The Musical Heritage of Franz Cibulka (1946-2016)

Franz Cibulka was an Austrian clarinetist, composer, conductor, and educator primarily known for his works for clarinet ensemble and symphonic band. His prolific output of over 500 works includes pieces for winds, brass, choir, strings, and electronics. Franz was beloved by his students.

Franz Cibulka’s music is written in a unique contemporary idiom with Austrian elements in some of them. It features a diversity of expressive tools, is always engaging, and sometime carries relevant non-musical themes such as ecology or belonging.

Since our first collaboration at the 2015 ICA ClarinetFest in Madrid, and especially after his passing in 2016, I am promoting and editing his works. 

Revised and edited version of Franz Cibulka’s “s’Zwitscherl für Zwei”

Revised Edition of Franz Cibulka’s “Claroness”

Cibulka (Heilmair): Claroness for clarinet choir – Jeanne-Inc (

Art of Cibulka Homepage, List of Works, and International Cibulka Competition

Startseite – Art of Cibulka


Franz Cibulka Claroness revised by Barbara Heilmair

The 6th International Franz Cibulka Competition in Graz/ Austria is featuring “s’Zwitscherl fuer Zwei” as a required piece. Franz had written the piece for my trio “s’Zwitscherl” in 2015.

6th Franz Cibulka Competition

 S’Zwitscherl Für Zwei by Franz Cibulka on the Centaur CD “S’Zwitscherl – Music For two Clarinets and Piano”.

I commend Heilmair for bringing more attention to Cibulka in this country. (…) I find Cibulka’s music to be uniquely Austrian, not fitting into a larger Germanic tradition as many other Austrian composers traditionally have.

— NACWPI Journal, Winter 2020, Eric Schultz

Thanks to Heilmair, we now have a definitive version of the work as a result of her collaboration with the composer and revision of at least two previous versions of the work. (…) What better way to honor the legacy of Franz Cibulka!

— NACWPI Journal, Winter 2019, Eric Schultz