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International Society for Contemporary Music [ISCM] (Fr. Société Internationale pour la Musique Contemporaine, SIMC; Ger. Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik, IGNM)locked

  • Anton Haefeli
  •  and Reinhard Oehlschlägel


Society founded on 11 August 1922 after the Internationale Kammermusikaufführungen Salzburg 1922, a festival of modern chamber music held as part of the Salzburg Festival and organized by Rudolf Réti with the assistance of Egon Wellesz, Paul Stefan and some young Viennese composers. Over 20 composers were present, including Webern, Hindemith, Bartók, Kodály, Honegger and Milhaud. The participants were determined that this, the first international music festival after World War I, should be the first of a regular series of events enabling contemporary composers to maintain the contacts made in Salzburg and meet annually to become acquainted with recent musical events and trends. On its foundation the ISCM outlined its purpose as being a means of breaking down national barriers and personal interests and publicizing and promoting contemporary music ‘regardless of aesthetic trends or the nationality, race, religion or political views of the composer’. These aims were to be pursued through annual music festivals in different countries. The first (...

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