Obst, Michael (*1955)

Michael Obst a professing traditionalist? Many of his compositions show up unmistakable music-historical references. Compositional allusions to Skryabin, Messiaen, Luciano Berio and Schumann, as well as borrowings from the stylistic vocabulary of jazz - as in the "Nachtstücke" for example - make it clear that Obst considers his compositions as part of a music-historical continuum which, beyond mere considerations of structure and concept, serves as a repertoire for his expressive musical idiom. (Hans Hubert Steins, MusikTexte Nr. 84)