Musicians of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY
Wolfgang Rihm introduction
Klaus Huber (1924–2017)
*Ein Hauch von Unzeit
In October 2017, just a few weeks before his 93rd birthday, Klaus Huber died. He was one of the leading composers of our time. As a teacher, he influenced Brian Ferneyhough, Toshio Hosokawa, Michael Jarrell, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Wolfgang Rihm, and Johannes Schöllhorn, to name just a few of his students. LUCERNE FESTIVAL dedicates a two-part homage to commemorating Klaus Huber, whose oeuvre is familiar to Festival audiences through numerous performances here. This homage will focus on the small and large alike. Participants in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will prepare important works of chamber music by Huber, while his “opus summum,” the political oratorio Erniedrigt – geknechtet – verlassen – verachtet …, will be shown via the film El pueblo nunca muere (“The People Will Never Die”), which combines recordings of the work’s world premiere in 1983 in Donaueschingen with documentary material and which was made in close collaboration with the Swiss composer.