- Reinhard Kager
(b Trodena, nr Bolzano, Jan 19, 1944). Italian composer. He studied the piano and composition at the Bolzano Conservatory and musicology at the University of Padua, where he gained the doctorate in 1965. He was first brought to international attention in 1970 when he won the Gaudeamus competition. From 1970 to 1974 he attended the Darmstadt summer courses, where he studied with Stockhausen, Ligeti and Xenakis, among others. In 1975 he founded the International Festival of Contemporary Music in Bolzano. He was appointed director of the Bolzano Conservatory in 1981.
Until 1975 Stuppner’s compositions were strongly influenced by the Darmstadt school. Subsequently, however, he turned away from serialism. Proceeding from the thesis that musical development was at an end, he developed a postmodern style based on works of the past. The chamber opera Totentanz (1978) ironically paraphrases elements from Verdi’s La traviata. Other compositions employ similar techniques, many marked by black humour. In search of musical archetypes by which to understand primal psychological modes of musical perception, he went on to create a neo-neo-classical ‘music about music’ based on the historical repertory, but without literal quotation. ...