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Summary:Piano call for scores
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 13 September 2017
Details: Dolomiti Symphonia Orchestra and the family of Pietro and Cecilia Vannini promote the first composition competition for piano and string orchestra “Dante Moro”. Their desire is to remember the great sculptor, painter, and engraver from Falcade Dante Moro (1933-2009), and to allow a dialogue and a comparison between visual and musical arts. The jury will examine the received compositions and will choose the best piece, which will be performed during the public concert that will take place in Falcade (BL – Italy) on January 4, 2018, at the Parish Church.

I – Contestants
The contest is open to Italian and foreign composers without age limits, including students from academies, public and private schools.

II – Required work type
The competitors are invited to compose a musical piece no longer than 12 minutes for piano and string orchestra. The piece has to be inspired and has consequently to bear the title of a sculpture by Dante Moro at the competitor’s choice, whose photographic reproduction is available on the website

All genres and styles are well accepted, but no compositions requiring a prepared piano will be admitted.

III – Application procedure and registration
The full score can be sent in one of the following ways according to the competitor's choice:

A) Score in PDF format attached to an e-mail message to be sent to and to (maximum 10 MB, otherwise please use transfer services like

B) Three hard copies to be sent by ordinary mail to the artistic direction of the contest:

Silvia Tessari,
Via Agostino Murer 3 32020 Falcade (BL) Italy
Please indicate clearly on the score that the piece has been composed for the Composition Competition “Dante Moro”, edition 2017. Copies of the score will not be returned.

The scores will be sent to the judges anonymously so please do not write your name on the scores, but a motto or pseudonym.

The winner will also be asked to send separate parts.

Together with the score, the competitor must send (by e-mail or postal mail) a self-certification containing the following data:

- Name, surname, place and date of birth, nationality, address, e-mail address, telephone number. - The same motto/pseudonym which appears on the score.
- Duration of the composition (maximum 12 minutes).
- Declaration of acceptance of the competition rules.

- Declaration by the author attesting that the submitted composition is unpublished and never publicly performed.

- Declaration of consent that the competitor waives all rights of remuneration for the broadcasting, televising or recording of the performance of his/her work at the final public concert (January 4, 2018).

- Declaration of consent to the processing of the participant’s personal data for competition purposes (Italian Legislative Decree 196/03).

- Artistic bio.
- Recent photography.
- Photocopy of an identity document.

The application deadline is November 1, 2017. An application fee of 50 euros is required. For information on accepted payment’s methods, please write an email to the artistic director:

IV – Jury
The chairman of the 2017 competition is Professor Paolo Troncon, pianist and composer, professor and director of many Italian conservatories. The jurors will be Mario Pagotto, Nicola Straffelini, Claudio Scannavini (composers and teachers at Italian conservatories), Delio Cassetta (conductor). They will work together with the artistic director Silvia Tessari (pianist).

V – Competition procedures
The decisions of the jury are final. Each jury member must abstain from voting in cases of kinship, affinity, relationship with one or more contestants. The jury will meet to declare the winner by November 15, 2017.

VI – Award ceremony
The award ceremony will take place during the concert in honor of Dante Moro, which will be held in Falcade (Belluno, Italy) on January 4, 2018, at 9 pm. The winner composition will be performed by Dolomiti Symphonia Orchestra (conductor: Delio Cassetta) and by the solo pianist Silvia Tessari.

VII – Prizes
The winner of the Contest, in addition to the first public performance of his/her piece, will receive a cash prize of 1000 euros, thanks to a generous donation of Mr. Alberto Faggion and family, a copy of the audio recording of the award ceremony and an overnight stay at the expense of the organization in the Falcade area on January 4, 2018 (only if the competitor will be present). At the discretion of the jury, further special prizes will be given.

VIII – Cancellation
The organization reserves the right to cancel the Competition, for any event that is outside the organization’s will. In this case, the application fee will be refunded.

IX - Records and Performance
The competitors waive all rights of remuneration for the broadcasting, televising or recording of their performance at the final public concert (January 4, 2018).

X – Contacts
Silvia Tessari
Via Agostino Murer 3 32020 Falcade (BL)

 Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica
Summary:Call for Double Bass Works
Deadline: 27 September 2017
Date Posted: 13 September 2017
Details: On behalf of BASS2018LUCCA, the Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica has set up an international call for a work for double bass and orchestra. Scores will first be adjudicated by the Foundation’s International Reading Commission (composers from Austria/ China/ Cyprus/ Italy/ Luxembourg/ Slovenia/ South Africa) and 15 scores will be chosen. A second Jury presided over by Fabrizio Papi, Director of ISSM “Luigi Boccherini” of Lucca and including Gian Paolo Mazzoli, Gabriele Ragghianti and Alberto Bocini will make the final choice. The Work chosen will be mandatory set piece for participants in final public rounds of the Solo Double Bass Competition during BASS2018Lucca (Italy) from 30th July to 5th August 2018. The author of the chosen work will be offered a publishing contract by one of Germany’s oldest and most prestigious publishers FRIEDRICH HOFMEISTER MUSIKVERLAG.

Rules and Regulations:
1) This call is open to women composers of all nationalities, ages, working in all genres.
2) Instrumentation requested: Four-stringed Double Bass and Orchestra – woodwind brass 1 timpani, 2 percussionists. Harp, strings,1 Due to the tuning of the double bass, the soloist’s part must be written a tone lower than the desired effect and of other instruments

3) Duration – 8 minutes

4) Works should use traditional notation without extended techniques, prepared instruments or complicated changes of rhythm.
5) Compositions, ideally containing references (elements, themes, melodies) linked to the music by Lucchesi composer, Francesco Geminiani, should preferably be in two sections or movements with contrasting characteristics; one with elements highlighting the melodic and cantabile capacities of the instrument and the other using more technical and virtuoso elements.
6) Scores to be submitted in PDF files to: marked “BASS 2018 LUCCA”. Do not send recordings or MP3 files.
7) Please also send a 10 line biography including nationality, contact address, date and place of birth (in Times New Roman 12) as WORD file.
8) Deadline for submission: 27th September 2017
9) Submission fee of Euro 25,00 for administrative costs, by Paypal ( All payments receive regular tax receipts.
10) For (a) copies of PDF scores by Francesco Geminiani, (b) general queries or (c) information about other methods of payment please