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Instrumental Competition 2017

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The 69th annual Prague Spring International Music Competition, a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva, will be held from 7 May until 15 May 2017 in Prague for the instruments HARPSICHORD and VIOLIN.

 

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The competition is intended for artists of all nationalities who:

  • satisfy the age limit – 32 years for harpsichord (i.e. those who are born after 7 May 1985 inclusively) and 30 years for the violin (i.e. those who are born after 7 May 1987 inclusively)
  • have not already won the 1st prize in the Prague Spring International Music Competition in the relevant instrumental field.

 

 

 

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Persons interested in participating in the competition apply on line where they may complete and confirm a web application, attach required photographs suitable for reproduction, a recording of the compositions for the preliminary round, and other attachments if any.

The application must be accompanied by the following items:

  • an unedited recording of high technical quality of the compositions listed in the Competition Repertoire section of these General Provisions.
    harpsichord – an unedited audio recording in WAV, FLAC, MP3, OGG, or M4A format or on a CD or minidisk
    violin – a video recording in avi, mov, mpg, or mp4, or a DVD
    The quality of the recording must meet professional standards. The selection of candidates who will be able to participate in the competition in Prague will be made on the basis of this recording. Recordings will be heard anonymously and in random order. At the same time, submit a statement from a pedagogue or other person of artistic standing (e.g. the recording engineer) guaranteeing the authenticity of the recording. If you do not comply with the programme requirements for the recording, you will be disqualified.
  • a copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • a portrait photograph – suitable for reproduction (digital photograph in 300dpi resolution burnt on a marked CD or loaded on-line in application form or a legibly signed printed photograph)
  • confirmation of payment of the administrative fee (for costs associated with registration and the preliminary round) of EUR 30 onto account “Prazske jaro”, acct. no. 3633372/0800 at the bank Česká spořitelna, IBAN CZ64 0800 000­0 0000 03633372, B.I.C. GIBACZPX.
    The administrative fee can also be paid online directly from through the application form by using the PayPal service.
    (Applicants wishing to render payment in the currency CZK will find information about payment on the website in the FAQ section))

 

A printout of the application form, duly completed and signed, along with any enclosures not sent electronically, is to be sent to the address:

Prague Spring Competition
Hellichova 18
118 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic

If you send recording by post, please mark the envelope "Competition recording, not subject to tax"

APPLICATION DEADLINE – 1 DECEMBER 2016
(The date when the electronic application is sent is decisive.)

 

By 20 January 2017, candidates accepted for the competition (i.e. successful candidates chosen in the preliminary round) will be sent notification of their acceptance by e-mail. Candidates receiving this message shall pay the participation fee of EUR 80 onto the competition account no later than by 15 February 2017. Accepted candidates will then be sent a letter with complete information concerning the holding of the competition as well as sheet music for the compulsory composition.

The administrative fee and participation fee are nonrefundable.

These competition requirements have been announced in compliance with the Competition Statutes of the Prague Spring International Music Competition dated 9 November 2015. The competition requirements are being issued in the Czech, English, French and German languages. In case of any discrepancy, the Czech text shall be regarded as authentic.

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For both instrumental fields

The competition will be held in three rounds, and the number of candidates is limited. For both instruments, the maximum number of Round I candidates is 50, a maximum of 12 candidates will advance to Round II, and four candidates will advance to the finals.

For competition performances, the jury has the right to determine the order of compositions or of individual parts of compositions.

A work by a Czech composer written for the 2017 Prague Spring International Music Competition will be sent to the candidates together with instructions for competitors.

The competition repertoire stated by the candidate in the application is binding and cannot be changed. Later changes or failure to comply with the compulsory repertoire are grounds for disqualification. Candidates must bring printed music with them and present it on demand.

Using illegal photocopies of sheet music for public performance is a violation of copyright and the commercial rights of the publisher, and the performers assume all liability for any legal sanctions.

All three rounds of competition performances are public.

Any radio or television broadcasts and recordings of competition performances are at the disposal of Prague Spring and serve for promotion of the competition. The possible commercial use of these recordings shall be the subject of future negotiations.

 

Harpsichord

Preliminary round

an audio recording with the following repertoire

  1. One of the following canons by Johann Sebastian Bach from The Art of the Fugue BWV 1080
    a) Contrapunctus No. 14: Canon alla Decima. Contrapunto alla Terza
    b) Contrapunctus No. 15: Canon per Augmentationem in Contrario Motu
  2. Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in E Major K 134 (omitting the second repeat).

Candidates who document that they have won the first prize in one of the following competitions need not submit a recording:

  • International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, Leipzig 2014
  • International Competition Musica Antiqua, Bruges 2015
  • Broadwood Horniman Harpsichord Competition, London 2015 

 

Round I

  1. 1. A work of the candidate’s choice:
    a) Alessandro Poglietti: Toccata fatta sopra l’assedio di Filippsburgo
    b) Georg Muffat: Toccata duodecima et ultima (Apparatus musico organisticus)
  2. One of the following canons by Johann Sebastian Bach from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
    a) Contrapunctus No. 14: Canon alla Decima. Contrapunto alla Terza
    b) Contrapunctus No. 15: Canon per Augmentationem in Contrario Motu
  3. John Bull: In Nomine (XI) (Musica Britannica)
  4. John Bull: The King’s Hunt (from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)

A copy of a Flemish instrument and a virginal without a short octave will be available for Round I.

 

Round II

  1. A work composed for the 2017 Prague Spring Competition (by Petr Wajsar) – with a duration of ca. 5 minutes.
  2. One of the following sonatas by Josef Antonín Štěpán (Joseph Anton Steffan)
    a) Sonata in E flat major (whole work)
    b) Sonata B flat major (whole work with the optional omission of either the Menuetto or the Andantino)
    c) Sonata in A major (whole work).
    The candidates may play or omit repeats at their own discretion.
  3. Johann Mattheson: 2 Prob-stücke from the Grosse General-Baß-Schule
    Mittelklasse No. 2 or No. 11
    Oberklasse No. 9 or No. 11
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Capriccio in B flat major “Über die Abreise des sehr beliebten Bruders” BWV 992
  5. A suite freely compiled from the music of François Couperin

The total time of Round II may be no shorter than 40 minutes and no longer than 45 minutes.

For the Round II, a Flemish copy and a French copy will be available.

 

Finals

  1. Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra H. 246
    (in cooperation with the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra from Zlín conducted by Vojtěch Spurný)
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Flute, Violin, Harpsichord, and Strings in A minor, BWV 1044 (in cooperation with members of Collegium 1704, conducted by the finalists)

For Finals, a Flemish copy, a French copy, and a modern instrument by Goble will be available.

Memorization is not required in all rounds.

 

Violin – In Memory of Josef Suk

Preliminary round

A video recording with the following repertoire

  1. Antonín Dvořák: Mazurek Op. 49
  2. Niccolo Paganini: a Caprice of the candidate’s choice (except for nos. 13, 14, 16 and 20)
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata in G minor BWV 1001 – fugue only

Candidates who document that they have won the 1st prize in one of the following competitions need not submit a recording:

  • International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart, Augsburg 2016
  • "Città di Brescia" International Violin Competition, Brescia 2016
  • Queen Elisabeth Competition, Brussels 2015
  • International Violin Competition "Premio Paganini", Genova 2015
  • Montreal International Musical Competition, Montreal (MIMC) 2016
  • International Tchaikovsky Competition, Moscow 2015

Round I

  1. Antonín Dvořák: Mazurek Op. 49
  2. Niccolo Paganini: a Caprice of the candidate’s choice (except for nos. 13, 14, 16 and 20)
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: 1st and 2nd movement from one of the following sonatas:
    a) Sonata in G minor BWV 1001 (Adagio and Fuga – Allegro)
    b) Sonata in A minor BWV 1003 (Grave and Fuga)

Round II

  1. A work composed for the 2017 Prague Spring competition (by David Lukáš) – with a duration of ca. 5 minutes.
  2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 1st movement with cadenza from one of the following concertos:
    a) Concerto in G major KV 216
    b) Concerto in D major KV 218
    c) Concerto in A major KV 219
  3. A work of the candidate’s choice: (memorization is not required)
    a) Bohuslav Martinů: Czech Rhapsody H. 307
    b) Leoš Janáček: Sonata for Violin and Piano
    c) Maurice Ravel: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano
    d) Claude Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano
    e) Ernest Bloch: Baal Shem
    f) Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 119
  4. A virtuosic work of the candidate’s choice
     

The candidate shall put together his/her own recital with interesting programming lasting 40 – 45 minutes.
Candidate may not repeat a composition from the first round. Candidates not complying with the minimum length may be disqualified. If the time limit is exceeded, the jury may stop a competitor’s performance.

Piano accompanists
Candidates may appear at the competition with their own piano accompanist, but those accompanists must pay all of their own travel and accommodations expenses. Candidates who will not be performing at the competition with their own accompanist may request in their application that the competition organizers secure the services of an official accompanist.
 

Finals

in collaboration with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leoš Svárovský

One of the following concertos:

  • Antonín Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 53
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35
  • Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77
  • Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47

Memorization is required for all rounds of the competition except for item 3 of Round II.

 

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