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16.06.2015

International Music Theatre Competition

Staatstheater Darmstadt is looking for composers who are interested in music theatre but haven't written a large-scale work in that field so far. Applications for the Music Theatre Competition - in cooperation with IMD and the Darmstadt Summer Course - can be submitted by 20 August 2015. A maximum of 5 composers will be chosen by a jury (Chaya Czernowin, Will Humburg, Sergej Newski, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Peter Ruzicka, Thomas Schäfer, Karsten Wiegand) to write short pieces or scenes of around 20 minutes duration. These pieces are planned to be staged and premiered in the course of the 48th International Summer Course for New Music at the end of July 2016. For further details please see the PDF "Call Music Theatre".

16.06.2015

International Music Theatre Competition

16.06.2015

International Music Theatre Competition


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12.06.2015

Staubach Fellows 2016 are nominated

The first Staubach Fellows are selected for the Darmstadt Summer Course 2016. The jury consisting of composers Rebecca Saunders and Martin Iddon and the Director of the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD), Thomas Schäfer, nominated Milica Djordjevic (Serbia, *1984), Catherine Lamb (USA, *1982), Nomi Epstein (USA, *1978) and Clinton McCallum (USA, *1980).
The Staubach Fellowships are grants that are administered by the IMD and are awarded for its Summer Course in even-numbered years. The grants are funded by The Harry and Alice Eiler Foundation, Inc. (USA) to honor Harry Eiler’s maternal grandfather, Gotthard Josef Staubach, who was born and grew up in the village of Herbstein, Hesse, north of Darmstadt and are offered interchangeably and intermittently with the Staubach Honoraria at the discretion of IMD.

12.06.2015

Staubach Fellows 2016 are nominated

12.06.2015

Staubach Fellows 2016 are nominated


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26.03.2015

Pierre Boulez at 90

Please click on the picture for opening the gallery. All photos (c) IMD Archive

French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez celebrates his 90th birthday today. His name is closely related to the history of the Darmstadt Summer Course, especially in the 1950s and 1960s. Born in Montbrison (F) on 26 March 1925 and educated at Paris Conservatory, he attended the Darmstadt Summer Course for the fist time in 1952 when Olivier Messiaen was among the tutors. Boulez held courses and lectures himself every year from 1955 to 1957, then from 1959 to 1963 and for the last time in 1965. His Darmstadt lectures like "Alea" (1957), "Penser la musique aujourd'hui" (1960) or "Notwendigkeit einer ästhetischen Orientierung" (1963) are among his most important texts.

In the IMD Archive we collect all material related to Pierre Boulez' Darmstadt appearances like photos, audio recordings of lectures and musical performances, correspondence and administrative documents.

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26.03.2015

Pierre Boulez at 90

26.03.2015

Pierre Boulez at 90


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15.03.2015

New: Staubach Fellowships

For the next Darmstadt Summer Course (30 July to 14 August 2016) the Harry and Alice Eiler Foundation will grant three Staubach Fellowships.
The Staubach Fellowship programme is designed to provide an opportunity for composers and performers who have already spent time as participants at the Darmstadt Summer Course (or similar equivalent experiences elsewhere in Europe or further afield), but who are still in the process of establishing themselves as artists. Appointment as a Staubach Fellow will provide the Fellow with coverage of half-board hotel accommodation during the Darmstadt Summer Course 2016, travel to and from Darmstadt, and free admission to all Summer Course events, and will provide the Fellow with the opportunity to develop a range of activities.

There will not be an application process for these grants. The Staubach Fellowship jury for 2016 (Rebecca Saunders, Martin Iddon and Thomas Schäfer) will nominate and contact the potential candidates. The Staubach Fellowship programme will replace the Staubach Honoraria that had been granted to young composers from 2010 to 2014.

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15.03.2015

New: Staubach Fellowships

15.03.2015

New: Staubach Fellowships


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14.03.2015

Dieter Schnebel zum 85. Geburtstag

Zum Blättern in der Galerie klicken Sie bitte auf das Bild. Alle Fotos (c) Archiv IMD

Am 14. März 2015 feiert der in Berlin lebende Komponist Dieter Schnebel seinen 85. Geburtstag. Mit den Darmstädter Ferienkursen ist Schnebel seit seiner Studienzeit verbunden: 1950 besuchte er sie zum ersten Mal. Wichtige Stationen seiner Beziehung zu Darmstadt waren außerdem 1964 die Uraufführung der "Glossolalie", die Vorträge "Sichtbare Musik" (1966), "Neue Vokalkomposition" (1969) und "Die Tradition des Fortschritts und der Fortschritt der Tradition" (1984) sowie die Aufführungen von "ANM", "Atemzüge" und "Maulwerke". Schnebel war außerdem 1984, 1986 und 1988 Dozent des Komponistenforums bei den Ferienkursen.
Aus dem Archiv des IMD, das inzwischen in weiten Teilen digital vorliegt, haben wir einige historische Fotos von Schnebels Darmstadt-Aufenthalten in einer Bildergalerie zusammengestellt.

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14.03.2015

Dieter Schnebel zum 85. Geburtstag

14.03.2015

Dieter Schnebel zum 85. Geburtstag


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15.01.2015

Save the date: Darmstadt Summer Course 2016

The 48th International Summer Course for New Music will take place from 29 July to 14 August 2016. The terms of participation and calls for special projects will be published early enough on this website.

15.01.2015

Save the date: Darmstadt Summer Course 2016

15.01.2015

Save the date: Darmstadt Summer Course 2016


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01.01.2015

Looking back at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

With this short "road movie" by Katharina Herkommer and Jörg Lohner (nmzMedia) we are looking back again at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014. Thanks to all participants, tutors and guests for this exciting and inspiring Summer Course issue!

01.01.2015

Looking back at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

01.01.2015

Looking back at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014


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27.10.2014

Interpreting New Music - The Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

More than just master classes: Katharina Herkommer and Jörg Lohner (nmzMedia) have accompanied some young interpreters with their camera during the Darmstadt Summer Course 2014: to workshop concerts, rehearsals with composers and ensembles, to workshops on experimental sound production and sessions with young composers and tutors. The film shows a cross section of the diverse activities during the 47th International Summer Course for New Music (2 to 16 August 2014). Many thanks to all contributors!

27.10.2014

Interpreting New Music - The Darmstadt Summer Course 2014

27.10.2014

Interpreting New Music - The Darmstadt Summer Course 2014


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21.10.2014

Documentation "Composition Beyond Music"

Video artist Christine Schörkhuber documented Peter Ablinger's workshop „Composition Beyond Music" during the 47th International Summer Course for New Music (2 to 16 August 2014 in Darmstadt). Over two weeks Peter Ablinger and the 13 participants (Robert Blatt, Victoria Cheah, Aaron Einbond, Neele Hülcker, Jörg Köppl, Ingrid Lee, Sergej Maingardt, Alessandro Perini, Elena Rykova, Juan Sorrentino, Sven Sosnitski, Berglind Maria Tomasdottir, Dan Tramte) worked together in Darmstadt and did several presentations during the Summer Course.

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21.10.2014

Documentation on Peter Ablinger's Workshop "Composition Beyond Music"

21.10.2014

Documentation on Peter Ablinger's Workshop "Composition Beyond Music"


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18.08.2014

Performing Matters: Video documentation

Drones and hot air balloons, video art and talk show theater: "Performing Matters" was the central theme of the 47th International Summer Course for New Music, held in Darmstadt from 2 to 16 August 2014 at different venues throughout the city. The video by Katharina Herkommer and Jörg Lohner from nmzMedia gives some impressions on the broad workshop and concert program and features works by Johannes Kreidler, Ylva Lund Bergner, Wafaa Bilal and Stefan Prins.

18.08.2014

Performing Matters: Video documentation

18.08.2014

Performing Matters: Video documentation


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