Microtonal Works for Recorder(s), MicroFest Prague 2020

We announce that microtonal compositions for recorder(s) are sought for a concert in Prague on Saturday 25th of April, 2020. The music will be performed by recorder player Linnéa Sundfær Casserly (NOR/FIN) in a recital concert of the MicroFest Prague 2020 / Institut mikrointervalové hudby 2020. Works should be for one performer on one or two recorders and include microtonality. Stereo “tape” electronics is available. The performer is also a soprano singer, with the singing range two and a half octaves g – c3. Thus the music can use the performer’s voice for singing, speaking or singing into the recorder while exhaling. Theatrical elements can also be included in the composition. The recorders are of standard design, and microtonality has its usual limitations.

The available recorders and their ranges are (in German notation)
Soprano recorder: c2 – f5
Alto recorder: f1 – c4
Tenor recorder c1 – f4
Ganassi recorder (an alto recorder variant): g1 – g3

The concert space will be HAMU Galeria at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In the concert, Linnéa Sundfær Casserly and two other soloists on wind instruments will also showcase works from recent standard repertoire that include microtonality.
Works containing improvised, meaning not strictly and thoroughly notated, durations and dynamics will also be considered. Microtonal elements can be notated with high precision if desired.

Submission Rules and Guidelines

Please send a finished microtonal composition for one of the combinations mentioned (no live electronics available). Two different recorders maximum may be used in one work. Works between 4 and 10 minutes are given slight preference. There are no limitations as to who may apply. The work may be old or new, previously performed or unperformed.
Your message has to contain the performance material and duration estimate for your finished work, year of composition, and your composer name, telephone number and email address. Other contact or biographical information is not necessary.
No specific preparations, live electronics, video, lighting or additional stage objects are allowed.

Information about recorder player Linnéa Sundfær Casserly at http://linnea.casserly.fi and about the festival at https://microintervalinstitute.wordpress.com.

1st Round

You may apply with several works, however, we cannot select more than one work from you for this concert.
All materials for the work must be sent by Sunday 24th of November to microintervalinstitute@gmail.com as email text and attachments. In the case of sound files, accessible links that allow the download of files for at least three days from the deadline will be accepted.
Only independently performable and finished works will be considered. 2 to 3 works to be played will be selected by a 4-member jury made of performer Linnéa Sundfær Casserly (NOR/FIN), festival organisers Iva Oplištilová (CZ) and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher (CZ/FIN), and an internationally established microtonal composer as external member.

Submission Checklist
– finished microtonal score(s) in electronic format, using the allowed instrumentations only
– pdf of a legible electronically notated or scanned hand-written score
– duration estimate and year of composition
– composer’s contact information: name, email, telephone
– send all materials to microintervalinstitute@gmail.com by Sunday 8th of December, 2019, 23:59 Czech time (UTC+2)
– no substantial changes to the work will be allowed before the performance
– participation is free, there is no entry fee for either round.

2nd Round

The composers of the selected works are announced by the jury and contacted for confirmation. After this your work will be rehearsed and performed by the recorder player in the festival recital concert on Saturday 25th of April, 2020. Please indicate at this stage if the work has been previously performed and provide a short description text of the work and, if you like, press material for the website and program booklet.

The MicroFest Prague 2020 Concert in downtown Prague

Attendance in Prague on the MicroFest Prague / Institut mikrointervalové hudby 2020 to present yourself, and hear your work performed is preferred though not absolutely required.

We will provide you at least 90 minutes of rehearsals with the recorder player in Prague. Online video meetings with the musician are possible beforehand, and the musician is based in Finland and Norway.

You will be given free tickets and access to all official events (two days of lectures, three concerts) of the festival as well as some unofficial events.

The website containing this same information:
https://microintervalinstitute.wordpress.com/recorder-call-for-works

Sincerely,
Linnéa Sundfær Casserly, recorder player
Iva Oplištilová and J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher, festival directors

Information
The performer gladly answers any questions about composing for the recorders:
http://linnea.casserly.fi
https://microintervalinstitute.wordpress.com

24 Nov 2019
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