1953 Oslo

May 28, 1953 – Jun 5, 1953
Oslo

Festival info

Start: May 28, 1953

End: Jun 5, 1953

Locations: Oslo

Hosting member(s)

Programme information

Jury

Conrad Beck
Sten Broman
Luigi Dallapiccola
Øivin Fjeldstad
Roman Palester
Mátyás Seiber

Concerts

Thursday, 28 May 1953 – opening orchestra concert
+ Gian Francesco Malipiero (Italy, b. 1882; d. 1973): Passacaglie (1952) [16′];
+ Arnold Schönberg (Austria/United States, 1874-1951): Violin Concerto, op. 36 (1936) [c. 31′];
Harald Sæverud (Norway, b. 1897; d. 1992): Piano Concerto, op. 31 (1948-50) [26′];
Peter Racine Fricker (United Kingdom [England], b. 1920; d. 1990 in the United States): Symphony No. 2, op. 14 (1951) [30′].

Saturday, 30 May 1953
John Joubert (United Kingdom [England] b. 1927 in South Africa; d. 2019): Sonata for Viola and Piano, op. 6 (1952) [14′];
Makoto Moroi (Japan, b. 1930: d. 2013): Partita for Flute solo (1952) performed by Alf Andersen;
René Amengual (Chile, b. 1911; d. 1954): Wind Sextet (1953) [20′];
Erik Bergman (Finland, b. 1911; d. 2006): Piano Sonatina, op. 36 (1950) [7′];
Milton Babbitt (United States, b. 1916; d. 2011): Du, song cycle for soprano and piano [text: August Stramm] (1951) [8′];
Alberto Ginastera (Argentina, b. 1916; d. 1983): Piano Sonata No. 1, op. 22 (1952) [15′];
Vagn Holmboe (Denmark, b. 1909; d. 1996): String Quartet No. 3 (1950) [21′].

Sunday, 31 May 1953
Fartein Valen (Norway, 1887-1952): Le Cimetière marin, Op. 20 (1933-34) [10′] [in memoriam];
Henk Badings (Netherlands, b. 1907; d. 1987): Octet for clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quartet, and double bass (1952) [25′];
Julien-François Zbinden (Switzerland, b. 1917; d. 2021): Concerto da Camera for piano and string orchestra, op. 16 (1950/51) [15′];
Karel Goeyvaerts (Belgium [Flanders], b. 1923; d. 1993): Nr. 3 met gestreken en geslagen tonen (with bowed and struck tones) for metal barlets, 2 percussionists, piano, and string trio (1952) [10′];
Anthony Milner (United Kingdom [England], b. 1925; d. 2002): Salutatio Angelica for contralto, SATB chorus, and chamber orchestra, op. 1 (1948) [22′].

Tuesday, 2 June 1953
Hilding Rosenberg (Sweden, b. 1892; d. 1985): Symphony No. 6 ‘Sinfonia semplice’ (1951) [24′];
Hans Werner Henze (Germany, b. 1926; d. 2012): Piano Concerto (No. 1) (1950) [20′];
André Jolivet (France, b. 1905; d. 1974): Concertino for Trumpet, String Orchestra, and Piano (1948) [10′] featuring Knud Hovaldt;
Jean Absil (Belgium [Wallonia], b. 1893; d. 1974): Le Zodiaque, cantata for soloists, chorus und piano and orchestra, op. 70 (1949) [32′].

Wednesday, 3 June 1953
Per Hjort Albertsen (Norway, b. 1919; d. 2015): Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, op. 9 (1950) [11′];
Roberto Schnorrenberg (Brazil, b. 1929; d. 1983): Piano Sonata (1952);
Iain Hamilton (United Kingdom [Scotland], b. 1922; d. 2000): String Quartet No. 1, op. 5 (1948) [25′];
Philipp Jarnach (West Germany, b. 1892 in France; d. 1982): Piano Sonata No. 2 (1952) [24′];
Paul Ben-Haim (Israel, b. 1897 in Germany; d. 1984): Sonata in G for Violin Solo, op. 44 (1951) [c. 14′];
Franz Tischhauser (Switzerland, b. 1921; d. 2016): Das Nasobem [text: Christian Morgenstern], divertimento for unaccompanied chorus (1950) [15′].

Friday, 5 June 1953 – closing orchestra concert
Niels Viggo Bentzon  (Denmark, b. 1919; d. 2000): Variazioni breve, op. 75 (1951) [15′];
Karl-Birger Blomdahl (Sweden, b. 1916; d. 1968): I speglarnas sal, 9 sonnets for soloists, chorus and orchestra [text: Erik Lindegren] (1951-52) [35′];
Sem Dresden (Netherlands, b. 1881; d. 1957): Flute Concerto (1949) featuring Hubert Barwahser;
+ Zoltán Kodály (Hungary, b. 1882; d. 1967): Concerto for Orchestra (1939-40) [17′].

Additional significant interpreters

Singers: Anne Brown, Randi Brandt Gundersen, Else Nedberg, Otto Lundh, Ragnhild Hamn0y, Elisabeth Söderström, Gösta Björling, Betty Wermine, Anders Naeslund, Erik Saeden.
Pianists: Rolf Karisen, Robert Riefling, Kari Aarvold Glaser, Robert Levin, Marjorie Mitchell, Julien-Fr. Zbinden, Kjell Baskkelund, Conrad Hansen, Hans Solum.
Violinists: Tibor Varga, Ernst Glaser.
Trumpet: Knud Hovaldt.
Clarinet: Erling Carlsen.
Ensembles: Koppel-Quartett.
Orchestra and Chorus: Orch. der Philharmonischen Gesellschaft Oslo, Kringkastingsorkestret, Norsk Rikskringkastings Kammerkor, det Norske Solistkor, Operakoret Stockholm.
Conductors: Øivin Fjeldstad, Arvid Fladmoe, Rolf Karisen, Odd Grüner-Hegge, Knut Nystedt, Sixten Ehrling, Lavard Friisholm, Hugo Kramm.

Sources

Anton Haefeli, Die Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (IGNM), Ihre Geschichte von 1922 bis zur Gegenwart (Atlantis Musikbuch-Verlag, 1982), pp. 509-510 [in German].

Nicolas Slonimsky, Music Since 1900, Sixth Edition edited by Laura Kuhn (Schirmer Reference, 2001), pp. 469-470.

(annotated by Frank J. Oteri, in progress)

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