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Deutsche Komponistentage

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Sep 2020 19:24

Deutsche Komponistentage (1934-1935), or Reichstagungen der deutschen Komponisten (1936-1939), were annual German (state-level) composers' meetings, held initially in Berlin (1934-1935) and afterwards at the Burg Castle (Schloß Burg), near the cities of Solingen and Remscheid. The old castle was even nicknamed "Ordensburg deutscher Musik" (Order Castle of German Music), but it seems that the name has never really caught on.

Five meetings are known to have taken place:
1. Deutscher Komponistentag (Berlin, 18 February 1934)
2. Deutscher Komponistentag (Berlin, 25 [?] November 1935)
1. Reichstagung der deutschen Komponisten (Burg Castle, 8-10 May 1936)
2. Reichstagung der deutschen Komponisten (Burg Castle, 7-10 May 1937)
3. Reichstagung der deutschen Komponisten (Burg Castle, ?-? May 1938)

(The 1939 meeting was supposed to take place on 22-25 September, but it was cancelled due to the war breaking out earlier the same month.)

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1. Deutscher Komponistentag (1934)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Sep 2020 19:26

Several shots from the 1st German Composers' Day, Berlin, 18 February 1934.

From https://www.sz-photo.de/
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Richard Strauss beim Komponistentag. Richard Strauss spricht beim ersten deutschen Komponistentag in Berlin in der Neuen Aula der Universität.
From https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/e95a/2 ... 336ced.pdf
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Richard Strauss speaking at the German Composers’ Meeting in Berlin on 18 February 1934.
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Erster deutscher Komponistentag, 1934. Nach der Eröffnungssitzung des ersten deutschen Komponistentages in der Neuen Aula der Universität Berlin geben ein paar Komponisten ein Interview für​ die UFA Tonwoche. Unter den Komponisten ist auch Richard Strauss. Oben v.l.n.r. sind die Komponisten Joseph Marx, Wilhelm Kienzl, Hugo Rasch, Hans Pfitzner, Clemens Schmalstich, Richard Strauss, Hermann Unger, hinter ihm Eduard Künneke, vorne Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek und Paul Graener.
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Erster deutscher Komponistentag in Berlin. Wilhelm Kienzl (ganz links), Präsident Dr. Richard Strauss und Generalmusikdirektor Pfitzner mit dem italienischen Vertreter (Mitte).
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Joseph Goebbels beim Festkonzert in der Berliner Philharmonie anlässlich des Ersten Deutschen Komponistentages; neben Goebbels, von links: Dr. Julius Kopsch, Adjutant Friedrich Christian Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe, Richard Strauss, dessen Sohn Franz, Wilhelm Furtwängler.
The last photo is particularly interesting: seen on the far left is Dr Julius Kopsch (in uniform of Reserve-Sturm 3, SA-Standarte 7), who composed and recorded (in 1933, with Erk'scher Männergesangverein & Kapelle der Staatsoper, Berlin) paraphrases of two of the most popular NS songs, "Volk, an's Gewehr!" (by A. Pardun) and "Horst-Wessel-Lied"; sitting next to him is Goebbels' adjutant Friedrich Christian Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe, known to military music collectors as the lyricist of "Alte Garde" (music by K. Heuser) and "Siegeslied" (music by H. Niel).
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Re: 1. Deutscher Komponistentag (1934)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Sep 2020 19:30

A press report on the 1st German Composers' Day.

From Badische Presse, 19.02.1934, p. 2
Badische Presse 1934-02-19 S-2.jpg
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2. Deutscher Komponistentag (1935)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Sep 2020 19:31

A photo from the 2nd German Composers' Day, Berlin, 25 (?) November 1935.
(I've found several different dates for this meeting; can anyone confirm, with a period document, the correct one?)

From https://www.bild.bundesarchiv.de/
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Originaltitel: 2. Deutscher Komponistentag im Zoo, verbunden mit einem Festkonzert. V.r.n.l. Der Präsident der Reichskammer Prof. Dr. Peter Raabe, der Vizepräsident der Reichsmusikkammer Prof. Dr. Paul Graener und der Geschäftsführer der Reichsmusikkammer Präsidialrat Ihlert. Datierung: 1935.
Note that this is a rare image of Heinrich Ihlert (on the far left), known to military music collectors as the author of "Kanonen und Haubitzen".
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Re: 2. Deutscher Komponistentag (1935)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Sep 2020 19:33

A press report on the 2nd German Composers' Day.

From Badische Presse, 28.11.1935, p. 6
Badische Presse 1935-11-28 S-6.jpg
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Note

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Sep 2020 19:35

Note: In his article "Auf dieser trutzigen Burg im schönen bergischen Lande", H. W. Boresch mentions a February 1936 composers' meeting in Berlin. His source was the Deutsche Musik-Zeitung no 37 (1936), p. 87. Unfortunately, I don't have that issue. If anyone has any info on that meeting, or that DMZ issue, do let us know. I'd primarily like to check whether it was a state- or a city-level meeting and if the date is correct.

Another note: I haven't seen any photos from the 1936-1938 meetings, I've managed to find only various press articles. If anyone has any images from those meetings, feel free (as always) to post them.

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1. Reichstagung der deutschen Komponisten (1936)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Sep 2020 19:37

Three press announcements and a report on the 1st German Composers' State Meeting, Burg Castle, 8-10 May 1936.

From Badische Presse, 18./19.04.1936, p. 6
Badische Presse 1936-04-18+19 S-6.jpg

From Der Führer, 29.04.1936, p. 4
Der Führer 1936-04-29 S-4.jpg

From Karlsruher Tagblatt, 02.05.1936, p. 4
Karlsruher Tagblatt 1936-05-02 S-4.jpg

From Der Führer, 14.05.1936, p. 4
Der Führer 1936-05-14 S-4.jpg
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2. Reichstagung der deutschen Komponisten (1937)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Sep 2020 19:39

Press announcements and reports on the 2nd German Composers' State Meeting, Burg Castle, 7-10 May 1937.

From Karlsruher Tagblatt, 23.02.1937, p. 4
Karlsruher Tagblatt 1937-02-23 S-4.jpg

From Badische Presse, 25.02.1937, p. 4
Badische Presse 1937-02-25 S-4.jpg

From Der Führer, 13.05.1937, p. 4
Der Führer 1937-05-13 S-4.jpg

From Die Musik, XXIX/9, June 1937, pp. 654-657
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3. Reichstagung der deutschen Komponisten (1938)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Sep 2020 19:40

A press report on the 3rd German Composers' State Meeting, Burg Castle, May 1938.

From Der Führer, 11.05.1938, p. 4
Der Führer 1938-05-11 S-4.jpg
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4. Reichstagung der deutschen Komponisten (1939, cancelled)

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Sep 2020 19:47

Finally, two press announcements for the 4th German Composers' State Meeting at the Burg Castle, planned for 22-25 September 1939 and cancelled after the war broke out.

From Der oberschlesische Wanderer, 06.06.1939, p. 7
Der oberschlesische Wanderer 1939-06-06 S-7.jpg

From Der oberschlesische Wanderer, 07.07.1939, p. 10
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