Imposed works
For the instrumental sessions, candidates must study two new works specially written for the Queen Elisabeth Competition.


Imposed work for the semi-final

Daan Janssens has written the imposed work in the semi-final of the 2022 Cello Competition. Wie aus der Ferne, for cello and piano, will be premiered on Monday 16 May 2022 at Studio 4 in Flagey. The candidates have received the score of this work after the preselection.

The composer about his work :
"‘Wie aus der Ferne’ (As if from afar) is the heading that Robert Schumann gave to the penultimate piece in the Davidsbündlertänze sequence of pieces for piano. In his piano works, two musical characters alternate constantly : the impetuous Florestan and the more restrained and lyrical Eusebius. ‘Wie aus der Ferne’ is also the name of an air in the second act of Richard Wagner’s opera Der fliegende Holländer : in this duet sung by the Dutchman and Senta, the woman who will eventually free him from his curse, the characters sing side by side at the beginning, each expressing their own feelings. Little by little, the two vocal parts converge, merging at the very end of the duet.
When I was asked to write a piece for cello and piano, I drew inspiration from those compositions by Schumann and Wagner. At the beginning of the piece, the cello and the piano express two very different characters : the cello plays boisterous and unpredictable musical figures, while the piano is more controlled. Slowly, however, the two characters move closer to one another, finally merging completely in the last part of the composition."

Imposed work for the final

After the semi-final, the finalists of the instrumental sessions are hosted for one week at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, in particular to study without any outside help an unpublished concert piece. This year, the composition of this work has been commissioned to Jörg Widmann. The work itself will not be unveiled until the world premiere on the first day of the final, on Monday 30 May 2022, at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts. It will be interpreted by the twelve finalists, with the Brussels Philharmonic under the baton of Stéphane Denève.

The performances of the imposed works will be broadcast on Belgian radio, television (RTBF & VRT) and will be streamed live on our website. Both works will be released on CD and on the main streaming platforms.

The commissions of the imposed works were made possible thanks to the support of the Baillet-Latour Fund and Sabam.
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