Subject: RE: Russolo
From: Larry Austin (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Jul 26 1999 - 17:59:18 EDT
Lisa Whistlecroft wrote:
> >Interesting, as Prix Russolo is a growing competition with a keen
> >in promoting 'digital musics'.
> But only from the young. There is an age limit of 35! Late starters
> admitted, it seems!
Not only are late starters disallowed, but "sub"-merging composers in
'sixties and 'seventies--like me--are kept from such competitions. I
that composition competitions of all types adopt this under-35 or 40
because their beneficence flows from the mistaken notion that their
surely will attract and award its prize to the next, emerging musical
thereby bring glory to their competition and its sponsors. Competitions
not so much a product of the enlightened altruism of their founders but
means to bring world-wide or nation-wide notice to their own interests
and institutions. And "older" (but still feisty) composers don't do
remain some notable exceptions to this "rule", however. When I think I
"won" enough of these competitions that I should "step aside and let the
younger composers have a chance", I'll certainly do it (and I have, in
cases). Meanwhile, I'm a competitor, when allowed.
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