ISCM World Music Days 2000

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The ISCM World Music Days 2000 took place from September 29th to October 8th, 2000 in the Luxembourg capital Luxembourg . Luxembourg hosted the ISCM World Music Days for the first time .

The Luxembourg conductor and composer Marcel Wengler was the artistic director . The international jury included Siegfried Palm (D), Arne Mellnäs (SE), Karen Tanaka (J), Nicolas Bacri (F), Irvine Arditti (GB), Thomas Kessler (CH) and Norbert Nozy (B).


The Swiss Chamber Orchestra under Klaus Arp, the Ensemble Antipodes, the Ensemble United Berlin, the Ensemble Continuum New York, the Arditti String Quartet , the Ensemble intercontemporain under Jonathan Nott , the Luxembourg Sinfonietta under Marcel Wengler, the Prague Chamber Orchestra under Ondrej Kukal, Ensemble Modern under Dominique My, Orchester Philharmonique du Luxembourg under David Shallon , musikFabrik under James Avery, the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra under Oswald Sallaberger and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Pascal Rophé and Tan Dun .



The piece A Garden for Orpheus by Jean-Luc Darbellay was commissioned by the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk and was first performed on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Bauhaus Dessau .

The presented Lucifer compositions Lion, lend me your voice by Theo Brandmüller , In the high trumpets of the trees by Claude Lefebvre and The unknown angel by Marcel Wengler were commissioned by the German Pavilion at the Expo 2000 in Hanover.

World premieres

Twenty works by potters from four continents ( Albania , Azerbaijan , Belgium , Germany , Italy , Luxembourg , Austria , Puerto Rico , Sweden , South Korea , Czech Republic , Ukraine , Venezuela , United Kingdom and United States ) were premiered :

  • Diana Arismendi : Tres noches sin Luna
  • Philippe Boesmans : Hermione's Dream
  • Alberto Colla: Proverbs of hell
  • Oleg Felzer: Interrupted Song
  • Johny Fritz: Trois chansons d'amour
  • Julia Gomelskaya: The Trap For Two
  • Herbert Grassl: Orchestral piece 7
  • Jeannot Heinen: I planned to speak
  • Marek Kopelent : Trumpet Concerto
  • David Lang: Short Fall
  • Mats Larsson: a presto
  • Georges Lentz : Nguurraa
  • Alexander Müllenbach: Tombeau
  • Rolf Riehm : The earth is a bowl of dark gold
  • Wolfgang Rihm : Hunts and Forms, State X / 2000
  • Luc Rollinger: Seven Ways to Djebel Chambi
  • Roberto Sierra : Tema y variaciones
  • Thoma Simaku: Soliloquy
  • Ian Willcock: Grave
  • Roland Wiltgen: Les lunes de Jupiter


The World Music Days took place in the following 22 venues in Luxembourg, France and Germany . The opening concert was held in the Cercle Municipal and the final concert in the Conservatory in Luxembourg:

  • Arsenal de Metz
  • Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain
  • Cercle Municipal
  • Château de Clervaux
  • Château de Vianden
  • Center des Arts Pluriels, Ettelbruck
  • Conservatoire Esch-sur-Alzette
  • Deutsche Bank Luxembourg
  • Eglise Ehnen
  • Eglise de Marnach
  • Église Saint Michel
  • Église Saint Pierre et Paul, Echternach
  • Halberg radio station, Saarbrücken
  • Gallery Editions Simoncini
  • Culture factory, Esch-sur-Alzette
  • Orangery, Domaine Thermal de Mondorf
  • Remich-Grevenmacher Bâteau de plaisance
  • Saarbrücken City Gallery
  • Théâtre des Capucins
  • Théâtre Municipal - Esch-sur-Alzette au Grand-Duchéde Luxembourg
  • Vieille Eglise St. Laurent, Diekirch
  • Villa Louvigny


  • Reinhard Oelschlägel: A special kind of travel festival. The World Music Days of the International Society for New Music in Luxembourg . In: MusikTexte 86/87 (2000), pp. 100-102.

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