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Lachenmann Perspectives

Helmut Lachenmann in the Context of Current Musical Work in Europe

A European concert series in 2015 and 2016 and an international festival in November/December 2015 in Stuttgart to mark the 80th birthday of Helmut Lachenmann in November 2015

Helmut Lachenmann is one of the most important and internationally-recognized artists of our time. With his nuanced sound world and a conception of art that consistently challenges society, the composer from Baden-Württemberg and retired professor at the Stuttgart Academy of Music is a role model for an entire generation of composers and artists.

In November 2015, Helmut Lachenmann will celebrate his 80th birthday – and the musical world will celebrate with him. In the coming year, portrait concerts and festival features will take place all over the world in honour of this great artist.

Amid these tributes, the project ‘Lachenmann Perspectives’ will emphasize the significance of Lachenmann’s thinking for the present and the future, especially concerning such urgent topics in today’s cultural landscape as the prospects for European symphony orchestras and the goal orientation of budding musicians.

As part of ‘Lachenmann Perspectives’, Musik der Jahrhunderte initiated a European performance of Helmut Lachenmann’s complete orchestral output: these works will be played in 24 symphonic concerts during 2015 and 2016 in nine different countries (Germany, England, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Spain). All 18 works will be performed, both in the context of the Classical-Romantic symphonic repertoire and in combination with (first) performances of works by a younger generation of composers. This will underline both Lachenmann’s roots in tradition and his pioneering work.

As the highlight of ‘Lachenmann Perspectives’, a major international festival will take place in Stuttgart in November/December 2015, organized by four important Stuttgart institutions: Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart, the Stuttgart State Academy of Music and Performing Arts, the Stuttgart State Opera and the SWR with its Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. To mark the composer’s 80th birthday, the four institutions will draw on their own ensembles as well as international guests to put together a high-quality festival programme that will present Lachenmann’s music alongside both outstanding works from recent music history and world premieres.