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Song Festival Under 14
musical experiences through poetry,
images and technology to better understand life, love, and nature...
Teatro Verdi, 24, 25 March 2004
Rome, place and date to be determined
The International Institute of Art and Technology in collaboration
with Vecchio Mulino Productions, Pisa District, Pisa Province, the
Teatro di Pisa Foundation, and Rome District, announces the fourth
edition of FORTISSIMO, Song Festival Under 14.
Project Fortissimo aims to stimulate and promote reflection and
interest - the broadest and deepest - among kids of the European
Union up to the age of adolescence toward the themes of life, nature,
and respect and love for nature in all its forms.
The project seeks to achieve these goals by way of meaningful educational
experiences, both creative and expressive, articulated through music
and poetry, where these young people can take their first steps
in an interdisciplinary experience of on-stage performance, communication,
and electronic and computer technology for the recording and processing
of sound and image.
“Fortissimo” is also aimed at the development of a repertoire of
artistically-valid songs, written in the languages of the various
participating nations, inspired by ethical, civic, and social ideals,
proposed in an imaginative and expressive language suitable for
the education of children and teenagers, stimulating creativity
by way of the very encounter and exchange of different languages,
cultures, and modes of expression.
The authors of the songs are awarded, rather than the kids who perform
In collaboration with the Italian Union of the Blind and the Braille
National Press of Florence, the teaching material for participation
in the festival will be available, upon request, in Braille format
(in Italian and in English) for the blind and visually-impaired.
The musical event will take place in Pisa, at the Teatro Verdi on
the 24th and 25th of March 2004, while the finals will take place
in Rome (place and date to be determined).
In the competition announcement in question, relative to Section
B, the term “Author” may indicate either the author of the music
(composer) or the author of the text (lyricist) of the songs. The
author may also fulfil both the roles of the composer of the music
and the writer of the text.
Relative to Section A, the term “Author” indicates exclusively the
writer of the text (the lyricist).
The festival is divided into two sections,
A and B
Section A - Authors in the class
In Section A, school groups who wish to participate as authors (lyricists)
must belong either to elementary or lower middle schools in countries
that are members of the European Union, of SEE/EFTA states or of
countries candidated for European membership.
Entering a work into the contest is free of charge.
The groups develop the text of the song in their own language, inventing
a title as well, on a given theme.
The thematic direction the works should take is:
“Life, love and nature”
and has been decided upon by the commission nominated by the organization
of the festival, consisting of:
Fabiana Angiolini, Assessore alla Cultura Comune di Pisa
Ilario Luperini, Pres. Fondazione Teatro di Pisa
Francesca Amore, Istr. Direttivo Servizio Cultura Comune di Pisa
Silvano Patacca, Resp. Ufficio Direzione Fondazione Teatro di Pisa
Maria Simonetta Pardini, Resp. Vecchio Mulino Produzioni Edizioni
Alfonso Belfiore, Pres. Ist. Int. Arte e Tecnologia
The performer of the winning song for this section will be chosen
by the organization, the author(s) of the text may also perform
their own work.
For Section A the organization will furnish 5 original musical pieces,
among which the participants may choose (one or more than one) to
use for their lyrics.
The participants can enter into the competition the text for one
or more musical pieces of those made available, or more than one
text for the same musical piece.
The musical pieces are composed by the musician Daniele Meini, who
has been appointed by the organization.
The five melodic themes for Section A are printed on the same brochure
as the competition announcement and the complete musical bases are
available on CD upon request or available for download from the
website www.festivalfortissimo.it, free of charge, along with other
teaching materials, musical and graphic, to assist in the creation
of the text.
In order to be able to participate in the contest, the school groups
must send the enrolment form (photocopies are acceptable) for each
song to be presented.
The enrolment form must be completed in full and signed by a person-in-charge
(e.g., teacher, head of institute) for the group. In addition, the
following must be attached to the enrolment form:
- 5 copies (typewritten) of the literary texts, stating the school
and authoring school group.
- 1 copy of the graphic diagram with squares, appropriate to the
musical piece used, completed with the text (syllable-by-syllable),
and also stating the school and authoring school group.
Each school group of authors can participate with one or more
texts, written in their language.
The competition panel of judges (the Jury) will read all works entered
which are postmarked by 28 February 2004.
They will select those works they deem the best for Section A. The
judges’ decisions are final.
The organization will proceed therefore to inform only the authors
of texts which have been selected.
These authors will be informed by telephone and by certified mail
sent to the address indicated on the enrolment form.
The selected works which will receive special prizes will be presented
and awarded at the festival that will take place in Pisa and in
The three best works of those nominated for Section A will participate
in the final evening in Rome for the final judgment of the Jury
which will determine the first-, second-, and third-prize winning
Section B - Songs for Kids
In Section B, those who may participate as authors of texts (in
the Italian language) and of music are adults, children or groups,
of any nationality, without age limit, who reside in Italy.
The participating songs must be performed by kids up to age 14,
born after 1 January 1990, introduced by the authors themselves.
Entering works into the competition is free of charge.
The theme is open.
Each author can participate with one or more pieces, with text written
in the Italian language.
The duration of each piece cannot exceed 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
Songs which have won other contests or which have been produced
may not be entered.
Songs with various types of performance may be presented, including
soloist, duo, trio, and/or chorus.
Each performing group (or soloist) may perform only one song at
Children, however, who take part in a chorus may also perform as
a soloist or as part of another performing group.
In order to participate in the competition the authors must send
the enrolment form (photocopy is acceptable) for each song presented.
For child authors (minors), the signature of a parent or guardian
is also required.
The enrolment form must be completed in full and signed by the authors.
The following must be attached to the enrolment form:
- 5 typewritten copies of the literary text of the piece and five
copies of the musical scores (melody and chords), put in a legible
form and signed by the authors.
- a demo of the song recorded on DAT or CD or standard musical cassette,
with voice and accompaniment of one or more instruments.
- birth certificate of singer or declaration (only for soloists).
The Jury will listen to all entered works postmarked by 28 February
2004, selecting 30 works they consider suitable to participate
in the two semi-finals, which will take place at Teatro Verdi in
Pisa, the 24th and 25th of March 2004.
The judges’ decisions are final.
The 30 works selected by the Jury will all be included in the publication
of the CD for UNICEF, and will be available at the festival. At
the end of the semi-finals, the Jury will rank the songs.
The top 12 works will go to the finals in Rome (place and date to
be determined). The Jury will be composed of experts in the fields
of music, literature and teaching. The Jury’s decision will be relative
to the texts and to the music and not to the children’s performance.
The contest office will communicate immediately, by telephone and
by return-receipt post sent to the address indicated on the enrolment
form, only those authors whose works have been selected to participate
in the semi-finals.
The authors of the selected works are required, at risk of being
excluded from the contest, to supply by 15 March 2004 the
1) A final version of the song’s musical base, recorded on compact
disc. The CD must contain only the selected piece and carry a label
with the following information written legibly in the following
order: title, names of the authors, and the words ‘musical base’.
2) The final version of the musical base and song, performed by
child singer (or other group) , recorded on compact disc. The CD
must contain the single piece at the beginning and carry a label
(written legibly) with the following information in the following
order: title, name of authors, name of performers, and the word
The order of
the exhibition of the participants will be established by the artistic
commission of the festival. In the semi-finals and in the finals,
the songs will be performed by children singing live with pre-recorded
background music supplied by the participants.
For each section: The enrolment forms and the accompanying material
must be sent by certified mail (return receipt requested) to the
Concorso Musicale ‘FORTISSIMO’ VECCHIO MULINO PRODUZIONI
Via di Balbano, 1584 - 55050 Nozzano -Balbano LUCCA (Italy)
And must be postmarked by 28 February 2004, completed by the authors
and signed also, for children, by a parent or guardian, or by the
person-in-charge of a school group.
The entire event will be recorded for television.
Besides first, second and third prize for each section, the panel
of judges (“Jury”) will award special prizes and assign honourable
mentions to those works they deem particularly worthy.
The winning works for Section A and the works selected by the Jury
for Section B will be edited and published in a booklet and gathered
on a CD by Vecchio Mulino Productions, which will also manage distribution.
All the youngsters who participate as soloists in the competition
will receive a medal to commemorate the event.
Prizes for Section A - Authors in the Class
Lyrics First Prize: Trophy/Publication on Volume+CD of winning piece
Grant for teaching materials of 1000 Euro*
Lyrics Second Prize: Trophy/Publication on Volume+CD of winning
Lyrics Third Prize: Trophy/Publication on Volume+CD of winning piece
Jury Prize for work especially worthy: Trophy/Publication on Volume+CD
of winning piece
Prizes for Section B - Songs for Children
All the songs selected by the Jury for participation at the festival
will be included in the publication of the recording dedicated to
Song First Prize: Trophy/3000 Euro*
Song Second Prize: Trophy
Song Third Prize: Trophy
Special Jury Prize For especially worthy songs: Trophy
(* gross, before taxes)
The authors of the participating works as well as the parents of
the performing children or authors, or guardians, or legal representatives
of choruses or persons in charge of school groups, recognize the
organization’s following rights and powers:
1) Right of first public presentation.
2) Right to mechanically reproduce the winning and finalist songs,
to promote, distribute, and sell in any number the organization
considers appropriate and the opportunity to pass the rights to
third parties without the authors or performers having any further
claim or expect from the recording company or the same contest organization
except that which corresponds to their rights under SIAE.
3) Authors of the winning songs and of the finalist songs agree
to sign a contract with Vecchio Mulino Produzioni for publication
of the pieces of which the rights will be reserved for the mechanical
reproduction, the public presentation and publication, according
to SIAE norms.
4) Finalist authors and performers concede to the contest organization,
free title, the ability to utilize the musical and vocal recordings
produced by them and having provided a good quality copy to the
5) The ability to provide Italian and foreign radio and television
entities, public and private, with the authorization to film and
broadcast the event and the participating works.
6) The right to publish the songs by means of print, gathered in
an album, or other forms.
7) The right to translate the finalists songs into various foreign
With the enrolment and the participation in the contest the authors
of songs in competition guarantee the originality and the exclusive
creation of the songs presented by them, and at the same time relieve
the organization from any moral, penal, civil and economic responsibility
which may arise from failure to observe the rules of this contest.
By participating in the contest, the authors, the legal representatives
of the choruses, the persons in charge of school groups and the
parents or legal guardians of children who perform and/or participate,
formally accept the rules in full, upon pain of being excluded from
For any legal issue the Courthouse of Lucca will have authority,
and the contest rules written in the Italian language will be taken
as the legal basis.
The decisions made by the Jury may not be appealed at any stage
of the contest.
The organization of the contest reserves the right to modify the
dates and places foreseen for the events as necessary.
The organization of the contest reserves the right to allow songs
which may exceed the limits of length indicated by the contest rules
herein, in exceptional cases.
No reimbursement will be owed to those who must leave the event
or who are excluded from participation for misconduct.
Materials sent to the contest will not be returned and will remain
available to the organization.
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