Tutors: Patrick Frank and guests

Workshop for interpreters, composers and theorists

Open to the public

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The relationship between New Music and society and the question of socio-critical commitment via art have played an increasingly important role in recent years. In New Music too, the lost treasure of “critique” is being updated. What form does critique take today? What distinguishes it from “avant-garde” critique? What strategies can one observe?


The workshop is geared towards performers, composers and theorists. We will approach the topic both theoretically and practically via three focuses with different guest tutors.



In the two-day culture-theoretical introduction to the topic of “critique,” we will approach selected thinkers: Nietzsche, the great critic of modernity; Adorno, the foremost philosopher of the post-war avant-garde of New Music; and an overview of postmodern theories as well as post-structuralist and deconstructivist approaches. We will end with a look at the present day – the inheritance of post-structuralism.


Tutors: Enno Rudolph, Patrick Frank

Saturday, 30 July
10:00 – 12:00
Nietzsche and the Critique of Modernity (Enno Rudolph)

14:00 – 16:30
Adorno’s Concept of the Avant-Garde and Critique:
Resistance and Critique (Enno Rudolph)

Sunday, 31 July
10:00 – 12:00
Recapitulating day 1; Post-structuralism and Deconstruction:
The Modern Theory Paradox

14:00 – 16:30
The “Eutopian” Phase and the Re-Updating of Critique: Subversion and Critique (Patrick Frank)



The current discourse in the dramatic arts about the social utility of art and political theater can also enable important insights in the context of New Music. The theater scientists Katja Trachsel and Florian Malzacher will spend a day with us devoted to the topic of critique – a chance to think outside the box.


Tutors: Katja Trachsel, Florian Malzacher, Patrick Frank


Monday, 1 August
10:00 – 10:50
Historical Introduction: Theater Power Critique (Trachsel)

11:00 – 11:15
Historical Avant-Garde: Critical Strategies I (Frank)

11:20 – 12:00
Theater Examples (Trachsel)

13:30  – 13:45
Critical Strategies II: Performative Affirmation (Frank)

13:50  – 14:30
Theater Examples (Trachsel)

14:30 – 15:15
Lecture Florian Malzacher

15:15 – ca. 16:30
Discussion with Florian Malzacher, Ekaterina Trachsel, Patrick Frank, and the audience


Tuesday, 2 August
10:30 – 12:00
Recapitulation & Roles in Theater, Roles in Music: Discussion with Trachsel, Frank, Malzacher, and the audience


After our excursion into the dramatic arts, we will observe commonalities and differences between the respective critical strategies of theater and New Music. We will answer the question of what strategies we see today for current critical New Music. After an analysis of the current state of critique in New Music with Gisela Nauck, one-to-one and group sessions with Johannes Kreidler and Patrick Frank will address the concepts and ideas of the participants.


Tutors: Gisela Nauck, Johannes Kreidler, Patrick Frank


Tuesday, 2 August
13:30  – 14:30
„The New Protesting Artist“ (Tristan Tzara, 1919) (Gisela Nauck)

14:45 – 16:00
Why political (New) Music? (Johannes Kreidler)


Wednesday, 3 August
11:00 – 12:00
Closing discussion with all participants


Lessons/project discussions (enrolment necessary, one-to-one and group tuition)

– Performers/ensembles, for example, will have an opportunity to discuss programs and projects for concert series.
– Composers will have an opportunity to discuss their works and projects.
– Theorists will have an opportunity to discuss their texts and receive culture-theoretical input.

Thursday, 4 August

10:30 Lecture Patrick Frank: Performative Affirmation

30 July – 4 August 2016

Frank, Patrick (Visiting Composer)