August 2nd and 3rd, 2011

The Ensemble Modern, in collaboration with the Earle Brown Music Foundation, will hold a workshop on conducting Earle Brown’s “open form” works.

The American composer Earle Brown (1926-2002) irrevocably changed the thinking of generations of composers since about 1950. His “open form” works, inspired by Alexander Calder’s mobile sculptures and Jackson Pollock’s paintings, broke up the existing ideas of overall linear time, development and fixed form in composition, replacing it with the spontaneous creation of musical form by shaping, mixing and superimposing predetermined mobile elements.

Conductor-composer Hans Zender will share his extensive knowledge of Earle Brown’s music. Under Mr. Zender’s supervision, a limited number of young conductors will actively rehearse “open form” works with musicians of Ensemble Modern and the International Ensemble Modern Akademie, and there will be opportunity for theoretical discourse as well.

Hans Zender was a colleague and friend of Earle Brown since the 1970s. He has conducted Mr. Brown’s music and personally worked with Mr. Brown extensively throughout his career. Earle Brown wrote his 1972 composition "Time spans" for Zender.

To apply for one of the remaining openings as listening participant, please contact:, or call +49 (0)69 943430-10