composition academy

Philippe ManouryFestival Musica

Sept. 24 / Oct. 6 2018

strasbourg / france
composition academy Philippe ManouryFestival Musica

Philippe Manoury, artistic and pedagogical director
Strasbourg, Cité de la Musique et de la Danse

Philippe Manoury, composer
Luca Francesconi, composer
Tom Mays, electronics supervisor

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
Johanna Zimmer, coloratura soprano
Susanne Leitz-Lorey, lyric soprano
Truike van der Poel, mezzo-soprano
Martin Nagy, tenor
Guillermo Anzorena, baritone
Andreas Fischer, bass

Soloists of the Strasbourg Académie supérieure de musique / HEAR
Flute, Andrea Vecchiato
Clarinet, Sara Taboada
Trombone, Dimitri Debroutelle
Piano, Paul-Yuji Marignan
Viola, Marylou Fené

Available instrumentation

Instrumentation 1: vocal sextet

  • coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass
  • The range for each voice type may be found in the document linked here.
  • Composers must ensure they have authorization for the original texts or translations thereof used in their works, and agree to cover the costs if necessary
  • Composers must provide a phonetic transcription of the text if the singers require it.

Instrumentation 2: solo instrument and live electronics

  • solo instruments: flute (also piccolo, alto), B flat clarinet (also bass clarinet), tenor trombone (also alto, bass), piano, viola
  • electronics: the software used will be Max/MSP. Composers selected for the course must be familiar with this software.
    Ambitious and largely interactive projects (score following, real time signal processing…) would be highly appreciated.
    A patch will be sent to composers as soon as participants are confirmed.
  • A maximum of 7 loudspeakers to be used for the concert (6 + 1 central)

Additional information:

The artistic committee will assign the candidates to one of the proposed ensembles.
• Maximum duration for each work: 10 minutes.
• Vocal works must not feature electronics, amplification, spatialization, or staging; works will be performed without a conductor.
• Works for solo instrument and live electronics must feature neither staging nor prepared piano.

Course structure

Classes will be taught in French and English.

• September 24-27: read-through of the scores and work with the performers

• September 28 – October 2: individual sessions with both composition tutors, re-writing, masterclasses and conferences

• October 3 – 6: rehearsal of the works and final concerts

• all composers’ works will be performed during two concerts as part of the Musica festival programme
• a live recording of the concerts will be provided to the composers
• at the end of the course, the artistic committee will designate a winner among the participants. The winner will receive a commission from the Musica festival.
• the commissioned work will be published by Durand-Salabert-Eschig

Course participants will have free access to Musica festival events.

Composition academy Philippe Manoury - Musica festival
Adélaïde Rauber (33) 03 88 23 46 42

1 place Dauphine
67100 Strasbourg