David Philip Hefti

Earky Works Vol. 3

Schattenspie(ge)l (2006) – trio for violin, violoncello and piano
Ritus (2007) – 4 dance collages for violoncello solo
Rosenblätter (2007) – song cycle for medium voice and pianoPrimož Novšak, violin
Thomas Grossenbacher, violoncello
Keiko Tamura, piano
Judith Schmid mezzo-soprano

swiss clarinet music

Walter – Schoeck –  Darbellay – Hefti
Röthlisberger, clarinet
Kohler, clarinet
Molinari, contrabass clarinet
Engeli, piano

Musiques Suisses/NAXOS

(December 2020)

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen (2018) – a story in music for soprano, 2 speakers and orchestra

Mojca Erdmann, Soprano
Delia Mayer, Narrator
Max Simonischek, Narrator
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
David Philip Hefti, Conductor
NEOS 12028

(November 2020)

D.P. Hefti

Magma; Lichter Hall; Beethoven-Resonanzen; Hamlet-Fragment; Klangscherben; Interaktionen; Adagietto.
David Philip Hefti, conductor
Musiques Suisses

(May 2015)


Éclairs – Klangmomente für Ensemble (2013)  (Ensemble Modern)
Moments lucides – Resonanzen für Orchester (2012)  (ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien)
Changements – Stimmungsbilder für Orchester (2011) (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin)
Gegenklang – Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester (2010) (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Thomas Grossenbacher – Violoncello)
Klangbogen – Musik für Orchester (2009) (Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern)
All works under the baton of David Philip Hefti
Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung/col legno (June 2013)

String Quartet

David Philip Hefti: Ph(r)asen. (2007)
David Philip Hefti: Guggisberg-Variationen (2008)
David Philip Hefti: Mobile (2011)
David Philip Hefti: con fuoco (2011)
Leipziger Streichquartett
MDG Gold (November 2012)

„The music of David Philip Hefti, born in 1975, still only makes it to Britain on disc. Like an earlier collection, this anthology of his four string quartets, all of them composed since 2007, shows that we are missing out on the music of an accomplished and distinctive Swiss composer. Hefti’s second quartet, Guggisberg Variations – based upon a Swiss folk song – appeared on that Neos disc, too, where it was played by the Amer Quartet. Here, however, the Leipzig Quartet place it in a more revealing context. Like Wolfgang Rihm, with whom he studied, Hefti seems to move quite unselfconsciously between musical styles. But it’s the spare, concentrated music of Mobile – the third and most substantial of the quartets, the six movements of which were originally written to be interleaved between the seven sections of Brahms’s German Requiem – that’s most impressive. The fourth quartet, Con Fuoco, builds upon material from all three earlier works.“ The Guardian, 14. Februar 2013

Download the full list of works as a pdf here.