The music of the Darmstadt School: An Introduction
Curtis Takes on the Forbiddingly Dense Music of the Darmstadt Composers
Darmstadt and Beyond : Curtis Takes on the 21st Century / by David Ludwig - from Overtones, 2016.
Curtis Deans reflect on Darmstadt from Overtones, 2015
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- Grant, M. J. Serial Music, Serial Aesthetics: Compositional Theory in Post-War Europe. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
- Iddon, Martin. New Music at Darmstadt: Nono, Stockhausen, Cage, and Boulez. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Curtis 20/21 Ensemble
Kaija Saariaho, composer in residence
Sunday, October 30, 2016
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
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
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
Gould Rehearsal Hall
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.
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Hans Werner Henze
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Chicago Symphony, Daniel Barenboim - Includes a performance of Notations I-IV by Pierre Boulez and an interview of Pierre Boulez by Daniel Barenboim.
Wozzeck / Alban Berg - Conducted by Bruno Maderna
Helicopter String Quartet / Karlheinz Stockhausen
The works for piano. Vol. 7 / John Cage
How to get out of the cage : a year with John Cage / a film by Frank Scheffer
The works for percussion. 2 / John Cage
Sorceress of the new piano : the artistry of Margaret Leng Tan ; The maverick piano / two films by Evans Chan
John Cage : From zero : four films on John Cage / by Frank Scheffer and Andrew Culver
Music for airports / Brian Eno ; a film by Frank Scheffer. In the ocean / a film by Frank Scheffer. - Includes an interview with John Cage