1923 Salzburg

Aug 2, 1923 – Aug 10, 1923
Salzburg, Austria

Festival info

Start: Aug 2, 1923

End: Aug 10, 1923

Locations: Salzburg, Austria

Hosting member(s)


Internationale Kammermusikfestspiele der IGNM


Ernest Ansermet, André Caplet, Hermann Scherchen, Egon Wellesz.

From contemporaneous reviews of the 1923 Festival:

“The musical bolsheviks of the world have a rendezvous at this year’s festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music here. It is so contemporary that the radicals of last year have been adjudged conservative back numbers and replaced on the program largely by even newer blood. The domination of new musical forms is all the more accentuated by the cancellation of the usual Mozart festival because of financial difficulties and the absence of paying American tourists.”

–Unattributed, “Musical Bolsheviks Meet in Congress at Salzburg,”
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle [USA] (7 August 1923), p. 6.

“[A]ll the music–which was chosen from 200 works submitted by the national sections–was modern, often ultra-modern in tendency. The scores as a whole showed their composers seeking new paths and formulas; they have definitely broken with the past, and the result, it must be confessed, is not always a happy one. … Strange and often distorted as this music is, the audience seemed to derive considerable enjoyment from it and managed o work up enthusiasm for many of the works heard.”

–Unattributed, Orlando Sentinel [USA] (9 September 1923), p. 4.

Programme information