The Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship is awarded by the City of Weimar. The successful recipient will be expected to explore and develop a unique project concept over the two-year period of the Fellowship, culminating in an artefact inspired by the example of Glenn Gould.
Their Project will be fully funded by the Fellowship and the recipient will be fully supported and mentored by the Fellowship team throughout the two-year period of the Fellowship.
The Fellowship is for an outstanding, professionally established musician.
By the application deadline, (i.e., on September 30th, 2023), the applicant must be at least 23 years of age - a mature artist with a visionary project concept that focuses on music from the Baroque period (constituted here to mean Western Music composed between 1600 and 1750).
The Project Concept
The Project Concept must be unique, and capable of being developed into an artefact, which will be fully and successfully realised and preserved for future reference.
The applicant’s project concept must focus on a musical work (or set of works) from the Baroque period, by a particular composer or set of composers; must have a compelling musical vision at its core; must go beyond the obvious or the everyday, and thereby reveal something of that questing intellect mentioned earlier.
An example of a banal concept might be – I want to record a series of Vivaldi concertos. Whereas a better, more appropriate version could read something like – I want to tackle head-on the old myth that Vivaldi wrote one concerto 300 times. I want to unearth the extraordinary variety found in these works; I want to put together an original narrative, a new picture of what Vivaldi actually achieved throughout these concertos.
Challenging mythologies, common perceptions, or misconceptions and outdated ways of doing things, are always welcome – so long as they reveal a fresh conception of the music, that can be convincingly and persuasively realised.
In one of his last essays on Glenn Gould, the literary critic Edward Said placed Glenn Gould within a larger tradition, not of concert pianists, but of intellectuals. Said’s idea is that Gould thought and worked like an intellectual and in this way has more in common with figures such as Julien Benda or Jean Paul Sartre. The idea is that Gould thought both critically and independently about the traditions and practices which he found himself engaging with – and his work stands as both a critique and reconsideration of those same traditions and practices. The GGBF encourages work of a similar nature – work, that questions, broadens, challenges and re-shapes our understanding of the great musical inheritance of the Baroque period.
The Role of Technology in Projects
The purpose of using technology is to capture and enhance the project’s unique intricacies. When we say, ‘engage in technology in an innovative way,’ we mean using technology to bring out these unique qualities – while ensuring they remain musically focused.
The technology must always, therefore, be at the service of the music to help the artist capture their musical vision. It should never be an end in itself.
Completing the Artefact
Applicants should consider the final artefact produced on completion of the Fellowship. This will be placed in the newly designed Glenn Gould Bach Archive which will preserve and exhibit the artefact.
Artefacts can take many forms – but must be exhibitable in the Glenn Gould Bach Archive. These artefacts will be permanently preserved and publicly available. Therefore, applicants should aim to produce artefacts that will endure over time.
The GGBF team, is ready to work with each GGB Fellow – providing advice and support in every way they can – and to answer any questions with regard to the Archive.
Applicants must submit their applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 17.00 GMT/UTC on September 30th 2022. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.
Project Proposals should have a clear, realizable objective. Project Proposals that are too disparate, or that include too many objectives, are less competitive than those that propose a balanced, focused goal. Applicants should give consideration to the form which their completed project takes, and how the artefact(s) produced will bring fresh perspectives to the subject area in question.
The Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship may only be awarded to an individual applicant.
Collaborations within the project are welcome; however, applicants intending to work with a specific partner should be prepared to describe the scope of their partner’s collaborative work within the project.
All Applicants must submit two forms (which can be downloaded below) in PDF format:
* Form One: General Application Form *
The General application form consists of three parts: personal details; a biography; and an outline of work.
Applicants will need to provide basic information such as their name, date of birth, contact details, etc.
Applicants should give a brief narrative account of their career, describing their previous accomplishments. This account should mention prizes, honors, awards and significant grants or fellowships that the applicant has held or now holds. It should also outline their experience as a professional performer – naming all significant venues they have performed in alongside collaborations, concerto performances, solo recitals, they have undertaken throughout their career.
Outline of Work
Recordings / Films / Media Projects: A complete list of professionally produced and released recordings and/or Films and/or Media Projects* is required (*media Projects can encompass anything from virtual or enhanced reality forms to special installations to unique multimedia projects). Applicants who have produced work within two or all three of the categories (as indicated above) should include a complete list of work produced within each category.
Applicants must provide hyperlinks to at least a one hour sample (overall / in total) of these recordings / films / media projects.
* Form Two: Fellowship Project Proposal *
Applicants should submit a Fellowship Project Proposal (1,000 words maximum) focused on music of the Baroque (constituted here to mean Western Art-Music written between 1600 and 1750). In this they should outline what the fundamental goal of their project is and how they intend to achieve it. The originality and freshness of the project must also form a key concern; while consideration too must be given to the underlying philosophy guiding their project and how the completed artistic artefact(s) will bring a new perspective to the material in question.
When designing their project proposal, applicants must take particular note of the following:
(a) Projects should have a clear objective and this objective must be capable of being supported by the Fellowship Funding.
(b) Those applicants who already have a preexisting binding agreement or preexisting understanding (either formal or informal) with another partner that forms part of the realization of their project must disclose this in their application - and any financial commitments or understandings involved must also be disclosed. Failure to do so may jeopardize the overall application in question.
During the applications process, the administration of the Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship will sometimes request further clarifications and seek more information on project proposals submitted. This can also include questions on any aspect of the application.
HOW TO APPLY
All applicants must complete the two documents below; then send both completed documents in one email to email@example.com
The two documents are:
1, General Application Form (includes personal details, biography & outline of work)
2. Fellowship Project Proposal
For an application to be considered complete, it must contain both completed documents. Applications that do not contain both completed documents will not be considered.
Applicants may submit additional supplementary documents which they deem helpful to their overall application. For example, Applicants may submit testimonials, references or an indicative budget outline if they feel it may help support their overall application. However, such additional documents should be kept to a minimum and should only be used to provide additional information not already covered in the principal two forms (the General Application Form and the Fellowship Proposal Form) and which is nonetheless pertinent to the overall application.
There is no application fee. Simply complete the two principal documents and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for the Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship 2023-2025 must be received by September 30th 2022 at 17.00 GMT / UTC.
Please note that late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.