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2024: Global roots of music and music as a global root

 

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We at the SCL Festival strongly believe that cultural diversity is an asset and an opportunity to connect people all around the globe. We are convinced that children – as the constituents of tomorrows societies will be the bearers for a more unified and culturally enriched world.

The values of humanism flow everywhere through classical music from Beethoven to Boulez. Introducing the appreciation of each other through music and cultural activities in general is an almost intuitive approach of fostering and enriching our societies in a much needed yet often neglected process of humanism.
We as a cultural festival want to provide spaces to deepen the understanding of different cultures and be a place for a participative and creative encounter.

Bruckner 2024

Anton Bruckner (1824–1896) is one of Austria’s most famous composers of the romantic era and in 2024 year we celebrate his 200th birthday. In his honour, the SCL Festival wants to encourage ensembles to include works from this magnificent musician in their program and thus we made a list of suggestions. Bruckner at times is a demanding composer which is why he wasn’t included in the compulsory pieces, but working on his harmonies and colours is a rewarding experience for every musician. Find all information here.

 

 

SCL 2024

The festival will take place: 2024, July 5 - 10

 

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Registration for the SCL Festival (live) is open until: February 15th 2024.

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Compulsory pieces 2024

CHOIRS:


Mixed Choir:

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959):   Ave Maria No.17 (03:00)
www.prestomusic.com/sheet-music/products/7278317--villa-lobos-ave-maria-no-17

 

Treble Choir:

Finnish Traditional:   On suuri sun rantas autius (arr. Matti Hyökki)(02:40)
www.all-sheetmusic.com/Artists/Matti-Hyoekki/Kaksi-kansanlaulua-nr.html

 

Male Choir:

Kurt Bestor (*1958):   Prayer of the Children (arr. Andrea S. Klouse)(05:30)
www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0089315

 

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) (attributed):     The Alphabet (A Musical Joke) (01:00)
www.halleonard.com/product/50292860/alphabet-the-a-cappella

 

ORCHESTRAS:


Symphony Orchestra:

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904):   from Legends, op.59: No. 1, Allegretto (03:30)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.kalmus.com/product_detail.php?id=35249
Or: https://imslp.org/wiki/Legends%2C_Op.59

 

Chamber Orchestra with Winds:

Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791):   Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV 550, 1st movement, Molto allegro (08:00)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.breitkopf.com/work/9280/symphony-no-40-in-g-minor-k-550

 

String Orchestra:

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924):   Crisantemi (07:00)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.kalmus.com/product_detail.php?id=37732

 

 

BANDS:

Henry Mancini (1924-1994):   The Pink Panther Theme Song (arr. Paul Cook) (02:20)
(full score & instrumental parts): www.jwpepper.com/The-Pink-Panther/2175537.item#.YkwWguhByUl

 

 

SUMMA ENSEMBLES:

Felix Mendelssohn - Bartholdy (1809-1847):   Wedding March in C major, from: A Midsummer Night's Dream Suite (03:00)
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://imslp.org/wiki/A_Midsummer_Night%27s_Dream....

 

 

Choir - Workshop Pieces 2024:

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 competition or additional concert program or another piece suitable for your respective category.

For all choirs taking part in the Celebration: The workshop lecturer may choose pieces from your program or other pieces suitable for your respective category.

 

 

Orchestra - Workshop Pieces 2024:

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 competition or additional program. This piece, however, needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

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(s) from your program. However, this/these need to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

 


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 2024:

 

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

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

 

Summa Ensemble - Workshop Pieces 2024:

 

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 competition additional program. This piece needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

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

 

Suggested pieces of Anton Bruckner

Mixed Choir: - Locus Iste
- Ave Maria
- Virga Jesse


Male Choir: - An dem Feste
- Am Grabe


Symphony Orchestra: - Symphony No. 4, 3rd Movement: Scherzo
- Three pieces for orchestra


String Orchestra: - Adagio from the String Quintet in F major (arr. Stanislav Skrowaczewski)

Chamber Orchestra with winds: - Overture in G-Minor
- Symphony No. 7, 3rd Movement: Scherzo
(arr. Hanns Eisler)

+ about Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)

Anton Bruckner was born in 1824 in a small village near Linz. We can imagine him growing up in cramped rural conditions with strict values, which characterized him throughout his life. He developed an excessive belief in authority, fear of the material outcome and an inability to engage in influential circles. Obviously, character traits that should be obstacles for a job that is thought to be as individual and flamboyant as that of a composer.

But young Anton’s talent was too obvious – both as an organist and as composer – and it paired well with his work-ethic. Through decades of iron diligence, he acquired a deep-rooted knowledge of the compositional craft. Together with his strong religious commitment, this gave him enough inner security to follow his ambitions to a successful career in Vienna's musical life, as a conservatory professor and court organist.

Anton Bruckner first trained as a teacher and worked in 1841-55 at various village schools. From 1849 he also served as organist, first in the diocese of St. Florian near his native Ansfelden, and in 1855 he became court organist in Linz.
In 1868 he was called as organ and theory teacher to the Vienna Conservatory of Music, where he first encountered Richard Wagner's work. This was the first real contemporary music Bruckner experienced, and it made an overwhelming impression on him. In the following years, his own musical personality came through in the form of a completely new, non-academic way of writing.

From then on, Bruckner concentrated on the form of the symphony, and the development of his personal style in this field, which largely defines his reputation as a composer to this day.

Yet, his breakthrough took quite some time and only came in 1885 with the performance of the 7th symphony in German concert halls, and after 1890 an increasing number of performances also in Vienna cemented his name as the country's most significant composer of his time.

Anton Bruckner’s legacy only grew after his death in 1896: you can hear him in Gustav Mahler’s symphonic monumentalism, or in the young Arnold Schönberg’s explorations into a more chromatic language and in the music of numerous other composers of the early 20th century. Today his symphonies are still being performed in the major concert halls of the world.

 

 

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

 

  • 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

    Find here a short overview of the festival program:

    + Festival program


    Festival Day 1: Friday
    Afternoon Opening Ceremony (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)
    15:30 Gala Winners' Concert (winners of the Competition on stage, all other participants in the audience) at the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus
    18:30 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 -