O/Modernt Composition Award
In 2020 O/Modernt holds its second annual composition award in collaboration with Gehrmans Musikförlag, Birmingham Contemporary Music and the Goethe-Institute Sweden.
The winning work will be premiered at Festival O/Modernt and at the CBSO centre and will be published by Gehrmans Musikförlag. The winner will also receive €1,500 in prize money.
Commemorating Paul Celan
To commemorate the double anniversary of the Romanian-born poet Paul Celan (1920-1970), applicants are asked to write a work in response to his life and poetry. Celan, a lifelong expatriate who was ﬂuent in six languages, once wrote: ‘the language in which I make my poems [German] has nothing to do with any spoken here or elsewhere.’ Yet, he was imbued with literary culture: his birthplace, Czernowitz, was reputed to have had more bookshops than bakeries. Responding to Celan, applicants are asked particularly to reﬂect on universal themes of hope and suﬀering.
INSTRUMENTATION Cello, Piano and optional mezzo soprano
LENGTH 5-8 minutes
DEADLINE 1 April 2020
AGE Open to composers under the age of 40 on 19 June 2020
email a PDF of the score to email@example.com along with:
APPLICANT DETAILS name, date of birth, nationality, country of residence, email, address, telephone number, short biography
WORK DETAILS title, length and short description of the ‘idea’ behind the work