The Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato and the Florence Philharmonic Orchestra la Filharmonie are announcing the second edition of the international competition for symphonic composition Dante 700 – “La dolce sinfonia di paradiso”. The submitted scores shall draw inspiration from the Canto XI of Paradise (Divine Comedy, Canticle III) with particular focus on the figure of Saint Francis of Assisi and specific reference to verses 28-120 addressing the themes of Peace and Poverty. A source of inspiration shall also be Saint Francis’ own Canticle of the Creatures, arguably the first literary text written in the early Italian language by an identified author; in the Canticle, the sentiment of brotherhood uniting humankind with all other Creatures encourages respect and protection of the Environment.
The competition is open to composers of any nationality, with no age limit, who are required to compose a symphonic piece (optionally with solo voice and/or live electronics) of maximum 15 minutes duration. A prestigious international jury will oversee the entire process. Three scores will be selected for the final stage and will be evaluated by the jury on the occasion of a public performance, after