Harp Composition Class
With Sarah Nemtsov & Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir
Additional Workshop with selection process (Call for Composers)
Tutors: Rebecca Saunders (Composition), Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir (Harp)
When: 6–11 August 2023
Who: Composers (chosen from the Call for Composers, registered for composition), participants of the harp studio
Submission deadline: ⏰ 30 April 2023
Call for Composers
Twelve composers are invited to take part in an intensive six-day course with tutors Sarah Nemtsov and Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir and her harp class. During the course the composers compose a short piece for harp in close collaboration with a harpist and with guidance from the tutors. The course’s main emphasis is on the collaborative process.
The course will cover topics such as:
- an introduction to contemporary harp techniques and notation
- close collaboration between composers and performers
- experimentation on a single sound, gesture or action
- improvisational and explorative techniques
- precise notation and communication between performer and composer
A concert of the new harp miniatures will take place on 11th August.
Day 1 (6 August 2023)
10.30–11.30 Group Meeting 1 tutti, composers and performers
11.30–13.30 Harp presentation seminar, tutti
15.00–18.00 Group Sessions 1, 2 composers + 1 player in 6 rooms
Day 2 (7 August 2023)
10.30–14.00 Group Sessions 2 (and composers compose afternoons/evenings on days 2–5)
Day 3 (8 August 2023)
10.30–14.00 Group Sessions 3
Day 4 (9 August 2023)
10.30–14.00 Group Sessions 4
Day 5 (10 August 2023)
10.30–14.00 Group Sessions 5
15.30–17.00 Group Meeting 2 tutti, feedback and discussion
Day 6 (11th August 2023)
11.00–13.00 Composer Seminar discussion
All composers must be registered participants of the Darmstadt Summer Course.
2 recent scores (PDF) and a short CV (PDF), plus the relevant recordings (please note, not necessarily for harp).
Please upload the recordings on a cloud and provide the link in a PDF. No download of files possible.
Applicants are requested to send all PDF files by ⏰ 30 April 2023 to:
Subject: LASTNAME Firstname Harp Composition 2023
Please note that we cannot consider any remarks, links, or information outside the PDF files!
If you have questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Composers will be selected and notified by 1st June.