Re: Insulae Electronicae Competition

Subject: Re: Insulae Electronicae Competition
From: James Phelps (
Date: Mon Jul 18 2005 - 03:39:05 EDT

Since I personally find events described as
"competitions" to be counter-productive to the art
itself, and while I completely agree with what Barry
says, I find it thusly secondary if not moot. In my
classes I propose that competitions can serve a
"real-world", "help-me-get-a-job" function (sad as
that scenario might be in itself) but are impertinent
to any meaningful part of the art "process." Although
I admire those who can make the best of a bad
situation - grin and bear it.

-Jim Phelps
 Northern Illinois University

--- wrote:

> 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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