[20th Century Music] Boulez, Pierre. (1925–2016) & Kurtág, György. (b. 1926) & Nono, Luigi. (1924–1990) & Ligeti, Gyorgy. (1923–2006) & Abbado, Claudio. (1933–2014)
"Wien Modern '88" - Signed Festival Program
Program booklet from the inaugural 1988 festival "Wien Modern '88," signed on internal pages next to their photographs by composers Pierre Boulez, György Kurtág, Luigi Nono, and György Ligeti. Together with a signed postcard photograph of the artistic director of the festival, Claudio Abbado. Booklet slightly worn at the signed page spread, but overall fine. Booklet 16 pp., 4.25 x 8 inches (10.5 x 20.5 cm), postcard photograph 4 x 5.75 inches (10.5 x 14.8 cm). A remarkable item, signed by four of the giants of 20th century music.
The contemporary music festival Wien Modern was founded in 1988 by Claudio Abbado as an initiative to make important works of contemporary music accessible to Viennese audiences. In a city where tradition had always reigned supreme, Abbado was able to use his position as director of the Wiener Staatsoper to convince the city's elite of the importance of a festival for contemporary music. Wien Modern '88 is seen as a key moment in revitalizing the musical life of Vienna. The present prospectus shows the scope of the ambitious festival, which included 27 concerts over several weeks and featured Boulez, Kurtag, Nono, Ligeti, and Wolfgang Rihm as its star composers.