The pianists will present their 20-30 minute programme to the jury committee. Participants must also explain their programme idea to the jury in a maximum 2-minute oral presentation (German or English) before the start of the competition.
The participants with the highest score will advance to the 2nd round of the competition.
The participants present their 35-50 minute programme to the jury. Participants must also explain their programme idea to the jury in a maximum 2-minute oral presentation (German or English) before the start of the competition.
In the evening, the 3 participants with the highest score will give a public prize-winners concert.
The distinctive feature of the Schimmel Piano Competition is that the program to be performed must be independently conceived and follow a thematic idea. The result should be an attractive concert program in which the concept of the program is ideally already understood from its title and the chosen works without further oral or written explanations. Thus, in addition to the pianistic-artistic quality, the attractiveness and originality of the submitted concert programs will also be evaluated.
The program concept can deal with the connections as well as with contrasts and breaks between the individual works, and thus show references beyond the boundaries of epochs and genres. Improvisations and compositional interventions are permitted if the concept convincingly demands them. A curious immersion in the abundance of piano literature is strongly recommended!
The themes or headings of the program concepts may be abstract or concrete, and may be drawn from all sorts of fields: Mythology, literature, everyday life, nature, history, visual arts, life experience, technology, psychology. These are just a few examples. However, compositional or instrumental features can also be used to create a consistent program (e.g. "preludes", "capriccio", "staccato", "octaves"). Therefore, the possibilities are limitless.
Decisive in the conception of the program are artistic independence, individuality, originality, comprehensibility and attractiveness (entertainment value, pedagogical effects) for an audience. Participants must also explain their program idea to the audience and the jury in a maximum 2-minute introduction in German or English before the start of the competition. This introduction is mandatory.
The individual works of the program can be chosen freely and should, of course, meet high pianistic-artistic standards.
Two different program concepts must be prepared for the 1st competition round and the final round. Works from the 1st competition round may only be repeated in the final round if it is necessary for the realization of the intended program idea.
Duration of the 1st competition round: 20 to 30 minutes
Dance functions without any words and is therefore found in all nations and social classes, but can also be communicated across borders. In the piano music of the 19th century, there are excellent compositions for the folk dances practised at that time in practically every country. For a journey around the world, the works of these 4 composers offer an excellent cross-section:
Moritz Moszkowski's Polonaise op. 55 belongs to a collection of four Polish folk dances. The Polonaise with its catchy melody sounds very majestic and dignified, but thus also perfectly corresponds to the character of this Polish national dance.
In the nine-part cycle Valses poeticos, Enrico Granados makes the waltzes sound less vivacious and more poetic. The Spanish soul can be found in the tender, melancholy melodies, which wonderfully "turn" and "waltz".
"Bamboula" was originally the name of an African drum dance with the characteristic of shouting, rattling, twirling and contorting. In the 19th century, black slaves in New Orleans in particular danced the Bamboula and sang to it in their respective languages, sometimes with the support of drums and wooden trumpets.
With the Tarantella, a folk dance from southern Italy, Mili Balakirew has composed an energetic piano piece that demands a lot from the pianist, but also corresponds very well to the character of the dance. The wild tarantella dance was performed by people after a scorpion or spider bite in order to expel the poison from the body.
Duration of the final round: 30 to 50 minutes
The works in this example move between the traditional improvisation of the Baroque, which is presented here in composed form, and aleatoric music, which demands improvisational actions from the performers. In between, the historically interesting variations KV 455 by Mozart, which the composer improvised as an encore in honour of Christoph Willibald Gluck, who was present at a concert, and which was later written down.
You can find more concept examples on the page of the public final of the International Schimmel Piano Competition 2022: Final 2022
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