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Art Competitions at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Mixed Music, Compositions For Orchestra

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Exhibition Area Hall VI, Kaiserdamm, Berlin
Date Started: August 1, 1936
Date Finished: August 16, 1936

Gold: GER Werner Egk
Silver: ITA Lino Liviabella
Bronze: TCH Jaroslav Křička


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.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Werner Egk 35 Germany GER Gold Olympische Festmusik
2 Lino Liviabella 34 Italy ITA Silver Il Vincitore
3 Jaroslav Křička 53 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze Bergsuite
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