Klaus Burger, tubist, trombonist, cimbasso, didgeridoo Klaus Burger, tubist, trombonist, cimbasso, didgeridoo
tuba . cimbasso . didgeridoo






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Klaus Burger has made a name for himself by playing very difficult modern music.

as soloist own works


Helmut Lachenmann
"Harmonica" music for large orchestra with tuba solo
mp3 Hörbeispiel Harmonica (mp3)

Johann Sebastian Bach
"Sonate E-Dur BWV 1016", arranged by Klaus Burger for tuba and piano
mp3 Hörbeispiel Sonate E-Dur (mp3)

Klaus Burger
Musik für Didgeridoo und Orgel
mp3 Hörbeispiel "ab origine" (mp3)


Klaus Burger
Oratorium for contralto, four brass, live electronics, and speaker
mp3 Hörbeispiel "Engel – hinter den Spielgel, jenseits der Worte" (mp3)

Klaus Burger
mp3 Hörbeispiel "Lothar" transformation (mp3)


How can one hear these sound examples?

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S o l o R e p e r t o i r e (concerti)

. Johann Sebastian Bach:
" Sonate E-Dur BWV 1016"
arranged by Klaus Burger for tuba and piano, Munich 2000, SWR 2000

. Jean Françaix:
" petite valse européenne" for double wind quintet and solo tuba, Schwetzinger Festspiele - FP: SDR 1980, TV productions by BR 1981, RAI (Italy) 1981-82

. Joachim Gruner:
Konzert for solo tuba
"Munich version" for two pianists and four percussionists, 1985 (Live recording by BR),
Bayerisches Landesjugendorchester 2000
state opera orchestra of Perm, Russia 2007
"Doppelkonzert für Tuba, Kontrabaßklarinette und Orchester"
, Köln - FP: with the Philharmonia Hungarica 1991, Orchester Baden-Baden 1993,
Stadttheater Gießen 1997

. Georg Friedrich Haas:
" aus freier Lust..." for solo tuba
Konzerthaus Wien - FP: 1994, ORF, Mülheim 1994, Baden-Baden 1995

. Mauricio Kagel:
" Finale", "Kantrimiusik"
1987 Ensemble Modern, Austria, Germany, the UK, various broadcasts
. "Mirum" for solo tuba

Rheinisches Musikfestival/WDR 1988, Wintermusik Karlsruhe, Aalto-Theater Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Mülheim, Cologne, Baden-Baden, Prague, Basel, Vienna, Erfurt, Munich (SWR) 1989-2000
. "Orchestrion Straat"

Musikfabrik NRW - FP: 1996, Klangforum Wien 1997, ORF 1997
. "Rrrr..."
, arranged by Klaus Burger for cimbasso, tuba and piano - FP: Straubing 1988, Munich 2000

. Helmut Lachenmann:
" Harmonica" music for large orchestra and solo tuba, Vaduz/Freiburg with the SWR-Sinfonieorchester and conductor Hans Zender, 1999/SWR 2000

. Luigi Nono:
" Prometeo", tuba and euphonium soloist, Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels 1997, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Venice, Turin, Schwaz 2000,Valencia, Madrid 2003, Paris, London 2007
various broadcast
. "postpraeludium" for tuba and live electronics
Salzburg/ORF 1997, Schwaz/ORF 2000, Greifswald, Freiburg 2001, SWR 2000, Madrid 2003, Kortrijk 2006. Wien 2008
. "Omaggio a Kurtág"
ensemble recherche with conductor André Richard, Salzburger Festspiele 1994, Zürich, CD production 1995, Cologne 1996, Rheingau Musikfest 1997
. "Mostri"

ensemble recherche with conductor André Richard, Salzburger Festspiele 1995, Cologne 1996, Antwerp 1998, Parma 1999, ensemble varianti with conductor Manfred Schreier, Stuttgart 2000, Karlsruhe 2006,
CD production 2008

. Peter Eötvös:
" As I crossed a bridge of dreams"
sousaphone soloist, FP: Donaueschingen 1999 SWR

. Gerhard Stäbler:
" HAI!" for solo tuba, Essen - FP: 1990, Dortmund 1991, Essen 1992, Munich 2000, SWR 2001"fallen, fallen..." for accordion, tuba, soprano, and tape, New York, Dresden, Essen 1989, Gelsenkirchen, Bonn 1990, various broadcasts

. Ralph Vaughan Williams
Tuba Concerto
with the Orchester der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik Munich 1979, TV production by BR, 1979



/ repertoire / own works

. "Baden in Klang"
A 70-minute program with the focus on sonic beauty and meditative
characteristics, either with tape or live electronics. Instruments: bass and contrabass tuba, cimbasso, didgeridoo, mussels, bottles.

1997 in Baden-Baden, Spitalkirche
1998 in Brüssel "Theatre St. Michel" 3x
1998 in Baden-Baden, Spitalkirche
1999 in Baden-Baden, Spitalkirche

. "Bläsermusik aus 33 Jahrtausenden"
A journey through the history of brass music, also from other cultures.

An 80-minute program with definitions of the instruments, their playing techniques and their histories. Components of this program are always a Bach cello suite played on tuba and "Mirum" for solo tuba by Mauricio Kagel

1995 in Cologne, Diözesanmuseum
1995 in Baden-Baden, Spitalkirche
2001 in the Brenners Park-Hotel, Baden-Baden

. "Engel - hinter den Spiegeln, jenseits der Worte."
Oratorio for contralto, four brass, live electronics, and speaker. Duration: 65 minutes.

Angels, mirrors of creation, without blemishes, close to matter itself and yet its nemesis. Unlimited by walls and towers, bolts and seals, they appear to humans as anyone else they can see. Portrait of the human soul, the connecing link between the materialistic world and the nameable. From Kafka's journal entry of 25 June 1914 on the encounter with an angel we proceed to the world of angels.

Angels, winged essence, metaphors of human intuition and spiritual agility. Texts and symbols open themselves in fourteen scenes, ranging from the pre-Babylonian era and expanding to the writings of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, the doorway to imagination, the world of thoughts and sounds, music, the space beneath mirrors, beyond words. FP: 2000 Bamberg, St. Stephanskirche

. "Brugge - European Capital of Culture 2002"
Sound installation

For the Antwerpen-based ensemble "champ d'action". Duration: 1 day at six different localities in Bruges. We prepare six concert events. Four concerts will be recorded and the recorded material will be used for the "finale" at the Japanese Pavilion. To put the materials together in a useful way, all of them belong to a basic tonal and rhythmic structure. The basic tone will be decided by the sisters in the monastery. If they do not wish to participate, I will decide what we use as the basic tone. The rhythm (if necessary) is about 60 beats per minute. Hopefully we can make an interesting mixture of recordings for the finale in the Japanese Pavilion.

. "Missa Santa Barbara" - tunnel in sound, tunnel sound installation for 8 brass and live electronics. Duration: c. 60 minutes. Première in the Stadttunnel Dresden, Bramschstrasse, August 2002.

This composition works with the architectural and acoustic characteristics of this tunnel and uses them as its sound space. The musicians (trombones, cimbassi, tubas) distribute themselves and move around the inner half (Nordröhre) of the tunnel in a manner suitable to the score.



Klaus Burger, tubist, trombonist, cimbasso, didgeridoo


Tomi Ungerer-author and illustrator: "Many thanks! for the score and the wonderful tape - love"


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