A new composer competition is commencing on September 1, 2017. This time it revolves around the theme Orpheus and Eurydice.
The composition should contain an excerpt from the poem ''Orpheus.Eurydice.Hermes'' by Rainer Maria Rilke. In the poem, Orpheus leads his beloved Eurydice in the company of the God Hermes out of the underworld. The plan can only succeed if he doesn't turn around to her. Otherwise Eurydice will not be permitted to leave the underworld.
It is required that the work be written for a solo baritone (alternatively a solo soprano), harp (alternatively piano) and a frame drum. The singer should be able to play the frame drum. The work should be between 4 and 6 minutes in duration. Sculptures by Antje Tesche-Mentzen should serve as a source of inspiration.
The closing date for entries is March 1, 2018. Works which are nominated will be performed in a final round within the setting of the Carl Orff Festival located in Andechs (Bavaria), Germany, on August 12, 2018.
Up to now, these contests were performed under the name of the ''Diabelli Contest''. The ''Diabelli-Contest e.V.'' planned a composer competition on an annual basis. The unique feature of the competition is that a musically recognizable theme is specified which has to be contained in the competition entry. This is similiar to the variations of a waltz which evolved during the time of Anton Diabelli. The theme in our competition can be a melody as well as a rhythm or a supplied text. The competition is advertised on the Internet. Nominations are made by the jury but also through participation of the general public.
In this respect nothing will change in the future. The Carl Orff Foundation particulary with regard to president of the foundation, Prof. h.c. Wilfried Hiller has supported the competition from the very beginning. The excellent concept and worldwide interest for this competion has resulted that the final concert is to take place in the setting of the Carl Orff Festival. The involvement of worldwide influences and the thrust of education marks the creativity of Carl Orff. The present-day competition is very similiar to Carl Orff's original concept. It makes sense to the association based on all of the aforementioned aspects to work more closely together with Carl Orff Foundation which is reflected in its name. For this reason, the executive committee of the ''Diabelli-Contest e.V'' unanimously decided to rename the contest to ''Carl Orff Competition e.V.'' Therefore, the competition in the future will be called the ''Carl Orff Competition''.