Adolf Scherbaum
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Instrument: flute, organ, piano

Scherbaum Adolf


# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category
1 3 Teile für Klavier - "Aus meinem Tagebuch" 2002
2 14 Teile für großes Streichensemble 2001
3 Improvisationen für Orgel 1999
4 Konzert für Violine und Ensemble 1995
5 Konzert - für Violine, Fagott und Streichorchester 1993
6 Konzert in 4 Teilen für Fagott und Orchester 1993
7 Kontraste - für Flöte und Klavier 1987
8 4 Teile für Bläseroktett - (über spanische Volkslieder) 1987
9 Lied ohne Worte an Alice - Furioso für Violine und Klavier 1986
10 Gruppensextett (Intim im Team) 1982
11 Sieben Miniaturen 1980
12 Sonate (Jazz) für Flöte, Piano, Bass und Schlagwerk 1980
13 Teile für Flöte und Klavier - nach Motiven (über Fragmente) spanischer Volkslieder 1979 - 1980
14 Sextett 1975
15 Quintett für Bläser 1973
16 Conzertino für Flöte und Jazzensemble 1972 6m
17 Suite für Violoncello und Streichorchester 1972 ~ 16m
18 Miniaturen für Soloflöte 1972 9m
19 Quintett für Flöte, Oboe, Klarinette, Horn und Fagott in 2 Sätzen 1972 ~ 20m
20 10 Teile für Bläserquintett 1971
21 Kantate für gemischten Chor, Solo und Orchester in 2 Teilen - Von der Freundlichkeit der Welt (nach Bert Brecht) 1971
22 6 kleine Stücke - für Flöte, Oboe, Klarinette, Horn und Vibraphon 1970
23 Konzert - für Flöte und Streichorchester 1969
24 Konzert - für Oboe und Orchester 1969 ~ 16m
25 Konzert in drei Teilen - für Horn und Streicher 1969
26 Präludium für großes Orchester und Orgel 1969 8m - 10m
27 Der Talisman 1969
28 Märchenmusik für Radio - Das verzauberte Quartett 1968
29 Sieben Miniaturen für Bläserquintett 1967
30 Vier Teile für zwei 1967
31 Konzert für Oboe und Streichorchester 1966
32 Heiteres und Ernstes in 7 Teilen für Bläser 1965
33 Kleine Musik 1962
34 Konzert - für großes Orchester 1962
35 Kleine Sinfonie für Bläser und Schlagzeug 1958
36 A. S. Studio Drei
37 Blues Suite
38 Broad Street
39 City Lights
40 Geraldine
41 Happy fiddle
42 Komm herein in das Gotteshaus
43 Konzert - für Klavier und Orchester
44 Sonate
45 Thema und Variationen nach Paganini
46 9 Volkslieder für Bläserquintett

General Information

Year of Birth:  1931
Date of Birth:  15. August 1931
Place of Birth:  Vienna
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Year of Death:  2003
Date of Death:  10. March 2003


Adolf Scherbaum was born in Vienna on August 15th, 1931. There he visited elementary and secondary school. In 1945, he received his first flute lessons by his father, Adolf Scherbaum Senior, who played the flute in his company's band. A few months later he took private lessons with Prof. Adolf Ludwig (solo flutist of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra), who taught him composition and how to play the flute. In the winter term 1946/1947, Adolf Scherbaum took up studies at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna. In 1951, he passed his graduation examination with distinction and started to work as a solo flutist at the Landestheater Linz (later Bruckner Orchestra) after two brief other engagements in 1952. He worked there up to his retirement in 1996.
In addition to his main activities as a flutist, Adolf Scherbaum always composed music throughout his life until his passing in March, 2003. He instrumented and composed many pieces for the Bruckner Orchestra, the wind quintet, which he founded in 1960, and for performances at the Landestheater Linz.


Inge Adamiker-Scherbaum 2006 



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At present, the database only provides a selection of Scherbaum's comprehensive work list. A complete - over 1900 complete works -  directory of Scherbaum's oeuvre can be found on the homepage


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

since 1946: flute

1946 - 1951

Josef Niedermeyer

1946 - 1951

minor fields of study: organology, piano, general musical theory, harmony, chamber music, musical form, general music history, rhythmic and aural training (Alfred Uhl, Marius Szudolsky etc.)

1948 - 1950

orchestral exercises

1948 - 1950

orchestral exercises

1951 - 1952



first flutist at the Opernstudio-Orchester


1952 season with the Bad Gastein Kurorchester

1952 - 1996

solo flutist

co-founder of the "Neues Ensemble Linz" and founder of the "Linzer Bläserquintett"

Performances (Selection)


guest performance in Krefeld, Germany


Stadthalle Enns: "Kantate für gemischten Chor, Solo und Orchester in 2 Teilen"


flute recital (soloist: Katrin Stepanek)


50th Youth Symphony concert


Concert Hall: "Konzert in 4 Teilen für Fagott und Orchester", 37th orchestra concert


Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

founding anniversary of the Bruckner House Linz


inauguration of the Bruckner Hall Linz


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

Decoration of Merit for the composer's artistic lifetime achievements

Description of Style

My compositional technique is based on two methods I have developed over many years: free tonality and free twelve-tone technique. Often one twelve-tone series with variations suffices for several compositions. The row is changed by continuous, rhythmic alterations, thus avoiding the impression that I would have kept using the same material over and over again. In reality this means 15 to 20 compositions form a unit.


Adolf Scherbaum 1995

Press Reviews

27. April 1981

"7 Miniatures"
[...] those were not miniatures, but fully grown images. To stick to the simile: at first only blotted, the sound colours are applied increasingly wider, a dead-serious confrontation with the phenomenon of sound takes place. At the end, a lonely flute melody in total simplicity can be heard. 

Linzer Tagblatt 


15. March 1980

Sonata for wind quintet and piano by Adolf Scherbaum, with the composer as flutist and the excellent Margit Haider on the piano, provides in perceivably notated, tonalised dodecaphony, music that is suggestively absorbed in itself. The tone series technique is completely absorbed in fantasy and expression; some well-coordinated things remind of Stravinsky, though not in an epigonic way. 

Österreichische Musikzeitschrift 4-5/1980, S. 235 (Leo Dorner) 


20. March 1979

"Dance Suite for flute and cello"
The composer from Linz combines Hungarian folk music with a twelve-tone row into a unit of dance. Contrasts arise from the confrontation of free (Rubato) rhythms, song-like loosening and folkloristic passages interspersed with alternating measures. The "Dance Suite" proved to be a new piece well-received by the audience. 

Oberösterreichische Nachrichten (Gerhard Ritschel)



[...] as the highlight of the concert Adolf Scherbaum's "Dance Suite" (three pieces for cello and flute), the original work of a musician through and through. The piece has been composed in a nuts-and-bolts manner, notated well for the instruments, and includes virtuoso passages for both instruments. A quite free "Rubato" is followed by a song-like second set, succeeded by a quick paced, interesting third set. This work will always be welcomed. 

Linzer Volksblatt (Rudolf Pfann)

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