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Prague Spring International Music Competition

The 64th Prague Spring International Music Competition, a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva, will be held from 7 to 15 May 2012 in Prague for the instrumentals Harpsichord and Cello.


The competition is intended for artists of all nationalities who :

  • satisfy the age requirement – up to age 30 for the field cello (i.e. who were born on or after 7 May 1982) and up to age 32 for the field harpsichord (i.e. who were born on or after 7 May 1980)
  • have not already won the 1st prize in the Prague Spring International Music Competition in the relevant instrumental field.

The competition will be held in three rounds, and the number of candidates is limited. 50 competitors may enter Round I, a maximum of 12 candidates may advance to Round II, and at the most 4 candidates advance to Round III.

The jury is entitled to determine the order of compositions or of individual parts of compositions for competition performances.

The work written by a Czech composer for the 2012 Prague Spring International Music Competition will be sent to the candidates together with the documents regarding the organisation of the competition.

The competition repertoire listed in the application by the candidate is binding and may not be changed. Failure to comply with the established programme or later changes might be grounds for disqualification.

If required, candidates must be able to supply copies of the scores listed in their programme.

Performing from photocopies of published printed music during public performances is a violation of copyright law, and the performer assumes liability for any legal sanctions.

The competition performances are public in all three rounds.

Any radio or television broadcasts of festival performances will be available to Prague Spring and will serve for promotion of the competition. Any commercial use of the recordings will be the subject matter of further negotiation.


Preliminary selection round (recording on CD or minidisc) :

  • 1. Louis Couperin : Préludes non mesurés – a prelude up to candidate´s choice, candidate may choose a different prelude than in Round I
  • 2. J. S. Bach : The Well-Tempered-Clavier II : Prelude and Fugue in B major, BWV 892 (Bärenreiter Edition – Johann Sebastian Bach : Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke)

Round I (16 – 17 minutes) :

  • 1. Louis Couperin : Prélude non mesuré no. 9 in C major (Davitt Moroney Edition)
  • 2. Girolamo Frescobaldi : Toccate e partite d´intavolatura di cimbalo, “Libro primo” (Suvini Zerboni Edition) – choice of one of the toccatas from Nos. 2 – 8
  • 3. Domenico Scarlatti : one of the following sonatas (including repetitions) Sonata in G major K 104 or Sonata in D minor K 141 or Sonata in C major K 420 (Kirkpatrick Edition)
  • 4. J. S. Bach : The Well-Tempered-Clavier II : Prelude and Fugue in B major, BWV 892 (Bärenreiter Edition – Johann Sebastian Bach : Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke)

Round II (40 – 45 minutes) :

  • 1. One of the following Czech Sonatas from the 2nd half of the 18th century
    • Leopold Koželuh : Sonata in D major, Op. 1 No. 3 or Sonata in E minor, Op. 13 No. 3 (Bärenreiter Edition) or
    • Josef Antonín Štěpán (Joseph Anton Steffan) : Sonata VI in D major, Op. 3, No. 3or Sonata VIII in B flat major (MAB Edition) or
    • Jiří Antonín Benda (Georg Anton Benda) : Sonata No. 4 in F major or Sonata No. 6 in D major (from Six Harpsichord Sonatas published in Berlin 1757 ; Oxford University Press or Schott Edition)
  • 2. A work in variation form by one of the English virginalists (sellection from Musica Britannica)
  • 3. Free-assembled suite of one of following French composers : Jean-Henri d’Anglebert, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Antoine Forqueray – Editions Fuzeau recommended (facsimile)
  • 4. A work composed for the 2012 Prague Spring International Music Competition lasting 6–8 minutes (by Václav Riedlbauch)
  • The whole performance in Round II mustn’t be shorter than 40 minutes and must last no longer than 45 minutes. Candidates should consider repetitions with regard to this rule.

Round III – finals in cooperation with the Prague Philharmonia, conductor Vojtěch Spurný

  • 1. J. S. Bach : one of the following compositions : Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828or English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811 (Neue Bach-Ausgabe, Bärenreiter Edition)
  • 2. Bohuslav Martinů : Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra H. 246 (Universal Edition, Wien - Prague Spring office can send a solo part on request)

The editions listed are only recommended.

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