[Ravensfort] Fw: [Ansteorra] Music Competition

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Mon Nov 2 17:21:44 PST 2009

Sic 'em James!
Ring their chimes

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: James Northfolke 
  To: Shanahan 
  Cc: Ravens Fort 
  Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 6:29 PM
  Subject: Re: [Ravensfort] Fw: [Ansteorra] Music Competition

  Yup!  James. 

  Sent from my iPhone

  On Nov 2, 2009, at 6:17 PM, Shanahan <ms_shanahan at yahoo.com> wrote:

    Anyone interested?


    ----- Forwarded Message ----
    From: Jeffrey Clark <jmclark85 at gmail.com>
    To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
    Sent: Mon, November 2, 2009 3:15:22 AM
    Subject: [Ansteorra] Music Competition

    Greetings to the good gentles of Ansteorra!

    I am hosting a music competition in a format inspired by a wonderful laurel
    who's name--most unfortunately--escapes me. Hopefully--if there is enough
    interest--I will keep running this competition indefinitely every so often
    (every 3-5 months).

    The particulars of the competition are as follows:

    1. Entires must be composed with an effort towards emulating a period style

    2. There are no restrictions on instrumentation, and entries may either be
    instrumental or vocal (or a combination thereof), and may contain as many as
    8 parts

    3. Entries may be submitted by email or through snailmail. There is no
    requirement that they be put in period notation (though I do read most forms
    of period notation)

    4. Entires can be handwritten, or may be produced digitally; if produced
    digitally they must be submitted in a non-proprietary format (.pdf .png .bmp
    .gif and midi files are all acceptable). The only exception to this rule is
    .sib files. I love you all, but I can't judge something I can't open on my

    5. Documentation is not required; however, giving me something that
    documents your sources, inspiration, and creative process will help me
    provide better feedback

    6. I will accept multiple entries from a particular person; however only one
    must be designated as an actual "competitive" entry. All others will receive
    my attention and I will provide feedback on them.

    7. The deadline for entries is December 31st

    8. Judging will be announced on the Ansteorra list sometime in January
    (depending on exactly how many entries I receive), this competition is not
    tied to any event, and will be entirely conducted online.

    Now, for the good part:

    1. After the deadline I will review all entires; I am a musicologist and am
    formally trained in historical performance practice. I promise that *I will
    give detailed feedback on all entires*, and will do all I can to make my
    feedback as practical and useful as I can.

    2. I will pick what I consider to be the three best entires (judged on a
    holstic concept of period sound, the composer's adventurousness withing the
    period aesthetic, and the general musicality of the work) as the "finalists"
    of the competition. I will record these three entires (I am a
    professional--conservatory trained--recorder player, and have also been
    trained as a countertenor), put them on a CD and send a copy of the CD to
    the finalists. I will also engrave the music in Sibelius and send copies of
    the music along with the CD (multipart works are not a problem, I have all
    the equipment I need to record the parts track by track and then combine

    3. With permission, I would like to make the recordings of the music
    available publicly (via youtube or some other means); nothing will be
    announced, commented on, or displayed without the composer's permission

    4. If I am able to keep the competition running through several iterations,
    I would like to compile a book of submitted compositions and publish it
    within the society.

    My main goal for this competition is to further music within the kingdom and
    provide aspiring musicians with a level of feedback and an arena in which to
    experiment and to express their art in a way that is generally unavailable
    in regular A&S competitions.

    I would like to encourage those who have never tired creating a period
    composition, or who have never tried composing before to submit something.
    Composers of every skill and style are welcome, I will not turn down any
    serious entry; and anything I sent to me will receive feedback.

    Along with this competition, I will attempt to teach classes weekly (or as
    close to weekly) in Steppes and Elfsea on period composition, period
    musicianship, along with a random smattering of general trivia about period
    music in general. I will announce the classes once times and dates for them
    are set. As things get going, I may choose to start theming the competitions
    a little.

    I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

    In service,
    Alessandro Zorzi
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