|Date||1 – 16 August 1936|
|Location||Ausstellungsgelände Halle VI, Kaiserdamm, Berlin|
|Participants||8 from 4 countries|
|Judge||Gian Francesco Malipiero||ITA|
There were just eight entries in this event, of which the three German ones were each awarded with a medal. This might seem unsurprising, given that the nine-strong jury contained no less than seven Germans, but it had been decided that their combined vote would be counted as one. While the winner of the CompOsitions for Orchestra, Werner Egk was favored by the Nazi government, the Solo/Chorus victor was Paul Höffer, who had been derisively described as a “Cultural Bolshevist”. However, his choral work, Olympischer Schwur (Olympic Oath), might have had an edge with the jury, as the lyrics had been provided by Pierre, Baron de Coubertin, president of the IOC (and himself winner of an Olympic art medal in 1912). It is unknown whether this information was known to the jury at the time.
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 Höffer’s winning entry and Kurt Thomas’ Kantate zur Olympiade 1936 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.
|Pos||Cat Nr||Artist(s)||NOC||Translated Title||Original Title||Title in Olympic Report or Catalogue|
|1||–||Paul Höffer||GER||Olympic Oath||Olympischer Schwur||Olympischer Schwur||Gold|
|2||–||Kurt Thomas||GER||Cantata for the 1936 Olympics||Kantate zur Olympiade 1936||Kantate zur Olympiade 1936||Silver|
|3||–||Harald Genzmer||GER||The Runner||Der Läufer||Der Läufer||Bronze|
|–||Heinrich Schmidt||AUT||Greetings to Olympia||Gruß an Olympia||Gruß an Olympia|
|–||Herbert Wieninger||AUT||Olympic Hymn||Olympische Hymne||Olympische Hymne|
|–||Karl Etti||AUT||Olympic Hymn||Olympische Hymne||Olympische Hymne|
|–||Shukichi Mitsukuri||JPN||Thriving summer||盛んな夏 (Sakan'na natsu)||Gesunder Sommer|
|–||Jaroslav Křička||TCH||You, Aviators, You||Vam, letci, vam||Marsch: "Vam letci, Vam" (Marsch: "Euch, Flieger, Euch")|