Rhinegold Photo credit: Courtesy Forderverein Klingende Kirche
Entries must be composed specifically for the mechanical-action Mayer organ in the Saarlouis-Lisdorf church

Harriet Clifford

Call for organ compositions

3:50, 4th November 2019

The 9th International Organ Composition Contest in Saarlouis-Lisdorf, Germany, has been announced for 2020.

The competition calls for submissions specifically arranged for the mechanical-action Mayer organ (1987) in the Catholic Parish Church of Saarlouis-Lisdorf.

Organised by the Friends’ Association of the Klingende Kirche, the City of Saarlouis and the Diocese of Trier, the competition invites entries of compositions 8-10 minutes long for organ and any solo instrument or organ, any solo instrument and solo voice; the pieces must not have been premiered or published before the end of the competition.

Chaired by Dr Thomas Daniel Schlee from Vienna, the international jury will award a first prize of €2,000, as well as a recording of the work by a German broadcasting company and a premiere performance of the piece at the 2020 Saarlouis Organ Festival. Second prize will be €1,000 and the composer in third position will be awarded €500.

The chairman of the Friends’ Association, Manfred Bossmann, told C&O, ‘We want to make sure that our organ is once again in the public’s musical eye. The amazingly large number of previously submitted compositions confirms our constant efforts to give the beautiful instrument a special status even in today’s fast-paced world.’

Over the past eight competitions, the contest has received over 600 entries from participants from 41 countries. The 8th Competition took place in 2017, with first prize going to the Italian organist Pier Damiano Peretti for his work for organ and mezzo-soprano. Previous first prize winners are not eligible for entry to the 2020 contest. For further terms and conditions, visit klingende-kirche.de.

Closing date: 31 March 2020

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