Re: Insulae Electronicae Competition


Subject: Re: Insulae Electronicae Competition
truax@sfu.ca
Date: Mon Jul 18 2005 - 03:15:33 EDT


('binary' encoding is not supported, stored as-is) I'm wondering why any competition for young composers, such as this one,
would disallow pieces that have been performed in public from being
eligible. I would regard public performance (even if it's "in house") to be
a very necessary part of the learning experience of trying out a piece in a
larger space than a studio, and (hopefully) getting some feedback from
listeners.

Disqualifying pieces that have already won awards may be a legitimate choice
of the competition organizer, but to disqualify works that have been
performed in public seems counter-productive to the encouragement of young
composers and raises the uncomfortable spectre of pieces that are composed
only for competitions, not for public consumption.

If someone wants to feature premieres only, then they should commission new
works.

Barry Truax



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