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2016 Amateur Competition Rounds & Repertoire

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Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition

June 19–25, 2016
Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Performance Hall
Fort Worth, Texas USA

Competition Rounds were open to the public.

FORMAT

VIDEO SCREENING
All applicants submitted a 15-20 minute audition video with repertoire of the applicant’s choosing. Works performed in the screening videos could be performed during the Competition rounds. The video must have been filmed with both the pianist’s face and hands in the frame at all times. Recordings may have been paused between each repertoire selection. Each work on the video must have been a continuous and unedited performance. Videos must not have been filmed more than six months prior to submission.

PRELIMINARY ROUND (June 19, 20)
Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street)
68 pianists; each performed a recital program of 8–10 minutes

QUARTERFINAL ROUND (June 21, 22)
Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street)
30 pianists; each performed a recital program of 15–18 minutes

SEMIFINAL ROUND (June 23)
Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street)
12 pianists; each performed a recital program of 25–28 minutes 

FINAL ROUND (June 25)
Bass Performance Hall (4th & Commerce Street)
Six pianists; each performed one movement of a concerto with orchestra, selected from the list below:

BACH Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052: I. Allegro
BACH Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052: III. Allegro
MOZART Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271 (“Jeunehomme”): I. Allegro
MOZART Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271: III. Rondo (Presto)
MOZART Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 “Elvira Madigan”: I. Allegro maestoso
MOZART Concerto N. 21 in C Major, K. 467 “Elvira Madigan”: III. Allegro vivace assai
MOZART Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488: I. Allegro
MOZART Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488: III. Allegro assai
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 1 in C Major, op. 15: I. Allegro con brio
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 1 in C Major, op. 15: III. Rondo (allegro scherzando)
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, op. 19: I. Allegro con brio
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, op. 19: III: Rondo (molto allegro)
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, op. 37: I. Allegro con brio
BEETHOVEN Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73: III. Rondo (allegro)
MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, op. 25: III. Presto
SCHUMANN Concerto in A Minor, op. 54: I. Allegro affettuoso
SCHUMANN Concerto in A Minor, op. 54: III. Allegro vivace
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22: I. Andante sostenuto
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22: II. Allegro scherzando
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22: III. Presto
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major, op. 103 “Egyptian”: I. Allegro animato
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major, op. 103 “Egyptian”: II. Andante
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major, op. 103 “Egyptian”: III. Molto allegro
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, op. 102: I. Allegro
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, op. 102: III. Allegro


RULES RELATING TO REPERTOIRE

  1. Competitors were free to choose their own programs for all recital phases of the Competition. Applicants could perform any work written for solo piano by a classical composer of any era, including contemporary music. It was suggested that the repertoire reflect a variety of musical periods and composers. Returning competitors were encouraged to present repertoire that has not been performed at previous competitions.

a. If an applicant also composes original music in a classical style, s/he may include such works, but at least 75% of the repertoire timing must have been written by another composer.

b. Broadway show tunes, movie music, jazz, folk, and other forms of popular music generally were not eligible for consideration.

  1. No works were to be repeated in subsequent rounds.
  2. Total performance times must have included applause and pauses, and were strictly enforced.
  3. Separate movements of larger works were accepted but must have been performed in their entirety. Repeats were at the discretion of the pianist.
  4. Works did not have to be memorized (a page turner was provided).
  5. If requested, the pianist supplied a copy of the edition of the score used in preparation of each work performed to the jury.

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