1961 Vienna

Jun 11, 1961 – Jun 20, 1961
Vienna

Festival info

Start: Jun 11, 1961

End: Jun 20, 1961

Locations: Vienna

Hosting member(s)

Programme information

(in Verbindung mit dem X. Internationalen Musikfest der Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft und den Wiener Festwochen)

Jury

Hans Erich Apostel
Pierre Boulez
Alois Hába
Goffredo Petrassi
Kazimierz Serocki

Concerts

Sunday, 11 June 1961 – Opening Concert
Anton Webern (Austria, 1883-1945): Das Augenlicht [text: Hildegard Jone], cantata for chorus and orchestra, op. 26 (1935) [6′];
Anton Webern: Cantata No. 1 for soprano, chorus and orchestra, op. 29 (1939) [8′];
J.S. Bach (Germany 1685-1750) arr. Anton Webern: Ricercata a sei voci for orchestra  (1747/1935) [11′];
J.S. Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV 225, motet for double chorus (1726-27) [13′];
Anton Webern: Cantata No. 2 for soprano, bass, chorus and Orchestra, op. 31 (1941-43) [13′].

Monday, 12 June 1961 special ISCM concert
Theodor Berger (Austria, b. 1905; d. 1992): Rondino giocoso, op. 4, for string orchestra (1933) [6′];
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austria, 1756-1791): Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216 (1775) [26′];
Sergei Prokofiev (Russia, 1891-1953): Violin Concerto No. 2 in g, op. 63 (1935) [c. 25′-28′];
Gustav Mahler (Austria, 1860-1911): Symphony No. 1 ‘Titan’ (1884-88) [55′] [to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Mahler’s death].

Tuesday, 13 June 1961
Jacques Wildberger (Switzerland, b. 1922; d. 2006): Music for 22 solo strings (1960) [19′] [world premiere];
Václav Dobiáš (Czechoslovakia, b. 1909; d. 1978): Sonate for piano, wind quintet, strings, and timpani (1947) [26′];
Michael Gielen (Austria, b. 1927; d. 2019): Variations for 40 Instruments (1959) [17′];
+ Edgard Varèse (United States, b. 1883 in France; d. 1965) Arcana for orchestra (1925-27; revised 1931-32) [19′].

Thursday, 15 June 1961
Winfried Zillig (West Germany, b. 1905; d. 1963): 4 A-cappella-Choruses [text: Bertolt Brecht];
Vittorio Fellegara (Italy, b. 1927; d. 2011): Serenata for small instrumental ensemble (1960) [8′];
Krzysztof Penderecki (Poland, b. 1933; d. 2000): Wymiary Czasu i Ciszy (Dimensions of Time and Silence) for chorus and ensemble (1959 rev 1961) [15′] [world premiere of the revised version];
Fjölnir Stefánsson (Iceland, b. 1930; d. 2011): Drei Lieder for voice and piano;
Harrison Birtwistle (United Kingdom [England], b. 1934) Monody for Corpus Christi for soprano with flute, violin and horn (1959) [12′];
Salvatore Martirano (United States, 1927; d. 1995): O, O, O, O, That Shakespeherian Rag for chorus and jazz combo (1959) [23′].

Friday, 16 June 1961 Chorus and Orchestra Concert conducted by Rafael Kubelík special for the ISCM Festival
Arnold Schönberg (Austria, 1874-1951): Die Jakobsleiter (Jacob’s Ladder), oratorio in 2 parts for soloists, chorus and orchestra (1915-1950, unfinished) [world premiere of all surviving material].

Saturday, 17 June 1961
Björn Wilho Hallberg (Norway, b. 1938; d. 2009 in Sweden): Felder for instrumental ensemble;
Keijiro Satoh (Japan, b. 1927; d. 2009): Calligraphy for piano (1960) [6′] [European premiere];
Mel Powell (United States, b. 1923; d. 1988): Haiku Settings for voice and piano (1960) [6′] [European premiere];
Shinichi Matsushita (Japan, b. 1922; d. 1990): Canzone da suonare (No. 1) for piano and percussion (1960) [7′] [European premiere];
Friedrich Cerha (Austria, b. 1926): Relazioni fragili for harpsichord and chamber orchestra (1956-57) [24′] featuring Gertraud Cerha and conducted by the composer;
Egisto Macchi (Italy, b. 1928; d. 1992): Composizione No. 3, study for 12 Instruments (1960).

Sunday, 18 June 1961 – special concert for the ISCM Festival
Anton Webern: Passacaglia, op. 1, for orchestra (1908, published 1922) [10′];
Anton Webern: Variations for Orchestra, op. 30 (1940) [8′];
Anton Webern: Sechs Stücke, op. 6 for orchesttra (1909 rev 1928) [12′];
Richard Strauss (Germany, 1864-1949): Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings (1944-45) [c. 25′-30′];
Josef Tal (Israel, b. 1910 in Poland; d. 2008): Piano Concerto No. 2 (1953) [21′] most likely featuring by Lola Granetman;
Gottfried von Einem (Austria, b. 1918; d. 1996): Von der Liebe [texts: Bertolt Brecht, Gabriela Mistral, Juan Ramón Jiménez], lyric fantasy for voice and orchestra, op. 30 (1961) [17′] [world premiere].

Monday, 19 June 1961
Mátyás Seiber (Hungary/United Kingdom [England], 1905-1960), Tre Pezzi for violoncello and orchestra (1957) [20′] most likely featuring Georg Donderer [in memoriam];
Bogusław Schaeffer (Poland, b. 1929; d. 2019): Monosonate for six string quartets (1959) [12′];
Franco Donatoni (Italy, b. 1927; d. 2000): Strophes for orchestra (1959) [11′];
Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (Austria, b. 1919 in Poland; d. 1994): Séquences for violin and 4 orchestral groups (1958) [13′];
Olivier Messiaen (France, b. 1908; d. 1992): Chronochromie for orchestra (1960) [21′].

Tuesday, 20 June 1961  special concluding concert of the Festival
Béla Bartók (Hungary/United States 1881-1945): Dance Suite (1923) [16′];
Béla Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 1 (1907-08) [20′];
Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (1943) [38′].

The following work was also scheduled but was not performed
* Anton Webern: Zwei Lieder auf Texte von Goethe, op. 19 for chorus and five instruments (1925-26) [2′].

Other significant interpreters

Singers: Marie-Thérèse Escribano, Rudolf Knoll, Maja Weis-Ostborn, Günter Reich, Thomas Stewart, Josef Traxel, Julius Patzak, Hans Herbert Fiedler, Helmut Krebs, Ilse Hollweg, Irmgard Seefried.
Pianists: Iván Erőd, Eduard Mrazek.
Violinists: Ivry Gitlis, Yehudi Menuhin, Zino Francescatti.
Ensemble: die reihe.
Orchestra: Orchester der Staatsoper in der Volksoper, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchester des Österreichischen Rundfunks, Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Vienna Symphony.
Choruses: Wiener Kammerchor, RIAS-Kammerchor Berlin, Kölner Rundfunkchor, Hamburger Rundfunkchor, Kammersprechchor Zürich.
Conductors: Hans Gillesberger, Winfried Zillig, Günther Arndt, Ernest Bour, Heinrich Hollreiser, Ferenc Fricsay, Hans Swarowsky.

Sources

Anton Haefeli, Die Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (IGNM), Ihre Geschichte von 1922 bis zur Gegenwart (Atlantis Musikbuch-Verlag, 1982), pp. 518-519 + fn103 on p. 727 [in German].

Nicolas Slonimsky, Music Since 1900, Sixth Edition edited by Laura Kuhn (Schirmer Reference, 2001), pp. 546-547.

(annotated by Frank J. Oteri, in progress)

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