School broadcasts

»The initial reaction was incredibly positive and increased with each subsequent broadcast.«[1]

In 1948, Dr. Walter Panofsky, an employee at Bavarian Radio, came across the music from Carl Orff’s Schulwerk. The head of department for school broadcasts, Annemarie Schambeck, then requested Orff to create music which could be played by children themselves: »We believe that this type of music would directly appeal to children and we have plans to produce a series of broadcasts.«[2]

»On 15 September 1948, the first Schulwerk programme was broadcast for children. No-one could have anticipated the positive reaction to these programmes. Firstly, the technological conditions at that time were anything but ideal. There were only a few schools within Bavaria which were able to receive and hear school broadcasts. [...] Looking back, this initial broadcast can be seen as an extraordinary pioneering activity and a new milestone in the history of education.«[4]

The programmes were soon also broadcast by radio stations in other countries. Further programme series for schools were continued by Wolfgang Hartmann and Hermann Regner who took their inspiration from the ›Schulwerk‹.[5]



[1] CO-Dok III,216; [2] CO-Dok III,212; [3] CO-Dok III,215; [4] Walter Panovsky in CO-Dok III,216
[5] probably Hermann Regner
Images : 1 Peter Reimer; 2 Minna Ronnefeld; 3-4 OZM
Video: Bavarian Radio 1975

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