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  • 10.04.2014

    Call for Scores: Cello Composition Workshop

    During the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014 Lucas Fels (cello tutor), Brian Ferneyhough (composition tutor) and Yuval Shaked (tutor Seminar Analysis, Aesthetics & Theory) will offer a workshop for cellists and composers. Participants of the composition courses can apply by 15 June 2014 for the project by submitting a PDF file of ONE existing composition for cello solo OR a sketch of a new cello work.

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    Lucas Fels (links) mit Pieter Matthynssens und Hans Thomalla (hinten) in Darmstadt 2010
    10.04.2014

    Call for Scores: Cello Composition Workshop

    10.04.2014

    Call for Scores: Cello Composition Workshop


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  • 09.04.2014

    Registration period extended for certain instrumental courses

    The registration period for certain instrumental classes for the 47th International Summer Course for New Music (2 to 16 August 2014) has been extended. There are a few places left in the classes of Peter Veale (oboe), Pascal Gallois (bassoon), Marcus Weiss (saxophone), Mike Svoboda (horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), Tom Pauwels (guitar), Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir (harp), Barbara Maurer (viola), Lucas Fels (cello) and Uli Fussenegger (double bass).

    09.04.2014

    Registration period extended for certain instrumental courses

    09.04.2014

    Registration period extended for certain instrumental courses


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  • 06.04.2014

    Yukiko Sugawara offers a special course on piano music by Helmut Lachenmann

    During Helmut Lachenmann's stay as „Visiting Composer“ at this year’s Darmstadt Summer Course (3 to 7 August 2014) Yukiko Sugawara will offer a special course on the composer’s piano music. The course is aimed at all participants of Nicolas Hodges’ piano class, but will of course also be open to all other interested people for passive participation. In addition to the solo piano works by Helmut Lachenmann, Yukiko Sugawara will examine the solo parts in compositions like Ausklang (1986), Allegro sostenuto (1989) and GOT LOST (2008).

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    Yukiko Sugawara 2006 in Darmstadt, Photo: Günther Jockel
    06.04.2014

    Piano Music by Helmut Lachenmann: Workshop with Yukiko Sugawara

    06.04.2014

    Piano Music by Helmut Lachenmann: Workshop with Yukiko Sugawara


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  • 27.03.2014

    Darmstadt Studies: Research Day during the Summer Course

    Two important research projects dealing with the history of the Darmstadt Summer Course are underway at Berlin University of the Arts and the University of Music Basel, both using the outstanding archive collections of the International Music Institute Darmstadt. While the Berlin project „Darmstadt Events“ (Direction: Dörte Schmidt and Pietro Cavalotti) understands the Summer Course as aesthetic, theoretical, and political sphere of action, the Basel project „Focus Darmstadt“ (Direction: Michael Kunkel) uses selected case studies on the performance practice of contemporary music in the period 1946-1990. Under the title „Darmstadt Studies“ both research projects will present excerpts of their analysis during the next Summer Course on 13 August 2014. Please find the detailed program in the PDF.

    27.03.2014

    Darmstadt Studies: Research Day during the Summer Course

    27.03.2014

    Darmstadt Studies: Research Day during the Summer Course


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  • 27.02.2014

    Workshop with Gilbert Nouno: „Scoring and Performing Music Electronics“

    In his lecture and workshop on composition with electronics, French composer and sound artist Gilbert Nouno will discuss scoring and performing music electronics. The emphasis will be put on musical and creative rather than technical matters. Sonic interaction thinking and insight, but not programming, will be the main topic. Relations between composition, electronics and performance will be explored in workshop sessions from the creative points of view of composers and performers.

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    27.02.2014

    Workshop with Gilbert Nouno: „Scoring and Performing Music Electronics“

    27.02.2014

    Workshop with Gilbert Nouno: „Scoring and Performing Music Electronics“


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Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt

Presenter and network, center for documentation and information, operational center and initiator for new music since 1946 – the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD) is all of these things. With its International Summer Course for New Music, its Archive, and its Library the IMD continues to make and document cultural history as a constant interplay of invention, performance, listening, reflection, and retention.

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International Summer Course for New Music

The International Summer Course for New Music or simply: the Darmstadt Summer Course – was founded already in 1946, one year after the end of World War II, by Wolfgang Steinecke (at that time cultural consultant and Head of the Department of Arts and Culture) who had the artistic responsibility for the Summer Course up to his death in 1961. Further leaders have been Ernst Thomas (1962-1981) and Friedrich Hommel (1981-1994). From 1995-2008 Solf Schaefer organized the Summer Course. With beginning of the year 2009, Thomas Schäfer became the new Artistic Director of the International Summer Course and of the International Music Institute (IMD). But the Darmstadt Summer Course mainly is:

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