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ISCM Luxembourg Section - Annual Report 2004


The Luxembourg Society for Contemporary Music celebrated 20th Anniversary

The Luxembourg Society for Contemporary Music, the Luxembourg section of the ISCM, was founded in 1983. For the 20th birthday of the Luxembourg Society for Contemporary Music a special concert was given in March 2004 by Musique Militaire Grand-Ducale at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg dedicated to music from Luxembourg. The Musique Militaire Grand-Ducale conducted by André Reichling has performed works by René Hemmer Ouverture Symphonique, Jules Krüger Variations sur "d�Margretchen", Norbert Hoffmann Rhapsodie Luxembourgeoise, Walter Civitareale In Memoriam Leonard Bernstein for orchestra and flute, Roland Wiltgen Canzona and Marcel Wengler Versuche über einen Marsch.


International Composition Prize � Luxembourg 2004

The Luxembourg Society for Contemporary Music (LGNM) is the organizer of an annual International Composition Prize for its ensemble Luxembourg Sinfonietta. For this event, composers from all over the world are invited to compose new works for the Luxembourg Sinfonietta.

The closing concert of the International Competition Prize 2004 was held on Saturday the 8th May 2004. The Luxembourg Sinfonietta, under its conductor Marcel Wengler, gave the first performances of all five works which the international jury had nominated for this final round. The compositions were by Jonathan Eato (England), Matteo Franceschini (Italy), Satoru Ikeda (Japan), Chañaral Ortega-Miranda (Chile), and Lin Wang (China). The finalists had come to Luxembourg especially for the concert.

The Chilean composer Chañaral Ortega-Miranda won the first prize in the "International Composition Prize Luxembourg 2004" with his work Q�inti. Chañaral Ortega-Miranda was born in Arica, Chile in 1973 and exiled in France for the first six years of his life. He began his studies of musical theory and composition in Buenos Aires from 1989 to 1993. In this latter year, he settled in France and continued his studies in the composition class of Sergio Ortega until 2000. Chañaral Ortega-Miranda participated in several festivals: "Musiques à l�encre fraîche" from 1993 to 2000; the Acanthes Centre, where he worked with Jonathan Harvey, Michael Jarrell, Zoltan Jeney and Peter Eötvos; the composition Session at the Foundation Royaumont � Voix Nouvelles under the direction of Brian Ferneyhough, Brice Pauset and Stefano Gervasoni.

The second prize was awarded to the Chinese composer Lin Wang, who had written a work entitled Lin Lang for Luxembourg Sinfonietta. Lin Wang, born 1976 in China, studied at the Composition Faculty at the Central Music Conservatory in Peking. In 1997, she received a scholarship, followed by brief study in Avignon where she attended the masterclass of Sofia Gubaidulina. Since 2002 she studied composition as main subject under Professor Theo Brandmüller at the Conservatory of the Saarland. She was awarded a prize in the competition "New music with historic instruments" at the Mönchengladbach Festival with the piece for chamber music entitled Dong Xiang Xie Yi.

The third prize was for the work Fireworks by the Japanese composer Satoru Ikeda, who was born in 1961 in Hamamatsu City.

A Special Prize was awarded by the audience to the Chinese composer Lin Wang.

The Orchestra Award was presented to the Japanese composer Satoru Ikeda by the musicians of the Luxembourg Sinfonietta.

The international jury consisting of Violeta Dinescu (Romania), Volker David Kirchner (Germany), Garth Knox (Great Britain), Roger Tessier (France) and Marcel Wengler (Luxembourg) had selected the five works for the final round. 134 composers from 37 countries participated in the competition, the countries being Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldavia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA.

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Luxembourg Sinfonietta

As part of the LGNM concert series the Luxembourg Sinfonietta performs concerts in Luxembourg and abroad. Apart from a number of first performances, the Luxembourg Sinfonietta also plays the classics of the past century, as well as its own arrangements and orchestrations of existing works which thus attain a new dimension and importance. In July the Luxembourg Sinfonietta gave the first performance of Marcel Wengler�s new work "Pietre Sonore" for sound stones and orchestra. The stone sculptures were by the Italian artist Pinuccio Sciola.

The soloists of the Luxembourg Sinfonietta Vania Lecuit violin, Jean-Emmanuel Grebet violin, Petar Mladenovic viola, Judith Lecuit cello have premièred the String Quartet by Luxembourg composer Walter Civitareale at "Centre national de littérature". This Matinée concert included String Quartet No 7 and String Quartet No 8 written by Dimitri Schostakowitch.


LGNM Concert Series

The LGNM has also invited foreign artists to present concerts taking place in Luxembourg in June and November 2004.

At the new "Centre Culturel Neumünster" in Luxembourg the American pianist Bruce Brubaker and Nico Muhly (computer and sampling) presented "Haydnseek" � a remix of original piano music by Franz Joseph Haydn.

"It is about 65 minutes of music which includes two complete piano sonatas by Haydn played by me. It also includes electronic music material created by the young American composer Nico Muhly. The electronic elements provide context and re-interpret the music by Haydn. There are sections where the materials overlap and other parts where the two things are heared separately. As a live event, Muhly would use a computer and sampling and function more or less as a DJ � while I performed the Haydn on the piano."

Bruce Brubaker

The French ensemble "CEFLOR", François Bousch conducting, on tour in Bern, Winterthur, Nancy, Metz and Brussels gave their performance "Spectres & Dragons" in November at the Cercle Municipal in Luxembourg. The concert programme included the following works: L�autre rive Roger Tessier, Mania Jean-Luc Darbellay, Schnitt-Muster Max E. Keller, Dragon François Bousch, Parcours mélodique Michel Decoust and Pearls Quartet Marcel Wengler.


Music from Luxembourg abroad

In December 2004 the Royal String Quartet and Elzbieta Wroblewska mezzo-soprano, Krzysztof Malicki flute, Artur Pachlewski clarinet, Anna Sikorzak-Olek harp and Grzegorz Gorczyca piano have performed chamber music by Luxembourg composers as part of the Festival "An Ode to Europe" � A Season of Music from a United Europe. This Festival with 25 programmes of operatic, oratorial, symphonic and chamber music was devoted to the 25 countries of a United Europe. The Polish première of the compositions from Luxembourg took place at the Warsaw Chamber Opera Theatre, works by René Mertzig (Piano Trio and String Quartet), Johny Fritz (Trois chansons d�amour), Laurent Menager (String Quartet), Edmond Cigrang (Five Songs to Japanese Poetry) and Marcel Wengler (String Trio). Luxembourg has also been represented during the ISCM World Music Days 2004 in Switzerland with Suonare a tre by Marcel Wengler performed at "Bernisches Historisches Museum" by Ensemble Bern Modern.


New Releases By Editions-LGNM

The Luxembourg Society for Contemporary Music has published a series of CDs with symphonic music written by Luxembourg composers. The CDs produced with the Orchestre Symphonique de Radio-Télé- Luxembourg, later to become the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, have long become part of Luxembourg's cultural heritage. Amongst the CDs published to date, the Anthology of Luxembourgish Music, comprising some 22 symphonic works by 16 Luxembourgish composers, makes up the most important part; in addition, there are CDs of chamber music and CDs devoted entirely to a single Luxembourgish composer. Moreover the Editions-LGNM has published 4 CDs with its ensemble Luxembourg Sinfonietta.

The new CD by the Luxembourg Sinfonietta - released in November 2004 - contains the works by all five finalists of the International Composition Prize Luxembourg 2004. The Luxembourg Sinfonietta presents with this live recorded disc the works by Chañaral Ortega-Miranda, Lin Wang, Satoru Ikeda, Matteo Franceschini, and Jonathan Eato.

Celebrating the 85th birthday of the Luxembourg composer René Hemmer the LGNM has published a Portrait CD (No 522) featuring his following works: Facetten for orchestra, String Quartet, Solitaire and Sinfonia da Camera.

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Festival Classics of the 20th Century

This annual festival is devoted to composers who have left their mark on the 20th century. The Luxembourg Society for Contemporary Muisc strives to keep their memories alive and underscore the important part they have played in the development of the music of our age. Without these great "classical" composers, most of whom are far from being considered as such by the public at large, contemporary music would not exist with its richness of language, style and technique. Since 1985, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg has paid tribute to the following composers: Alban Berg, Erik Satie, Serge Prokofieff, Arnold Schoenberg, Charles Koechlin, Ernest Chausson, Francis Poulenc, Albert Roussel, Bohuslav Martinu, Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, Arthur Honnegger, Béla Bartók, Silvestre Revueltas, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Chavez, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Hans Werner Henze, Maurice Ohana, Allan Pettersson, Karol Szymanowski, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Iannis Xenakis.

Continuing this annual festival "Classics of the 20th century" the LGNM has organized in the end of the year a concert dedicated to Klaus Huber (80th Anniversary). The symphony concert given by the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo conducting, and with the support of our partner IBM was featuring the following works: James Joyce Chamber Music and Intarsi, for orchestra and piano (Soloist: Michael Wendeberg) by the composer Klaus Huber as well as the Piano Concerto No 27 by W. A. Mozart and Six pieces pour orchestre, op. 6 by Anton Webern.


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