On December 5 Karl Amadeus Hartmann dies from the consequences of cancer, he is buried in Munich’s Waldfriedhof; his home at Franz-Joseph-Straße 20 (Munich) in Schwabing is now the headquarters of the Karl Amadeus Hartmann Center

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Evacuation of Dachau prisoners

In Kempfenhausen, Hartmann witnesses the evacuation of the prisoners of the Dachau concentration camp; immediately afterwards, he deals with this experience in his piano sonata “27. April 1945”

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  • 1945


Hartmann dedicates his recently completed symphony “Klagegesang” [Lament] to his friend Robert Havemann who was imprisoned by the Nazis

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  • 1944

Symphonische Hymnen, Partitur-Kiste

Karl Amadeus Hartmann sends his new composition “Symphonische Hymnen” [Symphonic hymns] to Universal Edition in Vienna

As protection against the effects of war and out of fear of discovery by the National Socialists, he buries his scores in a zinc box in the parish garden of his friend Pastor Dr. Otto Satzinger in Murnau

Travels abroad become almost impossible for Hartmann; he hides in his parents-in-law’s cellar in Kempfenhausen (Lake Starnberg)

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  • 1943

Birth of his son

World premiere of the new version of the Simplicius Simplicissimus

World premiere (July 9) of the new version of “Simplicius Simplicissimus” at the Nationaltheater Mannheim (conductor: Karl Fischer, production: Joachim Klaiber and stage: Paul Walter)

Grand Art Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Performance of the 6th symphony at the IGNM festival in Zurich

Offer of a professorship at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Köln (rejected)

World premiere (22 June) of the new version of the 1st Symphony “Versuch eines Requiems” by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Wiener Festwochen (conductor: Nino Sanzogno and soloist: Hilde Rössel-Majdan)

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  • 1957

World premiere of the 8th symphony

World premiere of the 8th symphony

World premiere (January 25) of the 8th Symphony in Cologne by the WDR Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Rafael Kubelik)

Performances of the 8th Symphony at the Venice Biennale, the IGNM Festival in Amsterdam, the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt and at the Berliner Festwochen

World premiere of the ballet “Triptychon” by Heinz Rosen after the 7th Symphony during the opening ceremony of the rebuilt National Theatre in Munich

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  • 1963