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Bernd Alois Zimmermann
1918 - 1970
Germany
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B.A. Zimmermann
Bernd Alois Zimmermann (20/03/1918 - 10/08/1970), a German composer. He was born in Bliesheim near Cologne. After 1937 he studied music at the Musikhochschulen in Cologne and Berlin as well as German and philosophy at the universities of Bonn, Cologne and Berlin. His most influential teachers of composition were Heinrich Lemacher and Philipp Jarnach in Cologne. From 1957 (being appointed professor in 1961) he taught composition and conducted a seminar in film, theatre and radio music at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik.
The composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970), whose music often showed somber characteristics. Nevertheless, his depressive tendencies increased to a more physical level, compounded by a quickly deteriorating eye problem. He took his life, just six months after the premier of his Requiem.
Requiem for a young poet
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1969
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Konrad Bayer, Ludwig Wittgenstein, etc
Duration:64'12''
Label(s):Sony SK61995
Requiem for a young poet (written between 1967-1969) for speaker, soprano, baritone, three choirs, orchestra, jazz ensemble, organ and tape. It is a collage of several texts including the German constitution, words by Mao-Tse Tung, and Joyce's Finnegans Wake and Ulysses. The two sources most prominent in the composition are Wittgenstein's Philosophische Untersuchungen and two poems by the Austrian poet Konrad Bayer. Zimmermann also works musical quotations into his work ranging from the choral movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde to The Beatles Hey Jude.
It contains:
- Prologue
- Requiem I
- Requiem II
- Dona nobis pacem
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K. Bayer
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L. Wittgenstein
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