SCL2021 HG 2021:  A Poetry of Simple Things - The Magic of Music

 

In 2021 the SCL Festival stands for a vote for the poetry of simple things. After experiencing a very unusual and dire situation in our world during the last months, we at the SCL Festival wanted to accentuate an essential role of music: that very sensation that music and its performance generate both among the audience and the performers. This particular magic that happens when we meet in real time, face to face and listen to each other creating and performing music. 
 
Therefore we would like to invite you to overcome the distance that separates us, geographically and metaphorically: join the Festival and let us create that atmosphere and magic of musical understanding, an artistically inspired musical nearness.
 
The Festival 2021 will focus on the emotion, the beauty and lyricism of music. Music as a story that transcends the limitations of our everyday circumstances and brings to life that unforgettable moment of perfection, the beauty of music as a story, told by the performers.

As a novelty for us, starting 2021 we offer a possibility to participate online in the Festival. Find the details here at the bottom of this page. 

 

 


SCL 2021

The festival will take place: 2021, October 30th - November 3rd

 

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Registration SCL Festival

Registration for the SCL Festival (live) is open until: August 30th 2021.
Registration for the Online SCL Festival is open until: September 30th 2021.

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SCL Festival 2021 live and online

For the first time in our history the SCL Festival will present an opportunity to participate either live or online in the festival. This additional online participation is especially for those groups that will not be able to travel by end of August. As this is a first for us we only offer a limited number of online-participation positions. To participate in the online branch of the Festival your ensemble will need to present their performance by a recorded video. Contact us for more details.

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Registration for the SCL Festival 2021 extended until mid April, 2021

More information about the application

Until June 15th 2021 (latest) applicants need to provide:
One original conductor score of each work performed in the Competition and one score of each workshop piece (Note: Scores of the compulsory pieces are already available and do not have to be sent), Data sheet for the individual participants, Stage Plan indicating the location of all instruments and all group members.

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SCL Festival 2021 – Oct 30 – Nov 3 2021
 
Yes, the SCL Festival 2021 will take place! But due to a range of determining factors we had to change our originally scheduled date. So the SCL Festival will take place from 30. October 2021 – 3. November 2021.
First, we would like to emphasise how happy and grateful we are to announce the next SCL Festival after a year of lockdowns, isolation and cultural austerity. We are so much looking forward to a Festival full of music and joy, full of live and musical encounters. Like the rest of the world we had been going through a very difficult 2020. Of course we want to apologise for any inconvenience. We know how hard it can be to reschedule such an important activity. 
The SCL Festival is a very ambitious event and we want to deliver the same high standards that you have become used to in previous years, to fulfil this challenge we need a certain preliminary lead time (Yes, we normally work longer than a year on each festival – oops, we are giving away secrets here). With all the challenges that the current pandemic has posed to cultural life, the venues and the general logistic that such a big festival implies, we had no other choice than to reschedule the event in order to guarantee you the experience that you are rightfully expecting.
So therefore the SCL Festival 2021 will take place from the 30.10.2021 – 03.11.2021. 
We hope to see you there! 

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Early Bird discount registration for the SCL Festival 2021 extended until mid February, 2021

These are some challengig times for you and for us. Therefore we decided to extend the Early Bird Discount for registering ensembles until mid February 2021.
More information about the application
Plan your experience of a lifetime - the SCL Festival team is looking forward to welcoming you!

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As we are bringing the Festival 2020 and 2021 together we have an update regarding the music program
Since we didn’t get to celebrate Beethoven at the occasion of his 250th year of birth last year, we want to encourage all ensembles to include his music in their program. If we can’t celebrate the number, let’s celebrate the genius! 
Beethoven’s music marks the culmination of the Viennese classic period and the beginning of the romantic period. The first symphonies and concerts were composed in the legacy of Mozart and Haydn, while the 9th symphony was a great exclamation point for the next generation of composers. 
But Beethoven's music is more than just a historical statement and example of a stylistic evolution, it also expresses a number of human states of spirit and mind we all recognize in ourselves: joy, fighting spirit, love, bitterness and resignation. This existential expression of humanity makes his music so important for us artists and is as relevant today for us as modern individuals as it was almost 200 years ago when it was composed.
So cheers to you Ludwig - we celebrate you!

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Besides being marking Beethoven's 250th anniversary of birth in 2020 we also commemorate Stravinsky's 50th anniversary of death in 2021. You will see both events reflected in the list of compulsory pieces.

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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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As we would like to encourage film music within the Festival we compiled an "inspirational list"- just a few suggestions. Check them out!

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

 

Compulsory pieces 2021

CHOIRS:


Mixed Choir:

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971):   Ave Maria (02:00)
www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Stravinsky-Igor-Ave-Maria-SATB/933731

Eric Whitacre (*1970):   Oculi Omnium (02:45)
www.musicroom.com/de-de/product/musch79046/eric-whitacre-oculi-omnium-satb.aspx

Fanny Hensel (1805 - 1847):   From “Gartenlieder” (op. 3): 5. Abendlich schon rauscht der Wald (01:45)
www.doblinger.at/en/Item/Gartenlieder-op-3.htm/

 

Treble Choir:

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959):   Missa São Sebastião, Kyrie (03:30)
www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/missa-so-sebastio-digital-sheet-music/20466156?narrow_by=sao+sebastiao

Jude B. Roldan:   O Sanctissima (03:15)
www.halleonard.com/product/140717/o-sanctissima

 

Male Choir:

Ola Gjeilo (*1978):   Ubi Caritas (03:00)
www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Gjeilo-Ola-Ubi-Caritas/2152684

Rosephanye Powell (1962):   Non Nobis Domine (03:00)
 www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Powell-Rosephanye-Non-Nobis-Domine-TTBB-choir/2272963

 

Children’s Choir (up to the age of 12):

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764):   Hymne à La Nuit (02:30)
(arr. by Laurent de Rillé, as used in the movie “Les Choristes”)
https://www.stretta-music.de/en/rameau-rille-hymne-a-la-nuit-nr-461456.html

Paulina Isomäki (*1964):   From “Missa Sanctae Catharinae”:
1. Kyrie, 2. Gloria, 4. Agnus Dei
(03:30)

sulasol.fi/en/nuottikauppa/missa-sanctae-catharinae/

 

ORCHESTRAS:


Symphony Orchestra:

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971):   Symphony no. 1 in E flat, op.1, 2nd movement (Scherzo) (05:50)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.kalmus.com/product_detail.php?id=39118

 

Chamber Orchestra with Winds:

W. A. Mozart (1756 - 1791):   Symphony no. 40 in G minor (KV 550), 1st mov. (07:00)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.breitkopf.com/work/9280/symphonie-nr-40-g-moll-kv-550

 

String Orchestra:

W. A. Mozart (1756 - 1791):   Serenade No. 13 in G major, KV 525 (“Eine kleine Nachtmusik”), 1. Allegro (05:30)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.breitkopf.com/work/4550/eine-kleine-nachtmusik-g-dur-kv-525

 

 

BANDS:

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971):   Circus Polka (for band) (03:50)
(full score & instrumental parts): https://en.schott-music.com/shop/circus-polka-no89435.html

 

 

SUMMA ENSEMBLES:

W.A. Mozart (1756-1791):   Divertimento in F major, K.138/125c, I. Allegro (06:00)
Summa Ensembles will perform the compulsory piece in a format and instrumentation adapted to the respective performing ensemble, while staying as faithful to the original composition as possible needs.
A full score can be found here: https://www.baerenreiter.com/en/shop/product/details/BA4857/

 

 

Choir - Workshop Pieces 2021:

All choirs taking part in the Competition are asked to prepare their compulsory piece(s) for the first workshop. For the second workshop, the workshop lecturer may choose a piece from your additional program or another piece suitable for your respective category.

For all choirs taking part in the Celebration: The workshop lecturer may choose a piece from your additional program or another piece suitable for your respective category.

 

 

Orchestra - Workshop Pieces 2021:

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 2021:

 

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 2021:

 

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.

 

 

Inspiration: Film Music

As the festival wants to encourage ensembles to include film music into their repertoire, we have compiled a list of suggestions. The following pieces are not compulsory and celebration groups are also welcome to draw inspiration from the list!

Mixed Choir: From "Home Alone":
Mykola Leontovich (1877 - 1921) - Carol of the Bells
www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/carol-of-the-bells-sheet-music/3555974
(This piece can be sung in numerous different languages, the ensembles are free to choose)
Treble Choir / Children’s Choir: From "Les Choristes":
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764) - Hymne à La Nuit
www.stretta-music.com/rameau-rille-hymne-a-la-nuit-nr-461456.html

From "Som i Himlen" (As it is in heaven):
Stefan Nilsson (*1955) - Gabriellas Sång (with piano)
www.stretta-music.com/en/nilsson-baeckman-wallenaes-gabriellas-saang-nr-447115.html
Male Choir: From "Som i Himlen" (As it is in heaven):
Stefan Nilsson (*1955) - Gabriellas Sång (with piano)
www.stretta-music.com/en/baeckman-nilsson-caplin-gabriellas-saang-nr-498423.html
Symphony Orchestra: From "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade":
John Williams (*1932): Scherzo For Motorcycle and Orchestra
www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/scherzo-for-motorcycle-and-orchestra-from-indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade-sheet-music/20109754

 

Inspiration: Music by Astor Piazzolla

In 2021 we are celebration the 100th anniversary of birth of the famous Argentine tango composer & bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla. As the festival wants to encourage ensembles to include his music into their repertoire, we have a few suggestions for wonderful pieces in some of the categories.

Mixed Choir: Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Oblivión (arr. for Choir by Oscar Escalada)
www.stretta-music.com/en/piazzolla-escalada-oblivion-nr-498433.html
Treble Choir / Children’s Choir: Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Libertango (arr. for Choir by Oscar Escalada)
www.stretta-music.com/en/piazzolla-escalada-libertango-nr-484926.html
Symphony Orchestra: Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Oblivion (arr. for Symphony Orchestra by Eduardo Marturet)
Score: www.stretta-music.com/en/piazzolla-oblivion-nr-158054.html
(Parts at tonosmusic.com/en/home/ on request.)
String Orchestra: Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Intróducion al Ángel
Score: www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/introduccion-al-angel-sheet-music/18139022
Parts: www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/introduccion-al-angel-sheet-music/18547993>
Bands: Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Contemplación y danza (arr. for Symphonic Band & Solo Clarinet by Néstor Alderete)
Score and parts are available from the arranger on request. Please contact the Festival team if you’re interested in playing the piece (www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzDA6ecsKhk).

 

 

 

  • SCL Festival Venues - Konzerthaus

    The opening ceremony held in the Konzerthaus
  • 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 (St. Stephen's Cathedral / Musikverein or Wiener Konzerthaus) 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 -

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Virtual Participation in the Festival

The Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music festival is traditionally held in the most important concert halls of Vienna, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein and the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus, it offers an international environment where young artists enjoy musical and intercultural exchanges. Ensembles may participate either in the Competition or in the non-competitive Celebration.
 

Online Participation:

  • Written and recorded feedback by 3 members of the same jury that adjudicates in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein during the Festival following the closure of the festival
  • 30-minute recorded virtual lecture or workshop with an international world-class SCL Festival clinician from the University of Music in Vienna
  • Ratings and rankings within three distinct categories by video submission type ( bands, orchestras, and choirs) Competition or Celebration (non- competitive festival track)
  • Diploma for the group and each individual participant
  • Access to a LIVE concert event during the SCL Festival in Vienna (video stream from the MuTh Concert hall, home of the Vienna Boys Choir)
  • Access to the opening ceremony of the SCL Festival in St. Stephan’s Cathedral (LIVE)
  • Access to the closing ceremony in Vienna City hall (LIVE)
  • All festival submission videos

 

How to participate in the virtual Festival

For the virtual festival you need to produce two videos:

  • One video introducing the ensemble and the conductor
  • One video playing your musical program 

Competition groups: 

Compulsory pieces are listed online for each category

Choirs: 

  • Choose one of the compulsory pieces listed online
  • Choose additional music piece(s)* (altogether up to max 10 min)

*In order to foster the intercultural exchange during the Festival we would like to encourage the ensembles to include classical or contemporary music from their home country. Example duration program: You choose a compulsory piece with the duration of 3:30 min, you can add up to 10 min more with your additional music program. The overall maximum duration of your program is 3:30 min + 10 min = 13:30 min 

Orchestras, Bands and Summa Ensembles:

  • Play your compulsory piece
  • Choose additional music piece(s)* (altogether up to 15 min)

*In order to foster the intercultural exchange during the Festival we would like to encourage the ensembles to include classical or contemporary music from their home country. Example duration program: The length of your compulsory piece is 5:50 min, you can add up to 15 min more with your additional music program. The overall maximum duration of your program is 5:50 min + 15 min = 20:50 min

Celebration groups:

You can choose a musical program with a 10-15 minutes duration. 
In order to foster the intercultural exchange during the Festival we would like to encourage the ensembles to include classical or contemporary music from their home country.


Submitting Videos: 

You need to produce (at least) two videos:

  • One video introducing the ensemble and the conductor: 
    - you have all the creative freedom for this video (max. 5 min)
  • One video presenting your musical program: 
    - duration depends on the type of participation (competition or celebration) and the choice of the pieces
    - the video is showing the ensemble and the conductor
    - the jury will pay special attention to the audio-track of the video, we therefore recommend using an appropriate microphone
  • Videos should be either in mp4 or mov format and should be sent in via a dropbox link provided by the Festival or via wetransfer.
  • Videos produced to participate in the SCL Festival are not allowed to be published on any platform prior to the festival.


Additionally ensembles need to provide 

A short text about the conductor and the ensemble, and photo (high resolution) of each. 
Text and photos will be published on the Festival website.

Participation fee: 395 € per Ensemble

Contact us for more details about the online participation in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival.