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German avant-garde musician Hans Otte dies at 81

German avant-garde musician Hans Otte dies at 81

German avant-garde composer and pianist Hans Otte has died, his former employer said Wednesday. He was 81.
Otte died on Tuesday after a long illness, Radio Bremen, whose music department he led from 1959 to 1984, said in a brief statement on its Web site. It did not specify the cause of death.
Otte, born Dec. 3, 1926 in the eastern German town of Plauen, started playing the piano at age 5.
He was trained in Germany, in Italy and at Yale University in the United States where, during a one-year scholarship in 1950, he studied composition under Paul Hindemith. He also was a student of pianist Walter Gieseking and organist Fernando Germani.
Radio Bremen, which described Otte as an "outstanding innovative spirit," said he brought avant-garde composers John Cage and David Tudor to Germany in the 1970s. Otte initiated and organized the Pro Musica Nova festival in the northern city of Bremen starting in 1961, making a name for himself as a promoter of modern music.
Otte's own output ranged from musical theater to video productions, and included his minimalist piano work "Buch der Klaenge," or "Book of Sounds," first performed in 1982.
Details of survivors and funeral arrangements were not immediately available.


Updated : 2020-12-05 03:11 GMT+08:00