The festival 2018
April 28 to May 11
In 2018 the festival has chosen the title »Metamorphoses – Variations« and is dedicated in particular to the work of the Cologne-based composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann, commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth.
As a composer, Zimmermann stood between two distinct generations; as the inventor of »pluralistic« aesthetics, he occupies a key position in the history of German post-war music. His writing was influenced by neoclassicism and by the serial music of the Darmstadt avant-garde – yet these never blotted out the search for his very own, individual expression: continuously navigating between periods and genres, including jazz elements and employing a sophisticated collage technique, Zimmermann was a composer continuously undergoing transformation, having chosen conscious stylistic development as his guiding principle.