Concerto for Pan flute & Orchestra


Fabian Müller

Concerto for Pan flute & Orchestra

Hanspeter Oggier, Pan flute

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Proposal for a fascinating new sound world and an innovative surprising concert-program

The Pan flute's great potential for expressiveness and tonal possibilities, is surprising and fascinating especially when exceptional performers like Hanspeter Oggier thrills the audience with his virtuosity and deeply touching sound.

In the Concerto award-winning Swiss composer Fabian Müller breaks new ground and brings this instrument together with the symphonic orchestra. The result is a large-scale three-movement concerto that shows this instrument in a new light.

Demo recording

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About the Concerto for Pan flute & Orchestra

Commission: Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz 2017

Orchestra: 2222 4230 timpani. Perk. Strings
Duration approx. 23 '

Work text by the composer: It is astonishing that despite the great and worldwide popularity of the pan flute, there are hardly any concertante works for pan flute. The pan flute has a special meaning in my life. Because the Romanian pan flutist Gheorghe Zamfir aroused my interest in folk music in my early youth. This interest then became a lifelong passion and also shaped my composing. The commission from the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz to write a large-scale concert for this instrument was a great pleasure.

Hardly any other instrument is as strongly linked to mythology as the pan flute. And so, when I started composing, I also dealt with all sorts of legends about Pan, the god of the forest and nature. Although no specific legend has become a source of inspiration, inner images and moods of the myths about Pan have flowed into the music. The resulting concert is traditionally designed in three movements. The first sentence is entitled “Evocation”. The fanfares and urgent, rhythmically pulsating themes evoke images of an archaic evocation festival in me, with which Pan and the natural spirits surrounding him were perhaps invoked.

In the arabesque that follows, the sound of the pan flute really unfolds in lyrical arcs of melodies and in the last movement, "Dance of the Satyrs", dance music alternates with an elegiac theme.


Hanspeter Oggier -  Pan flute

Hanspeter Oggier has been teaching pan flute as a major since 2011
(Classical Department) at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.


Hanspeter Oggier grew up in the Valais mountain village of St. Niklaus (Switzerland) and became familiar with the authentic sound world and expressiveness of the panpipe as a child by listening to records and CDs. He began learning the instrument at the age of 8 and was taken into the musical care of the famous panflutist Simion Stanciu, alias Syrinx, in Geneva at an early age. He completed his studies with the SMPV (Swiss Music Pedagogical Association) in Geneva and Zurich with a teaching and concert diploma. He was the first panflutist ever to be fully admitted to a Swiss college of music and successfully completed his studies with Janne Thomsen at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts with a “Master of Arts in Music with Major Performance Classic”. 

He is passionate about contemporary music on the pan flute and has close contacts with many composers of our time his repertoire is broad and includes works from the Renaissance to contemporary compositions. The exploration of both early music and traditional music, thus the authentic roots of his instrument, have recently become the main focus of the musician. Hanspeter Oggier plays on panpipes made in the old manner, thus emphasizing the connection between baroque and traditional music. His contacts with instrument maker Luc Breton, pianist and harpsichordist Michel Kiener as well as sound engineer Jean- Daniel Noir encourage him to use almost forgotten forms of articulation on the panpipe and thus give the instrument back its original naturalness and language. The characteristics of the spoken language should be integrated into the musical language as much as possible. 

Hanspeter Oggier has a busy concert schedule as a sought-after soloist and chamber musician. He is a member of the Ensemble Fratres as well as the Ensemble Inversa and plays with the cellist Mathieu Rouquié in the Duo Rythmosis and with the lutenist Luca Pianca in the duo Orpheus and Syrinx. 

The musician is a laureate of the Kiefer Hablitzel Stiftung (2007) and the Raiffeisen Kulturstiftung Mischabel-Matterhorn (2014). He performs as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. Examples include his participation in a concert series at the “ETH Zurich”, his fruitful collaboration with the Ensemble Fratres and his debut at the "Flötenfestival Freiburg", where he was invited by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Flöte. He has had the opportunity of playing in many countries such as Germany, France, Spain and Austria among others. 

The rich discography of the pan flutist, who has received prizes from various foundations and competitions, includes the CD Arpeggione, which he recorded together with the pianist Matthias Clausen and the flutist Marielle Oggier. The two albums Vivaldi Pan Flute Concertos and Telemann Music for Flute, recorded with the Ensemble Fratres have been released by Brilliant Classics. Since 2011 Hanspeter Oggier teaches the main subject Pan Flute at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. 

In addition to these live performances, he has recorded on the CDs "Arpeggione" (2008) with Marielle Oggier (flute) and Mathias Clausen (piano) on Musica Nobilis, "Vivaldi Pan Flute Concertos" (2015) and "Teleman Music for Flute" (2016) with the Ensemble Fratres on the Dutch label Brilliant Classics. In 2020 another CD will also be released on Brilliant Classics: "With More Than A Hundred Pipes" is a duo with the organist Sarah Brunner.


Fabian Müller, composition


Fabian Müller’s (*1964) works have been performed by some of the great musicians ofour time including David Zinman, Andris Nelson, Sir Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood and Steven Isserlis and in venues such as the Carnegie Hall in New York,Berliner Philharmonie, the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, the Tonhalle Zurich, the KKL Lucerne, and at the St. Petersburg Philharmonia.

Numerous CD recordings with, among others, the Philharmonia Orchestra (under David Zinman), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra or the Petersen Quartet Berlin (for ARS Produktion, col legno, Capriccio, Sony Classical, etc.) show his versatile oeuvre.


Following his cello studies at the Zurich Conservatory with Claude Starck, Fabian Müller studied composition in Zurich and the USA, where in 1996 he won the Jacob Druckman Award for Orchestral Composition.


In 2006, he received a cultural award from the Canton of Zurich and, in 2012, the Zollikon Art Prize for his work to date. In 2016 he was one of the nominees of the Swiss Music Prize of the Federal Office of Culture.

In addition to his work as a composer, he is interested in folk music. For ten years (1991- 2002), he worked on the publication of the Hanny Christen Collection, a ten-volume folk music anthology with over 10.000 tunes from the 19th century

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