Wednesday, 29 June 1927 at Oper Frankfurt conducted by Clemens Krauss (as a prelude to the festival)
Ferruccio Busoni (Italy/Germany, 1866-1924): Doktor Faust, op. posth. (1916-1924) [3h])
Thursday, 30 June 1927 opening chamber music concert
Alexander Mosolov (USSR, b. 1900 in Ukraine; d. 1973 in Russia): String Quartet (No. 1) in a minor, op. 24 (1926) [23′] performed by the Kolisch-Quartett;
Willem Pijper (Netherlands, b. 1894; d. 1947): Sonata for flute and piano (1925) [10′] featuring flutist Johan Feltkamp and the composer at the piano;
Leoš Janáček (Czechoslovakia, b. 1854; d. 1928): Concertino for piano with two violins, viola, clarinet, horn, and bassoon (1925) [18′] featuring pianist Ilona Štěpánová-Kurzová;
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Italy, b. 1895; d. 1968 in the U.S.A.): Le Danze del Re David, op. 37 for solo piano (1925) [20′] performed by Walter Gieseking.
Friday, 1 July 1927 orchestral music concert featuring the Frankfurter Opernhausorchester conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler (unless otherwise noted)
Henry F. Gilbert (United States, b. 1868; d. 1928): The Dance in Place Congo, op. 15, symphonic poem for orchestra (1906-08, revised 1916) [11′];
Josef Matthias Hauer (Austria, b. 1883; d. 1959): Suite No. 7, op. 48 (1926) [17′] conducted by Hermann Scherchen;
Béla Bartók (Hungary, b. 1881; d. 1945 in the U.S.A.): Piano Concerto (No. 1) (1926) [24′] with the composer as piano soloist [world premiere];
Carl Nielsen (Denmark, b. 1865; d. 1931): Symphony No. 5, op. 50 (1922) [c. 34′].
Saturday, 2 July 1927 concert
Conrad Beck (Switzerland, b. 1901; d. 1989): String Quartet No. 3 (1927?) performed by the Amar-Quartett (Licco Amar and Walter Caspar, violins; Paul Hindemith, viola; and Rudolf Hindemith, violoncello);
Wladimir Vogel (Switzerland, b. 1896 in Russia; d. 1984): String Quartet also performed by the Amar-Quartett;
Alban Berg (Austria, b. 1885; d. 1935): Chamber Concert for piano, violin, and 13 winds (1923-25) [39′] featuring Eduard Steuermann and Rudolf Kolisch most likely with the Bläser-Ens. des Frankfurter Opernhauses conducted by Scherchen;
Heinrich Kaminski (Germany, b. 1886; d. 1946): Magnificat for soprano, viola, off-stage choir, and orchestra (1925) [18′] featuring soprano Clara Wirz-Wyss and conducted by Scherchen.
Sunday, 3 July 1927 morning concert
Božidar Širola (Yugoslavia [Croatia]], b. 1889; d. 1956): Zivot, i spomen slavnih ucitelja sv. brace Cirila i Metoda, apostola slavenskih (The Lives and Remembrance of the Holy Brethren and Apostles to the Slavs, Cyril and Methodius), oratorio a cappella (1927) [3h] performed by the Zagreb-based choir Kolo.
Sunday, 3 July 1927 evening orchestral concert
Claude Delvincourt (France, b. 1888; d. 1954): L’offrande à Siva, choreographic poem for large orchestra (1921);
Raymond Petit (France, b. 1893; d. 1976): Cantique au Soleil de St. François d’Assise for soprano and winds sung by Joy McArden;
Ernst Toch (Austria, b. 1887; d. 1964): Piano Concerto (No. 1), op. 38 (1926) [27′] featuring pianist Walter Frey and conducted by Scherchen;
Emil Axman (Czechoslovakia, b. 1887; d. 1949): Symphony No. 2 ‘Joyeuse Slovaquie’ (1927),
Monday, 4 July 1927 closing concert
Bernard van Dieren (Netherlands; b. 1887; d. 1936): String Quartet No. 4, op. 16 (1923) [23′];
Jørgen Bentzon (Denmark, b, 1897; d. 1951): Sonatina for flute, clarinet, and bassoon, op. 7 (1924) [16′] performed by the Kopenhagener Bläservereinigung;
Joaquín Turina (Spain, b. 1882; d. 1949): Piano Trio (No. 1) in d minor, op. 35 (1926) [20′] performed by pianist Claudio Arrau, violinist Stefan Frenkel, and cellist Maurits Frank;
William G. Whittaker (United Kingdom [England], b. 1876; d. 1944): Psalm 139 for unaccompanied chorus (1925) [12′?];
Sándor Jemnitz (Hungary, b. 1890; d. 1963): Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3, op. 22 (1923) performed by Frenkel and Arrau;
Aaron Copland (United States, b. 1900; d. 1990): Music for the Theatre for chamber orchestra (1925) [22′] most likely performed by the Solisten des Frankfurter Orchesters.
(NOTE: According to the Claudio Arrau website, the printed program for the festival listed the Turina Trio on the opening chamber music concert of the festival, but since all sources include it on this closing concert it must have been rescheduled.)
Walther Straram, Sandor Harmati, František Neumann, Jascha Horenstein (rehearsal conductor)
Theodor W. Adorno, “Die stabilisierte Musik: Zum fünften Fest der I.G.N.M. in Frankfurt am Main,” (1927), in Gesammelte Schriften, vol. 19: Musikalische Schriften VI, ed. Rolf Tiedermann and Klaus Schultz (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1984), pp. 100–12 [in German].
Hermann Ensslin, “V. Musikfest der Internationalen Gesellschaft für Neue Musik in Frankfurt a. M. ,” Neue Musik-Zeitung, Vol. 21 (1927), pp. 470–473 [in German].
Edwin Evans, “The Frankfort Festival,” The Musical Times, Vol. 68, No. 1014 (Aug. 1, 1927), pp. 733–735.
Anton Haefeli, Die Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (IGNM), Ihre Geschichte von 1922 bis zur Gegenwart (Atlantis Musikbuch-Verlag, 1982), pp. 485–486 [in German].
Giles Masters, New-music internationalism: the ISCM festival, 1922–1939 (King’s College London: Ph.D. Dissertation, 2021) Available online: kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/files/156634738/2021_Masters_Giles_1101346_ethesis.pdf.
Nicolas Slonimsky, Music Since 1900, Sixth Edition edited by Laura Kuhn (Schirmer Reference, 2001), pp. 225–226.
Adolph Weissmann, “A festival that failed,” Modern Music, Volume 5 #1 (Nov-Dec 1927), pp. 34–38.
(annotated by Frank J. Oteri)