Stuttgart, 1935. Helmut Lachenmann studied piano with Jürgen Uhde and theory and counterpoint with Johann Nepomuk David at the Music Conservatory in Stuttgart. From 1958 to 1960 he received composition lessons in Venice from Luigi Nono, composer who influenced him over the course of his career. It was in the late sixties that he developed what he call m usique concrète instrumentale, implying a musical language that embraces the entire soundworld made accessible through unconventional playing techniques. He has worked as a professor of composition at the Stuttgarter Musikhochschule and at the Darmstadt Musikinstitut. He is Honorary Doctor at the universities of Hannover, Dresde and Colonia, and a member of the Arts Academies of Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich and Brussels.
Interview: Luisa Etxenike
Luisa Etxenike is a writer born in San Sebastian. She has published, among others: the novels Absoluta presencia, El detective de sonidos, El ángulo ciego (Euskadi Award), Los peces negros, Vino; and the plays La herencia (Buero Vallejo Award), Gernika es ahora and La entrevista; and the poetry collection El arte de la pesca. She is the director of Canal Europa and she runs the literary festival Un mundo de Escritoras. She was awarded the distinction of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.
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