Hans Otte, 1926-2007

Hans Otte, the German postminimalist composer of the piano magnum opus Das Buch der Klänge (1979-82), has just died. I never knew much about him – Bill Duckworth was a mutual friend, and informed me – but Das Buch der Klänge is a lovely work, one I’ve played on Postclassic Radio. I gather Otte was not prolific, and was best known as an innovative radio producer for Radio Bremen.

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  1. Tom DePlonty says

    I just bought the score for Das Buch der Klänge a few weeks ago and am trying to learn parts of it. It’s beautiful, and elegantly notated. How sad he’s gone!