Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Born in Bliesheim near Cologne on 20 March
Attended the Salvatorian School in Steinfeld (Eifel)
Called up into the army.
Became ill in 1942, released for treatment in Cologne, and began studying musicology there
Resumption of studies as music teacher. Music theory with Heinrich Lemacher.
Music teachers' examination
Occasional compositions (at first arrangements, folk music, original "light music compositions, then music for schools broadcasts and radio plays, incidental and film music)
Attended Darmstadt Music Course, and took part in courses given by René Leibowitz
Married Sabine von Schablowsky
First performance of Oboe Concerto by Hans Rosbaud at Donaueschingen
Zimmermann was elected as President of the German section of the ISCM, resigned in 1957 when he failed to initiate a dialogue between composers of the older and the younger generation
Became first composer to be awarded a scholarship to the Villa Massimo. In autumn 1957, began composing his opera Die Soldaten.
Awarded "Großer Kunstpreis" of North Rhine-Westphalia
From autumn a further stay at Villa Massimo
First performance of Die Soldaten
Awarded the "Kunstpreis" of the city of Cologne
1970 "Stille und Umkehr", "Ich wandle mich und sah an alles Unrecht, das geschah unter der Sonne". Freitod am 10. August
First performance of Requiem für einen jungen Dichter - Lingual
Composition of Stille und Umkehr, Ich wandle mich und sah an alles Unrecht, das geschah unter der Sonne.