Experimental Composition at School
“The music represents our search for water, the exasperation over monotonous technology and our notion of the beauty of life” says Jannik of the secretive interplay between tones, sounds and noises. Over the past months he has been working on a common composition together with his fellow pupils.
In the 2003/2004 season, Berlin school classes first began collaborating with University of the Arts students and contemporary composers to create their own experimental compositions, which they then performed at the MaerzMusik Festival of Contemporary Music. QuerKlang – a unique concept that brings together the worlds of adolescent pupils and their instructors with those of teacher training students and composers.
The aesthetics of the resulting compositions is marked by a clash of realities: stimulated by a team of two students, one composer and their music teacher, respectively, the pupils develop their own access to experimental sounds from which they, as a class, create their work and perform at MaerzMusik. The premieres of these new compositions have evolved into a minor festival highlight.
Five works will be performed at this MaerzMusik festival which were created over the past six months.
World premieres of group compositions by pupils of Hector-Peterson-Schule, Käthe-Kollwitz-Oberschule, Kurt-Schwitters-Schule, Bertha-von-Suttner-Schule and Heinrich-Hertz-Gymnasiums, accompanied by Matthias Hinke, Eres Holz,Tobias Dutschke, Makiko Nishikaze and Stefan Keller, the school's music teachers as well as students of UdK Berlin
Daniel Ott / Elena Mendoza / Christoph Riggert / Kerstin Wiehe, project manager
Stefan Roszak / Oliver Güngör, assistance