…Von Zeit Zu Zeit… [De temps en temps]

ISBN 978-2-917992-20-3


Klaus Huber is Switzerland’s most significant composer. He is one of the most important figures of the generation, now over 80, that has actively developed new music from the end of the Second World War to the present day. In 2009, he was awarded the Salzburg Music Prize and the Ernst von Siemens Prize. In so doing, he gained recognition for a lifetime’s work that has produced an extraordinarily rich and varied oeuvre. Between the 1960s and 1980s, Klaus Huber was also one of the world’s most sought-after composition teachers. Over the last 20 years, he has developed an unparalleled body of late work.
It is characterized by the fusion of a new interval language based above all on third tones and Arabic modes, with a multicultural foundation and the constant expansion of an experience with a profoundly humanistic horizon.
In the year of his 85th birthday [2009], the sum total of his musical thought appeared in book form. Von Zeit zu Zeit [From Time to Time] is an unprecedented essay in the history of music. It presents his entire oeuvre systematically, including compositional techniques, and simultaneously articulates them around ethical and aesthetic foundations. One could say that Klaus Huber lays his cards on the table, not as an egocentric autobiography or as a “technique of my musical language”, but in the form of a dialogue with the composer Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, who was his pupil some twenty years ago, and who asks him pertinent questions seen from the inside, while at the same time probing the answers.
The book includes more than 100 illustrations, including countless sketches that highlight Klaus Huber’s compositional and working process. The works covered in this book range from the 1950s to the present day. Seven essential works are each dealt with in a separate chapter, and the book is enriched by a complete catalog of his works.



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Weight0,8 kg
Dimensions23 × 16 × 3 cm