Andreas Pflüger

(b. 23 August 1941, Basel).

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

Mr. Pflüger is the son of the painter Karl Pflüger. He received his diploma in composition and double bass at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel in 1965. He then studied in Portugal, on a grant from the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, in 1965–66, as well as conducting with Igor Markevitch in Madrid from 1966–68 and contemporary music privately with Luis de Pablo in Madrid from 1966–68. He later attended the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in the late 1970s.

He lectured on music from Switzerland in the USA in 1997 and in Argentina and Paraguay in 1998.

He is married to the violinist Katharina Schamböck.

In addition to the works listed below, he has composed more than 150 film scores under the pseudonym Andy Benedict.


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Agora (ballet, scenario by Sergei Golovin), 1976

Orsina, strega che non muore mai (opera, libretto by Gritzko Mascioni), 1982

Opera 163 (ballet), 1984

Cécilia (opera in 1 act, libretto by Michel Odier), 1986

Catharsis (ballet, scenario by Antal Fodor), 1988

Kafkas Traumspiel (opera, libretto by Julius Effenberger), 1993

Die Physiker (opera in 2 acts, libretto by Wolfgang Willaschek, after Friedrich Dürrenmatt), 1995–96, revised 1998–99

Der Vergessene Gefangene (opera, libretto by Jaroslav Gillar), 2001

Grand (opera in 2 acts, libretto by Jaroslav Gillar, after François Loeb), 2002–03

...doch alle Lust (melodrama, text by Friedrich Nietzsche), speaker, English horn, fixed media, 2004

Der Schwarze Mozart (opera in 3 acts, libretto by Lukas Holliger), 2004–05

Mord im St. Johann (opera in 3 acts, libretto by Antonia Bertschinger, Sigfried Schibli), 2008

Romulus der Grosse (opera, libretto by Wolfgang Willaschek, after Friedrich Dürrenmatt), 2016


Amron, cello, small orchestra, 1974

Figuren, 6 pianos, harpsichord, celesta, percussion, small orchestra (14 players), 1974

Concerto, cello, orchestra, 1976

Chinoiseries, flute, orchestra, 1976

Kontraktionen, 1976

Concerto, clarinet, orchestra, 1978

Concerto No. 1, violin, orchestra, 1982

Ecco il Violino, violin, string orchestra, 1983

Moonfantasy, cello, small orchestra, 1984

Szenerie, piano, orchestra, 1986

Il Contrabbasso, double bass, string orchestra, 1988

Sym-Phonia, 1993

Concerto No. 2, violin, orchestra, 1996

Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe, 1997

Schweben, violin, string orchestra, 1997

Le Concert, piano, string orchestra, 1998

Lithuanian Folksongs, string orchestra, 1998

Im Garten der Lüste, violin, percussion, string orchestra, 1999

Ecco il Contrabbasso, double bass, string orchestra, 1999–2001

Symphonie in H(andy)-Dur, 11 cellular phones, orchestra, 2001

Don Quixoteoder der sinnvolle Kampf gegen das Aussichtslose..., large orchestra, 2004

Doppelkonzert, harpsichord, bandoneón, orchestra (8 winds, 5 brass, timpani, 2 percussion, strings), 2007

Boîte à Musique, harpsichord, string orchestra, 2010


Fünf Nachtstücke, string quartet, 1978

Capriccio, double bass, 1982

Orfeo, cello, piano, 1983, revised 2002

canto della notte, flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, French horn, 1984

Moments Musicaux, 4 saxophones, 1984

Jeux à deux, alto saxophone, percussion, 1988

Sogno d'estate, 4 saxophones, 1988

Jasmin, recorder, harp, 1989 (also version for English horn, harp, 1989)

Stories, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1989

Vari-Azioni, string quartet, 1989

Noch ein Wind, violin, piano, 1990

Trio 1991, violin, cello, piano, 1991

Kayan Yıldız, oboe, clarinet, piano, 1992

Sonate 1993, violin, piano, 1993

Serenade, oboe, violin, viola, cello, 1994

tra qua e là, alto saxophone, piano, 1995

Ferner Horizont, violin, 1996

Seven Short Stories, guitar, violin, 1997

Five Statements, guitar, 1997

Labyrinth, piano, harpsichord, celesta, clavichord, 1997

...atmosphère..., ensemble, 1998

Incontri, violin, piano, 1998

contrasts, accordion, ensemble (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, percussion), 1999

Daymusic, string quartet, 1999

Doppelspiel, violin, accordion, 1999

Steine, violin, 1999

Der Schlafende Denker, 3 saxophones, 2000

Peters Objekte, violin, 2000

Thema mit Folgen, guitar (+ electric guitar), double bass (+ bass guitar), 2000

Violorganum, violin, organ, 2000

BACH, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2001

Resonanzen, 4 French horns, 2002

Polaroid, oboe, fixed media, 2002

Störphall, oboe, piano, 2002

Nostalgiaoder die Geburt des Adonis, oboe, harp, fixed media, 2003

Phantasien, clarinet, piano, 2003

Méditation profonde, flute, harp, viola, 2003

Kontrabassissimo, double bass, fixed media, 2003, trumpet, percussion, 2003

Pop Art, 4 saxophones, fixed media, 2003

Música temprana y tardíapara poesías de León Zeldis Mandel, flute, guitar, 2003

Die Jahreszeiten, violin, cello, piano, 2003

Hornspiel, 2 French horns, piano, 2003

Ecco la Guitarra, guitar, fixed media, 2003–04

Romance, flute, English horn, harp, 2004

Quintett, clarinet, string quartet, 2004

Gespräch im Park, clarinet, viola, piano, 2004

Capriccio a tre, saxophone, bassoon, piano, 2004

Méditation, guitar, violin, 2004

Prisma, recorder, accordion, 2007

Astrophysics, contrabass clarinet, fixed media, c. 2008

inquietudine, viola, organ, 2011

Die Sinne, violin, 2011

Winterträume, flute, violin, cello, 2010–12

Insieme, flute, 2 violins, cello, piano, harpsichord, 2012

Fünf Stücke, 2 violins, piano, 2012


Chöre nach Mitternacht (song-cycle, text by Nelly Sachs), 4 female voices, piano, 2002


Schneeige Nacht (text by Georg Trakl), soprano, flute, cello, piano, 1979

Dero Wolfgang Amadé (Lieder, text by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), baritone, orchestra, 1980

Dialogues (text by Georges Haldas), alto, ensemble, 1980

Il Tempo ha lasciato il suo mantello (text by Vinicio Salati), mezzo-soprano, ensemble, 1982

Flashes and Flares, soprano, flute, guitar, double bass, 1983

Vision (text by Joseph von Eichendorff), soprano, orchestra, 1984

Von Dawid (text by Martin Buber), baritone, orchestra, 1998

Granzwertoder die Schulstunde (text by the composer), soprano, flute, clarinet, accordion, percussion, 1997–99

Fadensonnen (text by Paul Celan), alto, ensemble, 1999

Sonetti e Canzoni (text by Francesco Petrarca), soprano, violin, ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), 2002

Sieben Rosen später... (text by Paul Celan), soprano, accordion, 2003

Fünf Gesänge (text by Ingeborg Bachmann), mezzo-soprano/alto, piano, 2003–04

Hesse Lieder (text by Hermann Hesse), soprano, piano, 2004

Das Perlendach (text by Muhammad ibn Jābir al-Harrānī al-Battānī [translated by René Ladner]), soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, piano, 2004

Clockwork, alto, guitar, violin, jukebox, 2004

Die Silbe Schmerz (texts by Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger, Paul Celan), alto, accordion, 2004

If– (text by Rudyard Kipling), alto, trumpet, guitar, 2004

Clair de lune (text by Paul Verlaine), mezzo-soprano, harp, piano, 2004–05

Vocalise, mezzo-soprano, harp, 2004–05

Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse (text by Hans Christian Andersen), male speaker, small orchestra (4 winds, French horn, trumpet, percussion, strings), 2005

Das Hässliche Entlein (text by Hans Christian Andersen), male speaker, small orchestra (4 winds, French horn, trumpet, percussion, strings), 2005


dreams, 1973

New dreams, 1991

Small Talk, 1998

Bachspiel, 2003

Klavierspieldrei kleine Stücke, 2003

Celan Phantasien, 2004

Claviertail, 2004