Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Exhibition Area Hall VI, Kaiserdamm, Berlin
Date Started: August 1, 1936
Date Finished: August 16, 1936
With 20 entries, Compositions For Orchestra was the most popular musical event at the 1936 Olympics. The winner was Werner Egk, although Egk was a pseudonym composed of his wife's intials, his real name being Mayer. Egk was a government favorite during the Nazi period, although later denied any sympathies. The lyrics for his winning work in 1936, Olympische Festmusik, were from Carl Diem, chief organizer of the Games.
A novelty in Olympic music contests was that the winning works were performed live during the Olympics. During a concert on 15 August at the Dietrich-Eckart-Bühne (part of the Olympic complex), both Egk's winning entry and Lino Liviabella's Il Vincitore were played by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert had been opened with a version of the Olympic Hymn by Richard Strauss. 20,000 spectators attended the concert.
|1||Werner Egk||35||Germany||GER||Gold||Olympische Festmusik|
|2||Lino Liviabella||34||Italy||ITA||Silver||Il Vincitore|
|HM||Bunya Koh||26||Japan||JPN||Tanz Formosa|
|HM||Gian Luca Tocchi||35||Italy||ITA||Record|
|AC||Marius Monnikendam||40||Netherlands||NED||Im Anfang war der Rhythmus|
|AC||Alexander Langeweg||46||Netherlands||NED||Marcia Campione|
|AC||Marc-César Scotto||Monaco||MON||Hercule offre les Jeux aux peuplades de Monaco|
|AC||Robert Sanders||30||United States||USA||Olympia|
|AC||Roy Harris||38||United States||USA||When Jonny comes Marching home|
|AC||Quincy Porter||39||United States||USA||Symphonic Ode|