The Queen Elisabeth Competition (the yearly Olympic games for violin, piano, singing and composition) starts on April 30 in Brussels, Belgium. It will not be held in the conservatory for 1st round and semi's, but somewhere else, in Flagey Studio4 in Brussels. This year is the 75th anniversary of the competition. After a DVD-selection of 162 applicants, 88 candidates have been selected to participate in the first public round. As some candidates have withdrawn (10), there are 78 participants : 28 nationalities - 39 women - 39 men - *double nationality
Here the order of performance, which just went up online: The order of play of 1st round in the first week.
In the second week you can follow the competition live, and you can see it back with Video On Demand (VOD). The website of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition has changed and has sometimes connection problems.
Here the the Wikipedia page for the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition
For the first round, the participants have to play three Paganini Caprices; Bach sonate; and one movement from the relatively unknown violin concerto by Robert Schumann.
The Poeme of Ernest Chausson is more well known and I have played it twice as 2th violin, but another French composer Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957) wrote a Poeme for violin+ orchestra:
Here the Concertpiece for violin+orchestra of the unknown Dutch woman composer Henriette Bosmans (1895-1952):
Here also the violin concerto of Bloch:
Composer Ernest Bloch(1880-1959) wrote Baal Shem for violin + orchestra. movement 1 : Vidui (Contrition)
movement 2 : Nigun (Improvisation) movement 3 : Simchas Torah (Rejoicing)
Because of the time in which he lived they call composer Joseph BOULOGNE, CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES (1745-1799) "the black Mozart", but perhaps you could call Mozart "the white Boulogne", because his violin concertos and not much less than those of Mozart, but Mozart is so much played as great composer and is on the Austrian 1 euro coin and Joseph Boulogne is forgotten.
More entries: March 2012
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