Breitkopf & Härtel commemorates its composer Udo Zimmermann

Breitkopf & Härtel mourns the death of its composer Udo Zimmermann who passed away in Dresden on 22 October 2021 after a long illness. We proudly and gratefully look back on a collaboration of more than five decades with one of the leading composers of our time, which started in the late 1960s with the opera “White Rose.”

His opera about the Scholl siblings brought Zimmermann enormous success from East to West. In the 1980s, Zimmermann was even able to increase this success by creating a second, chamber music version, which made the work one of the most widely performed contemporary operas. In addition to other works for music theater, among them his successful work “The Schuhu and the Flying Princess,” Zimmermann also composed works for orchestra, ensemble, voice and instrumental soloists.

Udo Zimmermann made a significant contribution to present musical life not only as the creator of contemporary music but also as a conductor, dramaturge and the long-time artistic director of the Oper Leipzig, always committing himself to experimental music. Breitkopf & Härtel will honor Udo Zimmermann’s memory. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to his family.