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date: 14 December 2019

Reimann, Aribert (opera)locked

  • Andrew Clements

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(b Berlin, March 4, 1936). German composer and pianist. Born into a family of musicians (his father was a professor at the Berlin Academy of Music, his mother a singer), Reimann studied composition with Blacher and Ernst Pepping between 1955 and 1960, at the same time developing his career as a pianist. He has continued to work as an accompanist with such singers as Grümmer, Haefliger and Fischer-Dieskau, and most of his own works are vocal. His musical language has been consistently rooted in the Second Viennese School and in the works of Webern and Berg in particular.

Reimann’s earliest theatre work was the ballet Stoffreste, a collaboration with Günter Grass in 1957. With Ein Traumspiel after Strindberg (1965) and especially Melusine (1971), which was widely performed in German opera houses, he began to establish a distinctive musical style, in which the terms of musical reference and the expressive range were dictated by the dramatic context rather than by predetermined aesthetic principles. The most spectacular product of this reorientation was ...

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