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YOUNG COMPOSERS COMPOSITION COMPETITION
Summer of 2017
Welcome to the 2nd official summer competition! It’s a time to go outside and see the sun, concerts, murals, dance, and all things relaxing, and we’re hoping to capture the essence of that for this competition. Modest Mussorgsky famous wrote his piece, “Pictures at an Exhibition”, written after Viktor Hartmann’s paintings of travel were shown at an exhibition in his honor. While some are lost, we’ve been treated to many different musical renderings of different art in the past, including literature, art, and even dance, retrospectively. This competition will have composers engage in all kinds of art in new ways, and create new works that cross and defy different mediums and genres!
GOAL: Create a suite of 5-10 pieces based on different works of art, a la “Pictures at an Exhibition”. These works of art should be connected in some way, though this criteria requirement is arbitrary by design to encourage the creativity of composers.
*Be a member of YC.
*Signal your desire to enter by September 10th by commenting on this thread.
*Submit your entry by September 13th, provided you signaled your desire to entry correctly.
*At the time of submission, submit an audio mockup (MIDIs are acceptable).
*We also want members of this site to volunteer their time to judge. If you do volunteer, I ask that you have some working knowledge of art and orchestration.
*One piece per composer.
At the time of submission submit a PDF with:
*all art works used, labeled with the artist and the date.
*a short, written description of the criteria linking the art you chose.
*a written description of the relevance of each artistic work to each movement.
Your piece should include:
*5-10 short movements all labeled with the titles of each work at the top of each.
*Any ensemble you desire.
*A run time of no less than 5 minutes and no more than 60.
Met the minimum/maximum art piece requirement (disqualification if invalid)
Submitted a PDF with all the necessary materials (disqualification if invalid)
Sound orchestration /15
Good art -> music relevance, according to the composer and judge, individually /15
Sound quality of recording /10
Score quality /10
Please let me know if you’d like to enter as a participant or judge in the comments. Good luck!