The presentation "Life journeys" is centred on two German composers of the first half of the 20th century, whose personal papers are preserved by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: Heinrich Kaminski (1886 – 1946) and Hugo Distler (1908 – 1942).
Hugo Distler forms part of the most important German composers of spiritual and secular vocal music of his time. Heinrich Kaminski was an extraordinarily successful composer during his lifetime as well, but initially fell almost completely into oblivion after the Second World War.
Early compositions from the years of study have been preserved of both Heinrich Kaminski and Hugo Distler. Distler’s composing lessons with Hermann Grabner in Leipzig can even be reconstructed in detail. Drafts and clean copies of various important works of both composers are shown. Kaminski's life is well-documented in photographs. The exhibition shows a number of photographs particularly of Kaminski's life with his family, his students and guests of his house in Ried. For the most part, the images are on loan from the Heinrich Kaminski Association. From Hugo Distler's personal papers, the exhibition presents documents from this life, among them the reports written by his university professors in Leipzig, Günter Ramin, Hermann Grabner and Carl Adolf Martienssen. The presentation is complemented by programs, libretti and sheet music prints.