2020:  250th Anniversary of Birth: Ludwig van Beethoven (*17.12.1770 in Bonn)
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2020 marks Beethovens 250th birthday and we will celebrate it together in Vienna!
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) is the most frequently performed classical composer in the world and one of the most important representatives of Europe’s cultural life. Today his works belong to the cultural heritage of humanity.
Not only is he milestone, inventor and turning point in the history of music but he changed the role of the artist as a whole. Beethoven’s self-awareness made him a “modern” artist and individualist. This approach led him to rebel against all forms of convention and compromise. Despite being rooted in the Viennese classical tradition, he also was a pioneer of romanticism inspiring and influencing later artists. From Schumann, Liszt and Wagner to Mahler, Shostakovich and Bernstein to name only a few.
Especially his symphonic work is still considered as the hallmark of the genre.
Interest in his music has remained unchanged for centuries and become a global phenomenon. Beethoven is omnipresent and everlastingly modern. His name is known far beyond the world of music. He even inspired people in non-musical disciplines such as film, sport and politics.


SCL 2020

The festival will take place: 2020, July 10th - 15th

 

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And Action please!

From 2021 onwards we are including Film Music as a part of the artistic program of the SCL Festival both at the Competition and the Celebration. Film Music related works will be included in a number of categories of the festival. The idea is to highlight the importance of the performance of Film Music by underlining its qualities as an integrated genre of Art Music.



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Early Bird discount registration for the SCL Festival 2020 will end October 31, 2019

More information about the application
Plan your experience of a lifetime - the SCL Festival team is looking forward to welcoming you!

 

Compulsory pieces 2020:

CHOIRS:


Mixed Choir:

Morten Lauridsen (*1943):   O Magnum Mysterium (07:00)
www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/o-magnum-mysterium-sheet-music/19556221

 

Treble Choir:

 

Male Choir:

Francis Poulenc (1899–1963):   From “4 Petites prieres de Saint Francois d ́Assise”,
FP 142: I. “Salut, Dame Sainte” (03:00)
www.doblinger.at/de/Artikel/Quatre-petites-prieres-de-Saint-Francois-dAssise.htm

Eric Whitacre (*1970):   Lux Aurumque (03:15)
 www.jwpepper.com/3301140.item#/submit

 

Children’s Choir:

Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016):   Seven Songs Home
1. Home-time at last
(1:50)
3. The Heather Track
(1:50)
www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Maxwell-Davies-Peter-Seven-Songs-Home-SAA/603337

Michael Praetorius (1571–1621):   Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (01:45)

https://www.stretta-music.com/es-ist-ein-ros-entsprungen-f-dur-1997-nr-577046.html

 

ORCHESTRAS:


Symphony Orchestra:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827):   Symphony No.8 in F major, op.93
IV. Allegro vivace (07:00)
2  2  2  2 — 2  2  0  0 — tmp — str
(full score & instrumental parts): www.baerenreiter.com/en/suche/quicksearch/query/ba%209008/

 

Chamber Orchestra with Winds:

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809):   Symphony No.104 in D major
I. Adagio - Allegro (08:00)
2  2  2  2 — 2  2  0  0 — tmp — str
(full score & instrumental parts): www.universaledition.com/de/komponisten-und-werke/joseph-haydn-293/werke/104-symphonie-153

 

String Orchestra:

Edvard Grieg (1843–1907):   Holberg Suite, op.40
I. Prelude (04:00)
II. Sarabande (04:00)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.kalmus.com/product_detail.php?id=40434

 

 

BANDS:

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975):   Folk Dances (04:45)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/folk-dances-sheet-music/19222341

 

 

SUMMA ENSEMBLES:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827):   Symphony No. 5, I. Allegro con brio (07:30)
 

 

 

Orchestra - Workshop Pieces 2020:

All orchestras taking part in the Competition are asked to prepare their respective compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, please select one piece from the list of your respective category. You may also choose a piece from your additional program. This piece, however, needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director first.

All orchestras taking part in the Celebration are invited to prepare two pieces from the list of your respective category. You may also choose a piece from your additional program. This piece, however, needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director first.

 


Symphony Orchestra:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F major, op.93, IV. Allegro vivace
Hector Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven: One movement from 1st, 2nd, 4th or 5th Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven: One movement from Egmont, Coriolan or Fidelio Overture
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38, 3rd movement, Scherzo Molto Vivace
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No.3 in a minor Op. 56 (“Scottish”), 2nd movement, Vivace non troppo
Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances No. 3 and 8

Chamber Orchestra:
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.104 in D major I. Adagio – Allegro or IV. Finale: Spiritoso
Franz Schubert: One movement from Symphony No.5 in B flat major (D 485)
Joseph Haydn: One movement from Symphony No.43 in E flat major Hob.I: 43 (“Mercury”)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: One movement from Symphony Nr. 29 in A major, KV 201
Béla Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances

String Orchestra:
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Sinfonia No. 4 in C minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: One movement from Divertimento KV 136 or KV 137 or 138
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Josef Suk: One movement from Serenade for Strings in E flat-major Op. 6
Edvard Grieg: One movement from Holberg Suite
Béla Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances
Johann Sebastian Bach: 3. Brandenburgisches Konzert, 1st movement
Georg Friedrich Händel: One movement from Concerto grosso Op. 6 / No. 5 in D major

 

 

Band - Workshop Pieces 2020:

 

All Bands taking part in the Competition shall prepare the compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, you may choose a piece from your additional program. This piece needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

All Bands taking part in the Celebration may choose one piece from their Musikverein program and one piece from their additional concert program. These pieces need to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

 

Summa Ensemble - Workshop Pieces 2020:

 

All Summa Ensembles taking part in the Competition shall prepare the compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, you may choose a piece from your additional program. This piece needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

All Summa Ensembles taking part in the Celebration may choose one piece from their Musikverein program and one piece from their additional concert program. These pieces need to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

 

  • SCL Festival Venues - St. Stephen’s Cathedral

    The opening ceremony held in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Austria’s landmark and a symbol of Austrian identity.

    www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights/st-stephens-cathedral

  • SCL Festival Venues - Musikverein

    The competition and the Celebration held in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein (and/or in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus). Music lovers throughout the world know...
  • SCL Festival Venues - Golden Hall of the Musikverein

    ...the Musikverein as the center of Viennese musical culture, as the focus of the international concert circuit and as the Eldorado of classical music.

    www.musikverein.at

  • SCL Festival Venues - Konzerthaus

    The Gala Winner’s concert, held in the sold out Konzerthaus. In the heart of the Konzerthaus (which consists of more than 600 rooms) lies the Konzerthaus’ flagship, the Grosser Saal (Great Hall). In this room, artists, audiences and atmosphere blend into a harmonious triad...
  • SCL Festival Venues - Great Hall of the Konzerthaus

    ...Home to world-famous orchestras, virtuoso soloists, renowned conductors and legendary jazz musicians, the Great Hall can accommodate an audience of 1,800 and offers the perfect venue for a wide variety of musical activity.

    www.konzerthaus.at

  • SCL Festival Venues - University of Music in Vienna

    Workshops and seminars held in the University of Music in Vienna, one of the largest arts universities in the world.
  • SCL Festival Venues - Rathaus / Vienna City Hall

    Closing ceremony held in the magnificent Festival Hall of Vienna City Hall, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Vienna.

    www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights/from-l-to-r/city-hall

 

+ Festival program



Festival Day 1: Friday
Afternoon Opening Ceremony for all participants
Conductor’s Kick-Off Meeting (all conductors)


Festival Day 2: Saturday
All day Competition and Celebration at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles
All day Individual concerts and performances in Vienna and around Vienna (all groups)


Festival Day 3: Sunday
All day Competition and Celebration at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles
All day Workshops at the University of Music in Vienna for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles
All day Individual concerts and performances in Vienna and around Vienna (all groups)


Festival Day 4: Monday
All day Workshops at the University of Music in Vienna for Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles
Visit to the Haus der Musik*, an interactive sound museum
All day Individual concerts and performances in Vienna and around Vienna (all groups)


Festival Day 5: Tuesday
Morning Individual city exploration of Vienna*
Lecture, preparation for Gala Winners’ Concert and group photo at the Wiener Konzerthaus (all groups)
17:00 Evening Gala Winners' Concert (winners of the Competition on stage, all other participants in the audience) at the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus
20:30 Award ceremony, farewell reception (all participants)


Festival Day 6: Wednesday
Departure from Vienna, further European concert tour where applicable


* details as per individual group itinerary Program subject to change