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 - Online Competition and Celebration

 

 

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Registration 2021 Online Competition and Celebration


Registration for the Online Competition and Celebration is open until: November 15th 2021. But please be aware that the deadline for sending in videos is also November 15th. So hurry up and load the batteries of your camera!

 

Time for a virtual competition and celebration!

With the ongoing sanitary situation we have decided to switch to an online event in 2021, but rest assured we will be back and live in 2022. Meanwhile in 2021 we would like to offer you the chance to engage in a virtual competition or celebration.
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. In 2021 ensembles may participate virtually either in the Competition or in the non-competitive Celebration.

 
Online Participation:

  • Written and recorded feedback by 3 members of the same jury that normally adjudicates in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein during the Festival (for both competition and celebration groups)
  • 30-minute recorded virtual lecture with Saul Zaks, Artistic Director of the SCL Festival 
  • Competition: Ratings and rankings within three distinct categories by video submission type (choirs, orchestras, bands, summa ensembles)
  • Diploma for the group and each individual participant
  • All competition and celebration submission videos can be viewed online
  • Online Gala Winners' Concert with one piece per group, selected by the jury (competition and celebration)

 

How to participate

For the virtual competition and celebration 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 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 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 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 virtual competition or celebration are not allowed to be published on any platform prior to this event.


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. 

 

 

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).