NACHHALL: Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) in conversation with Michael Rebhahn (IN GERMAN)
27 December 2012, Baden-Baden
Camera & Sound: Christian Gropper


On 27 December 2012, Michael Rebhahn interviewed Pierre Boulez at his home in Baden-Baden. The interview is part of the oral history project NACHHALL ("Reverberation") that was initiated by Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD) to collect memories and stories of protagonists of the Darmstadt Summer Course in the 50s and 60s.

“NACHHALL” (Reverberation): Oral History Project of IMD

Since May 2010 IMD is working on a voluminous, perennial archive project for coming to terms with its history, digitalization and to make its material of over 60 years of lived music history available for everybody.


Now, we want to add another module to IMD’s source and sound archive – “NACHHALL” (Reverberation) is the title of an Oral History Project of the trio Lukas Einsele (photographer), Christian Gropper (documentary film maker) und Michael Rebhahn (music author) which is going to be developed on behalf of IMD.

“Narrated history” has to be seen not only as a complement to written sources but as well as a totally peculiar presentation of artistic biography and history. And time presses as there do not live as many protagonists of the early beginnings of the Summer Course; many of those who can tell about have already passed the age of 80 – their stories and their impressions about the Darmstadt Summer Course of the 50s and 60s we badly need.



If you are able to support us with this important project, please get in touch with us at any time ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). A first pilot trailer has been produced by Lukas Einsele, Christian Gropper and Michael Rebhahn together with composers Gottfried Michael Koenig and Konrad Boehmer. It gives a vivid impression on how “NACHHALL” may be presented in future. In the meantime the film team has interviewed Nuria Schönberg-Nono in Venice and Brian Ferneyhough in Darmstadt. Conversations with Pierre Boulez in Baden-Baden as well as Friedrich and Gertraud Cerha and Lothar Knessl in Wien will follow soon.


The project "NACHHALL" is kindly supported by

Merck'sche Gesellschaft für Kunst und Wissenschaft 



Merck'sche Gesellschaft