Works by Tobias Wolf
(Complete List)

(7. November 2017)


Works for Solo Instruments
and Small Ensembles

Impressions from A Train Ride.
Duet for Flute and Clarinet (2017)

This work's aim is to explore the different timbres of the instruments registers. From making use of the clarinet's deep and mysterious sound colour in its chalumeau register, to a pale and fuzzy sounding throat, a bright clarino register to an almost flute-like quality in the altissimo register that seems to be the most perfect match to its the duet partner. The flute's lowest register is very rich and colourful, it's middle register more powerful and carrying, the upper register has a shrill but also light character. Both instruments change their timbre significantly depending on dynamics. Performers are encouraged to exaggerate the crescendos and decrescendos for maximum effect. Extended playing techniques such as multiphonics or bent notes show off the two instruments timbres from a very unfamiliar side. Written for only two instruments, this piece makes use of distinct rythms in both parts to suggest the imagery of a train ride. 

Timbre Tajiri.
Reflections on plastic artworks of Shinkichi Tajiri for two trumpet players and one pianist (2016)

This work makes use of unfamiliar playing techniques (i.e. deconstructing the instrument, singing and playing simulaneously, the use of mutes, half valves, hand vibrato, blowing air through the instrument, as well as creating percussive sounds while playing). In doing so, the piece explores a wide range of new timbres and rhythms that may seem uncommon for both players and the recipient. Performers shall follow the instructions in the score precisely. Performers are advised to make themselves familiar with the sculptures of Shinkichi Tajiri as this composition reflects on them.

Remembrance III
for Brass Quartet (Flg, 2 Trb, Tb) (2016)

This work’s sound quality is determined by a homorhythmic brass quartet featuring four equally important parts that stay within a small written range as well as closely written harmonies. In the tutti sections, no linear succession of tones shall be leading as a melody at any time. Breaking this texture however, the Flugelhorn player is to perform a (monophonic) solo that makes use of fingering and playing techniques of a three perinet valve instrument. Performing this piece at a space with long reverberation will exagurate its texture. Although used chords could, when analysed, partly serve a harmonic function with regards to tonal music theory, there is no specific tonality intended. The ambiguity of used chords and recurring chord progressions in a transposed form, will make it impossible for the recipient to identify a tonal structure following common harmonic combinations. Oral sounds are used in this work, performers shall use German vowel pronunciation

Works for Trumpet Ensemble:

Der Mond ist aufgegangen, Johann A. P. Schulz. Arrangement for Trumpet Quartet (2015)
St. Martin. Selection of pieces for the St. Martin’s day, arranged for Trumpet Quartet (2015)
Ich bete an die Macht der Liebe. Gebet from Großer Zapfenstreich for Military Band, Dmytro Bortnjanskyi. Arrangement for Trumpet Quartet (2010)

Works for Solo Instrument:

Exploring Trombone. Study exploring extended techniques on the tenor trombone (2017)
Piano Sketches (2017)
Three Audition Pieces for Solo Trumpet (2016)
Erster Lehrmeister für Spielmannsflöte (2015)
Remembrance II for Flute and Piano (2012)
Impressions, Michael Schütz. Arrangement for Piano (2012)
Spiritual Pop. Short Pieces for Solo Piano (2010)
Remembrance I for Trumpet and Piano (2010)
Über die Freundschaft (Song) (2009)
Katastrophe, die Erste. Study for piano (For Jana Düren) (2009)

Arrangements and Transcriptions:


Fanfare pour preceder La Peri, Paul Dukas. Transcription for Brass Ensemble (2017)
Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream, Felix Mendelssohn. Arrangement for Brass Ensemble (2015)
Viva la Vida, Coldplay. Arrangement for Brass Quartet (2014)
Impromptu after op. 5 Nr. 5 and 6, Jean Sibelius. Arrangement for Brass Ensemble (2014)
Und voce poco fa from The Barber from Sevilla, Gioacchino Rossini. Arrangement for Soprano, Flute, Viola and Guitar (2013)
Impressions, Michael Schütz. Arrangement for Brass Quartet (2013)
Freude Schöner Götterfunken, Europahymne from Symphony No. 9 D minor op. 125, L. v. Beethoven. Arrangement for Brass Ensemble (2012)
Samba Pachti. Medley for Brass Ensemble and Percussion (2012)
Lord of the Rings from the motion picture of the same name, Howard Shore. Arrangement for Brass Sextet (2012)
Weibermedley. Medley of Songs by de Höhner for Brass Ensemble and Percussion (2011)
Pavane La Bataille, Tielman Susato. Arrangement for Brass Quartet (2010)
Dinner March from Das Traumschiff, James Last. Arrangement for Brass Ensemble (2010)
Sanctus from Deutsche Messe, Franz Schubert. Arrangement for Brass Quartet (2010)
Viva la Vida, Coldplay. Arrangement for Brass Ensemble (2010)
Gabriella’s Song from Så som i himmelen, Stefan Nielsson. Arrangement for Brass Ensemble and Strings (2009)
Drink doch eene met, Bläck Fööss. Arrangement for Brass Ensemble and Percussion (2009)
Billie Jean and Thriller, Michael Jackson. Arrangement for Brass Quintet (2009)
Fanfare for Rocky, Bill Conti. Arrangement for Brass Ensemble (2008)


Choral Works (with and without instrumentalists)

Ein Wind von Westen
for SATB chorus divisi (2017)

This work explores different textures in its sections to underline what is given in the text. The intoduction foreshadows harmonically what is to follow in section B, with its climax in measure 29. I want to mention section C in particular, in which the accompanying voices (SAT) create a 'Klangteppich' (ger. sound carpet) that paraphrases musically what is described as 'Brennen' ('burn, fire') in the text, with basses soli on top. Although the piece is mostly homophonic, the beginning of section B starts with a canon-like polyphony. The melody was closely composed to the text, its contour follows the content of the text, its climaxes underline the most important and most emotional text passages. Although generally written with a simple tonal structure (F minor), this work's harmonies reflect tension and emotion in the poem with clashing notes and a change to Major chords, reflecting the idea of hope in holding a tree branch (e.g. m. 16). Text: Lennart Heickmann


Somewhere from West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein. Arrangement for SATB chorus divisi, Flugelhorn, Violin and Piano (2017)
Somewhere from West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein. Arrangement for SATB chorus, two strings and piano (2017)
God Save The Queen. Fanfare and Anthem. Arrangement for Wind Orchestra and Choir (2017)


Works for Wind Orchestra

Arrangements, Editions
and Transcriptions :

Dramatic March Fantasy op. 69, Michael Steitz. Edited Version for Wind Orchestra (2017)
Fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra, Richard Strauss. Transcription for Wind Orchestra (2017)
Schindler’s List Theme from the motion picture, John Williams. Transcription for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Orchestra (2017)
Intonation Study for Wind Orchestra (2016)
Les Miserables. Excerpts from the Musical by Claude Michael Schönberg. Arrangement for Wind Orchestra (2014)


Works for Symphonic Orchestra


Krabat oder die schwarze Mühle am Koselbruch.
Musical for Children by Gerald Charlier with excerpts from W. A. Mozart’s Requiem.
Orchestration for Orchestra, Children’s Choir, Soloists and Piano (2009)


Bella’s Lullaby from Twilight, Carter Burwell. Arrangement for Symphonic Orchestra (2009)
The Fellowship of the Ring from the motion picture The Lord of the Rings, Howard Shore. Arrangement for Symphonic Orchestra (2011)
The da Vinci Code. Music from the motion picture of the same name. Arrangement for Symphonic Orchestra (2009)
Pirates of the Caribbean from the motion picture of the same name, Klaus Badelt. Arrangement for Symphonic Orchestra (2008)
Lord of the Rings from the motion picture of the same name, Howard Shore. Arrangement for Symphonic Orchestra (2007)


Works for Military Drum Corps (Spielmannszug)


Scottish Folk Tunes Medley for Military Drum Corps (For Dirk Richarz) (2017)
Dinner March from Das Traumschiff, James Last. Arrangement for Military Drum Corps (2012)
Florentine March, Julius Fucik. Arrangement for Military Drum Corps (2011)
Amazing Grace for Military Drum Corps (2009)
Viva la Vida, Coldplay. Arrangement for Military Drum Corps (2011)
Billie Jean and Thriller, Michael Jackson. Arrangement for Military Drum Corps (2009)
Drink doch eene met, Bläck Fööss. Arrangement for Military Drum Corps (2009)