Harald Genzmer Competition »Spielmusik« 2022


[German Version]

Composition for duo: violoncello and piano
Closing date: 4 March 2022

The composer Harald Genzmer (1909–2007) was a member of the staff at the University for Music and Performing Arts Munich from 1957–74. As a teacher and mentor, he was an inspiring and influential figure for several generations of composers. His artistic legacy is the foundation he set up which bears his name. His foundation, in association with the University for Music and Performing Arts Munich and in collaboration with the Deutscher Musikrat: Jugend musiziert will hold a composition competition biennially to encourage the study of Harald Genzmer’s music. In his spirit, newly-composed works should be »vital, artistic and comprehensible – practical to win over the interpreter, then accessible for the listener.« (Harald Genzmer, 1978).

The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities.
Partners and first-degree relatives of jury members are excluded from the competition.

Scoring / Requirements
The composition is to be for duo: violoncello and piano. The winning works should be suitable for amateurs (level of difficulty: easy to medium). Works submitted must be unpublished, that is they must not have been publicly performed, broadcast, published or copied or circulated in any other way. They should not exceed five minutes duration.

The jury will provisionally comprise: Prof. Wen-Sinn Yang, Prof. Dr. Bernd Redmann, Gideon Rosengarten und ein Vertreter der Harald-Genzmer-Stiftung.

Up to three prizes may be awarded. The first prize is 4,000 Euros, second prize 2,500 Euros and third prize 1,500 Euros.

Competitors are requested to submit the following documents:

  • five copies of the work (all identified by a four-digit number; do not include your name on the work!); the work should be digitally created or otherwise clearly legible.
  • a sealed envelope bearing the four-digit number and containing name, date of birth, brief cv and address (including e-mail) and a declaration that the work has not been performed, broadcast, published or copied or circulated in any other way.

If any of these documents is missing, the work cannot be considered for the competition.

Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
Attn. Elena Wölfle
Arcisstr. 12
D-80333 München

Closing date
The closing date is 4 March 2022 (postal stamp).

Announcement of the Prizewinners
The expected date for the announcement of the prizewinners on the websites of the University for Music and Performing Arts and the Harald Genzmer Foundation is May 2022.

First performance
The prizewinning work(s) will be premiered in a prizewinners’ concert on 27 October 2022 by students of the University for Music and Performing Arts and the prizewinners will be awarded their prizes.

Further conditions of entry
Contest participants cannot claim any fee for image and sound recordings during the entire contest. All rights for image, sound and video recordings for the entire competition are held by the Harald Genzmer Foundation.
After the jury’s deliberations, one copy of the score will be retained for the archive at the Harald Genzmer Foundation. Only if specially requested will the remaining scores be returned to competitors by normal post (please indicate in the sealed envelope if you want this). Neither the Harald Genzmer Foundation nor the University will accept any responsibility for loss in transit. The names of competitors will remain anonymous. Only the names of the prizewinners will be published following the jury’s decision. There is no legal recourse regarding enforcing claims in relation to this competition, or in the event that it does not take place or the prizewinning works are not performed. By submitting a work competitors agree to these conditions of entry.

A print version of the announcement is available here.

For further information, please contact:
Elena Wölfle
Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
Arcisstr. 12, D-80333 München
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