organizes a competition of composing on the occasion of the
Olympic Games 2004 in Greece.
of the competition: The aim of this competition
is the transformation of the Olympic spirit into music. The goal is to create
musical works coming from the 5 Olympic disciplines of the ancient Greece
(sprint, jump, discus, spear, wrestling match) and from the poetry
of Pindar that was dedicated to the ancient Olympic winners. These
works should demonstrate the importance of the Greek ancient world for the
present and the future.
competition is open for composers of every age and nationality. The
composition must not be performed in public before the 31. may 2003. It has to
be send in by registered mail.
letter has to contain:
the scores (3 copies) which will is signed with a
keyword by yourself
- 1 envelope with name, address, curriculum vitae, actual picture of the composer and a declaration that he is the only author of the composition. The keyword has to be signed on this envelope, too.
a part of the composition there has to be the spoken or sung lecture of the
hymns of Pindar performed by a speaker and/or singer and/or choir. Five
extractions out of the poems of Pindar to the Olympic winners of ancient time
are chosen, but the way of composing them in the combination with the music is free (solo or
choir, solo and choir, spoken singing, singing, but with
The different Olympic disciplines have to musically recognizable in the
particular works (sprint, jump, discus, spear, wrestling match). The old-Greek
version of Pindar has to be present, though there can also be a translation into
other languages, which can be performed before the musical composition.
5 verses by Pindar chosen by the management of this competition have to be included in the composition
in the original ancient Greek language of Pindar. You can find the original
text in ancient Greek and its phonetic translation (Latin) on the websites
of Hellenikon Idyllion (text of Pindar)
There will also be a spoken version of the texts as audio files.
Orchestration: There can be 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 French horns,
2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 3 percussion players and an usual number of
strings. It’s also possible to only use a part of the classical orchestra
setting or to use – after getting the permission of the management of the
competition - folk and special instruments. It is not allowed to write for
of the composition: 15-25 minutes, the
particular hymns shouldn’t be longer than 3-5 minutes each.
prize: a journey from the living location of the composer to Selianitika/Egion,
Greece (1 person) and staying of 2 weeks, food inclusive, at “Hellenikon
Idyllion” (2 persons) and the premiere of the composition at the latest at
the beginning of the Olympic Games 2004.
prize: staying of 2 weeks, food inclusive, at “Hellenikon Idyllion” (2
persons) and the premiere of the composition at the latest at the beginning of
the Olympic Games 2004.
prize: staying of 1 week, food inclusive, at “Hellenikon Idyllion” (2 persons)
and the premiere of the composition at the latest at the beginning of the
Olympic Games 2004.
In addition two special prices are given to composers
younger than 30 years.
The jury remains the right not to give all prices but in
addition is possible to give special prices to some contestants, for example
for singular parts of the work, or recommend the performance of the
composition without attributing a price. We will make an effort and try to
propose works which received a price to the Organization Committee of the
Olympic Games 2004 in Athens and to organizers of other later sport
In case of the success of the compositions which got prices
or has been recommended for a presentation, the organizer of the competition
participates on the use and the sell, but the copyrights will stay with the
In case of winning a prize, the composer has to provide the
organizer with the orchestral material, alowwing the performance of the work.
date of entry: 31. may 2003 (date of postmark). The sending in
has to be in written form.
End of June 2003
Sermie (Greece): vocalist in the National Opera Athens ,
Knecht (Switzerland): pianist, director of the Conservatory of Zurich
Schulze (Austria): composer, professor at the University of Music and
Performing Arts in Vienna
of jury and idea/concept:
(Greece): founder and manager of the cultural center of “Hellenikon
and sending in:
GR 25100 Selianitika/Egion, Greece
phone +30-26910/72 488, fax +30-26910/72 791