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INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION CONTEST FOR HARPSICHORD

 INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION CONTEST FOR HARPSICHORD
Summary:Competition for Harpsichord
Deadline: 21 April 2019
Date Posted: 15 November 2018
Details: Scuola Internazionale Musicale di Milano, with the collaboration of the Department of Culture of the City of Milan , Società Italiana Musica Contemporanea and Rugginenti-Volonté Edizioni, is now organizing the third edition of the International Composition Contest, “SIMM 2019 - New Music for Harpsichord".

The contest aims to promote contemporary music, a renewal of the harpsichord tradition, and artistic exchange among composers of various backgrounds.

1. The contest is open to composers of all nationalities, with no age restrictions. Each composer is expected to participate with one or more pieces. Registration fee is € 80,00 for each piece submitted.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE COMPOSITIONS
2. The following compositions will be accepted: harpsichord solo, harpsichord for four hands, harpsichord and an instrument (except piano), harpsichord and voice.
a) Compositions of any genre and style may be submitted. Applicants are allowed to submit compositions that have already received awards in other contests. The maximum length for each composition is seven minutes.
b) No adjusting or untuning or manipulating in any way the harpsichord before or during the performance will be allowed, lest the sequence of performances in the final evening may be impaired.
c) The compositions should be written for a French two-keyboard harpsichord, compass mi0-fa5 (EE-f’’’), registers: 2x8’, 1x4’, “peau de buffle”, lute. Pitch a’= 415 Hz. For the final concert, the Museum of musical instruments of Castello Sforze- sco in Milan will kindly lend a two-keyboard harpsichord Taskin dating from 1788.

HOW TO APPLY
3. Compositions must be sent to the Contest Board by email: segreteria@scuolainternazionalemusicaledimilano.it
by 21/04/2019, along with the application form fully comple- ted.

4. The email must contain:
- the scores (attached as a pdf file) transcribed with a word processing music program;
- the registration form fully completed and signed;
- a brief curriculum vitae in English or Italian;
- a recent photograph;
- a brief description of the piece;

- sending a MIDI file is desirable but not compulsory
- the authorization for the performance, publishing, recording, and dissemination of the work;
- copy of the proof of payment of the registration fee.

5. The scores should not have on them any marks for identifica- tion (the PDF file of the score must not be signed or marked in any way) under penalty of exclusion from the contest. The Contest Board will mark the scores in order to identify them, while maintaining anonymity.

6. The registration fee is € 80,00 for each composition submit- ted and should be paid by 21/04/2019 by money transfer to the following bank account:

Beneficiary: Scuola Internazionale Musicale di Milano IBAN IT30K 03111 01665 000000016516
SWIFT BIC: BLOPIT22
UBI Banca - Via Manzoni, 7 Milan -

Reason for payment: Composition Contest SIMM

SETUP OF THE CONTEST

7. Six compositions will be selected for a public concert in the final evening. The Contest Board will send an official email notifying the results of the selection to all applicants. The six finalist compositions will be performed on 18 May 2019 at 15.30, in the prestigious Sala della Balla of Castello Sforzesco, Milan. The concert will be open to the public and the Evaluation Committee will attend.

a) The names of the participants will be disclosed to the Evalua- tion Committee after the selection of the finalist compositions. b) It is desirable – although not compulsory – that a short presentation of each piece be given before the performance at the final concert.

c) The prize-winning compositions will be chosen from among the six compositions selected for the final evening and will be awarded a prize at the end of the concert.

AWARDS AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

8. First Prize: € 1.000,00 and a Diploma.

9. Second Prize: € 500,00 and a Diploma.

10. Third Prize: € 300,00 and a Diploma.

11. Special Prize Rugginenti-Volonté (an independent prize to be awarded to the most pedagogical composition, which must not necessarily be one of the six selected for the final evening): Publication by the press Rugginenti-Volonté.

12. The winner will be invited to talk on RADIO CLASSICA. The Contest Board may find further opportunities for one or more of the winning pieces to be performed in other public concerts. 13. The other finalists, who get none of the three top prizes, will receive a certificate stating their ranking in the final selection.

EVALUATION COMMITTEE
14. The Evaluation Committee is made up of: Sonia Bo, president, composer
Carlo Ballarini, composer
Luisella Donato, harpsichordist

Corrado Pasquotti, composer Andrea Talmelli, composer
a) The six compositions with the highest score will be admitted to a public performance in the final evening after which the Evaluation Committee will assign the first three prizes and the Special Prize for publication by Rugginenti-Volonté.

b) If the candidate is or has been in the past 2 years in any profes- sional relationship with a member of the Evaluation Committee, this member will not take part in the discussion for the awarding of the prize.

c) The decision of the Evaluation Committee is not open to appeal. They have the liberty to award ex-aequo prizes or not to award any prize at all or to select fewer than 6 finalist composi- tions.

d) After the awards ceremony, the members of the Evaluation Committee will be available to give the composers some feedback on each finalist piece.

CONCERT OF THE FINALIST COMPOSITIONS
14. The composers can either perform their compositions in person or have them performed by musicians of their own choice without the organizers having to pay any money for this. The Contest Board will provide a harpsichordist at the cost of 80 euros per piece. Composers can avail themselves of this service only by ticking the appropriate box on the application form and by paying the required amount if one of their compositions is selected for the final evening. The Contest Board will provide no instrumentalist other than a harpsichordist.

INFORMATION
15. For further information, please contact the Contest Board segreteria@scuolainternazionalemusicaledimilano.it
tel. +39 0283635275 www.scuolainternazionalemusicaledimilano.it
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