Repertoire tip "Music as Temporal Art"

Music is an art which unfolds in time. It is subdivided into units such as movements, phrases and motives, and is seemingly made graspable through measures and meters.

Since time immemorial, composers have been fascinated by the relationship between music and time, concretely, as a mirror of the time that they themselves experienced in harmony with nature. One need only think of Haydn’s The Seasons or Schubert’s Winterreise.
Time also came to be seen as an abstract concept especially after 1945. Jürg Baur undertakes a retrospective look at tradition in his Concerto da camera „Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit“, Theo Brandmüller searches for the „U(h)rtöne“ (original sounds/timepiece sounds), and Friedhelm Döhl understands time as something „cyclical,“ as in „growth rings“ in his „Gesang der Frühe“. And while in „Ein Tag tritt hervor,“ Michael Gielen yields to the fascination of numerical mysticism, in „NUN,“ Helmut Lachenmann observes the moment as reflected by the philosophy of Kitaro Nishida. The Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki approaches physicist David Bohm’s theories of time and space in her work „4D“. In Isabel Mundry’s oeuvre one finds titles such as „Gefaltete Zeit“, „gezeiten“ and „Schwankende Zeit“. And Steffen Schleiermacher examines individual perception in his „Zeit Verschiebung“.