Born in Bliesheim on 20 March
Attended the Salvatorian School in Steinfeld (Eifel)
Began training as elementary school teacher in the winter term in Bonn
Began music teachers' course at Cologne Conservatory
Called up into the army. Took part in the Polish, French and Russian campaigns as mounted messenger and horse groom. Became ill in 1942, released for treatment in Cologne, and began studying musicology there
Resumption of studies as music teacher. Musical theorie under Heinrich Lemacher. Composition uner Phlipp Jarnach
First performances. "Scherzo Sinfonico", from "Sinfonia prosodica", "Extemporale", "Three Sacred Songs"
Music teachers' examination
First performance of "Concerto for Orchestra" (1st version)
Attended Darmstadt Music Course, and took part in courses given by René Leibowitz
Married Sabine von Schablowsky
First dodecaphonic composition (2nd movement of the "Violin Concerto")
Birth of son Gereon
"Exerzitien" (2nd part of "Enchiridion"), "Symphony in One Movement" (1st version)
Birth of daughter Bettina
First performance of "Oboe Concerto" by Hans Rosbaud at Donaueschingen
First plans for a big oratorio
"Cello Concerto" (later re-written as "Conto di speranza")
"Perspectives". First performance 1956 by the Kontarsky Brothers
Zimmermann was elected as President of the German section of the ISCM, but resigned in 1957 when he failed to initiative a dialogue between composers of the older and the younger generations
Zimmermann became first composer to be awarded a scholarship to the Villa Massimo. In autumn 1957, began composing his opera "Die Soldaten". Appointed successor to Professor Frank Martin at the Cologne Conservatory, and ran a seminar for radio play music.
First performance "Canto di speranza" by Siegfried Palm
End of 1959, beginning of 1960, ceased working on "Die Soldaten".
Composed "Cello Sonata", "Dialogues" (1st version), new thoughts on planned oratorio
Awarded "Großer Kunstpreis" of North Rhine-Westphalia
First performance of "Vocal Symphony" from "Die Soldaten". From autumn a further stay at Villa Massimo, where the composition of "Die Soldaten" was resumed
First performance of "Die Soldaten"
Birth of son Johann Jakob Wimar
Awarded the "Kunstpreis" of the city of Cologne
Further work on the oratorio
Began a new opera project "Medea" (after Hans Henny Jahnn)
Work on oratorio, now entitled "Requiem for a Young Poet". First performance 1969
"Stillness and Return", "I turned and saw all the injustices that are committed under the sun". On 10th August Bernd Alois Zimmermann took his own life