Summer is approaching, and there are a lot of new members on this site, so it’s time to propose a new contest! As some of the long-standing members here know, I run contests on this site every now and then. Last winter, I ran a “Winter Music” contest, the goal of which was to compose a piece which evoked the idea of Winter. This was the most successful contest I’ve run on the site, with 16 composers entering and 30 members voting. The idea of a seasonal contest seemed to intrigue the members, so I’d like to propose another one, for Summer. But this time, I want it to be a little more specific on the theme material, not just a contest about evoking the idea of Summer. This time, the theme will be “Fireworks!": Write a piece which evokes or somehow fits in with the idea of fireworks. Duration - 5 minutes or less. Instrumentation - any. You must be able to produce an MP3 soundfile and it is preferred (but not required) for you to produce a PDF score. If ten composers express interest in entering, I will run the contest. Deadline to express interest (but not to submit an entry) is May 16 at 5 pm EST. You can express interest by replying to this thread, or, if you want to enter anonymously, by PM’ing me on this site. If you want to PM me and we are not already friends, send me a friend request expressing interest and I will accept.

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  • Hi Gav, many of us are not orchestrators , can you name or show us

     a link that exemplifies/demostrates your challenge?

    I can see possibly a short work that would include a couple of

    measures of fireworks, but not 5 minutes.   RS

  • There is the obvious example:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk_LOHG1s-c

    But I think Gav is leaving it up to our imagination, since anything in music could be related to Fireworks, even a fizzle or a fire cracker that is a dud, and doesn't go off.

    For instance, what about a work entitled:

    "Fireworks Display Ruined by the Rain."

    Or a work entitled,

    "Fireworks Displays in Central Beijing, China, in the Year 2015"

    Fireworks are illegal in China, now.  So this work, like John Cage's 4'33" could also be silent, or nearly silent.

    There is a lot of room for creativity in this challenge.

    "Fireworks for Gnats"



  • roger stancill said:

    Hi Gav, many of us are not orchestrators , can you name or show us

     a link that exemplifies/demostrates your challenge?

    I can see possibly a short work that would include a couple of

    measures of fireworks, but not 5 minutes.   RS


    Stravinsky - Fireworks

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C6KvUon3x1g
    "Fireworks!"contest - DEADLINE PAST, CONTEST TO BEGIN SOON
    Summer is approaching, and there are a lot of new members on this site, so it’s time to propose a new contest! As some of the long-standing members h…
  • Yes

    Ondib Olmnilnlolm said:


    But I think Gav is leaving it up to our imagination, since anything in music could be related to Fireworks, even a fizzle or a fire cracker that is a dud, and doesn't go off.

    "Fireworks!"contest - DEADLINE PAST, CONTEST TO BEGIN SOON
    Summer is approaching, and there are a lot of new members on this site, so it’s time to propose a new contest! As some of the long-standing members h…

  • And Debussy's Feux d'Artifice (orchestrated here by Colin Matthews)

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pBzd00FrpeE

    ..
  • Yes fellas, all very colorful and 'orchestrated'.

    Maybe Gav can have 2 categories

    1- solo instrument

    2- more than 1 instrument

    I think that a multi-instrument work would have an advantage from the

    1st notes played.

    That was my point. And how many of these works suggested would

    be recogonized as fireworks without the title as a persuader?

    Doe's anyone know of a single oboe or piano piece that has been written

    in this category?   RS

  • Hi Roger,

    Either solo instrument compositions or multiple instrument compositions would be acceptable. I would be willing, as in past contests, to have "fun" categories that people could vote on, such as "Best single instrument composition," and "Best multiple instrument composition." Fun voting doesn't count towards the voting of which composition is the winner, but allows members to express an opinion. If anyone has any other suggestions for fun categories, I'm happy to entertain them. I will even propose one myself: "Most firework-y"

  • I think that saying one needs an orchestral, or any other specific kind of instrumentation to express something is very shortsighted. Each will write music he is comfortable with and express the subject as he sees fit. Music is judged among peers that understand all the limitations, because they also face them. While production quality and orchestration always wins some points, if there are interesting ideas in a piece, they rarely go unnoticed.

    Does a work of music need to convey it's idea without the presence of a title, for it to be up to the task? After all, isn't that the purpose of titles in art? 

     I'm not sure if I'll be able to prepare something, but it sounds like a good idea.

  • Hello all,

    Thanks for the comments so far! Does anyone who has so far commented want to commit to participate in this proposed contest? If I get ten composers to commit (but not submit an entry) by May 16 at 5 pm EST, the contest will be a go -

  • I am absolutely sure I can speak for every person here, when I say that I, personally, am unsure (while speaking of my own individual intention only) as to whether I want to express an opinion at this moment about any desire I might have to commit on this very day to a decision to participate; whereas, every person on the Composers Forum—I am totally certain I can speak for everyone in this case—and I can say that everyone will agree that they may or may not, at any given point, express their opinion about whether or not to participate, at sometime before, or near, May 16 at 5 pm (Eastern Statutory Time), or perhaps earlier, or later, or not at all.

     

    On the other hand, I cannot really speak for myself, or anyone; though of course, everyone can speak for me, provided they concede the fact that they do not exist as real individuals, in accordance with the doctrine of anatta or अनात्मन् , in Sanskrit, also known as, and mistakenly called, the Buddhist belief in "no-self," which states that the following proposed statements about reality are all false:

     

    1)  There is a self.

    2)  There is no self.

    3)  The statements,

    "There is a self," and

    "there is no self"

    are simultaneously true.

    4) The proposition,

    '"There is a self," and "there is no self" are simultaneously true,'

    AND the proposition,

    ''"There is a self," and "there is no self" are simultaneously false,'

    are both propositions that are simultaneously true and false.

     

    THUS, the answer to the question,

     

    Does anyone who has so far commented want to commit to participate in this proposed contest?

     

    must, so far, remain unknown.

     

     

     

     

     

    Gav Brown said:

    Hello all,

    Thanks for the comments so far! Does anyone who has so far commented want to commit to participate in this proposed contest? If I get ten composers to commit (but not submit an entry) by May 16 at 5 pm EST, the contest will be a go -

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