Radio Stories on the Darmstadt Summer Course

„Is Darmstadt alive?“ The Cologne based magazine "MusikTexte" asked this question to numerous composers in summer 1984. Today, one could answer: "Very much alive!" - especially with regard to the upcoming 48th Darmstadt Summer Course in 2016. And the Darmstadt history is at least as exciting: From 2011 to 2014 the Hessian Broadcasting Service (Hessischer Rundfunk) hr2-kultur broadcast the series „Bauhaus, Brennpunkt, Drehscheibe“ (Bauhaus, focus, hub) with 75 radio stories on the Darmstadt Summer Course (in German).  

 

Initiated and supervised by hr2 editor for New Music Stefan Fricke, the radio features tell of protagonists, backgrounds, hot topics, scandals, debates and historic encounters during the famous summer academy. For this project, many treasures from the IMD sound archive were uncovered. IMD houses one of the most important source collections for music history after 1945 in general: Text, picture and sound documents are collected since the very beginnings of the Summer Course and are now being processed in a big digitization project over several years which will be presented during the Summer Course 2016.


Darmstadt 1976: Composition class Mauricio Kagel (Photo: Manfred Melzer)

„Is Darmstadt alive?“ The Cologne based magazine "MusikTexte" asked this question to numerous composers in summer 1984. Today, one could answer: "Very much alive!" - especially with regard to the upcoming 48th Darmstadt Summer Course in 2016. And the Darmstadt history is at least as exciting: From 2011 to 2014 the Hessian Broadcasting Service (Hessischer Rundfunk) hr2-kultur broadcast the series „Bauhaus, Brennpunkt, Drehscheibe“ (Bauhaus, focus, hub) with 75 radio stories on the Darmstadt Summer Course (in German).  

 

Initiated and supervised by hr2 editor for New Music Stefan Fricke, the radio features tell of protagonists, backgrounds, hot topics, scandals, debates and historic encounters during the famous summer academy. For this project, many treasures from the IMD sound archive were uncovered. IMD houses one of the most important source collections for music history after 1945 in general: Text, picture and sound documents are collected since the very beginnings of the Summer Course and are now being processed in a big digitization project over several years which will be presented during the Summer Course 2016.

Darmstadt 1976: Composition class Mauricio Kagel (Photo: Manfred Melzer)