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A prolific composer, Rihm was born in Karlsruhe in 1952 and has written in a variety of genres. Whilst being seen as at the forefront of modernism in German music in the 1970's. Having studied with Stockhausen, Rihm's work in this period was seen as a reaction against the modernism of Boulez and Stockhausen and he was for a period associated with the New Simplicity movement. His music has also shown itself willing to open a dialogue with the past including taking Bach's passions as the starting point for works. He is Head of the Karlsruhe Conservatory Institute of Modern Music.