The Ensemble de la Belle Musique (EBM) is pleased to announce its inaugural "Call For Scores". The theme is "Christmas".
Composers are encouraged to submit works for any combination of the following instrumentation, ranging from solo to a maximum of 15 instruments:
4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 2 double basses, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 saxophone, 1 trumpet, 1 horn, 1 trombone, 1 tuba, 1 percussion (marimba OR vibraphone OR glockenspiel), 1 piano
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The youth composition and songwriter competition is for ages 10 thru 18. Submit written composition and recording on-line by
Feb. 14. Professional judges give positive constructive feedback. Details Here: …
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Scary 2015 Public Voting
Welcome to our 5th Annual Sixty Scary Seconds composition competition!
Every year, composers write new Halloween pieces
which are exactly 60 seconds long,
and then the…
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Scurrying Scared at Midnight through Tama Rei En (Tama Abode of the Souls)...
(Shudder, shudder, shudder!!!)
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Whoa hey - I didn't realize you got a 'blog for signing up here, but now that I have I might as well use it, right? So, hi, I'm MWB, and I'm new to VirtualArtists. Please be kind if/when I make a mistake or faux pas!
It's the last bit of September and so of course I'm working on my Scary 60 Seconds piece. In my opinion, it's an excellent idea for a contest and has been great for my creativity. I've heard it said that limiting yourself often increases creative thinking. It makes…Continue
“Destination” – Original Painting on Canvas in Mixed Media.
Music happens in time. Like the bird in the above painting, classical music often moves toward a clear destination. Melodies weave a horizontal path that leads to a musical goal. Rhythms carry us forward as they increase or decrease in…Continue
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We are in our 3rd awesome year of the Violettes Youth Songwriter Contest and Composition Competition for ages 10 thru 18(still in high school).
Submit on-line with score and recording MP-3 or You Tube.
The competition has 2 separate divisions - Songwriter and Composition, each divided into Junior (10 thru 13)and Senior (14 thru 18) for judging.
Note that the competition is still small - 8 entries per category last year, some sweet prizes available! (Top 4 Senior…Continue
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The Huit Préludes are among Messiaen’s early works. He was only twenty years old at the time the Preludes were written. He had not yet undertaken to experiment with rhythm nor was he completely involved with bird singing yet.
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Violettes by Becky holds an Annual Youth Songwriter and Composition Competition (ages 10 thru 18 if still in high school). Students submit score and recording or You tube on-line for professional judges to reply with encouraging constructive comments.
The Songwriter and Composition Categories are separate, each divided into Junior and Senior Division.
Prizes for this year include:
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One of the most important thing a composer can do is listen, listen, listen. Listen with score, listen without score, listen with eyes shut, listen with score again, listen as you conduct, listen as you hum the main themes - you'll learn so much by informed listening!
The informed and knowledgeable composer should be able to identify the following pieces. Test yourself!
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Piano Adventures Level 1 – Nancy and Randall Faber
This series of books works very well for the young beginner. The Lesson and Performance books are particularly helpful. Students really enjoy singing along as they play, which is excellent for their ear training. New concepts are introduced clearly and at appropriate times. All in all, it’s a great series for the younger…
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Do your students groan or jump for joy when you say “It’s theory time”? Music theory can be a dreaded chore or the highlight of a lesson – it’s all up to you, the teacher! ...…Continue
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I'm working on a musical Advent Calendar with my wife. Each day there will be a new song, a link to a Youtube video, until December 24th. You don't need a Facebook account to view it. The following link should work:
All songs are in Finnish. I might later upload the Finnish lyrics for everyone to translate (Google does a pretty good job on that). The first song was published last…Continue