30 Jun 2023 - 05 Jul 2023, Vienna, Austria (Europe)

Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival

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The Summa Cum Laude Festival Vienna is Austria’s premier global youth music festival for choirs, bands and orchestras. It takes place in Vienna’s most important and most beautiful concert venues: The Golden Hall of the Musikverein, the Grand Hall of the Konzerthaus and the MuTh Concert Hall of the renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir – offering an international environment where more than 1.000 young musicians enjoy intercultural exchanges and build bridges that span continents. Top professionals form the international juries in the Competition and teach our Academy programme at the Vienna University of Music. Enjoy interactive workshops and educational lectures, additional concerts with local audiences, and pre-and post-concert tours in Europe.

One of the central aims of the festival is to provide a unique international atmosphere. Every participating musician enjoys 5 festival days full of incomparable experiences. Vienna – also known as the “world capital of music” – and its concert halls offer the perfect environment to achieve this aim. As a matter of course, the interaction with local residents is also a vital part of the festival. Every ensemble will have the possibility to present themselves and their musical programme to a local audience in Vienna or in the surrounding areas.

All participating choirs, orchestras and symphonic bands can choose to either take part in the “Competition” or the “Celebration” which is non-competitive. All competing ensembles are encouraged to prepare their own music programme to complement the requiered music pieces given by the festival’s jury. Another requirement is that one music piece in the repertoire has to come from the home country of the respective ensemble, which makes the performances at the festival even more international. Please find all information about the required music pieces on our website choosing your respective category: www.sclfestival.org/categories

In addition, the Summa Cum Laude Festival is proud to offer an extensive Academy programme to all ensembles as an integral part of their participation. The programme includes two workshops with renowned professionals from our international festival jury that take place in the Vienna University of Music. Every musician of course receives a certificate after completing the workshops.

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In 2023 we, at the SCL Festival, want to invite participants and audiences to embrace the concept of Resonance with the world we’re living in through the power of music.
 
One of music’s biggest powers is to touch and move people, to make them feel alive. Beyond just music these feelings are responsible for the truly cherished moments in life. They stem from human’s ability to encounter the uncontrollable, to let go of the fears and limitations that want us to make the world and our lives as controllable as possible. As sociologist Hartmut Rosa argues, this urge to conquer, master or even exploit objects, resources or situations, limits us in our possibilities to truly encounter the world and feel alive. The antidote is to open up to that which extends beyond our control, let go and resonate with the world.
 
By performing musical works of celebrated female and male composers of classical, film and modern choral and orchestral music at the beautiful historical venues in Vienna, we will enjoy connecting to and extending the idea of seeing, listening, recognizing and resonating with each other in order to interact in search of a more ‘holistic’ way of being in a world, where the parts are inherently connected to each other on their way to approach the question of the good life inside this ‘whole’.

  • We will introduce each other to the topic of Resonance in musical terms and as an affective relationship, more precisely from an interdisciplinary perspective in the arts. 
  • We will also present the most important aspects of the experience of Resonance with the help of a unique musical program where diversity plays a main role. 
  • We will explore and meet contexts of Resonance in Music and Nature. 
  • We will take up these and other questions in which we will try to show to what extent Resonance can be understood as an affective relationship from an interdisciplinary educational and artistic perspective.

All choirs taking part in the Competition are asked to prepare their compulsory piece(s) for the first workshop. For the second workshop, the workshop lecturer may choose a piece from your additional program or another piece suitable for your respective category.

For all choirs taking part in the Celebration: The workshop lecturer may choose a piece from your additional program or another piece suitable for your respective category.

All orchestras taking part in the Competition are asked to prepare their respective compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, please select one piece from the list of your respective category. You may also choose a piece from your additional program. This piece, however, needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director first.

All orchestras taking part in the Celebration are invited to prepare two pieces from the list of your respective category. You may also choose a piece from your additional program. This piece, however, needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director first.

Symphony Orchestra:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93, IV. Allegro vivace
Hector Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven: One movement from 1st, 2nd, 4th or 5th Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven: One movement from Egmont, Coriolan or Fidelio Overture
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38, 3rd movement, Scherzo Molto Vivace
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No. 3 in a minor Op. 56 (“Scottish”), 2nd movement, Vivace non troppo
Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances No. 3 and 8

Chamber Orchestra:
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major I. Adagio – Allegro or IV. Finale: Spiritoso
Franz Schubert: One movement from Symphony No. 5 in B flat major (D 485)
Joseph Haydn: One movement from Symphony No. 43 in E flat major Hob.I: 43 (“Mercury”)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: One movement from Symphony Nr. 29 in A major, KV 201
Béla Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances

String Orchestra:
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Sinfonia No. 4 in C minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: One movement from Divertimento KV 136 or KV 137 or 138
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Josef Suk: One movement from Serenade for Strings in E flat-major Op. 6
Edvard Grieg: One movement from Holberg Suite
Béla Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances
Johann Sebastian Bach: 3. Brandenburgisches Konzert, 1st movement
Georg Friedrich Händel: One movement from Concerto grosso Op. 6 / No. 5 in D major

All Bands taking part in the Competition shall prepare the compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, you may choose a piece from your additional program. This piece needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

All Bands taking part in the Celebration may choose one piece from their Musikverein program and one piece from their additional concert program. These pieces need to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

All Summa Ensembles taking part in the Competition shall prepare the compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, you may choose a piece from your additional program. This piece needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

All Summa Ensembles taking part in the Celebration may choose one piece from their Musikverein program and one piece from their additional concert program. These pieces need to be confirmed by the Artistic Director.

 

Inspiration: Film Music

As the festival wants to encourage ensembles to include film music into their repertoire, we have compiled a list of suggestions. The following pieces are not compulsory and celebration groups are also welcome to draw inspiration from the list!

Mixed Choir:From “Home Alone”:
Mykola Leontovich (1877 – 1921) – Carol of the Bells
www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/carol-of-the-bells-sheet-music/3555974
(This piece can be sung in numerous different languages, the ensembles are free to choose)
Treble Choir / Children’s Choir:From “Les Choristes”:
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764) – Hymne à La Nuit
www.stretta-music.com/rameau-rille-hymne-a-la-nuit-nr-461456.html

From “Som i Himlen” (As it is in heaven):
Stefan Nilsson (*1955) – Gabriellas Sång (with piano)
www.stretta-music.com/en/nilsson-baeckman-wallenaes-gabriellas-saang-nr-447115.html
Male Choir:From “Som i Himlen” (As it is in heaven):
Stefan Nilsson (*1955) – Gabriellas Sång (with piano)
www.stretta-music.com/en/baeckman-nilsson-caplin-gabriellas-saang-nr-498423.html
Symphony Orchestra:From “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”:
John Williams (*1932): Scherzo For Motorcycle and Orchestra
www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/scherzo-for-motorcycle-and-orchestra-from-indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade-sheet-music/20109754


Inspiration: Music by Astor Piazzolla

In 2021 we are celebration the 100th anniversary of birth of the famous Argentine tango composer & bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla. As the festival wants to encourage ensembles to include his music into their repertoire, we have a few suggestions for wonderful pieces in some of the categories.

Mixed Choir:Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Oblivión (arr. for Choir by Oscar Escalada)
www.stretta-music.com/en/piazzolla-escalada-oblivion-nr-498433.html
Treble Choir / Children’s Choir:Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Libertango (arr. for Choir by Oscar Escalada)
www.stretta-music.com/en/piazzolla-escalada-libertango-nr-484926.html
Symphony Orchestra:Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Oblivion (arr. for Symphony Orchestra by Eduardo Marturet)
Score: www.stretta-music.com/en/piazzolla-oblivion-nr-158054.html
(Parts at tonosmusic.com/en/home/ on request.)
String Orchestra:Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Intróducion al Ángel
Score: www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/introduccion-al-angel-sheet-music/18139022
Parts: www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/introduccion-al-angel-sheet-music/18547993
Bands:Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Contemplación y danza (arr. for Symphonic Band & Solo Clarinet by Néstor Alderete)
Score and parts are available from the arranger on request. Please contact the Festival team if you’re interested in playing the piece (www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzDA6ecsKhk).

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