Círculo Trio – Call for Score “Shakespeare 400”

September 25, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

As a tribute to Shakespeare’s 400th year, Círculo Trio is commissioning a new musical-dramatic work based on one of Shakespeare’s plays to be performed by the trio in collaboration with one actor. Interested composers should submit a sample musical setting of one scene and one monologue from a Shakespeare play along with a written summary of their concept for the project. After a review of submissions, one composer will be selected to join the project. The composer will be offered $1,000 for the commission as well as a live performance and recording of the work.

All composers are welcome to apply.

Violin, Clarinet and/or Bass Clarinet, Piano,** and Actor

** Note: the piano part must be playable on a portable keyboard instrument, such as a digital keyboard or harpsichord. The composer may choose whether to incorporate this aspect into the piano score or provide a separate reduction. A reduction is not necessary for the competition round, but composers should indicate which option they will choose, either on the score or in their written statement.

1. Submissions are to be for original music with no performance history to date.
2. Composers are asked to set to music one scene and one monologue, pre-selected by the trio, from one of the plays listed below.
3. Each excerpt may not exceed 5 minutes in length. The composer must decide where and how to cut the material, if necessary, in order to capture the essential elements of the scene and monologue within this time frame.
4. Composers should choose one of the following plays:

• The Winter’s Tale (Act 3, Scene 3; monologue from Act 1, scene 2, lines 134-146 + 223-247)
• As You Like It (Act 4, Scene 3; two related monologues from Act 1, scene 1, lines 79-90 and Act 2, scene 3, lines 4-30)
• Hamlet (Act 3, Scene 4; monologue from Act 2, scene 2, lines 382-441)

(For competition excerpts, please visit: http://www.circulotrio.com/shakespeare-400)

See below for the synopses, scene overviews, and line numbers/text of the monologues for the required excerpts. (These are for your reference. Please do not set the text of the synopses/overviews.)

5. This project is meant to defy genre. Composers are encouraged to exercise creativity in deciding how best to balance and/or combine their music with Shakespeare’s language in a way that showcases both the music and the text. The effectiveness of the juxtaposition will be a significant factor in deciding the winner. The composer should articulate their ideas on this topic in the concept summary.
6. The winner will collaborate with Dr. Sandra Logan, Professor of Early Modern English Literature at Michigan State University, on the libretto for the work.

The full length of the piece (in its entirety; not the competition excerpts) should be between 40-50 minutes, entailing a significant reduction of the original text which will be worked on with Dr. Sandra Logan.

Materials for submission:
Applicants must submit all of the following:
1. Original score with parts in a digital PDF-file format labeled with a 6-digit ID code of your choosing (Do not write your name on the score**)
2. Concept summary (between 500-1,000 words), also labeled with 6 digit code (do not write your name)
3. MIDI file of the excerpts labeled with 6-digit code
4. Please type the 6-digit ID code in the body of the email
5. Short biography (250 words)
6. Curriculum Vitae
**N.B. Scores, summaries, and MIDI files will be screened anonymously.

How to apply:
Please send all competition materials to the following email address: circulotrio+shakespeare@gmail.com.
Any questions regarding the project may be sent to circulotrio@gmail.com.

Application Deadline:
November 15, 2016. [Meaning no later than 12:00AM, November 16, 2016 (EST)]

Selected composer’s work will be performed by Círculo Trio and Tommy Gomez in April 2017, venue TBA

The selected composer will be announced on December 1, 2016 on the Círculo Trio official website, www.circulotrio.com, and on the Círculo Trio Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/circulotrio).

The selected composer will be awarded 1,000 US Dollars for the commission. The work written by the winning composer will be performed throughout Círculo Trio’s current and next season.

Other Regulations:
1. Only one entry per person is allowed.
2. The composer’s name should not appear on the score, concept summary, or MIDI file. These materials will be screened anonymously. Please label them instead with a 6-digit ID code and disclose the number in the body of the email.
3. Alterations of the score are not permitted after entry.
4. Submitted scores will not be returned.

For more information, visit http://www.circulotrio.com/shakespeare-400