Live performance each day at 3pm
West-German composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918–1970) is best known for Die Soldaten (The Soldiers), considered to be the most important German opera since Wozzeck and Lulu by Alban Berg. Die Soldaten, based on a play of the same name by Jakob Lenz, comprises four acts, involving a huge cast and orchestra. Sonata for solo cello (1960) was written parallel to Die Soldaten and both works are based on the same symmetrical tone row. Zimmermann aims to ‘open up time’: dreams, thoughts and realities are evoked to become merged with memories, expectations and the surreal.
Recordings of Sonata for solo cello resound through the gallery building, with the score projected onto the walls, and punctuated with live performances by BCMG cellist and founding musician Ulrich Heinen.
This installation takes place during the changeover of Ikon’s exhibitions.
Free, suggested donation £2*
No need to book, just drop in
*Please consider making a donation for this free event. Ikon is a registered charity and your support helps the Gallery with everything it does.
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