9 August 2017
Chris Williams wins the Chopin Composition Competition
Chris Williams's work Toccare has been awarded the first prize of $2,000 in the composition competition organised as part of the 3rd Australian International Chopin Piano Competition. The work will form part of the mandatory repertoire in this year's competition, to be held on 10-17 September in Canberra. Williams will also be invited to a residency in Poland.
For the competition, participating composers needed to use Chopin's Fugue in A Minor as raw material for their new piano works. Williams says about his winning work,
'Toccare begins by drawing out the individual pitches of Chopin's posthumous Fugue, though over much longer periods of time. There is a tension between the fast articulation of the notes, and the longer resonance of the instrument together with the slow shift of harmonies. Chopin's fugue is also used in a number of other ways, with fleeting moments of borrowing, and an eventual imitative sequence on an inverted form of Chopin's theme.'
The competition will be live-streamed from the ANU School of Music, and the stream will also be featured on the National Institute of Fryderyk Chopin's website. 16 competitors from nine countries will take part in the 2017 competition.
Chris Williams - AMC profile
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