Rules of the IX Amadeus International Competition of Choral Composition
On behalf of the IX Amadeus International Competition of Choral Composition, this edition of the contest is announced according to the following rules:
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
1. This competition is one of the activities of the Amadeus Choir Project 2020, organised by the Amadeus Choir of Puebla de la Calzada (Badajoz, Spain).
2. It is aimed at students, composers of choral works and music teachers of all nationalities with no age limits. The main objectives of this IX edition are:
- To promote choral music for the purposes of education and teaching.
- To increase and create new musical heritage linked to this artistic and cultural form aimed at children’s choirs following the guidelines of the Amadeus Choir Project 2020.
- To generate a digital archive of children’s choral music which takes account of the artistic as well as the educational component.
- To disseminate these works and their composers through as many means as possible.
GENERAL REGULATIONS ABOUT THE COMPETITION
3. The works submitted should correspond to the following characteristics:
- 3.1. In this edition the works are aimed at children’s choirs with the same voices. The suitability of the technical difficulty, the text (themes) and any educational element which enriches the composition will be taken into account. The score can encompass and specify all kinds of body language (body percussion, sign language, short choreography, etc.).
3.2. The works cannot be longer than 3 minutes at the metronome speed indicated by the composer.
3.3. They must be unpublished and unrecorded either partially or completely before the judges decision.
3.4. Each composer can enter a maximum of 4 works (2 in each category).
3.5. Compositions which use previous material as a base (melody, text, etc.) must accurately indicate the source. And, if the texts or melodies require it, they must have the appropriate permissions for their use and publication. In all cases the responsibility rests with the composer of the work.
3.6. The texts must be written in Latin, Spanish or any dialect of Extremadura.
3.7. In all technical aspects, such as vocal range (tessitura), the works will be aimed at non-professional choirs.
- 4.1. Category A: ACAPELLA FOR SAME VOICE CHOIRS (“VOCES IGUALES”)
-Amadeus International Competition of Choral Composition, IX Edition – Prize for Category A
All composers who, in accordance with these rules, submit harmonisations or compositions on any theme for children’s choirs in acapella can take part in this category.
- 4.2. Category B: SAME VOICE CHOIRS (“VOCES IGUALES”) WITH PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT
-Amadeus International Competition of Choral Composition, IX Edition – Prize for Category B
All composers who, in accordance with these rules, submit harmonisations or compositions on any theme for same voice choirs with piano accompaniment, can take part in this category.
- 5.1. Prizes for the different categories may not be awarded, or may be shared, if the judges decide so.
- 5.2. The organisation will award the following prizes:
- – Prize for the best work of the IX Edition of the Amadeus International Competition of Choral Composition in category A, worth €500, dissemination of the work on internet and possible publishing contract and/or premiere. The work will be part of the promotional package of CIACC 2020.
– Prize for the best work of the IX Edition of the Amadeus International Competition of Choral Composition in category B, worth €500, dissemination of the work on internet and possible publishing contract and/or premiere. The work will be part of the promotional package of CIACC 2020.
- Other prizes
Classification as MERIT of the IX Edition of the Amadeus International Competition of Choral Composition. The judges will use this classification for those works in both categories which are not awarded prizes, but are nevertheless of prize-winning quality. These works may equally be promoted and publicised by the organisation in different fora as part of the promotional package of CIACC 2020.
- 6.1. The judges will be qualified people from the world of choral music – especially children’s choral music, composition and musical education. Their decision is final.
- 6.2. The decision of the judges will be published on the noticeboard of the official website of the Amadeus Choir of Puebla de la Calzada (http://www.coroamadeus.es) on the 30 July 2020.
SUBMISSION OF WORKS
- 7.1. By post
1.1 Send a printed paper copy of the work signed with a pseudonym.
1.2 Include a midi file of the work (on a CD, pen drive or similar) in the envelope.
1.3 Include inside, in another sealed envelope, the following information about the composer of the work: name, surname(s), identity card or passport number, telephone number – including the codes needed to call from Spain, email address and short cv.
1.4 Send by recorded delivery before the 18 April 2020 to the Post Box 30.006 (C.P. 06011) in Badajoz, Spain; writing on the envelope
Concurso Internacional Amadeus de Composición Coral IX
- 7.2. By electronic mail:
2.1 Send an email before 18 April 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org with IX Concurso Internacional Amadeus de Composición Coral 2020 in the subject line, containing:
*The file of the score signed with a pseudonym, in PDF and MIDI format (it is advisable also to include the Finale, Musescore, Lylipond… which was used for recording).
*Another PDF file with the following information: name, surname(s), identity card or passport number, telephone number – including the codes needed to call from Spain, email address and short cv.
Only the competition secretary will have access to this email address, the secretary will have no part or vote in the deliberations of the judges.
8.1 The Amadeus Choir of Puebla de la Calzada, according to the objectives of the competition and the project guidelines of the Amadeus Choir Project 2020, reserve the right to produce the premieres of these works, as well as further performances, recordings or reproductions on the radio, television or in as many internet platforms as it considers appropriate of the works entered.
8.2 The participants authorise the Amadeus Choir to disseminate their works in as many places and internet platforms as it considers appropriate. The award-winning author or authors declare, with the acceptance of these rules, the transfer to the organising association of all the rights of the works submitted to the contest without prejudice to the inalienable right that by (Spanish) law are conferred on them.
9. For all purposes, Spanish law shall apply. The solution of those aspects or possible problems not covered by these rules will be the responsibility of the judges (for musical issues) and the administration of the society (for administrative issues). Any matter that needs to be settled by judicial means will be dealt with from the courts of Badajoz.
10. Participation in this competition implies acceptance of each and every one of the points in these rules.