9th "Silver Sounds" International Contest for Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion (solo performers)

Regulations on the 9th "Silver Sounds" International Contest for Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion (solo performers)

March 27th - 31th, 2020

Petrozavodsk, the Republic of Karelia

Founders: Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk City Administration

Partners: Petrozavodsk Music College named after Karl Rautio, Children’s Music School # 1 named after Gelmer Sinisalo,  the “Petrovsky Palace” Education and Creative Arts Centre

Organizer: Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire

The objectives of the Contest: 

  • to contribute to the development and promotion of brass music;
  • to strengthen relationship between the musicians from different countries;
  • to detect the most talented young music performers.

Terms of the Contest

Woodwinds, brass and percussion performers under 35 years old are invited to participate in the Contest.

The Contest is held in the following instrument categories – flute, recorder, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet (alto, tenor, baritone), trombone, tuba, drums and percussions, and jazz instruments (saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, drums and percussion, jazz piano) in five age groups: 

  • age group I –  up to 11 years old
  • age group II – up to 13 years old
  • age group III – up to 15 years old
  • age group IV – up to and including 20  years old (including students of music colleges for who the maximum age is not limited)
  • age group V–   up to and including 35 years old.

Age category of a participant is defined by the number of full years as of March 27th, 2020. Minimum age in each group is not limited.

Application requirements

The application package must be sent before the 1st of February 2020 by e-mail or by post to Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire. Registration is based on:

  • Application form
  • A copy of the birth certificate or passport (original documents should be presented upon arrival)
  • A color photo of high quality in JPG. indicating applicant's full name
  • A brief artistic CV

The registration fee (2000 rubles for groups I, II, III, IV and 3000 rubles for the group V) should be paid upon arrival to the Contest. 

Should an applicant refuse to participate in the Contest, no documents or the participation fee are returned or refunded.

Traveling, board and lodging expenses for contestants, accompanists, teachers and other escorting persons shall be borne by the contestants or delegating organizations.

Contact details

Organizing Committee of the “Silver Sounds” Contest,
Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire
185031, Leningradskaya str. 16, Petrozavodsk, Russia 
E-mail: romanvorobiov@mail.ru or info@glazunovcons.ru

The contest held in the age groups I, II, III and IV consists of two rounds. In the age group V the contest consists of three rounds.

In the first round, a scale and two etudes of diverse nature at the performer's discretion are played (with no accompaniment); it is permitted to perform a piece for a solo instrument instead of one etude. In the percussions category the etudes and pieces are performed on snare drum. In age group IV, the scale is selected by draw (major and minor scales, up to and including six dots), and etudes and pieces are the performer's discretion. 

In the second round, contestants from age group I perform two compositions of diverse nature as selected by the contestant but not played in the first round. In age groups II, III and IV, any composition from the list of mandatory works and a composition (7 minutes maximum) selected by the contestant but not performed in the first round shall be played. In the percussions category, a work selected at the contestant’s discretion shall be played on snare drum. 

Every composition of the Contest program in every age group shall be performed from memory. 

The contestant's order of play is defined by the Organizing Committee.

In age groups I, II, III and IV the winners of the Contest shall be determined according to the results of the two rounds.  In the age group V no more than 5 contestants (each instrument category) are admitted for participation in the third round.

The performance of the contestants shall be evaluated by the international jury. The winners of the Contest shall be awarded with laureate diplomas of Degree I, II and III.

The laureates of the Contests are obliged to perform in the gala performance free of charge. 

The jury has the right, if agreed by all members, to not listen to contestant’s program in full, to not award all the diplomas, to award diplomas to the most outstanding soloists and accompanists who have not taken prize-winning places. 

Jury’s decision is final and not subject to reconsideration. 

Program requirements

In all age groups scales shall be performed in detache and legato strokes.

In age group I scales and triad arpeggio are performed:  

  •  on recorder, oboe, bassoon – eighth notes (1/4   = 80 or higher tempo)
  •  on saxophone, trumpet – eighth notes (1/4   = 60 or higher tempo)
  •  on French horn, trombone, alto, tenor, baritone, tuba – quarter notes ( 1/4 = 80 or higher tempo)

Scales and triad arpeggio with inversion are performed on flute, clarinet, xylophone – at least two octaves, eighth notes (1/4 = 80 or higher tempo)

In age group II scales, triad arpeggio with inversion and dominant seventh chord with inversion are performed:

  •  on flute – eighth notes, by using the lower range completely and the upper range up to sounds H3 – C4 (1/4 = 120 or higher tempo) 
  •  on oboe – eighth notes, by using the lower range completely and the upper range up to sounds C3 - D3 (1/4  =100 or higher tempo)
  •  on clarinet – eighth notes, by using the lower range completely and the upper range up to sounds F3 (1/4  =120 or higher tempo)
  •  on bassoon – eighth notes (1/4 =  100 or higher tempo)
  •  on saxophone – eighth notes, by using the full range of the instrument, if possible (1/4 = 80 or higher tempo)
  • on French horn, trumpet, tenor, baritone, trombone, tuba – eighth notes (1/4 = 80 or higher tempo)
  •  on xylophone – eighth notes, at least two octaves (1/4 = 120 or higher tempo)

In age group III scales, triad arpeggio with inversion and dominant seventh chord with inversion are performed:

  • on flute  – sixteenth notes, by using the lower range completely and the upper range up to sounds H3 - C4 (1/4 = 100 or higher tempo)
  • on oboe – sixteenth notes, by using the lower and upper registers completely (1/4 = 100 or higher tempo)
  • on clarinet – sixteenth notes, by using the lower range completely and the upper range up to sounds F3 - G3 ( 1/4  =100 or higher tempo)
  • on bassoon  – sixteenth notes, at least two octaves (1/4 = 80 or higher tempo)
  • on saxophone – sixteenth notes, by using the full range of the instrument, if possible (1/4 = 60 or higher tempo)
  • on  trumpet – sixteenth notes, at least two octaves (1/4 = 60 or higher tempo) 
  • on French horn, trumpet, tenor, baritone, trombone, tuba – sixteenth notes, at least two octaves (1/4 = 80 or higher tempo)
  • on xylophone – sixteenth notes, at least two octaves (1/4 = 100 or higher tempo)

In age group IV scales, triad arpeggio with inversion and dominant seventh chord with inversion – in major scales, or reduced leading note with inversion – in minor scales, are performed: 

  • on flute – sixteenth notes, by using the lower range completely and the upper range up to sounds H3 - C4 (1/4 = 120 or higher tempo)
  • on oboe – sixteenth notes, by using the lower and upper registers completely (1/4 = 100 or higher tempo)
  • on clarinet – sixteenth notes, by using the lower range completely and the upper range up to sounds G3 - A3 (1/4 = 120 or higher tempo)
  • on bassoon –sixteenth notes, by using the lower and upper registers completely (1/4 = 100 or higher tempo)
  • on saxophone – sixteenth notes, by using the lower and upper registers completely (1/4 = 80 or higher tempo)
  • on French horn, trumpet – sixteenth notes, at least two octaves (1/4 = 80 or higher tempo)
  • on trombone, tuba – sixteenth notes, at least two octaves (1/4 = 100 or higher tempo)
  • on xylophone – sixteenth notes, at least two octaves (1/4 = 120 or higher tempo)

List of pieces mandatory for playing in round II  for age groups II, III, IV and in  rounds I,  II, III for the age group V

Music pieces in different rounds should not be repeated. Any scores of Russian composers can be sent via email on request

FLUTE

Group II 
J.B. Pergolezi. Concerto G-dur for Flute and Orchestra, part I

Group III  
A. Vivaldi. Concerto for Flute and Orchestra “The Young Goldfinch”, part I.

Group IV
A. Vivaldi. Concerto g-moll for Flute and Orchestra “La notte”

Group V
Round I
J.S. Bach Sonata e-moll for Flute and Piano, parts I and II  or  parts III and IV

Round II
A work of a composer of the XX-XXI century at discretion of a participant, up to 10 minutes of duration.

Round III
W.A. Mozart. Concerto G-dur

OBOE

Group II
L.V. Beethoven. Contredans (scores to be discussed with the Organizing Committee)

Group III
G.P. Telemann Concerto e-moll for Oboe and Strings

Group IV
А. Vivaldi. Concerto a-moll for Oboe and Orchestra

Group V

Round I
A composition at discretion of a participant from the list below
1. J.S. Bach Sonata g-moll for Oboe and Piano, parts I and II or parts III and IV
2. А. Vivaldi. Concerto C-dur major for Oboe and Orchestra, Fanna 31. No. 1
3. А. Vivaldi. Concerto g-moll for Oboe and Piano Il Pastor Fido, parts III and IV
4. G.F. Handel Sonata g-moll for Oboe and Piano, parts III and IV

Round II
A composition at discretion of a participant from the list below
1. G. Sinisalo. Melody and Concerto  for oboe and piano
2. E. Patlaenko. Sonata for Oboe Solo from “Music for  Evenings” (Эдуард Патлаенко. Соната    для гобоя соло из цикла «Вечернее музицирование»)
3. E. Patlaenko. Prelude and Fugue for Oboe Solo from “Avletika” (Эдуард Патлаенко. Прелюдия и фуга для гобоя соло из цикла «Авлетика»)

Round III
W. А. Mozart. Concerto C-dur for Oboe and Orchestra, part I  - with cadence at choice. 

CLARINET

Group II
F.A. Hoffmeister:  Concerto F-dur  for  Clarinet and Orchestra, part I

Group III
Karl Stamitz. Concerto No. 3 B-dur  for Clarinet and orchestra, part I

Group IV
Jan Stamic. Concerto B-dur for clarinet and orchestra, part I.

Group V

Round I
1. A composition at discretion of a participant from the list below

a) F. Kramář.Concerto Es-dur for clarinet and orchestra, part I
b) L. Koželuh.Concerto Es-dur for clarinet and orchestra, parts I
c) J. Vanhal. Concerto Es-dur for clarinet and orchestra, parts I
d) Karl Stamitz. Concerto F-dur for clarinet and orchestra, parts I
e) A.Dimler. Concerto B-dur for clarinet and orchestra, parts I

2. E. Patlaenko.  Sonata for Clarinet Solo from the “Music for Evenings” (Эдуард Патлаенко. Соната-беседа в шести афоризмах для кларнета соло из цикла «Вечернее музицирование»)

Round II

A composition at discretion of a participant from the list below

a) Sh.Davidov. Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra

b) B.Tchaikovsky. Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra

Round III
W. А. Mozart. Concerto А-dur for Clarinet and Orchestra, parts I -II

BASSOON

Group II  
A. Grechaninov. “Veselchak”

Group III
 
T. Konchakova.  a part from the suite “Karelian pictures”   

Group IV
B. Marcello. Sonata No. 2 in e-moll for Bassoon and Piano, Op.2

Group V

Round I
1. E. Cools. Konzertstück for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 80
2. A composition at discretion of a participant up to 10 minutes of duration.

Round II

Y. Livitin.  Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 70

Round III

F. Danzi. Concerto in F-dur for Bassoon and Orchestra. P. 237

SAXOPHONE

Group II
A. Waignein. Little Concerto. Parts II and III

Group III
J. Ibert.“Histoires”, one part at participant’s choice

Group IV
A composition at discretion of a participant from the list below
1. J.B. Singelée. Fantaisie brillante for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op.75
2. J.B. Singelée. Fantaisie brillante for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op.86

Group V

Round I

A work of a composer created before the XX century at discretion of a participant, up to 10 minutes of duration.

Round II
A composition at discretion of a participant from the list below up to 10 minutes of duration, any parts at choice.  Sonata by J. Absil, Divertimento by R. Boutry,  Sonata by Ph. Woods, Sonata by P. Creston, Sonata by W. Albright, Concerto-fantasia by J. Semler-Collery. Sonata by P. Hindemith

Round III
H. Villa-Lobos. Fantasia for Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra

G. Kalinkovich. Concerto Capriccio on themes of Paganini 

FRENCH HORN

Group II
F. Schubert Serenade (Ständchen)

Group III
K. Saint-Säens. Romanze Op. 36

Group IV
W. А. Mozart. Concerto Rondo K. 371 with cadence at choice. 

Group V

Round I

1. P. Dukas. Villanelle

2. V. Buyanovski. Russian Song

Round II

1. R. Schumann. Adagio and Allegro

2.  R. Glière. Nocturne

Round III  

J. Strauss. Concerto No. 1 for Horn and Orchestra

For the program of performance for TRUMPET, TROMBONE, TUBA, PERCUSSIONS, Jazz orchestra instruments, please contact the organizing committee romanvorobiov@mail.ru or info@glazunovcons.ru

or see the Russian version of the Regulations at http://glazunovcons.ru/projects/competitions/sz_2020.