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Summary:Percussion Quartet Call
Deadline: 04 January 2019
Date Posted: 17 October 2018
Details: CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium Call for Scores: Percussion Quartet. We invite works for percussion quartet referencing the beginning of the genre, current trends, and projection of the future, addressing the following theme and perspectives:

The Art of Noise
In antiquity, life was nothing but silence. Noise was really not born before the 19th century.
With the advent of machinery, noise reigns supreme over human sensibility.
—Luigi Russolo5

Reflective: “Primitive people attributed to sound a divine origin. It became surrounded with religious respect, and reserved for the priests, who thereby enriched their rites with a new mystery.”6
Current: “To excite our sensibility, music has developed into a search for a more complex polyphony and a greater variety of instrumental tones and coloring. It has tried to obtain the most complex succession of dissonant chords, thus preparing the ground for musical noise.”7

Forward: “We must break at all cost from this restrictive circle of pure sounds and conquer the infinite variety of noise-sounds.”8

In keeping with the theme of the CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium, we are asking composers to submit scores for percussion quartet that are reflective of early percussion ensemble works, current in regards to present trends in percussion ensemble writing/style/genre/size, and that project a way forward according to their view of the future of the medium.

• Composers should consider referencing the early styles and instrumentation of works written by the following composers: Ionisation by Edgard Varése; Ritmica No. 5 & No. 6 by Amadeo Roldán; Toccata by Carlos Chavez; October Mountain by Alan Hovhaness; Trio for Percussion by Warren Benson; Quartet for Percussion by John Cage; and Constructions by John Cage (First, Second, or Third). The general list of percussion ensemble works by these composers is meant to serve as a guide for instrumentation and inspiration for your composition. However, submissions are not limited to the instruments these composers used.

• The composers and works mentioned, have helped the percussion ensemble medium evolve into what could essentially be viewed as the “string quartet” of the 21st century; the percussion quartet. To keep with this trend, we ask that all submissions be written for four (4) percussionists.

• How do you see the percussion ensemble/quartet evolving? Portray this in your composition sonically by exploring the instruments used in your piece, in new ways. If electronics are used, please include detailed explanations and directions for performance.

We welcome submissions by composers of all ages.

Entry Fee
• $35.00 per submission
• Composers are welcome to submit multiple works for consideration.
• Pay here:

Deadline and Guidelines
• Submit scores and audio files January 4, 2019 to Chris Whyte at
• Audio renderings or recordings of submissions are optional but highly encouraged.
• Acceptable audio formats include midi, WAV, and MP3 files, not to exceed 25mb. WAV and MP3 are preferred.
• Submissions must not exceed 12 minutes in length.
• Submissions are considered incomplete until all guidelines have been followed (i.e., PDFs sent and entry fee remitted).
• Submitted works must be unpublished. Previously published works will not be considered.
• Those whose works have been selected will be notified via email by January 21, 2019.
• CHRÓNOS reserves the right not to award a winning composition based on the consensus of the panel.

Winning Composition – $500 honorarium, premiere of your work by the UTRGV
Percussion Ensemble live at CHRÓNOS, a live recording of the work from the performance, a video release of the piece via the CHRÓNOS YouTube channel by the UTRGV Percussion
Ensemble, the opportunity to present your process and workshop of the piece with the premiering ensemble at CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium, April 4 & 5, 2019 at the University of
Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music - Brownsville Campus

Second Prize - Invitation to present in a composers forum during CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium, April 4 & 5, 2019 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music-Brownsville Campus.

Third Prize - Invitation to present in a composers forum during CHRÓNOS Percussion Symposium, April 4 & 5, 2019 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music - Brownsville Campus.

*Composers who plan to attend must assume responsibility for their own travel and lodging

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