Mozarteum University Salzburg, Mirabellplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

International Symposium

Paper Presentations and Concerts focusing on Microtonal Music

  • An event of the International Ekmelic Music Society
  • in co-operation with the Mozarteum University Salzburg:
  • Institut für Neue Musik
  • Department Gesang
  • Department Komposition und Musiktheorie
  • and ConTempOhr.

The this year's international symposium “Mikrotöne: Small is beautiful” with microtonal specialists from 16 countries is dedicated to Franz Richter Herf (1920-1989) and his wife Maria Richter-Taborsky (1928-2018). Both were teachers at the Mozarteum University Salzburg. From 1979 thru 1983, Franz Richter Herf was rector and 1981 together with Rolf Maedel founder of the International Ekmelic Music Society.

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Tickets available at the box office and at the door:

  • Three Day Pass:EUR 25.- / EUR 13.-
  • One Day Pass:EUR 15.- / EUR 8.-
  • Ticket for single concert:EUR 10.- / EUR 5.-

Concessionary admission applies to senior citizens, students, apprentices, recruits,
as well as to members of the International Ekmelic Music Society.



always in the Foyer


In memoriam Franz Richter Herf

Raum 2018


  • Arrival – Registration

  • Opening – Welcoming speech

Presentations I

Chair: Agustín Castilla-Ávila

  • Rūta Stanevičiūtė (LTU)

    Rediscovering the Lithuanian Microtonal Music: Jeronimas Kačinskas and the Hába School

  • Hans-Gunter Lock (EST)

    Organizing Microtonal Pitches. Tables of Pitch-Class Sets for 13 to 24 Equal Division of the Octave as a Tool for Composers

  • Manuel Dominguez Salas (MEX)

    Freedom and movement of microtones in ishini’ioni string quartet

  • Lunch Break

Presentations II

Chair: Gertraud Steinkogler-Wurzinger

  • Coffee Break

Presentations III

Chair: Johannes Kotschy

Kleines Studio

Concert I

  • Iván Cipactli Hernández Espinosa (MEX)

    Quarter-Tone Marimba

Kleines Studio

Concert II

“Vom Leben das Beste” – Hommage to Franz Richter Herf

Shakespeare Kunst & Kulinarisches, Hubert-Sattler-Gasse 3, 5020 Salzburg

Concert III

“MAR” – Performance

  • TRAK Dance Ensemble

    Irina Repey – live Video Painting

    Agustín Castilla-Ávila – microtonal guitars

Shakespeare Kunst & Kulinarisches, Hubert-Sattler-Gasse 3, 5020 Salzburg

Concert IV



Presentations IV

Chair: Agustín Castilla-Ávila

  • Johnny Reinhard (USA)

    128 Tuning – or 8th Octave of the Overtone Series (Harmonic Tuning)

  • Lunch Break

Presentations V

Chair: Gertraud Steinkogler-Wurzinger

Concert V

  • Laurent Estoppey (CHE)

    Microtonal Saxophone

  • Coffee Break

Presentations VI

Chair: Johannes Kotschy

Concert VI

  • Johnny Reinhard

    “The microtonal Bassoon”


Presentations VII

Chair: Johannes Kotschy

  • Iván Cipactli Hernández Espinosa (MEX)

    Expansion of the microtonal marimba

  • Elisa Järvi (FIN)

    Performing on the Quarter-Tone Piano, Re-Discovering Repertoire

  • Lunch Break

Presentations VIII

Chair: Agustín Castilla-Ávila

  • Richard Cameron-Wolfe (USA)

    Microtones and the Human Psyche: the Legacy of Composer John Eaton

  • Eleni Ralli (GRC)

    Harry Partch’s “The Letter”, a Comparison of the three existing versions (1943,1955,1972)

  • Coffee Break

Presentations IX

Chair: Johannes Kotschy

  • Georg Vogel, David Dornig, Valentin Duit (AUT)

    Presenting the instruments of the ensemble Dsilton, the 31-tone keyboard M-Claviton & an 8-string 31-tone guitar, the repertoire & techniques of improvisation in 31-EDO

  • Katarzyna Bartos (POL)

    Hidden mathematical processes? “Stimmung” by Karlheinz Stockhausen


Concert VII

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen


End of the Symposium