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We wish to congratulate with all the participants for the high quality of their works.
After a long consultation we selected the winner of our call for scores.

FIBONACCI-GAILLARDE MIT PAGANINI for violin and Disklavier by Bernd Thewes

Born in 1957 in Saarbrücken, Thewes played accordeon, trumpet and electric organ as a child and from 1971 piano and keyboards (classic, rock, jazz and free improvisation). He studied school music in Saarbrücken (et al with Theo Brandmüller) und musicology in Mainz (master thesis: About the relationship between notation and composition through the example of Lachenmann, Stockhausen and Feldman). From 1988-1997 he was together with Michael Gross artistic director and organisator of the Illinger Burgfest für Neue Musik. As composer he is basically autodidact. His work includes concertant composition from solo to full orchestra, half-concertant forms, radiophonic projects, self-made instruments, music theatre, sound installations, electronic music and film music (especially for silent films). In the last years he realized various compositions on behalf od ARTE and ZDF in the field of film music (et al films of Hans Richter and Carl Th. Dreyer) or editings of historic film musics like Edmund Meisels Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt for the legendary film of W. Ruttmann or also from Meisel the music to the revolutionary film Oktober from S. Eisenstein. In both cases he wrote new orchestration out of the historic and available piano reductions – in some way polystilistic and under user of unusual instruments. The newest orchestra piece is the life silent film music for Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney from G. W. Pabst, which mixes throughout big sinfonic the filmic genre-mix of the 20’s with styles of the 70’s.







The Ensemble Impronta is pleased to announce a “Call for Scores” for the project “Human Machine”.

Composers are encouraged to submit works for any combination of the following instrumentation, ranging from solo to whole ensemble:

Disklavier, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin and cello.

No doublings allowed.

We look for a piece that takes into account the mechanical aspect of the Disklavier and the expressive dimension of the human beings, and the possibility to establish a dialogue between these two different features.
The selected work will be performed at the Yamaha Concert Hall in Vienna on 20 October 2017.

Additionally there is also the possibility for the winning composer to publish his/her work with the Edition Impronta.

Any composer is eligible, regardless of age and nationality. Each work must not be longer than 7 minutes. There is no minimum duration. The submitted pieces can be already performed, but they have to focus on the subject of the concert.

Submission Guidelines
There is an entry fee of 25 Euros for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for 15 Euros each. Each composer can submit up to 3 works but each work must be submitted as a separate entry. The entry fee has to be paid using the following data.

Account Holder:   Impronta – Ensemble für neue Musik e.V.
IBAN:                    DE75 7002 2200 0020 0465 62
Bank Name:          Fidor Bank AG


Reason for payment: CALL FOR SCORES HUMAN MACHINE 2017

List of documents to be attached:

1) Score in pdf format. Submitted pieces must be anonymous, only the title of the piece should appear on the score.
Handwritten scores will be also accepted, but they should be perfectly readable.
2) Mp3 simulation (NOT compulsory)

3) Short biography of the composer

4) Commentary of the submitted works (NOT compulsory)

5) Receipt or screenshot of entry fee payment.

All submissions must be sent and fees paid within 23:59, Vienna time, of 1 September 2017. Entries and payments received after this date will not be considered. The winning work will be announced latest by 10 September 2017. The decision of the jury is final. The results will be announced on our website and across our social media platforms.

The winning composer must provide the parts latest by 20 September 2017. If the score includes the Disklavier, its part must be sent in Sibelius or Finale format.

For further info write to:

The selected composer retains the ownership of the copyright for the selected work but he/she has to grant Impronta Ensemble irrevocable right to use and perform the work at the scheduled concert in Vienna without any further compensation.

Deadline: 1 September 2017, 23:59 (Vienna time)

Entry fee: 25 Euros per submission, 15 Euros for additional submission of up to 3 submissions per composer.

Applications must be sent through the Application Form below or sending the compulsory documents to


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