In the beginning of the Thirties, Paul Sacher creates his own orchestra and invites a few composers to conduct works he commissioned from them: Bartok, Honneger, Stravinsky and Richard Strauss thus take turns in front of the music stand of this young pioneer of contemporary music, a pioneer putting all his wealth and all his talent as a conductor at the service of his time’s art. Today, Paul Sacher keeps leading an international career as a conductor, while continuing the greatest enterprise of private patronage in favour of the XXth century music.
After the generation of the Fifties and the Sixties (Boulez, Berio, Stockhausen Dutilleux, Britten and many others), he supports young composers. He just erected in Bale an important foundation bearing his name and sheltering the richest fund of musical manuscripts of the XXth century: all the archives relating to Stravinsky, Webern, Maderna, Berio and Boulez, as well as some of those relating to many other musicians.
The film collects the unique interventions of this great adventurer of music. These are illustrated by many documents drawn from his foundation’ archives, extracts of films showing Honneger or Stravinsky, orchestras rehearsing and the homage of Pierre Boulez. This is the first movie ever directed for television on this renowned character.