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Aribert Reimann

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Name  Aribert Reimann
Role  Composer

Compositions  Lear, Lear, Ein Traumspiel, Ein Traumspiel, Lear: Part II - VI "Mein lieber Vater!", Lear: Part II - VI "Mein lieber Vater!", Lear: Part II "Sturm - dem Regen und den Blitzen", Lear: Part II "Sturm - dem Regen und den Blitzen"
Similar People  Dietrich Fischer‑Dieskau, Brigitte Fassbaender, Franz Schubert, Werner Gura, Alban Berg

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Aribert Reimann (born 4 March 1936) is a German composer, pianist and accompanist, known especially for his literary operas. His version of Shakespeare's King Lear, the opera Lear, was written at the suggestion of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who sang the title role.


Aribert reimann lear final scene fischer dieskau

Life and career

Reimann was born in Berlin. After studying composition, counterpoint and piano (under, among others, Boris Blacher) at the Berlin University of the Arts, Reimann took a job as a repetiteur at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. His first appearances as a pianist and accompanist were towards the end of the 1960s. In the early 1970s, he became a member of the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin, and held a professorship in contemporary song at Berlin's Hochschule der Kunste from 1983 to 1998.

Reimann's reputation as a composer has increased greatly with several great literary operas, including Lear and Das Schloss (The Castle). Besides these, he has written chamber music, orchestral works and songs. He has been honoured repeatedly, including the Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Order of Merit of Berlin.

Invited by Walter Fink, he was the seventh composer featured in the annual Komponistenportrat of the Rheingau Musik Festival in 1997, in songs and chamber music with the Auryn Quartet, playing the piano himself.

His commissioned work, Cantus for Clarinet and Orchestra, dedicated to the clarinetist and composer Jorg Widmann, was premiered on January 13, 2006, in the WDR's Large Broadcasting Hall in Cologne, Germany, in the presence of the composer, who claims the work was inspired by Claude Debussy's compositions for clarinet.

His opera Medea, after Franz Grillparzer, was premiered at the Vienna State Opera in 2010, conducted by Michael Boder, with Marlis Petersen in the title role.

In 2011 he was awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize "for his life's work".


  • 1962 Berliner Kunstpreis fur Musik (Junge Generation) – Berlin Art Prize for Music (Young Generation)
  • 1963 Rompreis mit Villa Massimo-Stipendium – Rome Prize, with Villa Massimo scholarship
  • 1965 Robert-Schumann-Preis der Stadt Dusseldorf – Robert Schumann Prize of Dusseldorf City
  • 1966 Forderungspreis der Stadt Stuttgart – Encouragement Prize of Stuttgart City
  • 1985 Groses Bundesverdienstkreuz – The Great Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 1985 Braunschweiger Ludwig-Spohr-Preis – The Braunschweig Ludwig Spohr Preis
  • 1986 Prix de composition musicale de la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco – Prize for musical composition, from the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation
  • 1987 Bach-Preis der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg – Bach Prize of Hamburg
  • 1991 Frankfurter Musikpreis – Frankfurt Music Prize
  • 1993 Officier de "L'Ordre du Merite Culturel" de la Principaute de Monaco – Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit of the Principality of Monaco
  • 1995 Groses Verdienstkreuz mit Stern des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Great Cross of Merit with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 1999 Commandeur de "L'Ordre du Merite Culturel" de la Principaute de Monaco – Commander of the Order of Cultural Merit of the Principality of Monaco
  • 1999 Verleihung der Goldenen Nadel der Dramatiker Union – Award of the Golden Needle of the Dramatic Union
  • 2002 Preis der Kulturstiftung Dortmund – Cultural Foundation of Dortmund Prize
  • 2002 Berliner Kunstpreis – Berlin Art Prize
  • 2006 Arnold Schonberg Prize
  • 2011 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
  • Stage Works

  • Ein Traumspiel (after August Strindberg's A Dream Play) (1965)
  • Melusine (after Yvan Goll) (1971)
  • Lear (after William Shakespeare's King Lear) (1978)
  • Die Gespenstersonate (after August Strindberg's The Ghost Sonata) (1984)
  • Troades (after Euripides' The Trojan Women) (1986)
  • Das Schloss (after Franz Kafka's The Castle) (1992)
  • Bernarda Albas Haus (after Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba)
  • Medea (after part 3 of Franz Grillparzer's Das goldene Vlies) (2010)
  • Orchestral Works

  • Variations for Orchestra
  • Nahe Ferne (Near Distance)
  • Cantus fur Klarinette und Orchester (Cantus for Clarinet and Orchestra)
  • Sieben Fragmente fur Orchester in memoriam Robert Schumann (Seven Fragments for Orchestra, in memoriam Robert Schumann) (1988)
  • Vocal music

  • Eingedunkelt fur Alt-Solo (Eingedunkelt for Alto Solo) (1992)
  • Funf Lieder nach Gedichten von Paul Celan fur Countertenor und Klavier (Five Songs based on the poetry of Paul Celan for countertenor and piano) (1994/2001)
  • Shine and Dark for Bariton and Piano (left hand) (1989)
  • Entsorgt fur Bariton-Solo (1989)
  • Wolkenloses Christfest Requiem nach Gedichten von Otfried Buthe, dedicated to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Siegfried Palm (1974)
  • Zyklus nach Gedichten von Paul Celan fur Bariton und Klavier (Cycle based on the poetry of Paul Celan for baritone and piano) (1956)
  • References

    Aribert Reimann Wikipedia

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