Günter Karl Bose: For Musica Viva, Posters 1997-2017


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Since its founding in 1946 by the composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Bayerischer Rundfunk’s Musica Viva in Munich has been one of the most prominent concert series on the international contemporary music scene. Numerous experimental works and performances for orchestra and chamber music receive their premiere at Musica Viva.

From the start, Hartmann wanted to create a forum for the musical language of his times, and thus sought a design identity that would reflect this. Graphic designer and design scholar Günter Karl Bose has been working for Musica Viva for 20 years; his concert posters have had a major influence on the look and feel of the series, reflecting his intense visual exploration of contemporary music. This volume gathers his two decades of design work for Musica Viva into one handsome volume.

With texts by nita Kühnel, Werner Haftmann, and Max Bense.

Designed by Günter Karl Bose

Published by Spector Books, 2017
First edition

In English and German

Hardcover (half-linen cover), 176 pages, 200 b&w and 120 color illustrations, 6.5 × 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-3-95905-141-5

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