Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition

Finals for The Eighth Aliénor International Harpsichord Composition Competition will take place on Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. in Werner Recital Hall at CCM.

The Aliénor's purpose: To encourage the composition of solo music for harpsichord and chamber music for harpsichord with modern or period instruments. The works of all finalists will be performed on the March 23 concert. Finalists in the solo category will be awarded $600 each plus additional prizes at the final concert, and the 3 finalists in the chamber music category will be awarded $800 each plus additional prizes at the final concert. The audience members are the judges for the top three prizes, which will be announced at a reception to follow. Solo category: Microgrooves by Ivan Bozicevic; Four Iota Pieces by Thomas Donahue; Mikrokosmicals by Kent Holliday; Six Harpsichord Miniatures by Mark Janello; Night Vision by Janine Johnson; Bela Bagatelles by Glenn Spring. Vocal/Chamber: Songs of Love & Remembrance by Jeremy Beck; Aliénor Courante by Ivan Bozicevic; Al que ingrate me deja by Asako Hirabayashi. 

The Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition (www.harpsichord-now.org) for new music was established in 1980 under the aegis of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society to promote the creation of new music for the harpsichord, encourage composers’ interest in the harpsichord, and enrich the repertory of contemporary harpsichord music.

The Sixth Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition took place at Duke University during the March Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society (SEHKS) Meeting, March 11-13 2004.

The Aliénor Awards have already secured worldwide interest and recognition through active contest and commissioning programs. In 1982, the first competition drew 180 entries from many nations; commissions for new solos have since been awarded to several composers.

Behind the privately-funded Aliénor projects is the belief that, like the piano and the organ, harpsichords are general instruments; and, in view of their temporary disappearance from the musical scene in the 19th century, especially deserving of a modern repertoire.

Aliénor is now an independent non-profit organization headed by executive director Elaine Funaro Love. Former executive director Dr. George H. Lucktenberg states, "We seek a new age of maturity in harpsichord works. The instrument now offers unusual opportunities to composers; solidly re-established in concert life, it is very popular with the public. The break between its traditional baroque literature and today's new but complementary styles also offers a better chance for program space in recitals."