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Composer Portrait

Mozart from present-day perspectives

Confronting Mozart with the 21st century: at the Mozartfest, this includes juxtaposing his art with new and very recent music. Every year, the oeuvre of a particular composer is spotlighted, and analysed in connection with Mozart. »I am confident«, says Jörg Widmann, the Composer Portrait of the 2014 Mozartfest, »that this juxtaposition will change the way we listen to both Mozart and our own music«. Jörg Widmann, Toshio Hosokawa, Aribert Reimann, Wolfgang Rihm, Arvo Pärt and Unsuk Chin have been the previous composers portrayed, and have presented their works, in some cases commissioned by the Mozartfest. The portraits are accompanied by conversations and composition classes under the aegis of the MozartLab, and provide insights into working methods, aesthetic positions and current perspectives on Mozart’s creative oeuvre.