It's a real marathon to get through a competition like the ITBCB. From the preliminary round to the final, a finalist has to complete a total of 5 performances in 8 days, each of which can last up to an hour. Repertoire from all eras solo, in chamber music and with orchestra is required. Of course, Beethoven’s music is of particular importance and is represented in every round.
- Round 1: Beethoven and J. S. Bach
- Round 2: Beethoven and classical/romantic music (including Brahms, Haydn, Liszt, Mendelssohn)
- Semi-final: Beethoven and music of the 20th century (including Bartók, Prokofiev, Shostakovich)
- Chamber music final: Beethoven piano trios and music of the 21st century (free choice)
- Orchestral final: Beethoven piano concertos
The exact list of works for each round can be found on the detailed pages of the rounds (in the schedule above).
Fancy a few more facts and figures? On average, a finalist plays 226 pages of music throughout the competition. In the overall programme of the competition, 42 Beethoven works will be played. In total, all participants have submitted 112 works. The total duration of music played in the competition is 44 hours.