Writing Workshops at Darmstadt 2010

For the first time in its 45-year history, musicologists and critics are to be incorporated into the Darmstadt Summer School for New Music. According to the IMD website, the idea for bringing writers into the Ferienkürse fold ‘came about through the analysis of the dissatisfactory current situation of writing about music in general, and New Music in particular‘. The aims of the course will include training in basic working methods – writing concert reviews, specialist articles, journalistic pieces, etc. – as well as the application of this instruction to practical outcomes. This is therefore an exciting prospect not only for young journalists and critics, but also for non-attendees, who will benefit from the fruits of blogs, internet broadcasts and a dedicated course magazine all produced in the course of the Summer School.

The full press release and application details follow:

The International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt launches in 2010 a project for the time that is addressed primarily to young authors in musicology and music journalism. People who are interested should focus on cotemporary music and the writing about this music. ‘Editors-in-chief’ are Stefan Fricke (Hessischer Rundfunk), Frank Hilberg (Westdeutscher Rundfunk), Björn Gottstein (freelance author, Berlin), and Richard Toop (Sydney University – bilingual teacher). The workshop languages are German and English. In addition to the editors we will welcome different representatives from (mainly) German newspapers, radio stations and journals.

The International Summer Course for New Music seems to be an ideal location to bring musicians (composers as well as performers), musicologists and music journalists together. Two weeks – and more or less round the clock – are a sufficient space of time for the different areas, both their respective potentials and individual jurisdictions, to communicate with one another. These encounters can produce numerous journalistic results in the most varied formats, because the Writing Workshop projected here does not content itself with theoretical discourse, but primarily seeks to offer instructions for practical work. These serve the purpose of training, but also the formation of internal archives. The possibilities for using the experimental field of the Summer Course as a practically oriented “emergency situation“ are as manifold as the formats themselves, and can extend from daily editorial conferences via the production of radio and Internet broadcasts to a special course magazine. An own Writing Workshop Blog will communicate the results of the daily work.

Application and Information:


People who are interested can apply to the Summer Course on the IMD website. The admission fee allows of course the use of any other workshop, lecture, concert etc.

(Cross posted to Red Pen, Blue Pen)


2 thoughts on “Writing Workshops at Darmstadt 2010

  1. I’m not sure how it works in the composition courses. The courses advertise themselves as bilingual, but in the writing workshops there’s a definite emphasis on the German (three German tutors to one English one).

    I know attendees of past Summer Courses occasionally read this blog – how does it work for non-German speakers?

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