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International Competition for a composition of sacred music “Francesco Siciliani” Prize

Location: Italy
International Competition for a composition of sacred music
 “Francesco Siciliani”
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The Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica – Sagra Musicale Umbra – announces the International Competition for a Composition of sacred music, the “Francesco Siciliani” Prize. The Competition takes place with the patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
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The Competition has as its object a composition on a set text for unaccompanied choir, or choir with organ accompaniment, for a duration between five (5) and 15 (fifteen) minutes.
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 The following Latin text of the Apostles’ Creed must be set in its entirety:
Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem,
Creatorem caeli et terrae,
et in Iesum Christum, Filium Eius unicum,
Dominum nostrum,
qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto,
natus ex Maria Virgine,
passus sub Pontio Pilato,
crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus,

descendit ad inferos,
tertia die resurrexit a mortuis,
ascendit ad caelos,
sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis,
inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos.
Credo in Spiritum Sanctum,
sanctam Ecclesiam catholicam,
sanctorum communionem,

remissionem peccatorum,
carnis resurrectionem,

vitam aeternam. Amen
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The Competition is open to participants of any nationality, without any age limit. Participants may submit more than one composition.
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In order to participate, it is necessary to send a package containing two separate sealed envelopes marked with the same anonymous motto.
The first envelope should contain six (6) copies of the score (which will not be returned) in a perfectly legibile state and with no signs or marks that could lead in any way to the identification of the participant. The score may be accompanied by an explanatory commentary in Italian or in English.
The second envelope should contain the following material and information:
  • Name and Surname
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Two recent photographs
  • Residential address, together with telephone number(s) and e-mail address
  • Curriculum Vitae in Italian or in English
  • Statement declaring that the composition is original and that it has never been published, performed or recorded
  • Authorization for the work’s performance, publication, recording and circulation (in Italian or in English)
  • Receipt of payment for the application fee to be made by bank transfer to:
         Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica Onlus
         IBAN: IT 14 W 02008 03027 000029488794
Applications must be received by 20 July 2012 (last acceptable posting date) at the following address:
Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica
Concorso Internazionale “Francesco Siciliani”
Via Danzetta, 7
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 The application fee is Euro forty (€40,00) for the first score and Euro twenty (€20,00) for any further score submitted by the same participant. The payment of the fee(s) must be made by bank transfer to the account indicated in point 5. The application fee is not refundable, unless for any reason the Competition should not take place.
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The adjudicating Jury is made up of five (5) members:
Chairman: Giya Kancheli, composer
Vice Chairman: Gary Graden, music director of Stockolm Cathedral and the St Jacob’s Chamber Choir
Jury member: Massimo Palombella, conductor of the Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina
Jury member: Filippo Maria Bressan, orchestra and choir conductor
Jury member: Alberto Batisti, artistic director of the Sagra Musicale Umbra
Artistic secretary: Marcello Filotei
The Jury will convene before 30 July 2012 to examine the works submitted and choose the three works admitted to the Finals, which will be performed on 14 September 2012 in the Basilica di San Pietro in Perugia by the St Jacob’s Chamber Choir of Stockholm conducted by Gary Graden.
The composer of the winning work agrees to the work’s recording (television, radio and audio) and to its posting on the website of the Sagra Musicale Umbra and any website that is a dominion of the Vatican City (.va), without any extra cost to the Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica.
The First Prize will be awarded after the performance of the three works admitted to the Finals. It is envisaged to award two further Prizes of a symbolic nature, one assigned by the public, one by the music critics. The conferment of the winning Prize will take place during the course of the same evening. For the three composers of the works admitted to the Finals, accommodation costs will be met by the Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica for the rehearsal period and the day of the Finals.
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The composer of the winning work will be awarded a Prize of Euro five thousand (€5.000), gross of taxes.
The Prize may be divided between more than one participant. The decision of the Jury is final and unappealable.
The Jury reserves the right not to award a First Prize.
The winning work will be published by RaiTrade Edizioni Musicali and the firm will undertake to provide performance material.
In the event of the winning composer having an exclusive contract with another publishing house, he/she undertakes to provide a waiver in the case of the winning work.
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 By requesting to participate in the Competition, the candidate accepts thereby all the present regulations. In the event of any specific complaints, the Italian text of the regulations is to be considered legally binding.
Any dispute is to be referred to the Court of Perugia.
Per informazioni:
Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica Onlus
Via Danzetta, 7 – Perugia
Tel. 075. 572 22 71