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Summary:Competition with 4 categories
Deadline: 29 June 2018
Date Posted: 08 February 2018

* We kindly ask the composers to carefully read the whole regulation, which contains detailed information. As already happened with our previous competitions, many composers write us to ask for the same things, which are clearly explained in this regulation. This is probably due to the unwillingness to read such a long regulation, which refers to 4 different competitions. However, if you read it carefully, you will find the answers to all your questions. "Participation in this contest implies acceptance of these Rules"

1 – In this contest any music style is allowed, however it stands out from the previous editions in particular for the first two categories (A and B) which test the creativity of the composers and urge them to create new compositions, within a short time, using only the instruments indicated.

2 - This regulation is very similar to the previous one, but contains the obligation to use the instruments specified for the first two Live categories. In the third category, the composers will be able to choose the instruments that they prefer based on a list (like in the previous competitions.) Conversely, for the fourth category- which is completely different from the other three sections – the choice of the instruments is utterly free.

3 - All the music genres shall be admitted in all the contest categories, provided that the score is written in a clear way. In particular, the third and fourth category are open to: compositions for symphonic orchestra, bands, jazz orchestras, movie soundtracks, different music styles from everywhere in the world (classic, contemporary, choir and solo singers etc. etc.). The competition is open to any musical expression. From compositions written for a single instrument, to those for large orchestra.

4 - As the contest is open to all forms of musical expression, it is allowed to participate with any kind of compositions. According to latest research, there are at least 1264 music genres all over he world. All genres are admitted, and compositions may be registered for any of the 3 categories of this third edition. Special prizes, in addition to those specified in the rules, will be awarded to the most unusual and interesting music genres, with complete freedom of musical experimentation.

5 – The first three categories shall be judged live; which means that they shall be played directly before the jury by one of our orchestras. The compositions of the fourth category called "Instruments of the world" will not be played by the orchestra, but will be rather judged after the reproduction of the audio files and the display of the musical score, by evaluating the files sent by the composers, as happens in the majority of the competitions worldwide. We have added this fourth category to allow the composers to include any existing instrument, including the ethnic ones and those which are rarely used in Western orchestras. Each orchestra, even the larger ones, has its own limitations from an instrumental point of view, therefore it would be impossible to find musicians able to play any instrument, considering the countless instruments in the world.

6 – Most of the articles included in this regulation provide rules applicable to all the categories, except for some points dealing specifically with one of the four categories, which differ from one another in some aspects, such as the participation fee costs (much lower for the fourth category).

7 - EACH CATEGORY is an independent international contest, with no connection to other categories. Composers who register in 3-4 different categories are basically participating in 3-4 separate contests. There is a relation among the various competitions, but only for the numerous prizes and those who sign up for multiple categories. This novelty is interesting and has been introduced in these contests. There will be also a special prize for those who obtain the highest score, adding up the scores reached in the Live categories for which the composer has signed up. Therefore, if a composer takes part in two or three Live categories, in addition to the specific prizes of each category, he/she can win the special prizes relating to the highest score obtained by adding up the “A+B”, “A+C”, “B+C”, “A+B+C” categories (as will be better explained further on.)

8 - Each composer may also take part in different categories with the same composition, provided that it is compatible with the instruments specified; since these competitions are independent and will be judged in a different way.


10 – All composers of the world may take part in the contest, from any Country of any continent.

11 – No is required a music diploma.

12 - There are no age limits. Young music students as well as elderly composers are admitted. As always, the jury will not know the name or age of composers, so that all musicians may have equal chances, even the youngest. We cannot exclude the possibility that somewhere in the world there may be a child prodigy, composing great music at a very young age, like Mozart did. All composers younger than 18 years must have a written and signed authorisation by their parents, or legal tutor.

13 - Compositions may have been already played in public and may appear on YouTube or other websites; they may also be recorded on CDs/DVDs. Compositions will not be admitted if they won the first prize in other contests.

14 – THE NUMBER OF PLACES IS LIMITED to max 30 composers of each registered Nation (for each category), or Independent State. No additional registrations will be accepted from Nations which already reached this number of contestants. This rule aims to allow enough time to evaluate all compositions in the best possible way, which would be impossible to do in the time frame available, if contestants are too many. This way, the Contest will be better manageable and will represent many different Nations. 30 composers of each registered Nation is the maximum number allowed for each category of the contest.

15 – THE CONTEST IS DIVIDED INTO 4 CATEGORIES, four different composition contests:


Now, let us see the characteristics of each category:

16 – CATEGORY "A": “LIVE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA” (14 mandatory parts).
In this category only compositions with the following 14 instrumental parts shall be admitted: violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, double bass (4 strings), oboe 1, oboe 2, horn 1, horn 2, bassoon 1, bassoon 2, flute, clarinet, timpani (4).

The orchestra playing the songs before the jury shall be made up of about 20 string instruments which play the same parts in unison, in addition to the other instruments indicated, thus creating an orchestra consisting of at least 30 musicians. However, the composition must include only 14 parts.

17 – CATEGORY "B": “LIVE STRING ORCHESTRA” (5 mandatory parts).
In this category only compositions for string instruments are allowed, precisely with these 5 instrumental parts: violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, double bass (4-string).
The orchestra playing the song before the jury shall be made up of several instruments, which play the same parts in unison, thus creating an orchestra of at least 20 musicians. However the composition must include only 5 parts.

18 – CATEGORY “C”: “LIVE FREE ORCHESTRA” (from 1 to 50 parts of your choice).
19 - Compositions of this category may include maximum 50 different instrumental or vocal parts, with all possible mixed combinations. The expression “instrumental parts” especially refers to the number of musicians, considering that the same musician may sometimes play several instruments at the same time, such as percussionists. For example, if the same musician plays 4 different percussion instruments, which alternate during the song, these 4 instruments will count for one (instead of 4 different parts). Similarly, if the same musician plays the flute and the piccolo, and these instruments alternate in the track, they will count for one, instead of two. In this category is possible to partecipate also with the compositions for solo instrument (1 part), for example solo compositions for piano, harp, guitar, violin, cello, accordion etc.

20 – In case of doubts, or if you wish to add instruments that are not included in the list, please send us an email.

21 - It will be up to conductors to decide how many identical instruments will play the same part together, for example 12 violins – 6 cellos – 4 double basses, etc. Composers may also give their own suggestions about which orchestra formation they consider to be the most suitable.

22 – CATEGORY: “INSTRUMENTS OF THE WORLD”: Compositions of this category may include from 1 to 50 different instrumental or vocal parts, with all possible mixed combinations, from one single instrument or voice up to big orchestra.

23 - This category is extremely different from the other three "LIVE" categories. The main differences are: *The compositions of this category will not be played by our orchestras; *To evaluate the compositions, the judges will listen to the audio files previously sent and examine the musical score; *All the existing musical instruments can be used; *The participation cost is much lower than the other categories, because the orchestra is not included and the single parts must not be printed.

24 - Almost every point included in this Regulation also applies to the third category, except for two important aspects: 1) It is mandatory to send the audio file (which is optional for the first three categories); 2) Only themusical score must be sent, i.e. the one generally used by orchestra conductors, which includes all the instruments on the same page "without sending the single parts" of each instrument (which is, conversely, mandatory for the other categories).

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