Call for Scores
New Music for Organ at Wien Modern 2020
Wien Modern is looking for new works for organ to be premiered on four special historical organs in Vienna as part of the upcoming festival, and invites composers to explore the organs and submit scores by the 17th August, 2020 at the latest.
The 33rd edition of the Wien Modern Festival takes place from 29th October until 30th November 2020 around the festival theme Stimmung. »Stimmung« in the sense of mood and atmosphere will be just as present in the music as in the sense of unusual instrumental tunings / intonation and special musical instruments.
On the 7th November, 2020, for one evening and one night, the festival invites the audience to discover four extraordinary organs in central Vienna (Franziskanerkirche, Michaelerkirche and St. Ursula), whose fascinating, sometimes strange sound potential are asking to become heard through new, unusual and experimental works for organ. The call is made in cooperation between the Wien Modern Festival, the aforementioned Vienna churches and the Austrian music universities mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, KUG – University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, University of Mozarteum Salzburg and Anton Bruckner Private University in Upper Austria. Participation is open and not limited to students, however, accompanying presentations on the technical potentials for play and sounds of the organs in Graz, Salzburg and Vienna are meant to encourage students to see the historic instrument in a new light.
UPDATE (status 19th March 2020)
Due to the current conditions and measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned presentation of the organs in Vienna has had to be postponed until further notice. The composers who had registered have been notified via e-mail. As soon as we are able to arrange an alternative date, this will be announced on the Wien Modern website. The organ workshops and presentations by Wolfgang Kogert and Klaus Lang at Kunstuniversität Graz and Universität Mozarteum Salzburg also have to be postponed. The planned dates (30th April 2020 Institut für Orgel und Kirchenmusik Graz, 28th May 2020 Orgelkeller Schwarzstraße Salzburg) are cancelled – replacement dates will be announced in time on the Wien Modern website.
Despite this, the planned development of the Call for Scores should stay unaffected for the time being, including the dates announced for closing of submissions (17th August 2020) and performance (7th November 2020).
Many thanks for the active interest and with the best wishes
The Wien Modern team