Dodecaphonist | Serialist | Avant-gardist
“The composer Hermann Meier (1906–2002) belongs to the same generation as Olivier Messiaen, is thus some twenty years older than Karlheinz Stockhausen, Karel Goeyvaerts, Pierre Boulez and Jean Barraqué, and in the 1950s and ’60s he wrote a music that, looking back today, we must regard as worthy of mention alongside those four composers”.
Alfred Zimmerlin, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 27 May 2000
Hermann Meier’s music is constructivist and yet full of energy; it’s idiosyncratic and unwieldy, and yet possessed of great sensuousness and poetry.
Dominik Blum 2002
“The Swiss composer Hermann Meier created an oeuvre that is without parallel – and did so in secret, though involuntarily. He was discovered in the late 1970s, initially by the composer Urs Peter Schneider. Before this, Meier had experienced hardly any performances, for his works were too unmanageable for the Swiss music scene of the day. This humiliation probably made him all the more implacable. Meier composed agglomerations of sound, tone clusters, noise-like chords and powerful rhythms. It’s grandiose music”.
Alfred Zimmerlin, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 28 January 2010
Hermann Meier 1973