The repertory for the Hans von Bülow Piano Competition should be selected with the following composers in mind:
- composers whose works were masterfully interpreted by Hans von Bülow: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Peter Tchaikovsky
- pieces by composers (including transcriptions and piano arrangements) who were connected to Meiningen: Hans von Bülow, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Max Reger, Günter Raphael
In the preliminary round (up to20 minutes), one piece from the Baroque or Classical period is to be performed as a compulsory elective. Additional repertory may be chosen freely from the above-mentioned solo piano literature.
When multi-movement works are chosen, individual movements can be selected for performance.
In the final round (up to 30 minutes), apart from the piano concerto, you may choose your repertory freely from the above-mentioned list of solo piano literature. When multi-movement works are chosen, individual movements can be selected for performance.
During this round, the piano concerto will be played with piano accompaniment (a second piano will be provided). The winner of the Amateur competition will perform the first movement of the concerto after one orchestra rehearsal in a final concert with the Meiningen Court Orchestra conducted by General Music Director Philippe Bach.
You may choose from the following piano concertos for the final round of the Amateur competition:
- Joseph Haydn Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob: XVIII/11, 1st movement
- Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor, 1st movement
- Edward Grieg, Piano Concerto Op. 16 in a minor, 1st movement
In the preliminary and final rounds, participants may choose the order of pieces; the program for the final concerts will be determined by the jury.