Music and Space

Seminar Analysis, Aesthetics & Theory

Open to all participants of the Summer Course

 

The fifties and sixties of the last century were – in particular at the Darmstadt Summer Course – a time of fundamental reflection of composition and what music is and can be. This was associated with a very rich production in music theory. Individual and at that period unfolded ideas – such as „structure“ – have been fundamental to the further development of the compositional process for a long time. They are affecting until today and in quite different ways the various aspects of composing. But what has happened to the other questions hotly debated fifty years ago?Are composers still dealing with them today, perhaps in an altered manner? The seminar series this year will focus on one of the most important battery of questions that was current around 1960: Music and Space (starting from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s "Carré" for four orchestras and four choirs, 1959/60, and the texts in Volume 7 of the magazine die reihe, 1960).


A concise statement of the historical position in form of a lecture will thus be the springboard and determine the angle of view under which Luigi Nono’s "Prometeo" and various compositions of recent times will be analysed. The seminar will be held with a total of five three-hour sessions every two days. In addition, there will be three more hours for presentations of Summer Course participants.
The seminar is open to all Summer Course participants.

Tutors

Ulrich Mosch
Yuval Shaked
Christoph Neidhöfer

Seminar Analysis, Aesthetics & Theory

Open to all participants of the Summer Course

 

The fifties and sixties of the last century were – in particular at the Darmstadt Summer Course – a time of fundamental reflection of composition and what music is and can be. This was associated with a very rich production in music theory. Individual and at that period unfolded ideas – such as „structure“ – have been fundamental to the further development of the compositional process for a long time. They are affecting until today and in quite different ways the various aspects of composing. But what has happened to the other questions hotly debated fifty years ago?Are composers still dealing with them today, perhaps in an altered manner? The seminar series this year will focus on one of the most important battery of questions that was current around 1960: Music and Space (starting from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s "Carré" for four orchestras and four choirs, 1959/60, and the texts in Volume 7 of the magazine die reihe, 1960).