The Barto Prize

Barto International Composition Competition for Solo Piano
Established in 2005 by the Lake Eustis Institute in Florida, the Barto Prize is awarded biennially for an unpublished composition for piano solo based on a literary work.

Barto created the Prize to foster and promote the composition and performance of new music. At the same time, he is pleased to give back to his Central Florida community where his roots lie, in the small town of Eustis. The Barto Prize is announced globally in music schools and on the internet.

As in 2006, 2008 and 2010, Tzimon Barto premiered the winning composition in a concert at the State Theatre in Eustis on March 24, 2012 and perform the winning piece in recitals throughout the following concert seasons. The prize comes with a $5000 monetary award.

The judging panel included composers Bright Sheng, Augusta Read Thomas, Aribert Reimann, Wolfgang Rihm, conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach, and pianist Tzimon Barto.

The Barto Prize 2012
The panel selected Incantations of the Popol Vuh by Kent Holliday as winner of the Barto Prize 2012. The work is characterized by "harmonic and rhythmic freedom" (Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 27, 2012).

The Popol Vuh - sometimes referred to as the Mayan Council Book - is the longest existing poem in any American Indian language. It stands as an extraordinary monument to the accomplishments of a remarkably gifted culture. Its ethical, spiritual, and philosophical themes in many ways underlie the traditions of Native American peoples throughout North and Central America. Just as it is impossible to understand European culture without some background in the precepts of the Bible, it is also impossible to appreciate fully the rich cultural traditions of American Indians without some background in the stories and ideas expressed in the Popol Vuh.

Kent Holliday is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. He received a B.S. degree in music and philosophy, a M.A. and Ph.D. in music theory-composition. He worked in Paris, France, at Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire, worked with Pietro Grossi on computer music in the Studio di Fonologia S2FM in Florence, Italy, and in 1988 he studied composition on research-leave with Witold Szalonek of the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin, Germany.

He taught music and philosophy at the University of Southern Colorado and Colorado State University before going to Virginia Tech in 1974, where he still teaches in the music and humanities departments.

The Barto Prize 2010
Winner of the Barto Prize 2010 was George King with 6 Etudes for Solo Piano, described as "animated pieces that demand high pianistic skills and use the full potential of the instrument" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, July 1, 2010).

George King's 6 Etudes are all concerned with different aspects of piano technique and are mostly literary inspired. They vary in character, from the unrelenting violence of the first etude to the calm serenity of the fourth and fifth. The 6 Etudes are composed as a response to the reluctance of some 20th and 21st century composers to write 'pianistic' music for the piano, and are intended to follow the tradition of the piano Etude set by Chopin, Debussy and Ligeti.

George King is a Classical and Jazz pianist, composer and musical director. At the age of four he started playing the piano. In 1999, he was awarded a scholarship to study piano, composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music in London. In the following years, he won several prizes, and performed his own compositions in concerts in America and Europe.

The Barto Prize 2008
The winner of the Barto Prize 2008 was Patricio da Silva with Three Movements for Piano which is described as a "a true fireworks of youth and strength" (Steinway Magazine, Austria)

Patricio da Silva studied composition and following his graduate studies, engaged in post-doctoral work in algorithmic composition at Ircam (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique) in Paris, and during the following year in the United Kingdom. Besides the Barto Prize 2008, Patricio da Silva has won many important awards. In 2011, his guitar concerto was featured on over 250 classical music stations around the world.

The Barto Prize 2006
The Barto Prize 2006 was awarded to Professor Claude Baker for Flights of Passage, a work based on four poems by Walt Whitman. Critics marveled at the composition as "melted clusters with sensible tone-scapes".

Baker is Professor of Music in Composition at Indiana University in Bloomington, is a recipient of numerous fellowships, grants and awards (both American and European) for his works. At the beginning of the 1991-92 concert season, he was appointed Composer-in-Residence of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for eight years. In recognition of his contributions to the St. Louis community during that period, Baker was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1999.

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a lady of Greek origin (book + DVD)

special edition (hardcover) with DVD
the work is completely bi-lingual (Ger./Engl.)

product information - book with DVD
book: revised English original version from poet Barto Smith with new German adaptation from Christoph Eschenbach; Format: 9.45 inch X 6.70 inch; 112 pages; hardcover.
DVD: Austrian debut performance from Klangbogen Festival 2005 in Vienna. (Language Version: German with English subtitles); 85 minutes.

Barto tells in thirty-one poems the story of a drug-addicted, divorced American woman "of Greek origin." Following the sudden death of her three children, the lady opts for the life of a transient in the streets of European cities, curiously keeping company with only a few favorite books of classical literature.

The thirty-one poems of a lady of Greek origin are written in a very new and unique musical way. They comprise the impression on thirty-one stones, or ceremonial "steles," of 3,367 such granite constructions to be arrayed at Barto's estate in Eustis, Florida. On the faces of these will be various poems and chapters of novels already completed - a seventeen-year writing project of immense calculation and proportion.

about the stage version 2005
"Where poetry finds fitting images and is made of simple beauty, . . ." (Frankfurter Allgemeine)
"Bettina Kaminski's performance of the monologue, a linguistic tour de force, is meticulous, exciting, haunting . . ." (Kronenzeitung)
" . . . allows Barto's poetry to flourish in a no-nonsense staging . . ." (Frankfurter Neue Presse)

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Harold Flanders

Book Details
Format: 29,7 cm x 21 cm; 690 pages with hundreds of colorful images and illustrations


in which the principal character is left seemingly undefined,
but a "crystalline array" is not

Harold Flanders was not one to burn nor, far as he knew, had Harold ever been burned.
Of sundry laboratory techniques adopted by .0001 percent presumably heterosexual males in the United States who, having squeezed past the half-century mark, are as virgin as a molecule of oxygen that has yet to be kineticized by a black one of carbon, Harold's caramelizations were of the more neo-Victorian, crystalline sort he irenically served mamà, Sunday afternoons, on cool patens of Cherry Blossom Pink Depression glass plates, before a bouquet of copious gladiolas arranged in the same vase same way same table same room same house same hour since Harold's childhood.
Now, even flora perspire. Nevertheless, this love thing, or rather, devotion twixt the two was so subtle that if you'd thrown rice at them one time, water, wine, say - food coloring, another - alright, any such thing the chemist might employ to discover just what the arrangement could be (I mean between Harold and his mother, not the flowers) - you'd still have been at a loss to realize any formula for what you'd conjectured the two of necessity must express, save that of a widowed mother, stout seventy, and her fifty-one-year-old bachelor son: Harold Flanders. Basta. That is all there is to know. FINIS. (And all ye need to know.)

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Eine lyrische Szene
Aus dem Amerikanischem übersetzt von Rainer G. Schmidt

Book Details
Hardcover, 112 Seiten

Barto Smith (ein »anderer« Name des amerikanischen Weltklassepianisten Tzimon Barto) legt mit der Novelle »DOT. Eine lyrische Szene« die Geschichte eines Wiederholungszwangs vor.
Alle Jahre wieder unternimmt Dot eine panische Fahrt von Eustis nach Orlando, Florida, um ihre (imaginäre) Tochter Cathy davor zu bewahren, eine Abtreibung vornehmen zu lassen, das, was Dot selbst vor Jahren getan hatte (womit sie die Nicht-Existenz von Cathy sicherstellte).
Jedesmal am Ende ihres Trips (ist er nicht auch imaginär?) findet sich Dot in versöhnlichem Einklang mit ihrem Ehemann, Clarence, wieder. Der Fortgang des circulus vitiosus ist gewährleistet, der Stromkreis ist geschlossen, die Einheit von Raum, Zeit und Ort gewahrt.
»DOT« erscheint hiermit als Erstausgabe in deutscher Sprache, das amerikanische Original wurde noch nicht publiziert.

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