The deadline for submitting works for the VIII Fernando Rielo International Prize for Sacred Music ends on 30 March. The prize, worth €5,000, is aimed at composers from any country, with no age limit. The score must be original, unpublished, never presented in another competition or performed in public and lasting between 10 and 15 minutes. The text to be set to music is The Beatitudes.
The works submitted for the prize must be written for mixed choir and chamber orchestra, with a minimum string orchestra team: 5 violins I, 4 violins II, 3 violas, 2 violoncellos and 1 double bass. The following can be freely added to the orchestra: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 1 trumpet and 1 trombone.
This competition, created by Fernando Rielo, aims to promote contemporary sacred music by inviting composers to express their deep spiritual experience or the need to live the transcendence that human beings possess. This language is a manifest expression of man’s intimate relationship with the Supreme Being.
This Prize is not limited to the liturgical music of a particular creed. It is addressed to the composer who experiences musical expression from his inner silence, from which flows -attracted by transcendence- his own language.
The Jury, made up of musicians of recognised national and international prestige, can choose up to four finalist works to be premiered in a concert, after which the winner is proclaimed. It may award special mentions to the other finalists or declare it void.
More information can be obtained at: [email protected] + 34 91 575 40 91.