Hi Composers’ Forum members, as you know, the 4 elements are earth, air, fire, and water. For this proposed contest, you will write a piece of music of no more than 2 minutes duration based on one of these elements. Any instrumentation, any style of music. If the contest is a go, I will give 3 months for interested composers to submit their entries to me, which I will then put up anonymously. Voting will be by the membership of this site. You can submit entries for more than one element. An MP3 or link to a soundcloud/youtube/etc will be necessary. A PDF of the score is highly desirable, but not required. In order for this contest to be a go, 10 composers need to express interest by Sunday, Jan. 21 at 5 pm EST. To express interest, reply to this thread or send me a message. Please indicate in your expression of interest what element or elements you think you might want to compose for (you can change this later). Please note that I do not need any music at this time, just an expression of interest. I have run these contests before, they are a lot of fun and a good way to get feedback about your music from your peers, hope you can join us!

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  • I think we can all agree that each of us has a variety of reasons for wanting different lengths of time. I DO have a music job - two of them, in fact. Yes, it will take me only a couple of hours to write my entry, but finding those couple of hours will be difficult. I have a lot of work on, a performance and recording session coming up. I'm trying to secure funding for another recording later this year, as well as a visiting artist. Having a three month window to find those few hours would be beneficial to me. BTW, I don't have time for hobbies.

  • Hey, even Schoenberg and Gershwin played tennis......"all work and no play makes for very dull boys"

    Ray Kemp said:

    I’ve had a non musical day job all my life (50 years) and still manage to produce something musical in my spare time.

    Need three months for two minutes of music? Try fly fishing for a hobby.

    Sorry Gav but is this a composers forum or a refuge?

  • I would love to do this too!
  • Oh and I’d be interested in doing air.
  • Thanks Daniel, you are our 82nd entry!

  • Thanks John, you are contestant 83!

  • This is a composers forum or at least so I thought . Why under 2 minutes , no development possible no variations . I don't get it ?

  • OK. Here is a hit song from 1958 that was approx 2 minutes: Lollipop by The Chordettes. 

    2 minutes - it can do powerful things :) 

  • Hi Bob, I'm going to go with what Andrew said -

    ALL: We have an 84th entry through e-mail!

    ALL: Watch for an announcement on this thread soon!

  • My favourite song under 2 minutes: Box Tops "The Letter". 

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