9th Competition announcement

Artistic Director and Scientific Adviser
Giorgio Monari
President of the Singing Section
Antonio Florio
Board of Directors
Giada Ruspoli
member of the Ruspoli family
Silvestro Fochetti
President of Centro Studi e Ricerche Santa Giacinta Marescotti

CENTRO STUDI E RICERCHE

 SANTA GIACINTA MARESCOTTI

9 th  Principe Francesco Maria Ruspoli

Baroque Music and Musicological Studies

International Competition

Baroque Singing

Musicology

October 28-29, 2017

Castello Ruspoli, Vignanello – Italy

Artistic Director and Scientific Adviser: Giorgio Monari

President of the Baroque Singing Section: Antonio Florio

Board of Directors:

Giada Ruspoli, Honorary President of Centro Studi e Ricerche S. Giacinta Marescotti

Silvestro Fochetti, President of Centro Studi e Ricerche S. Giacinta Marescotti

Subject and Goals

 

The  Centro  Studi  e  Ricerche  Santa  Giacinta  Marescotti  di  Vignanello presents  the 2017  9th  edition  of  the  Principe  Francesco  Maria  Ruspoli  International Competition, with the following goals:

 

  1. a) honouring the memory of Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli, leading personality of Roman Baroque and great patron of artists such as Georg Friedrich Handel, Jacques Hotteterre “Le Romain”, Antonio Caldara, Benedetto Marcello and the poets of the Academy of Arcadia, by reviving his patronage and passion for arts and music;

 

  1. b) recovering and  expressing  the  genius loci  as  represented  by  the  music  of  the Baroque  period,  which  embodied  the  identity  of  Vignanello  and  Castello  Ruspoli during the years of Prince Francesco Maria; he made his own household  one of the most prestigious cultural centres in those days, along with other European courts;

 

  1. c) favouring the  launching  of  young  talents  in  the  field  of  historically  informed performance of music of the Baroque period (17th and 18 th  ), also giving them the  opportunity  to  relive  the  atmosphere  of  Castello  Ruspoli,  where  many prominent artistic events took place;

 

  1. d) ranging over  several  different  musical  fields  and  alternating  singing  with instrumental music, as well as testing new techniques also in a modern fashion;

 

  1. e) promoting research  and  occasions  for  discussion  in  the  field  of  musicology, ranging  from  historical  and  archival  research  on  patronage  to  the  study  of expressive languages, musical and iconographic sources, and musical instruments in the Baroque era (17th and 18 th  ).

 

 

Structure of the competition

 

The Principe Francesco Maria Ruspoli International Competition consists of:

 

–  one musicological section with a given topic chosen by organizers each year;

–  one  section  alternating  singing  and  one  Baroque  instrument  every  other year, with singing being the subject of this section for the 2017 edition.

 

   BAROQUE SINGING SECTION

Article 1 – Participants

1.1 – This competition is open to all Italian or foreign citizens who will be of legal age and will not have turned 35 by the deadline of August 31, 2017.

1.2 –  Participation  in  other  sections  of  the  “Principe  Francesco  Maria  Ruspoli” Competition is not grounds for exclusion.

1.3 –  Participation  in  previous  editions  of  this  Competition  is  not  grounds  for exclusion.

Article 2 – How to participate

2.1 – Applications must be filled out using the form which can be downloaded from the 2017 edition page of the website of Centro Studi (www.centrostudisgm.com). All applications  must  be  submitted  by  the  deadline  of  August  31,  2017;  late applications will not be considered.

2.2 – In order to complete application procedure, the following documentation must be enclosed:

(Incomplete applications will not be processed)

1) detailed CV;

2) copy of valid ID;

3)  2  photos  in  digital  format  (JPG,  GIF,  or  similar)  which  will  be  used  by  the administrative office for the purpose of competition-related press or promotion ;

4) fee of €50.00 via bank transfer to the account of “Associazione Centro Studi e Ricerche Santa Giacinta Marescotti”, at the bank: Cassa di Risparmio di Orvieto,

filiale  di  Vignanello  (VT),  IBAN:  IT71  E062  2073  3600  0000  1100  859  –  BIC: BPBAITR1, description of payment: “Baroque Singing Section” (this fee will not be refunded if applicants fail to participate in the competition);

5)  musical  program  of  audio  or  audio-video  recordings  of  applicants’  own performances; applicants must upload their recordings to the internet preferably to YouTube  or  using  software  such  as  Dropbox,  Google  Drive,  wetransfer,  4  shared, divShare,  iDrive,  mediaFire,  SugarSync.  The  musical  program  must  be  arranged according to the instructions under 4.1.2 of this notice. Applicants must also submit links to files and all necessary information to watch and/or download files, as well as a list of the files uploaded with complete information on piece authors and titles and recording places and dates, via email to Centro Studi.

2.3  –  All  documents  and links to uploaded files  must  be  emailed  to  the  address: centrostudisgm@gmail.com

Article 3 – Judges

The board of judges will be composed of the same members for both preliminary and final trials:

Antonio Florio (President), Conductor

Laurence Cummings, Conductor, Harpsichordist

Gemma Bertagnolli, University of the Arts Bremen

Furio Zanasi, L’Aquila Music Conservatory

Juan Ángel Vela del Campo, Music Critic

Article 4 – Trials

Competitors must pass two trials, as follows:

4.1 – Preliminary trial

4.1.1 – The preliminary trial will be based on the examination of audio-video files submitted by competitors as per article 2.2.5.

4.1.2  –  Competitors  must  adhere  to  the  following  instructions  to  select  the repertoire  for  the  video  and/or  audio-recording  to  be  submitted  to  the  judging committee:

– program duration:    ca. 20 minutes

– repertoire:   Italian  solo  vocal  music  with  harpsichord  continuo; music may be original or arranged, and dating between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century; only one piece may be in a language other  than  Italian  (i.e.:  English,  French,  German,  Latin etc.)

4.1.3 – The committee will select 6 (six) competitors who pass on to the second final stage.

4.2. – Final trial

4.2.1 – The final trial will be open to the public and will take place at Castello Ruspoli on Saturday, 28   October 2017, starting at 2.30pm.

4.2.2 – Competitors must adhere to the following instructions in order to gather the repertoire for the final trial:

– program duration:        25’-30’

– repertoire:  solo  vocal  music  with  harpsichord continuo;  music  may  be  original  or arranged, and dating between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of  the  18th  century,  in  Italian  or  other European  languages;  pieces  in  the  final trial  must  be  different  from  those presented in the preliminary trial;

– mandatory piece:  one  Italian  solo  cantata 1  by  Händel, chosen  by  competitors,  that  was  not presented during the preliminary trial;

– criteria:  while criteria for choosing repertoire are personal,  competitors  should  still  aim  at showing  their  artistic  maturity  and singing mastery to the judging committee.

4.2.3  –  The  competition  will  provide  finalists  with  a  harpsichord  and  an  official harpsichordist. Competitors who wish to perform with their own accompanist must inform the organizers at the time of application.

Article 5 – Finalists

5.1 – The six competitors that will have passed the first phase will be welcome to arrive  at  Castello  Ruspoli  of  Vignanello  from  the  morning  of  Friday,  27  October 2017.

5.2 – All finalists may have, upon request, a certificate of participation to the final trial of the competition, which will be provided after the final trial.

Article 6 – Prize

6.1 – The prize, consisting of a check for € 1.500,00 (one thousand and five hundred euros) will be awarded to the first-place winner at Castello Ruspoli of Vignanello on Sunday,  29  October  2017.  The  winner  will  then  perform  as  a  soloist  in  a  final concert  as  per  article  9.  The  winner  will  also  be  invited  to  perform  during  the European Day of Early Music (21 March 2018, Copenhagen) and to take part in the next Latin American Itinerância Ruspoli (2018) organized by Associação Ruspoli.

6.2  –  Centro  Studi  also  provides  the  winner  with  a  demo  from  the  concert  on Sunday, 29 October 2017, and its recording on CD.

Article 7 – Judges’ decisions

Judges’ decisions are final and may not be appealed.

7.1 – The judges, according to their experience and competence, will select the six finalists on the basis of audio and/or video recordings submitted, by attributing a score from 0 to 10. The president, after collecting all judges’ votes, will add together the votes for each competitor;  the six competitors with the highest  scores will be admitted to the final trial.

7.2 – The results of the preliminary trial will be published on the website of Centro Studi by 25 September 2017.

7.3 – Each judge will evaluate performances in the final trial individually and with a score  in  a  range  between  0  and  10.  The  jury  also  reserves  the  right  to  ask competitors to repeat their performances. The president, after collecting all judges’ votes, will add together the votes for each competitor, thus electing the winner.

7.4 – Results will be announced at the end of auditions, together with the name of the winner.

7.5 – In the case of ex aequo, scores will be reconsidered and the jury will proceed with discussion and to a new vote. If the jury is not able to designate one winner even  after  the  second  vote,  the  president  will  decree  the  winner  and  award  the prize.

Article 8 – Rehearsal and performance schedule for final trial

8.1 – Centro Studi will provide a room for rehearsal at Castello Ruspoli on Friday 27 October 2017, starting at 1pm. Each competitor will be allowed to use the room for 45 minutes.

8.2  –  The  order  of  rehearsals  will  be  established  on  a  first-submitted  basis. Competitors will be notified of the time within which they have to report to Castello Ruspoli.

8.3 – The order of performances will be drawn randomly by the administration of Centro  Studi.  Competitors  who  will  not  have  answered  roll-call  on  Saturday  28 October will be automatically rejected.

Article 9 – Final Concert

9.1 – The program for the winner’s final concert will include:

–  the  unabridged  performance  of  an  Italian  cantata  by  Handel,  chosen  by competitors; 2

–  pieces chosen by the jury among those presented by the winner during the two competition trials.

The  program  of  the  final  concert  will  be  established  by  the  jury  by  the  end  of Saturday, after the winner has been announced.

Article 10 – Due to circumstances beyond the organizers’ control, in case of proven necessity,  or  if  the  minimum  number  of  10  submissions  is  not  reached,  the organizers  reserve  the  right  to  cancel  the  competition,  in  which  case  submission fees will be returned

Article  11  –  The  organizers  decline  all  responsibility  for  damage  to  persons  or things occurred during the course of the competition

Article 12 – Competitors and accompanying harpsichordists will not be able to lay claim to any audio and/or video recordings shot during the competition trials. All finalists and harpsichordists will be invited to sign a document authorizing the use of texts, pictures and recordings, that will become visible on the website of Centro Studi in the section dedicated to the competition.

Article 13 – Finalists’ accommodation and meal expenses will be covered by Centro Studi Santa Giacinta Marescotti; travel expenses and finalists’ guests’ expenses will not  be  covered.  Finalists’  guests  will  be  offered  a  discounted  accommodation package by the competition organizers.

Article  14  –  As  per  article  10  of  Italian  law  n.  675/96  regarding  “personal  data protection”, competitors are hereby informed that the data submitted at the time of registration are solely used for the purposes of this competition, with any other use being excluded.

Article 15 – Registration to the competition implies unreserved acceptance of these Conditions.

 

 

MUSICOLOGY SECTION

 

Article 1 – Participants

1.1 – All Italian and foreign citizens may apply. The competition especially welcomes  students or junior scholars at an early stage of their academic career in the fields of musicology and/or history of music.

1.2 – The following categories of people may not apply:

–  persons who have had collaborations and didactic relations with at least one judge in the past 2 years;

–  groups of two or more persons.

1.3  –  Participation  in  other  sections  of  the  “Principe  Francesco  Maria  Ruspoli” International Competition is not grounds for exclusion.

1.4 –  Participation  in  previous  editions  of  this  Competition  is  not  grounds  for exclusion.

Article 2 – Judges (Scientific Board)

2.1 – Centro Studi Santa Giacinta Marescotti relies on a Scientific Board consisting of acknowledged  experts  in  the  fields  of  music  and  musicology,  and  participating  in institutions and/or musical and cultural associations .

Members of the Scientific Board:

Prof.  Giorgio  Monari  (President),  Pontifical  Gregorian  University  and  Sapienza University of Rome

Prof. Dinko Fabris,  President of the International Musicological Society

Prof. Álvaro Torrente, Complutense University of Madrid

Prof. Klaus Pietschmann, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Prof. Robert L. Kendrick, University of Chicago

Article 3 – Judges’ decisions

3.1 – Judges make decisions by absolute majority. Decisions are final and may not be appealed.

3.2  – In  order to improve  transparency  of judges’ decisions, works  are submitted anonymously  to  them.  The  administration  of  Centro  Studi  binds  itself  to  seal  the identities  of  authors  within  a  closed  envelope  that  will  be  opened  only  after  the verdict is received.

3.3 – The jury, after carefully evaluating the competing essays, will choose only one that proves particularly deserving according to the criteria of scientific and cultural relevance,  originality  and  literary  qualities.  The  jury  may  nominate  other  essays worthy  of  printing,  only  if  any  exist.  Results  will  be  published  starting  from  25 September, 2017, on the website of Centro Studi (www.centrostudisgm.com) in the section dedicated to the competition.

Article 4 – How to participate

4.1 – Applications must be filled out using the form which can be downloaded from the 2017 edition page of the website of Centro Studi (www.centrostudisgm.com). All applications  must  be  submitted  by  the  deadline  of  August  31,  2017;  late applications will not be considered.

In order to complete application procedure, the following documentation must be attached:

(Incomplete applications will not be processed)

1)  Typewritten  historical-musicological  essay  (handwritten  essays  will  not  be considered)

2) Detailed CV

3) Copy of valid ID

4)  2  photos  in  digital  format  (JPG,  GIF,  or  similar)  which  will  be  used  by  the administrative office for the purpose of competition-related press or promotion

4.2 – All documents must be emailed to the address: centrostudisgm@gmail.com in Word and PDF format.

4.3 – Competitors must adhere to the following criteria:

  1. a) historical-musicological essays  must  be  about  40/50  pages  long,  in  A4 format, double line spacing, font size: 12 (footnotes: 10), 30 lines per page;
  2. b) historical-musicological essays  may  regard  any  particular  aspect,  author, composition, or other subject pertaining to “European music in the 16 th , 17th and 18 th  centuries: Patronage, production and reception”;
  3. c) essays must be original and must not have been previously published or awarded at any other similar contest (a chapter of a dissertation may be submitted provided that it was not defended before the academic year 2014-2015);
  4. d) essays must  be  written  in  one  of  the  following  languages:  English,  French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish;  e)  all materials will be retained by the library of Centro Studi e Ricerche Santa Giacinta Marescotti.

Article 5 – Prize

5.1 – Centro Studi awards € 1.000,00 only to the winner.

5.2  –  The  competition  offers  the  winner  and  any  other  authors  that  may  be nominated by the jury the publication of their essays in a special volume published by Centro Studi, as well as five free copies of the volume.  Authors will be welcome on 29 October, 2017 in the occasion of the Prize Ceremony.

5.3  –  All  authors  may  have,  upon  request,  a  certificate  of  participation  to  the competition, which will be provided after the Prize Ceremony.

Article 6 – Due to circumstances beyond the organizers’ control, in case of proven necessity, or if the minimum number of 3 submissions is not reached, the organizers reserve the right to cancel the competition.

Article 7 – The organizers decline all responsibility for damage to persons or things occurred during the course of the competition.

Article  8  –  Authors  will  not  be  able  to  lay  claim  to  any  audio  and/or  video recordings  shot  during  the  Prize  Ceremony.  All  authors  will  be  invited  to  sign  a document authorizing the use of texts and pictures, that will become visible on the website of Centro Studi in the section dedicated to the competition.

Article  9  –  Accommodation  and  meal  expenses  of  the  winner  will  be  covered  by Centro  Studi  Santa  Giacinta  Marescotti;  travel  expenses  and  guests’  expenses  will not be covered. Guests will be offered a discounted accommodation package by the competition organizers.

Article  10  –  As  per  article  10  of  Italian  law  n.  675/96  regarding  “personal  data protection”, competitors are hereby informed that the data submitted at the time of registration are solely used for the purposes of this competition, with any other use being excluded.

Article 11 – Registration to the competition implies unreserved acceptance of these Conditions.

 

For  more  informations  about  Centro  Studi  and  Associação  Ruspoli,  please  visit  our websites at www.centrostudisgm.com and www.associacaoruspoli.com

 

See URSULA KIRKENDALE, The Ruspoli Documents on Handel and Handel with Ruspoli: New  Documents  from  the  Archivio  Segreto  Vaticano,  1706-1708,  in  Music  and Meaning, Olschki, Florence 2007, pp. 287-349 and 361-415, or ID., Georg Freidrich Händel, Francesco Maria Ruspoli e Roma, translated by Giorgio Monari  and revised by Warren Kirkendale, LIM, Lucca 2017.

 

2  See Art. 4.2.2.