Zimmermann - Symphony in One Movement (first version)
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Cat No: WER73402
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 29th July 2016
WorksConcerto for string orchestra
Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu
Symphony in one movement (first version)
ArtistsWDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
The works compiled on this CD emphasize, in a richly varied manner, Zimmermann’s conception of music as the ultimate 'art of time' in which different temporal layers permeate each other, thus eliminating historicity.
The premiere of his Sinfonie in 1952 was harshly criticized; Zimmermann then promised to present himself as a “more experienced orchestrator” in the future and immediately thereafter rewrote the piece, making major revisions and changing the title to Sinfonie in einem Satz [Symphony in One Movement] – the title we know today. In his revision of the Sinfonie, Zimmermann shortened and tightened certain formal elements. In a later commentary, he said that 'the strongly rhapsodic character … was restrained in favour of a more compressed presentation'.
The ballet suite Giostra Genovese is a piece made up entirely of collages, based on dances from the 16th and 17th centuries and interspersed with quotations from historical and contemporary composers. “The principle of this arrangement is that of a deliberate anachronism” (Zimmermann).
The result of collage and decollage, after many revisions, finally culminated in the Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu [Music for King Ubu’s Dinner]. Zimmermann rightly referred to this work as a ballet noir. To this day, it has remained one of the darkest, most provocative, and “politically incorrect” works of New Music ever written.
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