Zimmermann, Bernd Alois (1918-1970)

Zimmermann was born in 1918. His most famous work is the opera Die Soldaten (The Soldiers) which gained him international acclaim. He was teaching music in Cologne when he committed suicide in 1970.
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Requiem für einen jungen Dichter (Requiem for a young poet) (1967-1969)

Text Zimmermann's Requiem 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.
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