In the Maze – Jörg Widmann


Clarinettist, conductor and composer Jörg Widmann is working on a composition. He has been commissioned to write a large-scale trumpet concerto (“Towards Paradise”) for the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The film accompanies Widmann on this journey, from the very first drafts of the piece to the premiere performance, taking the audience through diverse psychic and sonic realms. Music takes on a life of its own in the moment of writing, believes Jörg Widmann. It assumes its own form, becoming a living being that forges its own path. As such, it remains a fragment, because it is not what he, the writer, had intended. For Widmann, the image that best describes this progression is a maze. We follow Jörg Widmann into his maze, reaching for the thread that runs through his life and work. Together with him, we experience the ups and downs, the euphoric moments as well as the moments of crisis that are brought about by the process of writing.

Additional Info

  • No: A05051029
  • Composer: Jörg Widmann
  • Production year: 2022
  • Run time: 00:52:00
  • Director: A film by Holger Preuße
  • Producers: sounding images, BR, ARTE
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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