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The Ensemble de la Belle Musique - Call For Scores

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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Added by Shao Suan LOW on January 30, 2017 at 4:01am — 2 Comments

China Blues – Zhang Hai’ou

Zhang Hai’ou – 2016年7月1日 – July 1, 2016

海鸥不仅能自由地翱翔,他也可以优雅地坐在钢琴前奏响美妙的音乐。

Hai’ou, which is seagull in English, can not only fly…

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Added by ChinaBlues on November 13, 2016 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Violette by Becky 4rth Annual Youth Composition and Songwriter Competition



Violettes by Becky 4rth Annual Youth Songwriter and Composition Competition. 

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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Added by Becky Brody Chaffee on November 2, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

* Scary 2015 Public Voting

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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Added by Harmonia on October 24, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

* Scurrying Scared at Midnight

Scurrying Scared at Midnight through Tama Rei En (Tama Abode of the Souls)...

(Shudder, shudder, shudder!!!)

Added by Dr. Akmal Parwez on September 30, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

* Inaugural 'Blog Post: Scary 60 and B Sections

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…

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Added by Marie Walsh Becker on September 30, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

* Listening to Timelessness

“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…

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Added by Harmonia on September 14, 2015 at 6:58pm — No Comments

* Scary 2015! A composition contest for Halloween

 Scary 2015!…

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Added by Harmonia on September 5, 2015 at 7:30pm — 40 Comments

3rd Annual Youth Songwriter Contest and Composition Competition

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…

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Added by Becky Brody Chaffee on August 1, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

All About that Bass - Fashion Trend?!

Dear Readers,

Yes - start the trend in your town today. …

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Added by Becky Brody Chaffee on June 30, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

* Messiaen's Huit Preludes

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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Added by KeyNotes on June 27, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

* Hello - Be watching for news of the Violettes Youth Songwriter and Composition Competition (submissions on-line)

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:

Songwriter

  • Free 10 day summer camp into FASA, the Annie Moses Music…
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Added by Becky Brody Chaffee on June 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

* Suite (Overture) in F major - BWV 820 - JS Bach

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Bach Suite in F Major - BWV 820

Added by KeyNotes on May 1, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

* Listening Quiz for Composers

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!  

Name the composer, the period of time, the name of the piece, and any other interesting relevant…

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Added by Harmonia on April 14, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

* Piano Adventures Level 1 - Nancy and Randall Faber

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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Added by KeyNotes on March 12, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

* Tools for Teaching Theory

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!  ...…

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Added by Harmonia on March 11, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

* MusicWiz.club News & Updates

Welcome, all MusicWiz.club members! 
THE GAMES 
A new game begins on the 1st of each month, and is divided into four weeks.  Each week three new MusicWiz questions are posted.  You earn points for each piece you find…
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Added by Harmonia on January 1, 2015 at 6:30am — 63 Comments

* Season's Greetings

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Added by Michael Ashjian on December 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

* My Musical Advent Calendar

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:

Joululaulukalenteri

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…

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Added by Johan Halmén on December 4, 2014 at 2:30am — 29 Comments

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