Jörg Birhance, Orchestra Conducting

22 - 28 July

la Loge olympique:

Haydn, Berg, Wellesz

Not everyone is aware of how far Haydn, as the creator of the symphony itself, also set the foundation for the profession of conducting. It is not so much a matter of the technical mastery of works that often did not yet call for a conductor, but of the understanding of the symphonic, for which no one is a better teacher than Joseph Haydn. As Hans Swarowsky said, everything that appears later in symphonic music is already laid out in Haydn and is therefore an essential element for the understanding and mastering of our profession. The symphonies we will work on have been composed for the "Concert de la Loge olympique".

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Arnold Schoenberg's birth, this course will draw a line from Haydn to Viennese Modernism, studying two of his companions and pupils, Alban Berg and the still far too unknown Egon Wellesz, whose 50th anniversary of death is being honoured here.

The afternoons will be dedicated to conducting the stage rehearsals of Mozart Opera Studio's Così fan tutte.


        Joseph Haydn:

        • Symphony no. 83 "La Poule" in g
        • Symphony no. 85 "La Reine" in Bb

        Alban Berg:

        • Drei Stücke aus der "Lyrischen Suite" für Streichorchester (1926-1928)

          Egon Wellesz:

          • Musik für Streichorchester in einem Satz, op. 91


                • Conducting Piano
                • Rehearsals and concert with WienSinfonietta
                • Observation of Form as Movement / Bar Group / Gestalt (after Constantin Bugeanu, N.B.: Chapter II. from "The Observation of Form" is recommended as preparation for the method of study)
                • Conducting technique (Functional technique after Sergiu Celibidache)
                • Melos, Tempo, stylistic aspects, rehearsal technique
                  • Day 1-3: 09:30-13:00 preparatory part, conducting Piano
                  • Day 4-6: 10-13 Rehearsal with WienSinfonietta
                  • Day 7: 11:00 Concert
                    • The course is designed for 6-10 active conductors. No age limit. Please note study and conducting experience in the online application form.
                    • Workshop Languages: German, English, Spanish, French
                    • Video: rehearsals and performance will be video recorded; every participant will receive a copy for private use (copyright remains with EMIV).
                    • Course Fee conducting Orchestra:
                      • Deposit payment (as part of the course fee): EUR 600
                      • Regular Course (register and pay until June 01, 2024): EUR 1300
                    • Course Fee without conducting Orchestra:
                      • EUR 640
                    • Application Deadline Course: 01 June 2024
                    • Late application after deadline upon availability of spots/waiting list