18.05.2014

Helmut Lachenmann at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

Nearly sixty years ago – in the summer of 1957 – Helmut Lachenmann visited the Darmstadt Summer Course for the first time as a participant and met Luigi Nono, with whom he took lessons in Venice later. His first appearance as a composer in 1962 marked the performance of Echo Andante. In 1972 Lachenmann coordinated the Composers Studio at the Summer Course and from 1978 on he was composition tutor regularly – his last stint was in 2006. This year he will return to Darmstadt as a „Visiting Composer“ in the first week of the Summer Course (3 to 7 August). His main focus this time will not be teaching, but working with various performers.


With Mivos Quartet, who will work with the composer on his String Quartet No. 2 "Reigen seliger Geister“, and Trio Catch, who will rehearse Allegro Sostenuto, Lachenmann will have two young ensembles at his side. The two-part workshop on Lachenmann’s most recent work, the „Music for Voice and Piano“ GOT LOST (2008) will feature two artists that have been working with the composer for years – Yuko Kakuta (soprano) and Yukiko Sugawara (piano). In addition, Yukiko Sugawara will offer a special course on Lachenmann’s piano music that will be open not only to the participants of Nicolas Hodges’ piano class but also to all other interested people.

 

Who knows Helmut Lachenmann, will be aware that he will probably not leave it at the public workshops on his own music, but will also play a part in the diverse Summer Course events. Also in this respect, we are eagerly awaiting his visit.

Helmut Lachenmann's last Darmstadt appearance in 2006, Photo: Günther Jockel
18.05.2014

Helmut Lachenmann at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

Nearly sixty years ago – in the summer of 1957 – Helmut Lachenmann visited the Darmstadt Summer Course for the first time as a participant and met Luigi Nono, with whom he took lessons in Venice later. His first appearance as a composer in 1962 marked the performance of Echo Andante. In 1972 Lachenmann coordinated the Composers Studio at the Summer Course and from 1978 on he was composition tutor regularly – his last stint was in 2006. This year he will return to Darmstadt as a „Visiting Composer“ in the first week of the Summer Course (3 to 7 August). His main focus this time will not be teaching, but working with various performers.

Helmut Lachenmann's last Darmstadt appearance in 2006, Photo: Günther Jockel