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49th Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music

Call for composers: Etudes for electric guitar

Special project for composers and guitar players

Tutor: Yaron Deutsch
Submission deadline: 10 December 2017

As one of the flagship projects of his 2018 guitar class in Darmstadt, Yaron Deutsch is following an approach that will be of an opposite kind to what is commonly being associated when thinking of electric guitar. For the electric guitar, Yaron has commissioned 8 new works (2-3 minutes each) that will eventually formulate a cycle of 12 etudes referencing Villa- Lobos’ iconic 12 etudes for guitar written 90 years ago for the master Andreas Segovia. These new etudes are supposed to be premiered by participants in Darmstadt and among the composers writing these new etudes will be: Chaya Czernowin, Rebecca Saunders, Pierluigi Billone (the shortest Billone piece to date), José María Sánchez-Verdú, Clemens Gadenstätter, Christopher Trapani, Elena Rykova and Andreas Dohmen. For the remaining 4 etudes we are hoping to choose 4 composers that take part in the Darmstadt Summer Course 2018.

Composers interested in applying to this project are requested to send 1-2 existing works where they use the electric guitar (complete score or excerpts as PDF) no later than 10 December 2017 to . (Please send large files e. g. via

Yaron Deutsch will select 4 composers until beginning of January 2018. All composers taking part in the project must be registered participants of the Darmstadt Summer Course 2018 and will be given preference when registration will start mid / end of January 2018.

The 4 completed new electric guitar etudes (2-3 minutes each) will have to be submitted as PDF score no later than 1st May 2018.

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Earlier Event: July 10
Cello and Horn Commission