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Composing for Cello
Workshop Lucas Fels & Hans Thomalla

Workshop with selection process (Call for Scores & Sketches, Deadline: 15 December 2019)

Tutors: Lucas Fels (Cello) and Hans Thomalla (Composition)
Workshop dates: 20.07., 24.07. and 28.07.2020: group sessions. Composers and cellists arrange additional rehearsals individually. Final presentation: tba
Workshop times: 10.00–13.00 for all three group sessions
Possible number of active participants: 10 composers (and a corresponding number of cellists)
How to sign up: Workshop with selection process. Deadline for applications: 15 December 2019.
Participants: composers (selected from Call for Scores & Sketches, registered for the composition studios) & cellists (participants of the cello studio)
Application deadline for composers: ⚠️ 15 December 2019


During the Darmstadt Summer Course 2020 Lucas Fels (cello tutor) and Hans Thomalla (composition tutor) will offer a workshop for cellists and composers. Composers selected for this project will work together with the Summer Course cellists on either a short new cello solo piece or an already existing piece.

Call for Scores & Sketches

Composers are asked to submit ONE existing composition for cello solo OR a sketch of a new composition planned for this workshop by 15 December 2019. Works can be for cello solo only. (For logistical reasons no live electronics, fixed media, or cello + other instruments possible.) If pieces are longer than 10 minutes, the tutors reserve the rights to only work on parts of the piece (and present only parts at the final presentation).
The workshop tutors will select composers for active participation. Those pieces that were only submitted as a sketch must be finished by ⚠️ 1 July 2020 and performance material must be provided to the tutors.
Cello studio participants will work on the selected pieces in Darmstadt together with the composers as well as in the cello studio with Lucas Fels. The works and their performances will be presented by the composer/cellist teams at three group sessions of all the workshop participants, where their materials, their notation, as well as general compositional questions will be discussed.
The pieces will be shared with the public at a final presentation.


Required documents: PDF score OR sketch of a new composition for cello solo

Applicants are requested to merge all documents into ONE SINGLE PDF file (LASTNAME_Firstname_Cello_Composition_2020.pdf) and e-mail it by 15 December 2019 to:

Please note that we cannot consider any remarks, links, or information outside the PDF!
If you have sound or video files, please upload them on a cloud and provide the link in the PDF, thank you!

All applicants will be notified before 22 January 2020 (start of the booking period). Composers accepted for the workshop will be given priority during registration and online booking for composition.

Important: Please take note of our data protection policy and the conditions for participation for the Darmstadt Summer Course before submitting your application.

If you have questions, please e-mail!

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