Preliminary screening round repertoire

Participating groups need to submit three videos* – one per work – recorded after 1 January 2021, containing:

String Quartets:

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven Op.18 quartet
  2. First movement of a 19th century Romantic quartet, or Ravel, Sibelius, Elgar or similar Romantic 20th century work.
  3. Complete 20th century quartet by Bartok, Janacek, Berg, Schoenberg, Britten, Ligeti, Shostakovich, or 20th century work of similar stature. Cannot be Romantic 20th century repertoire from Item ii.


Piano Trios:

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven Op.1 trio.
  2. First movement of 19th century Romantic work, or Ravel or similar Romantic 20th century work.
  3. Complete 20th century piano trio. Cannot be Romantic 20th Century from Item ii.


*Each video must be of professional quality, shot by a single stationary camera in real time, and must not be edited or altered in any way. Musica Viva reserves the right to disqualify studio enhanced or modified recordings, or recordings which are not of professional quality. Physical DVDs or CDs, or digital audio recordings will not be accepted. All videos must be uploaded to the Acceptd online application platform.

Once an ensemble has passed the preliminary screening rounds, they will be invited to participate in the live rounds of the competition. Each ensemble performing in the live rounds will be required to prepare works as indicated in the Repertoire requirements as follows:

Round One - Maximum stage time of 60 minutes

In addition to the following specified repertoire, all competitors may perform a work of their own choice as long as this does not exceed the total maximum stage time of 60 minutes. The Own Choice work may be performed in either Round One or Round Two.

String Quartets:

  1. Complete quartet by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven Op.18
  2. Complete 20th century quartet by Bartok, Janacek, Berg, Schoenberg, Britten, Ligeti, Shostakovich, or 20th century work of similar stature. Cannot be Romantic 20th century repertoire such as Ravel, Sibelius, Elgar or similar.

 

Piano Trios:

  1. Complete trio by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven Op.1
  2. Complete 20th century trio. Cannot be Romantic 20th century repertoire such as Ravel or similar.

Round Two- Maximum stage time of 60 minutes

In addition to the following specified repertoire, all competitors may perform a work of their own choice as long as this does not exceed the total maximum stage time of 60 minutes. The Own Choice work may be performed in either Round One or Round Two.

String Quartets:

  1. MICMC Commissioned string quartet (approx. 10 to 15 minutes)
  2. Complete 19th century Romantic trio (cannot be Beethoven or Schubert), or Ravel or similar Romantic 20th century work.

 

Piano Trios:

  1. MICMC Commissioned piano trio (approx. 10 to 15 minutes)
  2. Complete 19th century Romantic trio (cannot be Beethoven or Schubert), or Ravel or similar Romantic 20th century work.

 

Following Round Two, the jury will select five (5) string quartets and five (5) piano trios to proceed to the Semi Finals Day.

Semi Finals – Maximum stage time of 45 minutes

String Quartets:

Complete quartet by Beethoven (not Op.18) or Schubert

 

Piano Trios:

Complete trio by Beethoven (not Op.1) or Schubert

 

Following the Semi Finals Day, the jury will select three (3) string quartets and three (3) piano trios to proceed to the Finals Day.

Finals - No time limit

String Quartets:

One complete work of the quartet’s own choice. Cannot be repertoire performed in any previous Round.

 

Piano Trios:

One complete work of the trio’s own choice. Cannot be repertoire performed in any previous Round.

 


 

Applicants must ensure that the timings for each stage of the Competition are not exceeded. The Jury may, in its absolute discretion, stop ensembles that run overtime.

The works from the Repertoire selected by an Applicant and listed in the Application are a final choice. No other work can be substituted without the prior written approval of Musica Viva Australia’s Artistic Director of Competitions.

Repeats in a work are permitted, provided that the total length of the performance does not exceed the time limit for that Round.

The use of photocopied scores and parts is not permitted. If the group’s chosen music is in copyright, the original full score and performance parts must be used for the performance. Groups must have purchased original sheet music and must submit an electronic copy of the full score with their entry, for use by Jurors. This may be a scanned hard-copy, or a score that has been purchased for download.

If the group’s chosen music is out of copyright it is permissible to perform from, and to scan and electronically submit, a photocopied score or a pre-scanned score downloaded from a free-use website. In this instance the group may be asked to provide written verification that the work is in the public domain. 

While Musica Viva Australia has permission to handle the Competitors’ photocopies during the Competition for adjudication purposes only, the organisation does not condone the unlawful copying of Copyright material.

We respect copyright and breach of copyright may lead to disqualification. Musica Viva Australia covers any performance licensing during the Live Rounds. 

Groups may perform using a digital score. All devices and accessories must be provided and operated by the group. Any additional venue or technical costs will be paid for by the group at all levels of the Competition. Such devices are the sole responsibility of the ensemble with regard to functionality, accessories (correct adapter plugs, foot pedals, etc) and security, and Musica Viva Australia is not able to provide technical support to any ensemble that chooses to use such equipment, nor accepts any liability for lost, stolen or damaged equipment.

Practise and Rehearsals

Rehearsal facilities, including the provision of music stands, will be available in Melbourne to all ensembles accepted to the live rounds of the Competition. Musica Viva Australia does not warrant, however, that such facilities will be adequate or meet the requirements of ensembles.

All pianos used in Round One, Round Two, the Semi-Final Round and the Final Round of the Competition will be tuned to A441hz.

Travel and Accomodation

Each Competitor and each ensemble’s cello will be provided with one (1) round trip excursion or economy class air ticket to Melbourne, departing from their nearest international airport. Competitors must comply with Musica Viva Australia’s instructions regarding ticket issue. Competitors are responsible for all travel, accommodation and other expenses incurred by them to reach the nominated international airport in time for their departure.

Musica Viva Australia will organise and/or provide ground transport to and from Melbourne International Airport, and around Melbourne as necessary for Competitors to participate in the Competition.

Ensembles will be required to arrive in Melbourne no later than the morning of Wednesday 29 June 2022 in order to participate in the MICMC secondary schools education program. Accommodation will be provided from Wednesday 29 June, or earlier if deemed necessary due to flight arrival times. Competitors who wish to arrive earlier, or extend their stay, must advise Musica Viva Australia in advance. Such extended stays are subject to availability of accommodation, and Competitors are responsible for all additional accommodation and breakfast charges. 

A visa is required for every visitor to Australia who is not an Australian or New Zealand citizen. Obtaining a tourist visa is the responsibility of each Competitor, and should be arranged well ahead of departure date. Musica Viva Australia does not warrant that a tourist visa will be issued to any Competitor, or that a Competitor will be allowed to enter Australia.

Insurance

Obtaining appropriate and adequate travel and/or musical instrument and equipment insurance is the responsibility of each Competitor, and Musica Viva Australia accepts no liability of any kind whatsoever for any personal injury or loss or damage sustained by any Competitor, including without limitation loss or damage to any Competitor’s instrument or belongings in transit or during the Competitor’s stay in Melbourne.

Round One of competition onwards

The Competition will have a maximum of eight (8) ensembles in each stream of piano trios and string quartets. Musica Viva Australia may, at its absolute discretion, vary the number of ensembles in one stream or both streams, at any stage of the Competition.

The order of performance by the Competitors in Rounds 1 and 2 and the Semi-Finals will be determined by ballot. Musica Viva Australia will determine performance order of the Final Round to ensure a balanced program. Musica Viva Australia may, at its absolute discretion, vary the order of performance in the event of illness or unavoidable delay.

Musica Viva Australia must be notified immediately of any change in an ensemble’s members occurring after the Preliminary Screening Round. Musica Viva Australia will then consider the eligibility of that ensemble to continue participating in the Competition.

Performance Rights

While Competitors are in Australia, they agree to be contracted exclusively to Musica Viva Australia. Thus Competitors may not perform publicly without Musica Viva Australia’s express consent, which Musica Viva Australia may, at its absolute discretion, withhold.

Musica Viva Australia has the right, without payment of any fee, to televise, film, videotape, record, broadcast, photograph, web stream (live and on demand) or download (video and audio) any or all stages of the Competition for any purpose. All rights, including copyright, in such media shall vest in and be owned by Musica Viva Australia, worldwide and in perpetuity.

Musica Viva Australia has the right to produce and distribute, without limit or payment of any fee, recordings of all stages of the Competition, either in whole or in part, including any prize winner’s concerts.

Competitors are expected, where possible, to be available for media, sponsor and promotional performances reasonably required for Competition purposes. All approaches to and from the media, sponsors and others must be made through and with the approval of Musica Viva Australia.

Performance Contract

Musica Viva Australia will not negotiate with, nor pay any fee to, any agent or other management in respect of, or on behalf of, Competitors.

Should any prize winner perform in Australia within four years immediately following the Competition, Musica Viva Australia reserves the right to negotiate directly with that ensemble for performance or promotional activity (or both) for the benefit of the Competition, without payment of any fee to any promoter or agent.

Juries and Musica Viva Australia

The jury for Round One, Round Two, the Semi-Final Round and the Final Round of the Competition will consist of a minimum of seven (7) judges plus a non-voting Chairperson.

No communication, or attempt to communicate, shall be made by, or on, behalf of an ensemble with any member of a jury or Musica Viva Australia’s Artistic Director of Competitions prior to the completion of that ensemble’s participation in the Competition. Any such communication or attempt to communicate may, at the absolute discretion of Musica Viva Australia, cause that ensemble to be disqualified from participating in the Competition. Musica Viva Australia shall have no liability whatsoever in respect of an ensemble’s disqualification.

Decisions of a jury or Musica Viva Australia’s Artistic Director of Competitions are final and may not be challenged or appealed in any forum or on any ground whatsoever.

 

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