Beethoven Wettbewerb - Repertoire and Schedule

chamber music competition "Beethoven in his Time"

INSTRUMENTATIONS

Violin and fortepiano
Cello and fortepiano
Trio violin, violoncello and fortepiano

Approved are historical instruments or their replicas. Two fortepianos for the rating pieces (5 octaves and 6½ octaves) and six fortepianos for preparations are available to the participants.


REPERTOIRE

At the center of this new competition for historical performance practice is the work of Ludwig van Beethoven, supplemented by works by composers from his Bonn and Viennese surroundings:

  • Viennese classical period (Haydn, Mozart)
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian Bach (as historical role models and forerunners of Viennese classics)
  • Contemporaries from Bonn: Ferdinand Ries, Johann Gottlob Neefe (Beethoven‘s teacher), Anton Reicha, Andreas and Bernhard Romberg (Beethoven's colleagues in the Bonner Hofkapelle)
  • Contemporaries from Vienna: e.g. Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Joseph Woelfl, Carl Czerny, Ferdinand Ries, Ignaz Moscheles, Louis Spohr, Schubert, Kozeluch, Anton Reicha

There are compulsory pieces and a free to choose repertoire within this framework. Beethoven's pieces composed in Bonn are part of the mandatory repertoire. The electoral repertoire list is deliberately designed to give participants the maximum freedom to put together an individual programme.

REPERTOIRE DETAILS
for registration


Please send the competition repertoire of the ensemble for all three rounds via WeTransfer to beethoven@sieburg.de.

Information about the 1st and 2nd round of the competition
Compulsory pieces: name of the composer and work title
Free to choose pieces: complete information (including information on rate and duration)

Details of the final round
Detailed repertoire information
Your repertoire will be passed on unaudited and unchanged to jury and audience. Please be careful accordingly!

Subsequently, one piece per competition round can be changed until 31th March 2021.

None of the selected pieces may be repeated in another round (neither single movements).

The use of the original text – i.e. urtext editions or original editions - is, as far as possible, assumed. Urtext editions must be played after a printed edition (no photocopies!). For original editions or manuscripts, copies or printouts of rights-free sources accessible online are allowed. Any necessary permission to use the sheet music must be obtained from the participant, the organizer is not liable for the use of illegal copies by the participants.


REQUIREMENTS

(1) There are compulsory and free to choose repertoire pieces within this framework. Beethoven's pieces composed in Bonn are part of the mandatory repertoire. The free to choose repertoire list is deliberately designed to give participants the maximum freedom to put together a creative program.

(2) Own initiative of the participants in the selection of the free to choose repertoire is expressly possible and even desirable! It is also possible to pick self-selected and researched pieces, provided they meet the criteria. Likewise playing contemporary arrangements (e.g. the Diabelli violin version of Schuberts Arpeggione Sonata) is possible, since such arrangements were an integral part of the musical life of that era.
The period of origin of the free to choose pieces must not be later than about 10 years after Beethoven's death, because the piece otherwise may not fit the instrumentation of the Beethoven era. Your chosen piece must be accepted by us. Please coordinate with us at an early stage (beethoven@siegburg.de). After the registration deadline, only one work per competition round can be changed until 15 August 2020.

(3) There is a maximum total playing time of 25 minutes for round 1, of 40 minutes for round 2 and of 70 minutes of round 3. The assigned starting time is mandatory. The time is measured from the first to the last played note of the performance.
If the time is exceeded, the jury may cancel the presentation immediately.

(4) Participants are free to omit repetitions in relation to the duration of the competition rounds.

(5) Playing by heart is not expected and will not be included in the rating.
The play by sheet music is expressly permitted!

Fortepianos available at the competition

stage

1.    Fortepiano Chr. Kern after Walter & Sohn, 430 Hz, range FF-c4, three knee levers (damping suspension, moderator, una corda), Viennese mechanics
2.    Fortepiano Chr. Kern after Conrad Graf (Vienna ca. 1826), 430 Hz, range CC-f4, four pedals (damping suspension, moderator, una corda, bassoon), Viennese mechanics

preparation stage

1.    Chr. Kern after Walter & Sohn, 430 Hz, range FF-c4, two knee levers (damping suspension, moderator), Viennese mechanics
2.    Joseph Simon (Vienna ca. 1829), 430 Hz, range CC-g4, three pedals (damping, moderator, una corda), Viennese mechanics

further instruments at the rehearsals

1.    J.C. Neupert after Walter & Sohn 1795-1800, 430 Hz, range FF-g3, two knee levers (damping suspension, moderator), Viennese mechanics
2.    J.C. Neupert after Könnicke 1796, 430 Hz, range FF-f3, two knee levers (damping suspension, moderator), Viennese mechanics
3.    F.C. Neupert after Dulcken ca. 1815, 430 Hz, range FF-f4, three pedals (damping suspension, moderator, una corda), Viennese mechanics
4.    F.C. Neupert after Dulcken ca. 1815, 430 Hz, range FF-f4, three pedals (damping suspension, moderator, una corda), Viennese mechanics
 

compulsory pieces

The following maximum total playing times per round (25min - 40min - 70min) are mandatory. The time is measured from the first to the last played note of the performance.

The participants are free to omit repetitions in relation to the duration of the competition rounds.


Tuesday, 25.05.2021 and Wednesday, 26.05.2021, all day
Arrival of the participants, draw of the order of appearance | opening concert | Hall and acoustic rehearsals for the participants, ensemble rehearsals


Thursday, 27.05.2021, all day
Round 1: 18 ensembles, playing time max. 25 min.

Cello / Fortepiano
Beethoven: Variations for violoncello and piano of choice                                      12 '*
and
a work of the free to choose programme (see below)

Violin / Fortepiano
Beethoven: Variations WoO 40 (started Bonn 1792) or
   Rondo WoO 41 (Bonn 1790-92)                                                                         12 '/ 7'
and
a work of the free to choose programme

piano Trio
Beethoven: Trio in E flat major WoO 38 (Bonn 1790/91)                                        15 '
and
a work of the free to choose programme


Friday, 28.05.2021, all day
Round 2: 10 ensembles, playing time max. 40 min.

Cello / Fortepiano
Beethoven: one of the sonatas op. 5 or op. 17 of choice                                  20-25 '
and
a work of the free to choose programme - not played in round 1
                       
Violin / Fortepiano

Beethoven: one of the sonatas op. 12, 23 or 24 of your choice                       20-25 '
and
a work of the free to choose programme - not played in round 1

piano Trio
Beethoven: one of the piano trios op. 1                                                                     25 '
and
a work of the free to choose programme - not played in round 1


Saturday, 29.05.2021, all day
Round 3: 5 ensembles, playing time max. 70 min.

Cello / Fortepiano
Beethoven: one of the sonatas op. 69 or op. 102                                              20-25 '
and
Ferdinand Ries: a sonata for violoncello / piano (including op. 34)               20-25 '
     or two shorter pieces (op. 72, 113 no. 1, 113 no. 2) of your choice            20-25 '
and
Joseph Woelfl: Sonata "Grand Duo" op. 31                                                              20 '

Violin / Fortepiano
Beethoven: one of the sonatas op. 30 or 96 of your choice                             20-25 '
and
Ferdinand Ries: Sonata of your choice
and
Joseph Woelfl: Sonata of your choice                                                                  20-25 '

piano Trio
Beethoven: one of the trios op. 70                                                                              25 '
and
a piano trio by Ferdinand Ries (op. 2 / op. 143)                                                 20-25 '
and
or a piano trio by Joseph Woelfl free to choose                                                 20-25 '


Sunday, May 30th 2021, 11:00 am
Award winner concert with award of all prizes and certificates

free to choose repertoire

Cello / piano
Eberl: Variationen op. 17                                                                                     dr**  15 '*
Hummel
: piece of your choice, e.g.
    Cello Sonata op. 104                                                                                        dr ** 20 '*
    Variations op. 54                                                                                                    dr 15 '
    Oberons Zauberhorn op. 116 (version Czerny)                                            ***? 20 '
Moscheles: Sonata concertante op. 34                                                           pdf ** 25 '
B. Romberg: piece of your choice
   eg. one of the sonatas op. 6 (= sonata op. 5 in the version with
   Fortepiano instead of harp)                                                                                pdf 25 '
   or Divertimenti op. 42, 46, 65 or Variations op. 50, 51, 60                      pdf / dr
Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata                                                                                 ** 20 '
Spohr: Sonata of your choice (version for cello instead of violin
   and piano instead of harp) Op. 113, 114                                                   pdf per 20 '
Vorisek: a work of your choice, e.g.:
    Introduction and Variations op. 9                                                                          ? 15 '
    Rondo op. 2                                                                                                           pdf 10 '
    Rondo op. 8                                                                                                           pdf 10 '

Bibliography for Round 3
Ries, shorter works of your choice, e.g.
    Air russe varié op. 72                                                                                            dr 15 '
    Introduction et rondeau sur un danse russe op. 113/1                                pdf 10 '
    Introduction et rondo op. 113/2                                                                         pdf 10 '

Violin / piano
C.P.E. Bach: Sonata of your choice or J. C. Bach: Sonata of your
     choice (op. 15, no. 3/4, op. 10)                                                            dr / pdf 10-15 '
Czerny: a work of your choice, e.g.:
    Variations op. 1                                                                                                    pdf 10 '
Eberl: Sonate free to choose (op. 14, 20, 35, 49)                               dr / pdf  20-25 '
Hummel: Factory of choice, e.g.:
    Grand Rondeau brilliant op. 126                                                                      pdf 15 '
    Variations op. 14                                                                                            pdf 15-20 '
    Variations sur un air allemand                                                                          pdf 15 '
    Sonatas op. 2a, 5, 64, 50 (version violin)                                                        pdf 15 '
    Oberon's Magic Horn (version Czerny for violin)                                            pdf 20 '
Moscheles: Introduction et rondeau ecossais op. 63                                       pdf 15 '
Mozart: Work of your choice (Sonata or Variation Cycle)                                  10-20 '
Neefe: a sonata of your choice                                                                               dr 15 '
A. Romberg: one of the sonatas op. 9 or B. Romberg:
   one of the sonatas op. 6 of your choice (= sonatas op. 5 in the version
   with fortepiano instead of harp)                                                                   pdf 20-25 '
Schubert: Work of your choice (including Diabelli violin version
   of the Arpeggione Sonata) NOT Fantasie D 934                                       dr 20-25 '
Spohr: Factory of your choice, e.g.:
    Grand Rondeau op. 51                                                                                       pdf 10 '
    Sonatas (op. 113-115, versions for piano instead of harp)                         pdf 20 '
Vorisek: Factory of your choice:
    Sonata op. 5 dr (no original text!)                                                                     pdf 25 '
    Rondo op. 8                                                                                                         pdf 10 '
    Rondo op. 2                                                                                                           dr 10 '

Bibliography for Round 3
Joseph Woelfl:
    Violin Sonata op. 27 no. 3                                                                                 pdf
    Violin Sonata op. 67                                                                                           pdf
    Violin Sonatas op. 14                                                                                          dr
    Grand Duo op. 31 (violin instead of cello)                                                     pdf 20 '

piano Trio
C.P.E. Bach: Trio of your choice (WQ 89, 90, 91) or J.C. Bach: Trio of your choice
    (Op 2, op. 15 Nos. 1 + 2)                                                                              pdf 10-15 '
Czerny: Trio of your choice (e.g. op. 166, 173)                                                 pdf 20 '
Eberl: Trio free to chooce (e.g. Trio Arr. Pleyel piano sonata op. 1 or Trio op. 10)
Eybler: Trio op. 4                                                                                                    pdf 20 '
Hummel: Trio of your choice or Variations op. 78                                      pdf 10-15 '
Haydn: Trio of your choice                                                                                           20 '
Kozeluch: Trio of your choice (e.g. op. 19, 21, 28, 34, 41)                      pdf per 20 '
Mayseder: Trio free to choose (e.g. op. 54)                                                      pdf
Moscheles: Introduction et Variations Concertantes op. 17                           pdf 15 '
Mozart: Trio of your choice (including KV 254)                                                        20 '
Schubert: Trioset of your choice ("Sonata" D 28 or Notturno D 897)            10-13 '
Reicha: Trio of your choice (op. 47, op. 101, 1-6)                                      dr / pdf 25 '
                                           
Bibliography for Round 3
Woelfl: Piano Trios op. 5, 16, 23, 25                                                                  pdf

* The playing times of the pieces are rough estimates and vary depending on whether you play with or without repetition. The works mentioned here usually have an estimated playing time of 10 to 20 minutes, exceptionally up to 25 minutes, in order not to exceed the time frame. If necessary, the playing time can be adjusted by omitting repetitions.
** dr: of these works, print editions are commercially available; pdf: pdfs of these works are available on the internet (usually first editions). For works without indication there is at least one, often also several issues (usually Urtextausgaben) in the trade.
***?: Of these works, at present no proof of available print edition or accessibility on the internet is known as pdf; the participants are therefore invited to do their own research.

Beethoven in his time
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