Günther Andergassen

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Andergassen Günther


# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category
1 Eröffnungsvers - mass composition for the fourth sunday of easter 1999 3m 30s
2 Die Macht der Musik - comic opera in three pieces after a text by Helmut Schinagl 1995 56m
3 Vokalisen auf den 129. Psalm Davids - for an eight voices mixed choir a cappella 1993 6m
4 Lob und Leid der Schöpfung - choir-orchestra cantata 1992 23m
5 Dem Jupiter Mozart - fantasy for organ solo 1991 13m
6 Konzertante Symphonie - for clarinet, fagott and harpsichord, string orchestra and timpani 1991 24m
7 Sonnengesang - Laudes Creaturarum - nach Franz von Assisi - for soprano, trumpet in c and organ 1990 11m
8 Kleiner Zyklus - for zither solo 1980 10m 30s
9 Owê war sint verswunden alliu mîniu jâr - for mixed choir a cappella after a text by Walther von der Vogelweide 1977 6m 45s
10 Du bist mîn - cycle for upper choir a cappella on five old texts 1971 - 1972 ~ 8m
11 Das Weihnachtsevangelium nach Lukas - cantata for soli, mixed choir, female and male voices and fold 12m
12 Uns ist geboren ein Kindelein - (old melodies), choral 18m
13 "Tyrol" - music for a promotional film 7m 30s
14 Drei Kanons in der dorischen Tonart - for two voices mixed choir 2m 30s
15 Konzertantes Präludium - for organ 3m 30s
16 Neun Miniaturen nach japanischer Haiku-Dichtung - second cycle for soprano and piano ~ 8m 30s
17 Neun Miniaturen nach japanischer Haiku-Dichtung - first cycle for mezzo soprano and piano ~ 9m
18 Messe zu Ehren der Heiligen Familie - for three voices mixed choir a cappella 17m
19 Zwei Klavierstücke 7m
20 Gebet - passacaglia for organ 3m 30s
21 Humoreske - for flute and clarinet 3m
22 Weihnachtsmusik - for a trio 13m 40s
23 Elf Chöre auf verschiedene Texte - for mixed choir a cappella 25m
24 Vier heitere Chöre a cappella - after poems by Karl Heinrich Waggerl 3m
25 Das Proprium zum Fest der Heiligen Familie - for soprano solo, mixed choir, three trumpets and three trombones 8m
26 Missa brevis "Zu Ehren des Heiligen Geistes" - for soprano solo, mixed choir, three trumpets, three trombones, three timpani 16m 30s
27 Missa Gregoriana - for mixed choir a cappella 14m
28 Bläserquintett 1964 - in memoriam Paul Hindemith ~ 12m
29 Gut'-Nacht-Lied - for soprano solo accompanied by mixed choir a cappella 2m 30s
30 Hymnus - for mixed choir and organ or wind selection 3m 30s
31 Kirchenlieder - for male and female voices 8m 30s
32 De profundis - calling for mixed choir and organ 1m 30s
33 Der Gefangene 2464 - ballett for mixed choir and grand orchestra 32m 30s
34 Te Deum - for three mixed choir and orchstra 9m 20s
35 Magnificat - for sixteen voices mixed choir a cappella 8m 24s
36 Lasst mir meinen Gott - motet for mixed choir and organ according to the words of Paul Roth 5m 15s
37 Symmetrien und Choral - for organ 17m
38 Serenade auf vier Weinheber-Texte - for soprano and clarinet 9m 20s
39 Drei heitere Balladen auf Texte von Börries, Freiherr von Münchhausen - for chant and instruments 16m
40 Werden und Vergehen einer Suite für Violoncello allein 15m 50s
41 Under der linden - song with four verses for choir ~ 3m 30s
42 Rezitativ und Varianten - for organ 11m
43 Das Weltall ist sein Heiligtum - based on a text by Ernesto Cardenal on the 150. psalm for english horn and mixed choir 5m 40s
44 Doppelchörige Fantasie - for wind selection and organ 8m 20s
45 Drei Lieder auf Gedichte von Paul Celan - for soprano, flute, viola and violoncello 10m
46 Allegro quasi barbaro - to the 100. birthday of Béla Bartók for piano solo 11m
47 Der Jahreskreis - 14 songs based on japanese Haiku-poems for soprano and zither (or harp) 17m
48 Fünf Skizzen aus einem lyrischen Tagebuch - for wind selection sextet 12m
49 Kleiner Zyklus für Streichorchester 9m 30s
50 An meine Seele - Three chants for high soprano, alto transverse flute and harpsichord 9m 30s
51 Fantasie über B-A-C-H - for organ solo 15m 54s
52 Drei Fanfaren - for 3 trumpets, 3 trombones und 3 timpani in a cycle 3m 20s
53 Philemon und Baucis - 13 miniatures taken out of the life of a commendable couple for flute, bassoon and later accuring piano 17m 20s
54 Pater noster und Ave Maria - for mixed choir and string orchestra (or organ) 4m 30s
55 Concertino für Jugendsinfonieorchester - grand instrumentation and piano 12m
56 Concertino - amended version for wind orchstra 12m
57 Sechs Lieder nach japanischen Haiku-Gedichten - for harp solo 17m
58 singen unde sagen - choir orchstra cantata based on texts by Walther von der Vogelweide in seven pieces 34m
59 Fantasia: Conclusio: Nil admirari - for brass quintet 5m
60 Die deutschen Eigengesänge zum ersten Fastensonntag - proprium mixed choir a cappella 13m 30s
61 Geburtstagsständchen - dramolett for speakers, oboe und violin 15m
62 Beim Betrachten einer Maschinen-Plastik .. - balladeske fantasy for piano solo 7m
63 Herz-Jesu-Kantate - for community, soprano, tenor, mixed choir, wind selection cast and organ 15m
64 Du König auf dem Kreuzesthron - for community chant and wind selection (or organ)
65 Alles Leben ist dunkel ... - for mixed choir and organ
66 O Herz des Königs aller Welt - for mixed choir a cappella
67 Liebe, die du mich zum Bilde deiner Gottheit hast gemacht ... - aria for soprano, tenor soli and organ
68 Du König auf dem Kreuzesthron
69 ich spiele musik - song cycle for soprano, oboe, violoncello 7m
70 Antwortpsalm - verse based on psalm 67 for soprano, tenor, community and organ 4m
71 Messe - latin ordinarium for upper choir and woodwind quartet ~ 20m
72 Tänzerisches Rondo, vor dem Spiegel zu musizieren - for dulcimer solo 3m

General Information

Year of Birth:  1930
Date of Birth:  17. April 1930
Place of Birth:  Magreid
Country of Birth: 

Günther Andergassen was born on the 17th of April 1930 in Magreid. In 1940 his parents emigrated to Innsbruck. There he graduated from grammar school and studied in several disciplines with an emphasis on musicology, which he concluded with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. In 1956 he finally turned to music and went to the Mozarteum, where he studied composition with Cesar Bresgen and additional disciplines. In 1958 he accepted a job as a lecturer for music theory, music history and choral conducting. A short time later he also taught at the Tyrolean Conservatory. Andergassen retained this job until 1991 with an interruption from 1964 to 1971, due to a prison sentence resulting from his commitment to the South Tyrolean autonomy movement. In 1982 he accepted the offer of Professor Walter Salmen as a teacher for counterpoint at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Innsbruck. In 1990 he went to the Feldkirch Conservatory, where he stayed as the director until his retirement in 1995.

Andergassen's first compositions were created in 1945/46. He soon developed a fondness for vocal compositions, and thus a sensitive relationship to the textual presentation. His oeuvre also includes symphonic and chamber music works and compositions for organ, which gained international visibility, as well as a chamber opera, and the ballet music piece 'Der Gefangene 2464', composed for the Austrian Broadcasting Company, which is based on autobiographical experiences.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

dissertation on Giacomo Puccini (Wilhelm Fischer), PhD Dr. phil.

1956 - 1958


1956 - 1958

music education (Preußner Eberhard)

English, Roman languages, art history, musicology


1958 - 1971

teacher of music history, music theory, art history and choral education

1961 - 1991

development of the sectors in music education and composition, head of the department of instrumental music education

1982 - 1995

lecturer at the Institute for Musicology of Counterpoint and Music of the 20th Century

1990 - 1995



PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

state scholarship for composition and eight month study visit in Rome


award for art and science


promotional award for vocal music


conferment of the title Professor by the Federal President


promotional award for a song cycle


Award of the Silver Medal of Merit for Services to the Republic


Award of Merit

Description of Style

I have my roots in vocal music, and therefore it is not mistaken when a critic (Andreas Pfeifer in the South Tyrolean 'Dolomite', 20.3.1990) declares my stylistic credo as "cantabile linearity". Furthermore he says: "Andergassen's artistic creativity seems to successfully prevent the much lamented social isolation of contemporary music. Quite affectionate towards the innovative venture, he remains opposed to all sectarian arrogance of the avant-garde. His commitment does not apply to the uncompromising adoption of the tradition, but to the consequence of its organic update."

Günther Andergassen, 1990

Press Reviews

27. March 1995
The big advantage of Andergassen's opus [note: "Lob und Leid der Schöpfung" op. 47] is undoubtedly the transparent and clear picturesque sound language, which sometimes allows the mentioned biblical facts and visions in the texts to become dramatically imaginative for the brain and the heart. This means program music in the best sense.
Vorarlberger Nachrichten (Edgar Schmidt)