Square Piano Competition

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Friday 20th October 2017

Optional for candidates of the International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours is the competition on historic square pianos for which a separate award may be acquired.

If you do not participate in the fortepiano competition, but you still wish to join this square piano competition, please contact us if it is possible to make an exception. Please e-mail: info@geelvinck.nl.

The aim of this competition is to stimulate early-career fortepianists to perform on historic square pianos. The winner receives the Stanley Hoogland Square Piano Award 2017

The Award received its name in honor of Stanley Hoogland, the doyen of the historically informed performances on fortepiano.

Each candidate has the opportunity to perform a maximum of around 20 to 25 minutes for the jury.

The candidates are requested to perform three pieces solo, each on a different square piano:

1. Early period (18th century)

a square piano built by Johannes Zumpe (1726-1790) & Gabriel Buntebart (c. 1740-1794) in London in 1769
GG-f3 (omitting GG sharp), single action with overdampers, with three hand levers controlling the damper lift (split between b and c’) and buff stop

Required is a piece by Johann Christian Bach or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or one of his contemporaries. The piece should be composed before ca. 1788.
Please note that it should fit on GG-f3 (omitting GG sharp).

2. Transition period (circa 1st quarter 19th century)

a square piano built by Karl David Kursch (1779-1849) in Berlin in the first quarter of the 19th century
EE-f4, English action with escapement, one knee lever for sustain
Sweelinck Collection; Recently restored by Gijs Wilderom with the support of the Sluyterman van Loo Fonds.

Required is a complete sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven of his second or third period.
Please note that it should fit on EE-f4.

3. Late period

a square piano built by Collard & Collard in London around 1856 (no. 63676)
CC-a5, English double action, pedal with moderator

Required is a piece by an early romantic composer, such as Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Ignaz Moscheles, Felix Mendelssohn or a contemporary.

Free choice program
The candidate shall make his or her own choices for the pieces which he or she proposes to perform. The pieces shall not be the same as the candidate will perform for the fortepiano competition. The length of time the candidate performs on each instrument should be in between approximately 5 to 10 minutes. The total length of the program the candidate performs should be around approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

Both the performances by the candidates and the personal choices of  the compositions, as well as the match of these with the instruments, are taken into consideration by the jury. However, if the jury does not agree with the candidate’s choice(s), it will indicate this well in advance to the candidate; in such case the candidate shall make a new proposal for his performance program.

It is appreciate, if the candidate makes good use of the square piano’s technical features, such as the hand levers, knee levers and pedal.

Indicated historic instruments used for the competition
The organization is at any time allowed to replace any of the historic square pianos mentioned above for another one of approximately the same period. No claim can be made against the decision of the festival organization to replace an instrument by another historic instrument of approximately the same period and action.

The jury consists of five members.

None of the members shall be a current lector or professor of any of the candidates and in case the candidate is a former student, this member shall withdraw from the decision making process concerning this candidate.

The jury has the right to withhold granting a first prize or other award in case it considers the quality level of the performance(s) does not meet its required standard. The jury can decide to grant a prize ex aequo, in which case the winners will share the prize equally.

The decisions of the jury are final and cannot be contested in any way. No claim can be made against the decision of the jury.

This competition is part of the International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours and the same rules and regulations apply.

Performing on historic pianofortes and square pianos
The candidate should be well aware that the performances are on historic square pianos. These instruments differ significantly from modern pianos as well as from historical copies of fortepianos. Historic square pianos should be performed at with love and tender care for the instrument. The jury shall take this into consideration and, hence, the jury does not only judge the candidate on virtuosity.
A gentle touch and restrained loudness is much appreciated.

Candidates are recommended to tryout the historic square pianos in advance. Also there are some limited possibilities to rehearse on other historic square pianos. Please arrange this with the organization in advance.

It is strongly recommended to the candidates to join the Masterclasses. Applications for joining the masterclasses by candidates who participate in effort for the Square Piano Award, will be treated with preference by the festival organization. The Masterclasses are scheduled in advance of the performances for the Square Piano Award.

The square piano competition is open for all candidates of the International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours (therefore also for those, who are not accepted for the second round or the final round).

Candidates can apply for taking part in the competition for the Square Piano Award 2017 together with their application for the International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours 2017 (hence not later than 15 September 2017). The accepted candidates shall provide the festival organization by email with their choices of pieces to perform, not later than 10th October 2017.

The scores of the pieces to be performed by the candidate should be send to the festival organization by email, not later than 14th October 2017.

We have the pleasure that Stanley Hoogland is expected to join the audience of the competition.

We kindly thank Stanley Hoogland for his Roduwart square piano to be used for rehearsing for this competition and for the master classes.

The performances may be being recorded for use on the website of the festival and/or otherwise by Museum Geelvinck as well as on YouTube.