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HAPPENED TODAY - On November 12, 1944, the conductor and composer Edgar Stillman Kelley died in Oxford (Ohio)

David Popper VIII International Cello Competition


 

From November 10 to November 15, 2019, the David Popper VIII International Cello Competition will be held in the Thury Castle, Várpalota, Hungary.

This important competition is dedicated to David Popper, a most important cellist and composer. David Popper was born in Prague on 16th June 1843 and studied cello at the Prague Conservatoire as a student of Julius Goltermann. After a series of successful concert tours, also with the pianist Bülow, he became the leading cellist of the Court Opera House in Vienna between 1868 and 1873. Then he was a professor of cello and string quartet at the Budapest Academy of Music from autumn 1886 until his death in 1913. In December 1886, performed in Budapest the Brahms Trio op. 101 with the composer and the violinist Jenő Hubay. As a soloist and conductor of the orchestra of the Budapest Academy of Music he played an active role in the Hungarian music life. His pedagogical works, character and saloon pieces, cello concerto and arrangements are acknowledged as the masterpieces of cello classics.

The young cellists who will participate in the competition will be divided into 5 categories:

– Category I     born between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010
– Category II    born between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2007
– Category III   born between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2004
– Category IV   born between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2001
– Category V    born between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 1998

A specific program is provided for each category:

♦ Category I

Round 1
– One etude from Popper: 15 Easy Etudes for cello (Op.76/1.)
– Optional piece of performance

Round 2
– Popper: Widmung Op.11 or
– Popper: Tarantella Op.33 or
– Popper: Dance of Gnomes Op.50 No.2
– Slow or fast movement from a concert (max. 8 minutes)

♦ Category II

Round 1
– Popper: 4 Etude in Es major or
– Popper: 10 Etude in F major (Mittelschwer Etüden Op.76/II.)
– Fast movement from a baroque sonata
– Optional piece of performance (max. 8 minutes)

Round 2
– J.S.Bach: Sarabande and Gigue from solo suite in G major
– Popper: Mazurka in G minor Op.11. or
– Popper: Gavotte in D major Op.23.
– Fast movement from a concerto (max. 10 minutes)
– Optional piece of performance (max. 8 minutes)

♦ Category III

Round 1
– Popper: 10 Etude in C minor or
– Popper: 16 Etude in C major (Hohe Schule Op.73)
– Fast movement from a baroque sonata
– Optional piece of performance (max. 8 minutes)

Round 2
– J.S.Bach: Sarabande and Gigue from solo suite in D minor
– Popper: Vito Op.54 No.5 or
– Popper: Menuetto Op.65 No.2
– Fast movement from a concerto (max. 10 minutes)
– Optional piece of performance (max. 8 minutes)

♦ Category IV

Round 1
– Popper: 20 Etude in G minor or
– Popper: 22 Etude in G major (Hohe Schule Op.73)
– Slow and fast movement from Boccherini or Valentini or Francoeur or Locatelli sonatas
– Optional piece of performance (max. 8 minutes)

Round 2
– J.S.Bach: Sarabande and Gigue from solo suite in C major
– Popper: Concert Polonaise in D minor Op.14 or
– Popper: Serenade Op.54. No.2.
– Fast movement from a concerto (max. 10 minutes)
– Optional piece of performance (max. 8 minutes)

♦ Category V

Round 1
– Popper: 12 Etude in C major or
– Popper: 33 Etude in D major (Hohe Schule Op. 73)
– Popper: Russian Fantasy Op.43. or
– Popper: Hungarian Rhapsody Op.68
– Optional piece of performance (max. 8 minutes)

Round 2
– J.S.Bach: Sarabande and Gigue from solo suite in E flat major
– Popper: Dance of the Elves Op.39. or
– Popper: Spinning Song Op.55.
– Fast movement from a concerto (max. 10 minutes)
– Beethoven: Sonata in C major Op.102 No.1 I.movement or
– Beethoven: Sonata in D major Op.102 No.2 I.movement or
– Brahms: Sonata in F major Op.99 I.movement or
– Schumann: Adagio and Allegro Op. 70

The competition is public and it will be arranged in two rounds. Competitors can gain admittance from Round 1 to Round 2 on the basis of the Jury’s decision. Prize winners of the competition will be chosen from among those admitted to Round 2. The Jury gives points to the contestants. The points are not public.

There is no monetary award. Announcement of results will take place at the end of the competition. Decisions of the Jury are definitive. The Jury reserves the right to decide whether or not to award the prizes or to change the content of any of the prizes. After the distribution of the prizes, the prize winners will perform at a Gala Concert.

Who wants to register for the competition must download, complete and send to the mail address poppercello@gmail.com the Application Form available on the Website of the Competition.

The deadline for the application is October 1, 2019.

This is the calendar of the Competition:

♦ Opening Ceremony and opening concert
Sunday, November 10, 2019
5:00 PM, Thury Castle, Thury Room
Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra (artistic director Péter Kováts)
Bence Temesváre, cello (winner of the IV category at the 7th International David Popper Cello Competition)

♦ Competition first and second round
November 11-15, 2019
Thury Castle

♦ Announcement of Results and Gala
Friday, November 15, 2019
5 PM, Thury Castle, Thury Room

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E-mail: poppercello@gmail.com