Composition Competition from Matera, Southern Italy


Submission period

Wed May 13 at 4 AM UTC

End of submission period

Wed Jul 15 at 10:59 PM UTC

Results date

Tue Sep 15 at 4 PM UTC
The ARTEría Association (dir. Loredana Paolicelli) and the Historiographic Archive of Raffaele Giura Longo (dir. Angelo Bianchi and Alessandra Giura Longo) have organized Concavo & Convesso, a competition for composers, four of whom will be selected to write works on the text of La Ballata della Vucchiara ovvero tutto il miele è finito! by Raffaele Giura Longo.

Three international composers and one local composer will be selected by an international jury and commissioned to make works that may include all or part of the text by Raffaele Giura Longo, or that simply may be inspired by it. The work may be purely musical, or may also include performative elements.

The final works will be performed at the beginning of 2021 in Matera, by an French- Italian ensemble of six performers whose practice is rooted in experimental music and performance, contemporary musical theatre, minimalism, and the interpretation of open works and graphic scores.

The competition is aimed towards composers whose work may be broadly categorised as experimental, or having roots in that tradition.

The aim of the competition is to celebrate, commemorate and spread awareness of one of the lesser known rare poetic, ironic and satirical writings by Raffaele Giura Longo.

-three international composers will each win €1000, and be invited to compose a work for small ensemble based on parts or all of the text La Ballata della Vucchiara, ovvero tutto il miele è finito ! by R. Giura Longo;
-the commissioned works will be performed in a concert which will take place in Matera, Italy in Spring 2021;
-the winners who wish to attend the concert and final rehearsals will be offered free hospitality for three days in Matera and €200 each for travel expenses
-The Archivio Storiografico Raffaele Giura Longo one Award is reserved for a composer under 35 who will be drawn from the local Basilicata region, who will be awarded €1000 to write a piece for the whole ensemble.

The competition is open for composers of any ages and nationalities. There is a 20 € application fee.

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