Claude Lenners

(b. 1956, Luxembourg).

Luxembourgish composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been performed throughout Europe.

Mr. Lenners studied music and musicology with François-Bernard Mâche and Alexander Mullenbach, as well as at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Strasbourg and the Conservatoire de Luxembourg.

Among his honours are a scholarship to stay at the Villa Medici in Rome (1989–91), Premier Prix in the competition Henri Dutilleux (1991), a scholarship to attend the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt (1992), the Irino Prize for chamber music in Tōkyō (1993), and the Prix de Lions in Luxembourg (1997).

He is also active in other positions. He founded the association for electronic music Noise Watchers Unlimited in Luxembourg in 1999 and served as artistic director of the festival for contemporary music Rainy Days from 2000–05.

He has taught analysis, composition and computer music at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg since 1992.

In addition to the works listed below, he has made several arrangements, including music by Claude Debussy.

His publishers are Alphonse Leduc, Éditions Henry Lemoine and Noise Watchers Unlimited.


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HoMo XeRoX (opera, libretto by the composer, after Friedrich Nietzsche), soprano, 2 male speakers, flute, violin, piano, mixed chorus, orchestra, 2006

Odyssey Reloaded (chamber opera), baritone, 8 mixed voices, computer, 2007

Der Turm (opera, libretto by the composer, after Peter Weiss), 2011


Pentagramma, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, percussion, small orchestra (harp, piano, 2 string orchestras), 1985

Nachtschattengesänge, 1989

Buch der Unruhe, 1997

Unter fremden Sternen, cello, orchestra, 1998

Phaeton, piano, string orchestra, 1999

quasi/modo, 2007

Fluctuat nec mergitur, 2016


Dialog I, 2 percussion, 1984

Dialog II, bass trombone, percussion, 1984

Dialog V, clarinet, percussion, 1986 (also version as Dialog V bis, alto saxophone, percussion, 1997)

Melisma, 4 saxophones, 1986

Ex abrupto, flute, piano, 1988

Frammenti Fuggitivi, soprano saxophone, 2 guitars, 1988

Monotaurus, alto saxophone, 1988

Pulsations, 4 percussion, 1989

Zenit, flute, oboe, soprano saxophone, 1990 (also version as Zenit bis, flute, clarinet, violin, 1997)

Durch kühle Nacht..., flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, percussion, 1990

Half-Moon/Fragments, flute, violin, piano, 1990

Hinter den Blitzen, rot, violin, viola, cello, 1991

Pan, flute, 1991

Dialog III, piccolo, glockenspiel, 1992

Amalgama, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1993

Euphonia, 4 ensembles (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon; 2 trumpets, 2 trombones; 2 violins, viola, cello; 2 pianos, 2 percussion), 1993

Found in a bottle..., clarinet, bassoon, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 1994

Tête-à-Tête, flute, violin, 1994

Alea iacta est, flute, piano, 1995

Albo notando lapillo, flute, piano, 1995

Vol de nuit, flute, clarinet, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, 1995

Ipso facto, flute, piano, 1996

Blau, des Falters Flügel, violin, viola, cello, 1997

Dream Museum: 1st dream, clarinet/soprano saxophone, violin, piano, percussion, 1997

Dream Museum: 2nd dream, alto saxophone, violin, piano, vibraphone, 1997

Das Schweigen der Natur, shakuhachi (bamboo flute from Japan), 13-string koto (zither from Japan), 1997

Octopus, percussion, 1997

Apollo, violin, 1999

Cosmic outlook, clarinet, piano, 1999

Dialog VI, guitar, percussion, 1999

Isola volante, flute, harp, viola, 2000 (also version for flute, harp, violin, viola, cello, 2000)

Pegasus, trumpet, 2000

Dream Museum: 3rd dream, violin, piano, 2000

Mephisto, clarinet, 2001

Rotor, percussion, live electronics, 2001

Dream Museum: 5th dream, clarinet, piano, 2006

Dream Museum: 7th dream, clarinet/soprano saxophone, violin, piano, percussion, 2007

In a Wilderness of Mirrors, 2 pianos, 2 percussion, live electronics, 2007

Laookon, trombone, 2008

Closed Eyes, violin, cello, piano, 2011

unit4, string quartet, 2013


to suffer the sentence of life for 8 madrigalists, 8 mixed voices, 2006

Book of Kells, 8 amplified mixed voices, 2006

Chant IX, 8 amplified mixed voices, 2006

Palestrina Palimpsest, 8 mixed voices, 2006


Lied (text from an anonymous 20th-century source), soprano, piano, 1982

Les Insectes... (text by Lambert Schlechter), soprano, clarinet, guitar, 1984

Brush and Trunks (text by Liliane Welch), soprano, 4 clarinets, 4 percussion, 1986

Songs between Star-light and Earth-night, mezzo-soprano, orchestra, 1988

Klagelied (text by Georg Trakl), soprano, piano, 1995 (also version for soprano, flute, clarinet, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, 1995)

Langue de feu (text by Dante Alighieri), soprano, clarinet, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, 1995

Leni privat, voice, 1995

Gruppenbild mit Dame, soprano, flute, clarinet, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, 1995

Hetaera Esmeralda, soprano, 2 harps, violin, viola, cello, glass harmonica, 2 percussion, 1997

Nachtgesänge 7: Hälfte des Lebens (text by Friedrich Hölderlin), soprano, piano, 1999

Mischkonzert, soprano, accordion, percussion, 2011


Alba, 1992


Quasimodo, 2004


Il Suono del Logos, amplified ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, typewriter, percussion), film (by Yann Tonnar), 2007