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100 years Donaueschinger Musiktage

Donaueschinger Musiktage, Germany

On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, the Donaueschingen Music Days placed the symphony orchestra at the center of its festival program. Since SWF took charge of the festival's artistic direction in 1950, works for symphony orchestra have been the focal point of the festival weekend every year. Up to eight new orchestral works are premiered in Donaueschingen each year. The SWF Symphony Orchestra and the SWR Symphony Orchestra have left a lasting mark on the festival with their unique sound culture.

In 2021, the emphasis will now pivot even more towards orchestral music, as two additional orchestras will be invited: the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Lucerne Festival Academy Alumni Orchestra. Both have a great affinity for New Music, but each boasts its own sound culture. The diversity of these bodies of musicians and the styles and positions of the composers make up a festival program that features compositions by Stefan Prins, Annesley Black, Christian Mason, Pierre Boulez and Francesco Filidei. The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation is making the 100th edition of the Donaueschingen Music Days possible.

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