All School Project : Darmstadt and Beyond

Performances at Curtis



Curtis 20/21 Ensemble
Kaija Saariaho, composer in residence

Sunday, October 30, 2016
3 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall, Curtis Institute of Music
1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia  

Celebrated violinist Jennifer Koh ('02) joins the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble for a concert portrait of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, "one of the most original compositional voices of our time" (Denver Post).


Curtis 20/21 Ensemble presents 1948

Thursday, December 3, 2016
8 p.m.

Field Concert Hall
1726 Locust Street

The years around 1948 marked the start of a Modernist revolution in music, as a new generation of rebellious composers produced wildly experimental work. The Curtis 20/21 Ensemble series begins in post-war Europe with the foundation of the early Darmstadt school and the (sometimes electronic) music of the young European avant-garde.


Curtis 20/21 Ensemble presents The New Yorkers

Wednesday, February 11, 2017
8 p.m.

Field Concert Hall
1726 Locust Street

The "New York school" composers of the 1950s and 60s were just as irreverent as their European counterparts. With John Cage as a ringleader, composers like Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, and many others explored the new territory of abstract indeterminism that freed their work from traditional expectations.


Curtis 20/21 Ensemble presents Beyond Darmstadt II

Monday, March 27, 2017
8 p.m.

Gould Rehearsal Hall
1616Locust Street

As the Darmstadt school exerted an aesthetic dominance over the middle part of the 20th century, it stimulated a strong reaction. Composers worldwide rejected the stylistic orthodoxy of the post-war European avant-garde in favor of compositional techniques that drew from eclectic sources-from ancient sounds to popular music, jazz, and indigenous cultural traditions. A new group of American minimalists, neo-Romantics, and "downtown" composers emerged to create a new ecology of vivid sounds and vibrant rhythm that redefined new music and initiated the post-Modern era of today.

Core Composers

Pierre Boulez


Karlheinz Stockhausen          
Associated Composers in Europe
Attrazione d'amore ; Voyage to Cythera - Includes interviews of Luciano Berio and a performance of his Sinfonia.

Christian Lindberg : the total musician  - Includes of performance of Berio's Sequenza V

Memoirs of an outsider : Hans Werner Henze. 

Complete string quartets / Iannis Xenakis
Associated Composers in the U.S.
Core Composers
Episode 1
1. Modernism in context
2. Origins of Darmstadt
3. Echoes of Darmstadt
Episode 2
1. A European perspective
2. Darmstadt and vocal music
3. Opera and the future
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