Competition No. 1 - Poetic Adaptation

Hello! Welcome to the site of Composers' Forum's first ever composer's competition!

As of the posting of this thread, Competition No. 1 has begun. Any member who wants to compete can begin as long as they follow all of the guidelines that I will provide below.

Remember that this is your opportunity to flex that musical muscle for everyone to see, but, don't forget that we're all community members here and we each deserve to give and receive nothing less than total respect and dignity.

As this is the very first competition of this site, this should be exciting and fun. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, post them as a response to this thread.

The following rules are final and have been decided after much deliberation and consideration:

Competition Number One: Poetic Adaptation

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Deadline for submissions: 12:00am EST July 1, 2012


  • 1 submission per composer

  • 3 minute minimum. 10 minute maximum.

  • Vocal with piano accompaniment only. All vocal types accepted.
  • Must fit the theme, or it will be disqualified.
  • Only publishable sound/audio files (.mp3, etc.) will be accepted; no .mid's, no video files (though audio extracted from video files will be accepted)


  • Best Score

  • Best Composition of Show
  • People's Choice

People's Choice Voting Procedure

After submissions close, I will start a thread that contains all of the entries. The entries will be displayed anonymously so you do not know who composed what. Each member of this site is allowed one vote; all votes must be submitted as a response to that thread. Members have exactly 1 week to vote. The submission with the most votes will win the People's Choice award.


Each prize awards the following:

  • A recording of the piece.

  • And, it will be displayed on the front page.


Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare

That time of year thou mayst in me behold

When yellow leaves, or non, or few, do hang

Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,

Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

In me thou see'st the twilight of such day

As after sunset fadeth in the west;

Which by and by black night doth take away

Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.

In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire,

That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,

As the deathbed whereon it must expire,

Consumed with that which it was nourished by.

This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,

To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

Finally, I wish everyone good luck, and may the best composer win! : D

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  • Who will be perfoming the winners piece?

  • Tyler Hughes said that he would provide vocals. We're currently looking for a piano player if anyone is interested.

    Kevin Riley said:

    Who will be perfoming the winners piece?

    Competition No. 1 - Poetic Adaptation
    Hello! Welcome to the site of Composers' Forum's first ever composer's competition! As of the posting of this thread, Competition No. 1 has begun. A…
  • Ok I entered mine today.

    Surely this thread needs to bumped up on a regular basis to ensure high participation.

    It will be fascinating to compare other treatments of this powerful sonnet.

  • So that's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

    Who's more mad, those who put their minds to something creative, or those who are glued to the results of American Idol/ X factor, etc etc?

    You'd be mad not to know the answer.

    As Bob Marley once said, "emancipate yourself from mental slavery".

  • Typical Ray!

    Going back to who will be performing. Surely one cannot expect just one singer to be available to cover all genres of compositions? eg tonal,atonal etc.

    How many entries have you had yet anyway?(besides Adrian's)

  • Only 22 more days until the end of the month, but don't be discouraged. If you can bang one out in a week, I say go for it and leave the rest of the time for polishing. Two entries have been submitted so far, we're going to need more if this will be a real inter-forum competition.

  • maybe there should be a minimum entry limit? for example, if 10 entries have not been submitted until the end of the month, let the submiting period be extended until we reach that minimum.

  • That could drag on forever - I also believe that many people work to deadlines, so we are hoping for a lot in the last few days.

  • I hope people are just submitting pieces.

  • How many entries now?

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