Medieval manuscript to inspire young composers

 

Hawick Missal FragmentYoung composers are being sought to submit choral works inspired by the Hawick Missal Fragment for the Fragments Composition Prize.

The competition was announced as the first performance in at least 450 years of the music which was discovered in the document now known as the Hawick Missal Fragment.

The 12th-century medieval manuscript would have been part of a missal – a book which contained the texts and chants for a Mass.  As a surviving witness to the worship of the medieval Church, the fragment is already helping to describe how Mass would have been celebrated in the Border Abbeys.

Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury, lecturer in music at University College, Oxford University,  said: “The Hawick missal fragment is a valuable witness of medieval life, but it also speaks to us today. This competition aims to revive the fragment’s original inspiration, by exploring the very simple but compelling idea of the expression of the divine in the 21st century.”

Submissions should reflect or explore some aspect of the Fragments Project, which aims to help participants create new work on the theme of art and music as representations of the divine.

The value of the prize is £500 and three performances will be given as part of the Project’s programme. The Prize will be awarded at one of these performances.

Click here to download the competition particulars.

 

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