Metamorphoses – Variations
In 2018, the Festival has chosen the theme Metamorphoses – Variations and dedicates itself particularly to the work of the Cologne-based composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann, commemorating his 100th birthday. As a composer between generations, the creator of »pluralistic« aesthetics occupies a key role in the history of German post-war music. He was influenced by neo-classicistic compositions and the serial music of the Darmstadt avant-garde – however, these never drowned out his search for individual expressivity. Constantly navigating between times and genres, he incorporated quotes from historical compositions, included jazz elements and employed a sophisticated collage technique – all characterizing a composer undergoing continuous change, who made a principle of consciously executed stylistic development.