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International Composition Award

The Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Mafra are promoting the ”International Composition Award for the Six Historic Organs of Mafra”, which aims to create a new repertoire for the magnificent instrumental ensemble. Applications are open until February 28, 2017.

The award is biennial, and aims to distinguish the merit of composers that have pieces specifically designed for the instrumental ensemble of the Basilica of the National Palace of Mafra, making exclusive use of its characteristics.

The competition is divided into two categories, one regarding the composition of an original work, and another concerning the transcription for the six organs. The value of the award is 10,000 Euros and 5,000 Euros, respectively.

The jury of this second edition consists of four persons of recognized international merit: Joris Verdin (Belgium), who presides, Maurizio Croci (Italy), António Pinho Vargas (Portugal) and João Vaz (Portugal).

The six organs of the Basilica of the National Palace of Mafra (Portugal), of the authorship of the two most important Portuguese organ builders of their time - António Xavier Machado and Cerveira and Joaquim António Peres Fontanes – form a unique set in the world, not by their remarkable number, but by the fact that they were built at the same time and originally designed to be played together.

For information, please see the Competition Rules: