These workshops are intended for composers who wish to present a new instrumental work and who wish to benefit during rehearsals from the experience and advice of the members of the Acanthes teaching staff.
Georges Aperghis, Toshio Hosokawa, Olga Neuwirth and Gérard Pesson will provide the artistic direction for the workshops. After an initial theoretical analysis, rehearsals will provide composers with the opportunity to make final adjustments to their pieces as they hear them being played.
Candidate composers’ applications for composition workshops (detailed CV, scores, recordings as appropriate) shall be examined by a selection committee whose decision is final.
Orchestral Workshops - Orchestre National de Lorraine
a) Formation A -
conductor Jacques Mercier
Instruments: 1 flute + 1 flute/piccolo, 1 oboe + 1 oboe/cor anglais, 2 clarinets, 1 bassoon + 1 bassoon/counterbassoon, 3 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone + 1 bass trombone, 1 timbale, 1 percussionist*, 1 harp, 19 violins, 6 violas, 5 cellos, 3 double basses.
b) Formation B - direction Sylvio Gualda
Instruments: 1 flute/G flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet/soprano clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 percussionist*, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 2 double basses.
*Available percussion instruments: 1 vibraphone (F3-F6), 1 marimba (4 and a half octaves lames Kelon F2-C7), 1 glockenspiel (F5-E8), 1 set of crotales (2 octaves C to C), 1 set of tubular bells (F4-F6), 4 toms, 2 bongos, 2 tumbas, 1 tam-tam, 1 symphonic bass drum, 3 suspended cymbals, 5 temple blocks, 2 wood blocks.
Student composers may choose all or only some of the available instruments (no fewer than thirty-five musicians for Formation A, twelve for Formation B). Concertante works will not be accepted.
Duration: six to eight minutes.
Musical Theater Workshop with Georges Aperghis – Ensemble S:i.c
Instruments: 1 piano, 1 viola, 1 ‘cello, 1 flute (bass, alto, C-flute, piccolo), 1 clarinet (b-flat and bass), 1 percussionist*
*Available percussion instruments: 4 octave marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel (case), cymbalum, zarb, daf, derbouka, symphonic bass drum, 3 toms (low, medium, high), pedal bass drum, charleston cymbals, 2 cymbals, 3 tam tams, 5 Chinese wood blocks, 3 wood blocks, various small accessories (metal, wood…)
Vocalists: 1 soprano, 1 baritone
Theatre team: 1 actor, 1 actress
Student composers are free to use the setup as described, but must use at least three of the ten available artists.
Duration: eight to ten minutes.
If you have chosen the composition workshop of Georges Aperghis in first, second or third choice, please send us, before February 15 and if possible by mail, an intention note about the project you will have to returned before June 9 if you are selected.
This intention note must not exceed twenty lines and has to give an idea of instruments as well as stage device.
This intention note is not definitive. You will have a possibility to change a little your final score but this note will allow Georges Aperghis to have an idea of the broad outline of your project.
for composition workshops
Incomplete applications or applications without payment of application fee will not be considered.
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Note for composers selected for composition workshops
Selected composers should provide the following:
1) their score (three copies of conductor’s score plus separate parts, all legible and of good quality)
2) a short programme note in French or in English
- by 9th June (date of postmark) for the orchestral workshops
- by 9th June (date of postmark) for the Georges Aperghis workshops
Selected pieces will be performed at the students’ concert on 15th and 17th July. All accepted pieces will have been thoroughly worked through during rehearsals and participants will be given a CD recording of their work.
For the Georges Aperghis workshops, no more than six works shall be performed in their full stage version, the rest shall be performed in concert format.
The Centre Acanthes reserves the right, after consultation with the composition workshops teachers, not to produce a piece which proves technically impossible to perform.