Wieland Hoban

(b. 11 May 1978, London).

British composer, now resident in Germany, of mostly chamber works that have been performed in Europe.

Mr. Hoban is the son of the writer Russell Hoban. He studied music with Jonathan Cross and other teachers at the University of Bristol in 1997–98, where he also studied German, then studied composition with Gerhard Müller-Hornbach, Isabel Mundry and Hans Zender at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main from 1998–2003.

Among his honours are Third Prize from the Viola-Stiftung in Frankfurt am Main (2001, for Subkutania I), Zweiter Preis in the Kompositionspreis from the city of Stuttgart (2001, for Hedone [Hypermnesis II]) and a Stipendenpreis at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt (2004).

He is also active in other positions. He has written articles and provided translations for the journal Musik & Ästhetik and the series Fragmen. He has worked as an interpreter at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt since 2000 and as a translator for the ongoing series of books New Music & Aesthetics in the 21st Century since 2001. He has translated several volumes of the writings of Peter Sloterdijk.

He has lived in Germany since 1998.


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Nachtstrahl, flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, 1999

Flux, violin, cello, piano, 1999

Più Basso, saxophone, oud (lute from the Middle East), 1999

Stretch, percussion, 2000

Subkutania I, viola, cello, double bass, 2000

Legion, flute, fixed media (10 tracks), 2000

Bakensammler, cello, 2000

Hedone (Hypermnesis II), 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 2001

Jormungandr, string quartet, 2001

The Very Image, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2001

Doppelte Wahrheit, bass clarinet, trombone, cello, percussion, 2002

Zerscherbter Wahn, trombone, 2002

Epilog I, violin, viola, cello, 2002

études aporétiques, flute, oboe, clarinet, harp, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2002–03

Epilog II, violin, viola, cello, 2003

zereint, 3 ensembles (flute [+ piccolo, alto flute, bass flute], cello, piano; soprano saxophone, percussion; clarinet [+ bass clarinet], tenor-bass trombone, viola), 2005–06, revised 2006–07

Scheinzeit, double bass, ensemble (string quartet), 2007–08

in memoriam Witold Kiełtyka, drum kit, ensemble (contrabass clarinet, trombone, harp, cello, double bass, piano, percussion), 2008

Knokler I, guitar, 2009 (also longer version as Knokler, guitar, 2009, revised 2016)

Threnody (in memoriam James Avery), bass flute, cello, double bass, 2010

Wyrdlines, flute (+ alto flute), oboe (+ English horn), clarinet (+ bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet), violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, 2010–12

Orlog, flute, percussion, 2012

staring (Mis-Logue I), cello, fixed media, 2012

Rules of Engagement II: Al-Shifa, string quartet, fixed media, 2014

Verðandi, harp, 2015

Subkutane Kontroversen, simultaneous typing translator, ensemble (flute, clarinet, trombone, harp, violin, cello, double bass, piano, percussion), fixed media, 2015

Urðarbrunnr, 4 harps, ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion), 2016

Razor's Edge, fretless electric guitar, ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion), 2018

Ariadne I, 4 saxophones, 2018


Þiudisko (texts from various sources in Gothic, Old High German, Anglo-Saxon, Old Icelandic), 5 ensembles (soprano, flute, violin, piano; alto, clarinet, viola, percussion; oboe, harp; tenor, bassoon, cello, percussion; bass, trombone, guitar, double bass), 2001–02


when the panting STARTS, 2002–04

Zeitschein, 2 pianos, 2007


Angel, fixed media, 2004–07

Rules of Engagement I: Hora'ot Pticha Be'esh, fixed media, 2014