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"Darmstadt, Du Stadt meiner Träume": The International Reception of Postwar Darmstadt as the Shangri-La of Musical Modernism

Brno, September 2006


"Darmstadt, Du Stadt meiner Traeume.: The International Reception of
Post-War Darmstadt as the Shangri-La of Musical Modernism

SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2006

During the Cold War, many of the composers who made the trip to Darmstadt
and its summer schools were arguably seeking to realize a dream of
purifying music -- involving a reinterpretation of compositional practice
from first principles, to underlie any music deserving to be called
modern. Not all composers in the western bloc found such a dream
attractive. Yet, realizable or not, its radical appeal gained a political
edge, for it was frequently opposed officially in the eastern bloc as a
symptom of western decadence (with other models of true modernism being
proposed in opposition to it), and, like other aspects of western culture,
it often appealed to Soviet-bloc composers.

Now that the Soviet empire has crumbled, the dream has clearly lost its
hold on many composers and other musicians; it is amusing to see western
academics taking advantage of their new "freedom" to suggest that no one
ever liked modernist music anyway. So was the dream pure fantasy?  Was it
founded on a realizable programme?  Should anyone care?  How do the
various ways in which the Darmstadt dream was received internationally
cast light upon the multiple "modernisms" which we might now wish to
regard as valid? How far was the dream determined by politics?



9:00 - 9:30
-	Presentation 

9:30 - 11:00
Helmut Loos
	Musikalische Schulen in Wien und Darmstadt: Wirklichkeit oder

Ildar Khannanov
	Musik und Tod: Stockhausen's Relationship to Politics of War and
Darmstadt as the Object of Desire of Soviet Composers of the 1960s

Vlasta Reittererová, Lubomír Spurný 
	"Musik kennt keine Grenzen", oder Hába in Darmstadt

11:30 - 12:30
Jan Christiaens
	Stocktakings from a controversy:  Adorno's critique of serial
music as the cradle of Negative Dialectics (1966)

Rudolf Pecman
	Experimentelle Musik im Wandel der Zeit (Experiment - Forschritt
- Entwicklung = musica nova/ Neue Musik)

15:00 - Visit to Leos Janácek's House


9:30 - 11:00
Bjorn Heile / Charles Wilson / Martin Iddon
	The Myth of Heroic Individuality in the Historiography of the
Darmstädter Ferienkurse ¨

11:30 - 12:30
Daniel Cichy
	Polnische komponisten angesichts der in Darmstadt verbreiteten
Ästhetischen Ideen

Irna Priore
	The Darmstadt Dream: Luciano Berio and the Writings of Incontri
Musicali (1956-1960) 

14:00 - 16:00 
Eleni Lapidaki 
	Die Rezeption der Darmstädter Neuen Musik in Ungarn (1957-1967)

Magdalena Mannolova
	Some Aspects of the Reception of the Post-war Avant-garde in

Lenka Krupková
	Ohlasy "nové" polské hudby v Cechách

Atalay Baysal
	Dänische Komponisten zwischen Wissenschaft und Esoterik

16:30 - 18:00
Hermann Jung
	"Stunde Null" der deutschen Musik 1945

Corinna Schreieck
	Die MISSA 1964 von Hermann Heiß: die erste elektronische

Dorothea Hofmann
	"Darmstadt":  Männerträume - Männerbund?

9:30 - 12:00

Geoffrey Chew
	Rychlík versus Sýkora in the debate about experimental music in
1960s Czechoslovakia

Lubomir Chalupka
	Die Darmstädter "Neue Musik" und die Entwicklung der
Musikavantgarde in der Slowakei seit 1960

Miloslav Blahynka
	Toru Takemitsu - Musik zwischen Ost und West


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Organizers and sponsors: 

The City of Brno
The Moravian Museum in Brno
Brno International MusicFestival 
Ars koncert s.r.o.
Institute of Musicology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University Brno

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