Bernd Alois Zimmermann

1918

Born in Bliesheim near Cologne on 20 March

1929-36

Attended the Salvatorian School in Steinfeld (Eifel)

1937

Matriculation
Began training as elementary school teacher in the winter term in Bonn
Began music teachers' course at Cologne Conservatory

1938

Labour service

1939

Called up into the army. 

1943

Became ill in 1942, released for treatment in Cologne, and began studying musicology there

1945

Resumption of studies as music teacher. Music theory with Heinrich Lemacher.
Composition with Phlipp Jarnach

1946

First performances

1947

Music teachers' examination

ab 1948

Occasional compositions (at first arrangements, folk music, original "light music compositions, then music for schools broadcasts and radio plays, incidental and film music) 

1948

Attended Darmstadt Music Course, and took part in courses given by René Leibowitz 

1950

Married Sabine von Schablowsky

1952

First performance of Oboe Concerto by Hans Rosbaud at Donaueschingen  
1954 

1956

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 

1957

Became first composer to be awarded a scholarship to the Villa Massimo. In autumn 1957, began composing his opera Die Soldaten.
Appointed Professor at the Cologne Conservatory succeeding
Frank Martin   

1960

Awarded "Großer Kunstpreis" of North Rhine-Westphalia 

1963

From autumn a further stay at Villa Massimo

1965

First performance of Die Soldaten

1966

Awarded the "Kunstpreis" of the city of Cologne
Composition of Musique pour les soupers du roi Ubu. Ballet noir in sieben Teilen und einem Entrée, first performed in 1968 in Berlin

1970 "Stille und Umkehr", "Ich wandle mich und sah an alles Unrecht, das geschah unter der Sonne". Freitod am 10. August

1969

First performance of Requiem für einen jungen Dichter - Lingual

1970

Composition of Stille und Umkehr, Ich wandle mich und sah an alles Unrecht, das geschah unter der Sonne.
On 10th August Bernd Alois Zimmermann committed suicide 

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