The Hartmann Society mourns the loss of founding member Aribert Reimann

It is with great sadness that the Karl Amadeus Hartmann Society / Hartmann Centre bids farewell to one of the most important composers of the post-war period. Aribert Reimann died in Berlin at the age of 88. He was a founding member of the Hartmann Society and he and his works were welcome guests at our concerts.

The Karl Amadeus Hartmann Society / Hartmann Centre will always honour Aribert Reimann’s memory.



Hartmann’s “Burlesque Music” on 24 January 2024 at 8 pm at Schwere Reiter

We would like to draw your attention to an exciting concert by the ensemble risonanze erranti under the direction of Peter Tilling at the Schwere Reiter on 24 January 2024 at 8 pm. The occasion for the concert is the 100th birthday of the Italian composer Luigi Nono. The three composers of the evening – Luigi Nono, Hans Werner Henze and Karl Amadeus Hartmann – were linked by a close friendship and Hartmann is often cited as the mentor of the two much younger composers. The programme includes two works by Luigi Nono, his “Canti per 13” (1955) and the “Polifonica-Monodia-Ritmica per Ensemble” (1951) as well as Henze’s “Der Idiot” (1952) with paraphrases of Dostoyevsky on poems by Ingeborg Bachmann and Hartmann’s “Burleske Musik für Ensemble” (1931). In “Burleske Musik”, Hartmann takes up various musical trends of the time, including jazz elements, song style and allusions to Kurt Weill’s “Kleine Dreigroschenmusik”. The importance of “Burleske Musik” is also shown by the fact that it was not only his first work to appear in print, but was also dedicated to his future wife Elisabeth (born Reussmann).

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Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr

Die Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft / Hartmann-Center wünscht Ihnen frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr 2024. Wir bedanken uns herzlich für eine spannende Saison 2023 und freuen uns darauf Sie im nächsten Jahr wieder bei unseren Veranstaltungen begrüßen zu dürfen. Alles Gute und bis kommenden April!



Roland Böer conducts Hartmann’s Symphonic Hymns in the 1st Philharmonic Concert of the Nuremberg State Philharmonic Orchestra

To mark the start of the new 2023/2024 season and his official inauguration as Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg State Philharmonic, conductor Roland Böer has come up with a very special programme for the first concert of the season, with performances of Hartmann’s Symphonic Hymns and Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. Remaining tickets for the concert on Friday, 13 October are still available via the following link:

Hartmann’s Gesangsszene with Gerhaher, Berliner Philharmoniker and Petrenko in September 2023 in Berlin and Munich

Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s apocalyptic last work Gesangsszene for baritone and orchestra will be performed four times in Berlin and Munich. As part of the Berliner Festspiele’s Musikfest Berlin, baritone Christian Gerhaher and the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Kirill Petrenko will interpret the work on September 14th, 15th and 16th in the Berlin Philharmonie.

The series will conclude with a performance as part of the räsonanz Stifterkonzerte on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (cooperation musica viva of the BR) on September 17th at the Isarphilharmonie in Munich.

The programme also includes works by Iannis Xenakis, György Kurtág and a world premiere by Márton Illés.

Award of honorary membership to Patricia Kopatchinskaja

In recognition of her outstanding services to the work of Karl Amadeus Hartmann, the most important german-speaking symphonist of the 20th century and founder of the musica viva concert series, the Karl Amadeus Hartmann Society has awarded honorary membership to Patricia Kopatchinskaja at a conversation concert on June 25, 2023. For more information, please see the attached press release.

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New CD release: “Ghetto Lullaby” with Yeseul Moon (piano)

The South Korean pianist Yeseul Moon (*1992) released a CD on MDG on 10.02.2023 in which she recorded works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Gilead Mishory and Christopher Tarnow. In particular, she interprets Hartmann’s three-movement Piano Sonata “27 April 1945” as well as an early version of the Scherzo from the Piano Sonata “27 April 1945”.

Congratulations to Yeseul Moon for this fantastic recording!


For more information and to purchase the CD, please visit:


Excerpt of reviews:

Klaus Friedrich (in CLASS: aktuell-Magazin 2023/Nr. 1, p. 6): The crime of the Holocaust and the world war remains inconceivable. In a poignant new recording, Yeseul Moon explores three very different artistic approaches to horror. The piano works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Gilead Mishory and Christopher Tarnow get right under your skin, even without a pointed finger.

Hartmann himself was an eyewitness: the harrowing sight of a trek of survivors from the Dachau concentration camp was the occasion for the composition of the piano sonata “27 April 1945”, which takes up what he saw with indescribable intensity and can be heard here in the revised version. In the touching “Funeral March” he quotes the workers’ song “Brothers, to the Sun, to Freedom”.

Gilead Mishory’s “Escape Pieces” interpret the award-winning novel of the same name by Anne Michaels. The story of the boy Jakob Beer, who loses his entire family in the Holocaust, is interlaced many times in place and time. Mishory takes up these complex images with the help of associative motifs and quotations – a grandiose interpretation of the poetic template!

Christopher Tarnow also takes his cue from a literary model: Hermann Hesse’s texts express an extreme sadness, which Tarnow translates musically in very different ways – as a simple melody or as a “sunken” song. Yeseul Moon audibly takes personal consternation to heart with grandiose expressiveness.

With the Scherzo from the early version of Hartmann’s Sonata, which quotes the “Internationale”, she succeeds in a brilliant conclusion to this programme, which is as fascinating as it is very intense to listen to.


More reviews of the CD: (Martin Demmler) (french: Jean-Jacques Millo and translated into english by Lawrence Schulman) (Martin Blaumeiser)

BR Symphony Orchestra interprets Hartmanns Symphony Nr. 4 for string orchestra on 20./21. of April

The BR Symphony Orchestra will perform some exciting and rarely played works from the 20th century at the Isarphilharmonie on 20./21. April (beginning at 8 pm). Tabea Zimmermann, currently the BRSO’s Artist in Residence, will conduct the concert from the viola. Karl Amadeus Hartmanns Symphony Nr. 4 for string orchestra(1938, rev. 1946-48) will open the concert. After Hartmann composed the work in 1938 as a symphony for string orchestra and soprano, however, there was initially no opportunity to perform it, as his compositions were considered “degenerate art” under the Nazis. Hartmann later reworked the work into his purely instrumental Fourth Symphony in 1946/1947, which finally premiered in Munich on 2. April 1948 with the “Radio Orchestra and guests of the Munich Philharmonic” conducted by Hans Rosbaud. The other works of the evening are “Lachrymae – Reflections on a Song of Dowland”, op. 48a for solo viola and string orchestra by Benjamin Britten (1976) and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony for String Orchestra, op. 110a after the String Quartet No. 8.

The concert will also be broadcasted live on the radio programme BR-Klassik on Friday, 21 April at 8 pm and will be available afterwards as audio at

The programme booklet and further information and tickets can be found at:

new initiative: hartmannforum 2023 for young musicologists


The Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft/Hartmann-Center is organizing the hartmannforum for the first time on 29 November 2023, thus initiating a new platform for the promotion of young musicologists in German-speaking countries. The scientific conference hartmannforum will be held in the premises of the Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft/Hartmann-Center in Franz-Joseph-Str. 20 80801 Munich. The overarching theme is Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Gesangsszene for baritone and orchestra to words from “Sodom and Gomorrha” by Jean Giraudoux. The lecture evening will comprise two contributions of approx. 45 min to max. one hour in length, one of which will deal with the Gesangsszene in a music-analytical way and the other in a music-historical way.


The call for applications is specifically aimed at people who have already obtained a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music degree in musicology or music studies and were born after 29 November 1993. All information on the hartmannforum can be found in the call for papers, which you can download below. Please note, that the hartmannforum is going to be held in german.


The application deadline is 01.05.2023 at 23:59 CET (digital receipt via email). Applications received after this date cannot be considered. The winners will be notified by e-mail no later than 01.07.2023.


If you have any questions, please contact Ms Marion Lutsch (


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On the death of Friedrich Cerha

The Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft/Hartmann-Center mourns the death of its founding member Friedrich Cerha. The important Austrian composer and conductor died on 14 February in his hometown of Vienna just a few days before his 97th birthday. Cerha was a lifelong advocate of the performance of New Music and in 1958 he co-founded the Viennese ensemble “die reihe”, which under his baton gave international performances of the works of the Viennese School in particular.

The Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft/Hartmann-Center will always honour the memory of Friedrich Cerha.