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[Paul Sacher Foundation] Basel Composition Competition

No person is more representative of the Basel musical scene than Paul Sacher (1906-1999). He devoted himself tirelessly to the music of his century in his various roles as conductor, as commissioner of new works and as sponsor and member of numerous guilds and institutions. Amongst the works commissioned by Paul Sacher are Béla Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Bohuslav Martinů’s Toccata e due Canzoni, Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto en ré as well as Arthur Honegger’s Fourth Symphony.

In 1973, Sacher founded the Paul Sacher Foundation which gained international reputation as a leading research institution after acquiring the estate of Igor Stravinsky and collections from Anton Webern and Bruno Maderna.

In 2017–18 years after his death – Paul Sacher’s spirit will be revived once again as the most compelling works of the 21st century are brought to Basel for the first edition of “Basel Composition Competition” (BCC), an international event open to the public, conceived and organised by Artistic Management GmbH in cooperation with the Paul Sacher Foundation and directed by the Head Juror, Wolfgang Rihm.

During the selection process, the jury will shortlist ten pieces to be performed at the competition by the Basel Symphony and the Basel Chamber orchestras. The three winning works shall be awarded monetary prizes totalling CHF 100,000.

The first edition of the “Basel Composition Competition” will take place on 16-19 February 2017.

  • Wolfgang Rihm, head juror, composer.
  • Felix Meyer, director, Paul Sacher Foundation.
  • Michael Jarrell, composer.
  • Oliver Knussen, composer.
  • 31 May 2016: registration and payment
  • 30 November 2016: deadline for submission of the full score.
  • 20 December 2016: announcement of nominated works.
  • 6 January 2017: deadline for submission of the orchestral parts.

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