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  1. This is a Link on this website to Shelia's post about a competition, thought I would share in this sub-forum: @pateceramics
  2. Announcement of 18-19 Young Composers Commission Competition (3).pdf
  3. Noah Brode

    Sentiments

    My submission for the Winter Competition. It was written pretty hastily over the past week or so, after previous attempts for the competition didn't pan out. All things considered, I liked where it went in the time that I had to write it. I hope you enjoy it.
  4. YOUNG COMPOSERS COMPETITION EMOTIONS Hi everyone! Last year’s winter competition was a little bit laid back so I thought about doing a similar thing this time. Instead of stories, we’re going to do what artists do best and express our emotions! This may sound like a little bit of a happy-go-lucky competition idea, but it’s simply meant to be relatively freeform, but specific enough where the composer should learn a little bit more about themselves, and the listener should learn a little more about them. I hope you all enjoy looking within yourself and showing us all how your life plays out through emotions… what drives you, motivates you, and forces you away. Let your music do its job! ELIGIBILITY: *You must be a member of the Young Composers forum in order to enter. Sign ups will be in the comments below. *There will again be no limits to instrumentation, but a smaller ensemble is encouraged, for a more personal feeling. Extra points will not be given for smaller ensembles. *The minimum length for this competition will be 6 minutes. The maximum is 30 minutes. *You must have some sort of audio rendition accompanying your work, otherwise your entry will be disqualified. *A score is required, but is not as heavy a focus as previous competitions. If you want to enter and are not proficient at engraving, message @Monarcheon. *If you volunteer to be a judge, you may not enter as a contest participant. *Entrants should have an intermediate understanding of engraving and orchestration. *Entrants may only submit one work. RULES AND SCORING: Submit a score that represents and answers the following questions: “How does this emotion feel within me?” | “How do I outwardly express this emotion?” Competitors are expected to deal with at least 3 emotions throughout the piece. This can either be in programmatic sections or in one arc-like movement. Here, much like last time, you will be judged on your ability to effectively develop thematic material (/25), and your ability to answer the two questions in such a way where the audience can understand it (/25). The more technically based compositional aspects are judged here. These aspects include score quality (/10), audio file quality (/10), and orchestration (/15). Finally, submit a written component answering the above two questions for every emotion you deal with in the piece (/15). This should include what techniques you used to demonstrate certain aspects of each, keys, styles, or anything else you feel is prudent. You are graded on how easy it is to match your written description and you piece. TOTAL: /100 Deadline for Intended Entry: March 10th Deadline for Piece Entry: March 17th Scoring Deadline: March 20th PRIZES: All entrants receive detailed feedback on their works. The winner’s piece will be placed in the YC Competition Hall of Fame. It is possible that winners receive a full year’s subscription compensation to Sibelius, but we are still working on that (THIS FINAL PRIZE IS NOT GUARANTEED). HAVE FUN WITH THIS!! Good luck! Judges: @Monarcheon @MusicianXX12 Entrants: @oingo86 @Noah Brode @Rabbival507 @Gustav Johnson @celloman99 @Some Guy That writes Music
  5. aMusicComposer

    Trailer Music

    I am writing music for our school. We are participating in the Grampian's Children's Book Awards and my group have asked me to write some music. This is just the first draft, any criticisms welcome!
  6. Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition http://www.mauricio-kagel-composition-competition.com Considering the relative overabundance of piano literature, it would be seemingly foolhardy to stage a composition competition promoting the creation of new pieces for piano. Everything appears to exist already, even pieces for children and young adults. Still, far too frequently it is precisely this contemporary „educational literature“ which proves lacking in artistic qualities; accompanying a reduction in technical difficulty, with an objectionable reduction in the notion of what children and young adults are capable of understanding – both intellectually and emotionally. We are looking for piano pieces written for children and young adults which, although limited in their technical difficulty, remain uncompromising in their artistic aim; pieces written with a contemporary compositional technique which offer the young student stimulus, insight and new experiences: experiences about oneself and the world in which we live. With the creation of this competition, the Ludwig van Beethoven Department of Piano and Harpsichord in Music Education would like to ensure that such quality pieces are more prevalent in the future and to this end we invite composers to accept the challenge by enrolling in the competition. In the course of a week’s time an audience comprised of students, teachers, and performing artists will be given the chance to listen as the jury evaluates the different ways this challenge has been addressed by the composers. The jury will assess not only the artistic quality of the pieces, but also the question: what does a piano student learn from these pieces? And in addition the discussion will cover what makes a piece exciting and what is future-oriented; while at the same time never loosing sight of the technical limits implied when composing for children and young adults. The decision of the Jury to award the prizes within the course of the Maurico Kagel composition competition is reached, therefore, in a very special way – not behind closed doors, but in open and public discussion. The winning pieces will be technically suitable for children/young adults but will not compromise their artistic aim in order to make a pedagogical impact. Instead, they will be convincing due to their compositional quality. General Conditions Conditions for Participation a) The competition is open to all composers born after August 15th, 1978. Participants who were awarded prizes in 2010, 2013 and 2016 are no longer eligible to enter. b) The submitted score should be composed for this competition. The composition must not be older than three years and should not have been performed privately or publicly, copied, distributed, broadcasted or made accessible on the internet. c) Each composer may submit only one score in its entirety and not in part. Details of the composition The composition should be written for one piano (solo or for more than one pianist), and can include all facets of the instrument. It is of great importance that the pieces be appropriate in their level of difficulty for children / young adults and be suitable for pedagogical use. Therefore the pianistic difficulties and musical challenges should be conceived with children / young adults in mind. The score is expected to be comprehensible and clear. Instructions for performance must be written in German or English. The piece or group of pieces is expected to have a total length of between 6 and 15 minutes. Applications a) The participants are to send an envelope marked on the outside with a freely chosen five-digit code which will secure the anonymity of the participant. The envelope should contain: 1. six copies of the piano score - each annotated with the same five-digit code. The composer's name should not appear on the score 2. an additional sealed envelope marked with the same code and containing the composer's personal data, a short curriculum vitae and two recent photos. b) All entries must be postmarked no later than August 15th, 2018 and should be addressed to: Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien Ludwig van Beethoven Institut für Klavier und Cembalo in der Musikpädagogik Rennweg 8 1030 Wien Österreich Jury Michael Jarrell Isabel Mundry Robert HP Platz Rebecca Saunders Marco Stroppa • From the entries received, each jury member will nominate several pieces to be included in the Vienna Days of Contemporary Piano Music 2019 (February 4th - 7th, 2019), openly discussed by the jurors and considered for a prize. • The presentation of the prizes will take place on the 7th of February, 2019 during the Vienna Days of Contemporary Piano Music 2019. • The organizers reserve the right to find replacement jury members as seen necessary. • The jury is free in its decision making. All decisions of the jury are final and indisputable. There can be no appeal against the jury’s judgement. Prizes 1st Prize € 5.000.- 2nd Prize € 3.000.- 3rd Prize € 2.000.- The jury may decide to divide the prizes or not to award a prize. Winning scores will be published together in a volume entitled K2019. Additionally, the jury may create a list of recommended pieces. The Ludwig van Beethoven Department of Piano and Harpsichord in Music Education will release digital recordings of the prize winning pieces and selected recommendations from the jury. Legal Information Scores received cannot be returned. The organizers of the competition cannot be held responsible for post which arrives damaged, goes astray or is delivered late. Registration for the competition and the submission of scores implies the unconditional acceptance of all conditions set forth herein. The composers of the submitted scores retain their rights as copyright holders. The Ludwig van Beethoven Department of Piano and Harpsichord in Music Education retains the right to visually and acoustically document, record and reproduce all concerts, performances and presentations held during the course of the competition and the subsequent Vienna Days of Contemporary Piano Music for the purpose of advertising the competition. The musical works enshrined in those sound and/or audiovisual recordings may be copied, distributed, performed, combined with other kinds of works, broadcasted and made available to the public free of charge without limitation to time, space or scope, as long as those recordings are used for non-commercial purposes. In case the author is represented by a collective management society, she or he has to see to the formalities according to the applicable rules of the respective societies in order to be able to grant a licence for non-commercial purposes prior to the recording. This licence is transmissible to third persons. In case of an intended use for commercial ends, the rightsholder has to grant the respective permission. Litigation is excluded as a possibility for settling disputes arising in connection with the competition. http://www.mauricio-kagel-composition-competition.com
  7. Hello everybody! At the moment the Young Composers website does not have a logo, nor a favicon. So, Chopin and I came on the idea to hold a logo AND a favicon design for the website. This competition is meant to everybody who is a YC member and you do not have to be a professional designer to join. Be as creative as you want! All submitted designs will be showed in the first Young Composers Magazine. After the publishing of this, all YC members can vote which one they like the most. Finally, Chopin can adjust minor things if needed. To avoid any ambiguities: Logo: will be placed somewhere between the header. The header would be considered anything above the navigation tabs. So that little bit of area between the tabs and the top of the page. Favicon: the icon that is shown to the left of the address bar in any of the browsers. For instance: http://www.shopalot.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/example-favicon.jpg A square form is preferred, because Chopin can then easily resize both images if the are too big to fit the header and / or the favicon. The name Young Composers needs to be included. Deadline Offical deadline is the 1st of October. Eventual latecomers can be rejected. How to participate Answer the poll with yes. If you do not want to participate, do not answer the poll. Submit your designs After you have finished both designs, make sure that you send a PRIVATE MESSAGE to @chopin and me. This is to avoid any cheating regarding creativity. All posts including images with designs by logos publically posted will be deleted. Your submission needs to contain a brief motivation why you have made the designs as they are. Voting via the magazine All submitted designs will be showed in the first Young Composers Magazine. After the publishing of this, all YC members can vote via a new topic in this forum which one they like the most. Reward Eternal fame. People visiting the forum will see the beautiful logo and icon designed by you. When there are any questions, just ask them here and Chopin or I will answer them. The best of luck! Kind regards, Chopin & Maarten Bauer
  8. Variation Project is calling for submission. We are looking to find 5-10 newly composed variations on the canon that was used to compose “Goldberg Variations” by J. S Bach. The canon can be found https://ilyafriedberg.com/variation-project/ Each variation should last between 1 to 6 minutes. You can submit as many variations as you wish, as long as it is done separately. We are launching this exciting project to extend JS Bach’s Goldberg Variation by adding 20-30 newly composed variations. With successful fund raising (please spread the word!) and lots of interests, we hope to bring new freshness to this work. The selections will be made anonymously, purely based on the work. The project assistant will receive the submissions and transfer the anonymous scores for review. The submission to the Variation Project is free. I have decided to fund the project purely from crowdfunding because I wanted to make it possible for composers to submit their works without monetary pressure. So please do spread the word to your fellow supporters of new music and performance. This is the first of hopefully many more projects to discover new composers and their works. In order for this project to come to life, I will need lots of submission AND support thru kickstarter, see details https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/canon/bach-variations-and-more?ref=email The composer of the winning work will receive a professionally produced sound and audio recording of the performance $250 reward The project’s webpage is https://ilyafriedberg.com/variation-project/ Please check the page periodically to be informed of possible new updates. Any information or questions not found can be directed to jconcertseries@gmail.com ELIGIBILITY: Any composer is eligible regardless of age, nationality, sex, color, creed, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or veteran status. TO APPLY: 1. Each entry of one (1) anonymous score must be emailed in pdf format to jconcertseries@gmail.com (subject: “VariationProjectBach”) along with: a. An info sheet (.pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, or .txt ) with composer’s name, length of work, short bio (no more than one page), and contact information GUIDELINES: 1. Application Deadline: All submissions must be received by 11 :59 pm EST on January 05, 2018. Entries received after this date will not be considered. 2. Regardless of the fact that the project can only be materialized with successful funding, you are welcome to submit your work before December 3, 2017. 3. Composers may submit as many entries as they wish, but separate submission will be required. (only one variation per email) 4. A $250 reward is per variation (ex. If two or more winning variations come from the same composer, the reward will still be given $250/one variation) 5. No name or any personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted score or the subject/body of the email. Any submission with identifying information will be disqualified from the selection and will not be reviewed. 6. Works that require extended piano technique is accepted and encouraged, you may use pre-recorded track to go along with the performance as well. 6. The winning composition will be announced on February 01, 2018. 7. The results will be announced on the project website and winning composers will be contacted individually. 8. Please see the FAQ below for the most commonly asked questions. Any additional questions may only be sent to jconcertseries@gmail.com. Note: Please do NOT send submission materials or any questions to the kickstarter page, generall email address, social media or contact personally, as this will violate the fairness of the selection process. FAQ: Q: Can the variation be longer than 6 minutes? A: No. Every submission must have a duration between 1 to 6 minutes. I am hoping to have the final project (original+ new variations) no longer than 2:30 hours total. Q: Can I submit a work that includes other instruments or electronics? A: No, you cannot include other instruments but you may submit your variation with an pre-recorded audio track. Deadline: 05 Jan 2018 11: 59 pm EST Entry Fee: 0.00 (Your word of mouth will be greatly appreciated for funding of the project!) Currency: U.S. Dollar (USD)
  9. Hello everyone, Thank you to all the entrants for your hard work in completing the Summer 2017 Competition! The judges -- Maarten Bauer and myself -- have also worked very hard since the submission deadline to provide you with helpful critiques and commentary. Detailed commentary will be posted below. Everyone should be proud of themselves for their good work. Without further ado, here are the final scores for the Summer 2017 Competition: - Monarcheon: (TIED FOR FIRST PLACE) Maarten Bauer: 40 / 50 Noah Brode: 44 / 50 TOTAL: 84 / 100 - Punintentional: (TIED FOR FIRST PLACE) Maarten Bauer: 40 / 50 Noah Brode: 44 / 50 TOTAL: 84 / 100 - Luis Hernandez: (THIRD PLACE) Maarten Bauer: 37 / 50 Noah Brode: 42 / 50 TOTAL: 79 / 100 - Gustav Johnson: (FOURTH PLACE) Maarten Bauer: 35 / 50 Noah Brode: 40 / 50 TOTAL: 75 / 100 - luderart: (FIFTH PLACE) Maarten Bauer: 32 / 50 Noah Brode: 35 / 50 TOTAL: 67 / 100
  10. punintentional

    Exhibition I

    This is my entry for the forum's summer competition. The 4 pieces in the suite are based on the following abstract expressionist art: 'Vir Heroicus Sublimis' by Barnett Newman https://www.moma.org/collection/works/79250 'Autumn Rhythm' by Jackson Pollock http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/57.92/ 'PH-129' by Clyfford Still https://clyffordstillmuseum.org/object/ph-129/ 'Landscape at Stanton Street' by Willem de Kooning http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/kooning-landscape-at-stanton-street-p77158 Here are the score-videos for each the pieces. 'Vir Heroicus Sublimis' https://youtu.be/q9g-3ff7m24 (for this piece, I'd strongly recommend reading the program note at the beginning of the video before listening to it) 'Autumn Rhythm' https://youtu.be/vTQBn4VWz4c 'PH-129' https://youtu.be/IgPXB1T1cRg 'Landscape at Stanton Street' https://youtu.be/iB8_38S7jdY There's also a YouTube playlist of all the score-videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5bWnXp9PjtS8mePM3xsTz5ebT3z8ZxWp NB: The full program note is in the pdf score.
  11. 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 4-9 pieces based on different works of visual art (painting, oil on canvas, sculpture, architecture, etc.), 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. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: *Be a member of YC. *Signal your desire to enter by September 10th by commenting on this thread. *Submit your entry by September 17th (11:59:59 PST), 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. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 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: *4-9 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 45. SCORING: 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! For composers who want to compete but aren't totally sure about art, this is a good guide to start: http://www.visual-arts-cork.com Entrants: 1. Monarcheon 2. bkho (potential) 3. Gustav Johnson 4. punintentional 5. mikelee531 6. Austenite 7. Rowan Abrey (potential) 8. Ilyankor 9. Luis Hernández 10. tmarko 11. luderart Judges: 1. Maarten Bauer 2. Noah Brode
  12. jawoodruff

    Write A Jingle!

    Hello YOUNG COMPOSERS! Many of you may know me as a former administrator on Young Composers (4 to 5 years ago, to be exact). I am now the founder and owner of a fresh online radio station. The mission of our station is the promotion of modern classical music by today's new and emerging composers (including yourselves.) Our station recently completed a call for works that have netted over 6000 live recordings from composers all over the world. As part of our development, we are looking for catchy, innovative, and appropriate jingles to fit our broadcast lineup. Thus, we turn to the next generation of composers - you! Requirements: 1. Can be for any instrumentation 2. Must be either a realistic rendering or live. 3. Must be between 30 secs to 1 minute in length. 4. Must incorporate the words Et Lux Radio (either spoken or sung) 5. Must be original music. We are looking for 3 different jingles of varying styles! Each of the three jingles will be rewarded with incorporation into our broadcast lineup, mention on our FB page, and possible cash prizes soon to be determined and announced. NOTE: This competition is only open to members of the YC forum. I will be viewing entrants profiles to insure steady activity within the forum -so please DO NOT create a member profile just to enter, your work will not be selected. Thanks and Good LUCK! -Jason A Woodruff, Founder -Et Lux Radio
  13. Young Composer’s Spring 2017 Competition Spring is in the air! This competition is going to be a little different than most others, and will be a based on the following scenario: A regional chamber orchestra is commissioning composers to orchestrate three spring months, specifically March, April, and May, from Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s piano work, The Seasons Op. 37a. The orchestra has the following instrumentation available: 2 Flutes (both can double piccolo) 2 Oboes (2nd oboe can double English horn) 2 Clarinets (Bb, A, Eb, bass clarinet doublings allowed) 2 Bassoons (2nd Bassoon can double Contrabassoon) 3 French Horns 2 Trumpets 1 Trombone 3 Percussionists (including timpani) 1 Harpist 8 1st Violins 7 2nd Violins 5 Violas 4 Celli 2 Contrabass TOTAL of 44 players The orchestration of all the movements must feature at least 14 players from the orchestra. Entries that exceed the instrumentation listed above (44 players) will be disqualified. Please try to keep the instrumentation as consistent as possible for all three movements. To enter this competition you must meet the following requirements: Be a member of YC Signal your desire to enter by May 15th by commenting on this thread. At the time of submission, submit a score with proving that you meet the instrumentation requirements (NO EXCEPTIONS), and 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 orchestration. Entries will be scored on the following (these guidelines are somewhat general at the moment, but might be expanded upon later): Orchestration - How well does the entrant write for his chosen ensemble? Does the entrant exploit different colors through different instrumental combinations? Does he add any originality to the work? 35 PTS Instrumentation - How well does the entrant write for each specific instrument? 30 PTS Quality of Score 25 PTS Quality of Audio 10 PTS TOTAL 100 PTS Please observe the following deadlines: Signal to enter or volunteer to judge: May 15th, 2017 Entries must be submitted by June 4th, 11:59 PM EST I have attached a PDF of the three movements in question to this thread. Happy orchestrating, and good luck! DO NOT SUBMIT ENTRIES ON THIS THREAD Entrants: 1. Monarcheon Judges:
  14. Disclaimer by Monarcheon: Congratulations and thank you to all competitors who put so much time and effort into their works. While we do prescribe winners for our competitions, it is so important to recognize the communal event’s purpose of having everyone strive to be their very best. There was no work submitted without merit and it was a pleasure to honor all submissions with my humble opinion. Disclaimer by danishali903: Congrats to all who participated! It was very entertaining to read your stories and hear your music. Since I've been busy for the past few months, my reviews are a little less detailed than they usually are for competitions. If you have any questions regarding your scores, or need more clarification about anything, please don't hesitate to PM me. ADRIAN QUINCE: danishali903: 94 Monarcheon: 85 GRAND TOTAL: 179/230 SENI-G: danishali903: 85 Monarcheon: 75 GRAND TOTAL: 160/230 SEBASTIANVIOLA: danishali903: 79 Monarcheon: 71 GRAND TOTAL: 150/230 CONNOR_HELMS: danishali903: 72 Monarcheon: 75.5 GRAND TOTAL: 147.5/230 NOAH BRODE: danishali903: 73 Monarcheon: 70 GRAND TOTAL: 143/230 CONGRATULATIONS ADRIAN QUINCE!
  15. YC Competition: Winter 2017 “…tell me a story…” Hello all, and welcome to the next YC competition! What better way to start off the new year than with some healthy competition? I’m looking forward to great new works from all of you and hopefully, more of you, too! To celebrate the new year, I thought we should all write some stories! We’re going to be writing very programmatic music for this season and I can’t wait to be taken on so many journeys! I’ve kept the theme very general this time so we can see all sorts of takes on so many different life experiences, biographies, fables, adventures, and more! More than anything, this should be a pretty calm and fun competition amongst a community. Eligibility to compete will remain the same: ELIGIBILITY: *You must be a member of the Young Composers forum in order to enter. Sign ups will be in the comments below. *There will again be no limits to instrumentation. *The minimum length for this competition will be the same as last time: 6 minutes. The maximum will also stay the same at 20 minutes. *You must have some sort of audio rendition accompanying your work, otherwise your entry will be disqualified. *If you volunteer to be a judge, you may not enter as a contest participant. *Entrants should have an intermediate understanding of engraving and orchestration… this is another major focus of the competition. The rules, however, are not: RULES AND SCORING: Submit a score that represents a story of your choosing. This can be about your own life, someone else's life, a well known story, or anything in between. It simply needs an arc, as does your music. This can be loosely interpreted; one can have many movements with a portion of the story in each, or one long movement or overture that tells the whole thing. You will be judged on orchestration (/25), the ability to tell the composer’s intent through clear programmatic writing (/30), and the clear development of thematic material (/25). Score quality is also taken into account (/15). Submit a written version of the story with words. This is not optional. This written piece should explain each portion of the music and what is intended on being told. This needn’t be so incredibly detailed, but should offer unique insight on the composer’s vision. Even well-known stories require explanation (/10). Submit an audio recording of your work for the judges to follow the score with. You’ll be graded on audio quality (/10). TOTAL: /115 DATES: Entry Intent: March 10th Entry Deadline: March 19th Judge’s Scores: March 23nd Results: March 24rd Signal your intent to have an entry ready by leaving a comment to this thread. Good luck to all; I look forward to reading and hearing your stories! JUDGES: 1. danishali903 2. Monarcheon ENTRANTS: 1. Noah Brode 2. Austenite 3. Seni-G 4. Ken320 5. Jotaa45 6. RefinedRedneck 7. Connor_Helms 8. Adrian Quince 9. SebastianViola
  16. Please post LINKS to your submission for the Winter 2017 Story Competition here. Your deadline to post is March 18th. 1. Post your piece in the appropriate forum. 2. Place the link into this thread. Here are the guidelines, as a checklist for you. RULES AND SCORING: Submit a score that represents a story of your choosing. This can be about your own life, someone else's life, a well known story, or anything in between. It simply needs an arc, as does your music. This can be loosely interpreted; one can have many movements with a portion of the story in each, or one long movement or overture that tells the whole thing. You will be judged on orchestration (/25), the ability to tell the composer’s intent through clear programmatic writing (/30), and the clear development of thematic material (/25). Score quality is also taken into account (/15). Submit a written version of the story with words. This is not optional. This written piece should explain each portion of the music and what is intended on being told. This needn’t be so incredibly detailed, but should offer unique insight on the composer’s vision. Even well-known stories require explanation (/10). Submit an audio recording of your work for the judges to follow the score with. You’ll be graded on audio quality (/10).
  17. There is a cool Classical Guitar Competition going on on Youtube until April 30th 2017. It is free to enter. All you need to do is record at least one of the "3 Short Pieces" and upload it to your YouTube Channel. You can download the Scores (free!) and the rules (to see how to enter and how to earn points) here: Scores (free) and Rules If you enter, let us know. We would love to see your videos. Have fun! =)
  18. Here is my entry for the November, 2016 competition. Hopefully this uploads right....
  19. ChristianPerrotta

    Variações sobre o Siriá

    This is my modest entry for the 2016 Fall Competition. It's a set of variations for solo alto recorder, recorded in my not-even-close-to-a-studio bedroom. It's me playing it. More information can be read in the Notes pdf file. A link to an actual presentation of the original theme (an anonymous folk music) can be watched here (there's a short lively intro before the music starts): Variações sobre o Siriá.mp3
  20. Here is the official topic for entrants to the fall competition to post their submissions. Please post your submission by posting it FIRST to the appropriate regular forum saying something like "this is my entry to the Fall competition", then posting a LINK to that topic here. Judges are not allowed to comment on these submission links, but other entrants are encouraged to leave some feedback. Remember your deadline is the 25th of November. You all have quite some time left to polish up. Good luck to you all! I'll repost the scoring guides: SCORING: How clear was it that the entrant followed the basis of theme in each variation? /20 How unique was each variation in comparison to both the theme and the preceding variation? /20 danishali903 wanted there to be a larger emphasis on orchestration this season. How well did the entrant write for the instruments he/she/they chose? /20 How quality is the score? Are all the markings necessary for a successful performance there? Are all the variations and/or coda labeled?/20 Is the length practical (or does the piece start sounding monotonous?)? /15 How is the quality of the audio? /5
  21. YC: Fall, 2016 Composition Competition - Please Read Carefully! Hello to all! I’ve been given the honor of leading this year’s fall competition for this site by @danishali903. Perhaps some of you saw this on the chat already, but it’s time to make it official! As some of you might have guessed from my entry in last season’s competition, I’m a huge fan of Theme and Variations pieces. Hearing and experiencing multiple ways of expressing one theme is always a refreshing and fun way to look at music. Some of the best Variations pieces include Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Brahms’s “Variations on a Theme by Haydn”, and who could forget all the composers who wrote famous variations on Paganini’s Caprice No. 24 in A minor? All of these pieces take the essence of the original and provide quick and innovative renditions of them in the form of variations (sometimes a lot of them!). You guessed it, this season’s topic is Variations on Other Composer’s Themes! Below are all the instructions and guidelines concerning scoring, the topic, and deadlines: TOPIC: Compose a “Theme and Variations” piece using a theme from another composer’s piece. RULES TO CHOOSING A THEME: Picking a theme: Entrants are encouraged, but not required, to pick a relatively well-known theme to write their piece with. This is just for the judge’s convenience, so that they are more familiar with the piece and thus can judge the variations more fairly. The theme must be of a length where making variations on it is plausible. Please be a good sport and don’t pick too short a theme. Stating the theme: Entrants should clearly label in their post AND their score what theme they will be utilizing, by which composer, in which piece, and provide a link to that piece with a timestamp for the judges’ convenience. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Utilizing the theme: Entrants should open their piece directly quoting the theme they will be using throughout, although the harmony they use with it can vary. This opening should be simplistic and easy to latch onto. The subsequent variations should clearly utilize some part of the theme, be it through the chord progression or thematic motifs. ELIGIBILITY: *You must be a member of the Young Composers forum in order to enter. Sign ups will be in the comments below. *There will again be no limits to instrumentation. *The minimum length for this competition will be raised to 6 minutes. The maximum will stay the same at 20 minutes. *You must have a minimum of 5 variations in your piece. *Same as last competition: You must have some sort of audio rendition accompanying your work, otherwise your entry will be disqualified. *If you volunteer to be a judge, you may not enter as a contest participant. *Entrants should have an intermediate understanding of engraving and orchestration… this is another major focus of the competition; the point value has been raised significantly. SCORING: How clear was it that the entrant followed the basis of theme in each variation? /20 How unique was each variation in comparison to both the theme and the preceding variation? /20 danishali903 wanted there to be a larger emphasis on orchestration this season. How well did the entrant write for the instruments he/she/they chose? /20 How quality is the score? Are all the markings necessary for a successful performance there? Are all the variations and/or coda labeled? /20 Is the length practical (or does the piece start sounding monotonous?)? /15 How is the quality of the audio? /5 Please keep in mind that the point values for everything have been raised, especially for the score quality. TOTAL: /100 An extra 5 points can be added to the discretion of the judges if the entrant provides an explanation as to why they chose that theme and why they chose that instrumentation. A penalty of 10% will be factored in to your total score (per judge) for every variation less than 5 an entrant provides. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE THEME. NOTE: Having a Coda present in your piece, clearly labeled, will not count as a separate variation, but will not be reduced from you score for sounding similar. DEADLINE: I’m hoping for everything to be done by the holidays, so to give the judges ample time to properly judge these, on average, longer pieces, the deadline for submission will be November the 25th. The deadline to signal intent for entry into the competition will be November the 1st. ENTRY: Please list your interest to compete by replying to this thread below in the comments. Please note if you are applying as a PARTICIPANT or a JUDGE. I will be updating this list for participants as we go. I will be serving as one of the 4 judges for this competition, so open spots for adjudicating will be limited to 3. JUDGE REQUIREMENT: Must be willing to properly defend all the scores for each category with a few sentences minimum… we want all of our entrants to grow with us! GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND HAVE FUN! GOOD QUESTIONS THAT MAY COME UP: Should I have variations that transition into each other, or can I stop between variations? Entries do not need to have a transition per se, but the piece should still flow, even if stops are present. Listen to Rozsa’s “Variations for Piano, Op. 9” for reference. Why is the minimum time raised for this competition? The minimum time has been raised in order to challenge composers to think about how they can uniquely portray a melody line, over and over again. Why is there a minimum number of variations and why am I getting penalized for not meeting the requirement? There is a minimum number in order to discourage entrants from writing very few, but long variations. How long should each variation be? The point of a classical variation is to adapt a melody or chord progression into a different style, then change it again, to keep interest high. There is no prescribed length per, but it needs to be long enough to get the idea of a variation across. Some are 30 seconds, some can be a minute. What if two of my variations sound similar? The judges will still count it as a separate variation, but will acknowledge its lack of perceptual difference from the prior variation. However, if the score writing is clearly different, that will be taken into account. What if I have a Coda? Having a Coda present in your piece, clearly labeled, will not count as a separate variation, and will not be reduced from you score for sounding similar. A Coda is generally a callback to the theme, found at the end or near the end of a variations piece. Can I submit more than one piece? No, please only submit one piece for this competition. ENTRANTS: 1. danishali903 2. Austenite 3. bkho 4. ChristianPerrotta 5. KJthesleepdeprived 6. orchdork02 7. Noah Brode 8. luderart 9. Emiliano Manna 10. JohnKiunke 11. SebastianViola 12. TJS Judges: 1. Monarcheon 2. Sonataform 3. Ken320 EDIT: Judge Gylfi has had to resign the position due to health complications. Please do not post submissions to the competition here.
  22. SUMMER COMPETITION - 2016 Hello! As part of the website's recent "makeover", we have decided to bring back the seasonal competitions after a hiatus. As of now, these competitions will be held on a seasonal quarterly basis, each based on a specific theme/topic. If anyone has suggestions for future competitions, please send me a private message on this site. As some of you know, this year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. For those of you unfamiliar with Shakespeare, he was a renowned poet and playwright who wrote many of the English language's greatest works, including 38 stage plays (which include the famous plays Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, etc.) and 154 sonnets. Many composers have been inspired by Shakespeare's works and adapted his works into musical forms. Some examples include: Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Verdi's operas Macbeth and Othello, Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet, and many more. As you probably guessed by now, the competition's theme is Shakespeare! Please read the specific instructions below regarding topic, scoring, etc. Topic: Compose a piece based on something Shakespeare wrote. This could include incidental music to his stage plays, music inspired by any of his works, set his poems/sonnets/etc. to music. Guidelines: Anyone who is a member of this site is allowed to enter. (Though we'll have an unofficial sign up at the bottom) No restrictions on instrumentation - it can be for a solo piano, full orchestra with chorus, or anything in between The minimum length of the piece is 5 minutes, maximum up to 20 minutes Piece can be in multiple movements, but overall maximum time must not exceed 20 minutes You have to submit audio (midi, live, whatever) AND a score to be eligible for scoring by the deadline- NO EXCUSES If you decide to volunteer as a judge, you may NOT enter as a participant! Scoring Criteria - The point system is arbitrary at the moment and might be amended later on Piece's relation to chosen Shakespeare work - pretty self explanatory: /15 points Structure and coherence - also pretty self explanatory: /15 points Instrumentation/Orchestration - how well did you write for your instrument(s), etc.: /10 points Quality of the Score: /8 points Audio Quality: /2 points (Points above [in total out of 50 pts] are given at the judges' discretion: for instance, with "Structure and coherence", an entrant can be given anywhere between 0-15pts.) 5 BONUS points will be given (at the discretion of the judges) if entrant provides a PDF program of their work. DEADLINE: While I don't have a specific deadline at the moment, I WOULD like everything (including getting judges' scores and awarding winners) by September 1st. SO, I will set an arbitrary deadline of AUGUST 15, 2016. We will have an unofficial signup just to gauge interest. If you are interested in entering as a participant, please state your interest by replying to this thread. If you don't feel like competing, you can also sign up to be a judge for this competition. Since there will only 3-4 open positions for being a judge, we'll have a first-come-first-serve rule. SO, if you have any questions and/or concerns, please don't hesitate to voice them below in this thread, or contact me. Have fun composing and good luck to those who participate! PLEASE DO NOT POST MUSIC ON THIS THREAD. I will make another thread where we'll gather all the entries. ENTRIES ARE POSTED HERE: http://www.youngcomposers.com/t34086/summer-competition-2016-entries/ Confirmed Entrants (this list will be updated...please let me know if your name doesn't show up): Austenite AmaraAppogiature KJ mk390 J.S. Destro Fishyfry ChristianP (who has already completed his piece, you slowpokes!) Marc O'C. NoahB. Ken320 Casper Belier Alexander Mika gesisignature Monarcheon Gylfi Confirmed Judges (ALL SLOTS FILLED) Bkho JohnBucket Sojar danishali903
  23. My submission for the Shakespeare summer competition. Looking forward to hearing from the judges. Hope anyone else who listens enjoys, and comments of any sort are always welcome.
  24. Jared Steven Destro

    King Lear Overture in C minor

    Hello all! This is my entry for the summer competition based on a work by Shakespeare. I connected the most with his tragedy King Lear, and so I wrote a large orchestral piece about it, with various moments from the play annotated (corresponding to the music). Enjoy!
  25. OnTime 2016 Sunrise gives composers a chance to have their music included in a new app! Composition – Contest Deadline: Wednesday, July 20th – 8 pm ET Genre: Classical or Jazz Instrumentation: Any Max Length: 3 minutes Theme: Sunrise Required: MP3 + Full Score (no parts) Prizes: Your Music on new App There are three ways to win in this contest: * Your music may be selected as one of the pieces to be included on a new app. The app selection committee may choose as many or as few as they think would match the high quality of the app, which will showcase classical and jazz music and great composers. * Your music may win first, second or third place in the online Public Voting segment. Today’s composers are learning to promote and share their music by posting invitations to listen and vote on their Facebook or other Social Media. We applaud your efforts to make high-quality classical music and jazz accessible to everyone! * Your music may win the coveted Staff Pick. After all the Public Votes are in, the Staff picks their favorite piece from among those that did not win a prize in Public Voting. All MP3 files must be "app-ready". Examples: live performances or high-quality sampled performances You can enter this contest or visit previous contests and competitions here: http://musicwiz.club/competitions/
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