Siegfried Palm: Famous Cellist on New Music


This paper includes two parts: the first one presents a short biography of famous German cellist Siegfried Palm (1927–2005), who specialized in promoting and interpreting avant-garde music; the second part is a translated fragment from the book Capriccio per Siegfried Palm by M. Schmidt, with our commentaries. This text explicates Palm’s aesthetic opinions and his view of contemporary music. The book is written in the form of a dialog where Palm tells about his acquaintances, relationships and collaboration with post-avantgarde composers. He speaks about the joy of creation on stage and makes valuable suggestions concerning the performance of contemporary music.