Magazine article Czech Music

Musica Nova

Magazine article Czech Music

Musica Nova

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November 2008 saw the 17th year of the international electro-acoustic music (EA) competition MUSICA NOVA. It attracted 76 entries from 23 countries in its two categories: pure EA (Category A) and the combination of a live element with EA (Category B), Multimedia compositions are excluded from the competition because they are too varied in approach, technique and scope to be effectively compared. The competition concentrates on the artistically purely musical genre in which the artistic qualities of the music and technical know-how appear in concentrated form. No preference is given to any particular style.

The concert of winning pieces was held on the 12th of December in the presence of the winners--Elizabeth Anderson (USA, 1st Prize in Category A), Yota Kobayashi (Japan, 1st Prize in Category B) and Richard Muller (CR, 1st Prize in the Czech Round of the competition). The programme also included pieces by others who were placed or given special awards: Roderik de Man (Holland, Hear, Hear!), Kyong Mee Choi (Korea, as co-author with Timothy E. Johnson, USA - Tensile Strength) in Category A, Michal Rataj (CR, Silence Talking) in Category B. The other finalists included Martin Bedard (Canada), Clara Maida (France), Yutaka Makino (Japan), Dohi Moon (Korea), Fred Szymanski (USA) in Category A; Takuto Fukuda (Japan), Kyong Mee Choi (Korea), Marie Samuelsson (Sweden), Lissa Streich (Germany) in Category B. In the Czech Round the others were Jiri Ospalik, who won the special prize for the youngest composer, Petr Parizek and Michal Rataj.

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The concert and competition was as usual organised by the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music with support from the Ministry of Culture, Prague City Authority and the Czech Music Fund and the OSA (copyright protection organization) Foundations. In Czech Music Quarterly we regularly report on the competition, and let us just add that the competition is not anonymous and the commentaries of the composers concerned are a valuable part of the event. This year we followed our usual custom of asking the winners about the advantages, pitfalls and prospects of the genre.

The Category A winner Elizabeth Anderson is an American living in Belgium, where she moved to continue her EA music studies. She then took her doctorate with the well-known Denise Smalley at the City University in London (her dissertation is published on www.ems-network.org). She has won a series of prizes in the USA, France, Belgium, Italy and Sweden. She won MUSICA NOVA with an octophonic piece entitled Protopia. …

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