
See also version for orchestra 
staged concert version possible
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 8.9.2002
Duration: 16’
Sy. 3405 // *Score / Vx. / Carr.

Drei Horatier-Songs • [1994/2002]
for mezzo-soprano and ensemble 
from Surrogate Cities
1. Rome and Alba; 2. So That Blood Dropped to the Earth; 3. Dwell Where the Dogs Dwell
Text: Heiner Müller
Ms.
1 (A.Fl, Picc). 1 (Eng.Hn., BarOb). 2 (B.Cl, D.B.Cl). 1. / 1. 2. 1. 1. / 5 Perc (ossia 2 Perc. Sam). Pno (Key). Hp. / 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. / (all Instr. el. amp.)
Ensemble arrangement by Andrea Molino. See also version for orchestra 
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 8.9.2002
Duration: 15’
Sy. 3545 // *Score / Vx.

...même soir.- (...on the same evening.-) • [2000]
Compositional and scenic concept 
for six musicians, mainly percussionists ( or e.g. 3 percussionists, 1 keyboarder , 2 other instruments, dancers / performer optional) 
6 Perc. or other instr.
World Premiere: Munich, 28.9.2000
Duration: 50’
Sy. 3510 // *Score 

Samplersuite from Surrogate Cities • [1994]
for ensemble
1. Sarabande (N-touch); 2. Allemande (Les Ruines); 3. Courante (Banlieue); 4. Gigue; 5. Bourrée (Wildcard); 6. Passacaglia; 7. Chaconne (Kantorloops); 8. Menuet (L‘ingénieur); 9. Gavotte (N-touch remix); 10. Air (Compression)
1 (A.Fl, Picc). 1 (Eng.Hn, BarOb). 2 (B.Cl, D.B.Cl). 1. CBn. / 1. 2. 1. 1. / 2 Perc. Sam. Pno (Key). Hp. / 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. / (all Instr. el. amp.)
Also see „Suite for Sampler and Orchestra”
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 19.12.1994
Duration: 30’
Sy. 3268 // *Score / Vx. / Carr.

Surrogate • [1994]
Version for speaker and ensemble 
from Surrogate Cities
Text: Spr.
1. 2. 1. 1. / 1. 2. 1. 1. / 3 Perc. Hp. Pno. / 1. 1. 1. 0. 0.
score/parts on request, please also see orchestra version
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 19.12.1994
Duration: 7’
Sy. 3345 // Score / Vx.

In the Country of Last Things • [1993/94]
for mezzo-soprano, speaker and small orchestra 
from Surrogate Cities
Text: Paul Auster (In the Country of Last Things)
Ms. Spr.
2 Tr. Perc. / Str. / (Soli and all Instr. el. amp.)
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 31.8.1994
Duration: 5’
Sy. 3294 // *Score / Vx.

In the Country of Last Things 2 • [1993/94]
for mezzo-soprano, speaker and small orchestra 
from Surrogate Cities
Text: Paul Auster
Ms. Spr.
2 (Picc). A.Fl. 2. Eng.Hn. 2. B.Cl. 2. CBn. / 0. 0. 0. 0. / Perc. Pno. Hp. / Str.: 2. 0. 0. 0. 0.
World Premiere: Frankfurt/M., 31.8.1994
Duration: 5’
Sy. 3301 // *Score / Vx.

Herakles 2 • [1991]
for seven instruments
Hr. 2 Tr. Ps. Tb. Perc. Sam. / (all Instr. el. amp.)
Without conductor. Sampler can be played by percussionist. 
World Premiere: Paris, 19.1.1992
Duration: 15’
Sy. 3132 // *Score / Vx. / Carr.

La Jalousie • [1991]
Noises from a novel
For speaker and ensemble 
Text: Alain Robbe-Grillet (La Jalousie)
Spr.
Fl. Ob. B.Cl. Bn./ Hr. Tr. Ps. D.Bps./ Perc. 2 Pno (Sam). E-Guit./ Vl. Vla. Vc. D.B. / (all Instr. el. amp.)
The (French) texts can also be spoken by the instrumentalists. 
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 1.6.1991
Duration: 18’
Sy. 3109 // *Score / Vx. / Carr.

Red Run • [1988/91]
Nine Songs for Eleven Instruments
Fl. Kl (B.Cl). Tr. Ps. Tb. E-Guit. Pno (Sam). Perc. Vl. Vc. D.B (E-Bass). / (all Instr. el. amp.)
Without conductor. Other instruments and version for more instruments possible.  
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 1.6.1991
Duration: 18’
Sy. 3108 // *Score / Vx. / Carr.

Befreiung • [1989]
concertante scene for speaker and ensemble
Text: Rainald Goetz
Spea.
B.Cl (Bsax). Bn./ Hr. 2 Tr. Tbn./ Pno (Sam). Perc. Vl. Vc. D.B. / (all Instr. el. amp.)
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 6.9.1989
Duration: 14’
Sy. 3072 // *Score / Vx. / Carr.



CHAMBER MUSIC

Bagatellen • [1986-2006]
for violin and sampler (and clarinet ad lib.)
Vl. Sam. Cl (ad lib).
World Premiere: Groningen, Duration: 16’
Sy. 3840 // *Score

And We Said Good Bye • [2002]
from Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten 
for flute, clarinet and playback-CD 
Fl. Cl. playback-CD
Sy. 4282 // Score / Carr.

Harrypatari • [1995/96]
for zither, marimba, cimbalom, clavichord and e-bass
from Schwarz auf Weiß
Zither. Mar. Cim. Clavichord. E-D.B. (all el. amp., variations possible)
Different cast (variation) possible. The play can also be performed with two further scenes from „Schwarz auf Weiß” in the following order: „Writings I” / „Harrypatari” / „Unisono” (D: 5‘).
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 14.3.1996
Duration: 2’
Sy. 3427 // *Score / Vx.

In the Basement • [1995/96]
for clarinet, violin, cimbalom (all el. amp.) and playback-CD
from Schwarz auf Weiß
Cl. Vl. Cim. (all el. amp.) / playback-CD
Variable instrumentation
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 14.3.1996
Duration: 2’
Sy. 3426 // *Score / Carr.

Toccata for Teapot & Piccolo • [1995/96]
aus Schwarz auf Weiß
for Piccolo and tea pot (with pipe in C-major triad)
also with ensemble: Ob. Cl. B.Cl. Bn. / Hr. Tr. Ps. / Key. Hp. Guit. / Str: /
Variable instrumentation
World Premiere: Frankfurt, 14.3.1996
Duration: 4’
Sy. 3428 // *Score



ELECTRONIC WORKS

out of • [2009]
a pearl river delta experience 
multichannel electroacoustic sound composition 
Carr.
World Premiere: Berlin, 9.10.2009
Duration: 20’
Sy. 3839 // / Carr.

Portrait

(Aug 17, 1952 - Neustadt, Weinstraße)

Born on the 17th August 1952 in Neustadt/Weinstraße
Childhood and school in Landau/Pfalz from 1955 until the "Abitur" (University entrance) in 1971
1972 he moved to Frankfurt am Main
1975 degree in sociology, 1978 degree in Music and State Teacher’s Certificates
Lives as freelance composer (orchestra and chamber music, music theatre, audio plays, theatre-film-ballet music), theatre producer and designer together with Barbara Rendtorff and their children Jakob and Rosa in Frankfurt/Main
1976 co-founder of the "Sogenanntes Linksradikales Blasorchester" (So-Called Left-Radical Wind Orchestra", till 1981) and the Duo Heiner Goebbels / Alfred Harth (till 1988)
1978-1980 musical director at the Frankfurt Schauspiel (Palitzsch era)
1982 he founded the experimental rock group Cassiber
Numerous record publishings, concerts and tours in Europe, Soviet Union, North and South America with all kinds of groups
Composer and director of his own music theatre and audio plays (often to scripts by Heiner Müller) and of scenic concerts; various concert projects with musicians belonging to the international improvisation scene; German record awards in 1981 and 1984
1988 he was awarded the Goldene Ehrennadel der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Golden Needle of Honour, German recordings critics’ prize)
1984, 1990 and 1992 Karl-Sczuka-Hörspielpreis des SWF Baden-Baden (Karl Sczuka prize for radio plays of the SWF Baden-Baden)
1985 Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden (radio play prize of the war-blind)
1986, 1992 and 1996 Prix Italia
1989 Berliner Hörspielpreis der Publikumsjury (Berlin radio play prize awarded by public jury)
1991 Prix Futura
1993 Hessischer Kulturpreis
1996 Radio Ostankino Prize (Moscow) for Der Horatier (radio plays)
1997/98 guest professor for composition at Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe
1999 professor at the University of Giessen (Angewandte Theaterwissenschaften)
2001 / 2004 Grammy Nominations for Surrogate Cities / Eislermaterial
2001 European Theatre Award „New Theatrical Realities"
2002 Goethe-Plakette of the City of Frankfurt
2003 German Critics' Award in the category „music" 2006 Theatre Award for the WORLD THEATRE DAY by the German centre of the ITI (International Theatre Institute)
2007/2008 Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin
2008 Binding Kulturpreis

Heiner Goebbels is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin and the Academy of Performing Arts, Frankfurt. Since 2006 Heiner Goebbels is President of the Theater Academy Hessen.

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