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Celebrating Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Centenary

Feb. 26, 2018

Celebrating Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Centenary

2018 is a commemorative year for Bernd Alois Zimmermann: the composer would have celebrated his 100th birthday on March 20. As an artist between generations, between classical contemporary and post-war avant-garde, Zimmermann became a key figure with his pluralistic and yet intensely personal style. That his music remains relevant and significant for us today is made clear by its overwhelming resonance in the musical world, with a multitude of concerts celebrating the centenary. Die Soldaten, originally labeled an ‘unperformable’ opera, will be staged in three new productions this spring in Nürnberg in March, in Cologne in May, and Madrid in May-June. In addition, on March 1-2, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, led by Andris Nelsons, will perform Zimmermann’s Nobody knows de trouble I see - Konzert für Trompete und Orchester.  

The life and music of Bernd Alois Zimmermann were highlighted in the most recent edition of the Schott Journal.  To learn more about the composer and view a list of upcoming performances of Zimmermann’s music, please click here.

To see a complete list of works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, visit

Listen to an excerpt from Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten (1957-1965) here:

(Final Scene from Die Soldaten/Bayerisches Staatsorchester/Kirill Petrenko, conductor/
Andreas Kriegenburg, director)

Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (1954)
“Nobody knows de trouble I see” organ or xyl)-str

Die Soldaten (1957-65)
for dramatic coloratura soprano, 2 mezzo-sopranos, alto, dramatic alto, high tenor, 4 very high tenors, very high lyric tenor, baritone, high baritone, 2 heroic baritones, bass
4(4pic, afl)3(3ob.d'am, ca)4(bcl, Eb cl)asx.3(2cbsn)- 5(5ttba,btba)4(2btpt)4(bstbn)1-timp.2perc-Jazz-Combo: cl.tpt·gtr.db