Inaugural Golden Bells International Composition Contestfor Chinese Instruments with Western Orchestra
A new composition competition for works featuring a traditional Chinese instrument with western orchestra will culminate in concerts featuring the winning scores in New York and across China. The venue for the contest winners concert has been moved to December 19, 2022 in historic Carnegie Hall, New York City. Contest rules are available online. The competition is hosted by the Institute for Global Collaboration at Valparaiso University in cooperation with the Liu Tianhua and Abing Traditional Chinese Music Foundation of China, and the Wuhan Conservatory of Music.
Since the time of Confucius, music in China has served as a crucial element of organization in society, bringing people into a harmonious relationship. China’s chime bells, with their magnificent appearance and reverberating sound, vividly reflect the ageless wealth and profundity of Chinese culture and are an icon of Chinese music. The Golden Bells International Composition Competition will serve to introduce Chinese music and culture to America and the world and to promote cultural exchange.
For this contest, the featured instrument will be the ancient chime bells themselves, specifically, a 20-bell set of Dasheng Zhong cast by Bianzhong authority Dr. Li Youping, based on a surviving set from the Song dynasty. The bells can each produce two independent pitches, so the number of pitches available is 38 which include three octaves and a perfect fourth, ranging mostly chromatically from C3 to F6.
Submissions from 4 to 8 minutes in duration are invited internationally from all composers (except those associated with the competition or Valparaiso University) in two age categories: open, and age thirty and younger as of October 1, 2022. Winners in each category will receive a Grand Prize of $3500 plus public performance. A limited number of Judges Prizes of $1000 will also be awarded, as well as $200 participation awards for every score judged to be of merit. At least two works will be premiered in Carnegie Hall, New York City, on Dec. 29, 2022. Specifications for the bells and instrumentation of the orchestra are available with the contest rules. Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The change of venue allows an extended schedule. Submissions are now due September 1, 2022. The winning composers will be required to submit a full set of parts by November 1, 2022.
The Judges Panel includes five international composers experienced in Sino-American music collaborations and a professional Dasheng Zhong performer. The Advisory Board of composers, musicians, musicologists, and music activists includes distinguished composer Dr. Chen Yi, recipient of the Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The Golden Bells International Composition Contest reserves the right to first performance for the Grand Prize scores, as well as the right to present subsequent performances internationally. Valparaiso University and its Institute for Global Collaboration plan to archive and possibly publish the prize-winning works, with the rights to all other performances held by the composer.
大奖赛预定每两年举办一次。本届比赛要求参赛者为中国编钟与西洋管弦乐队合奏而创作。比赛用钟是由编钟权威、中国编钟博物馆馆长、武汉音乐学院副院长李幼平博士在宋代大晟钟的基础上按现代音律设计铸造的一套大晟新钟，20口大小不一的铜钟组成，每口钟都可以清晰地发出两个独立且音高迥异的声音，因此可供作曲家使用的音高总数为 38个，包含了三个八度和一个纯四度，从 C3 到 F6 按半音排列。
大奖赛诚邀各国作曲家（与比赛或瓦尔帕莱索大学相关的作曲家除外）踊跃提交 4 到 8 分钟的作品参赛。本比赛分两个组别进行：不分年龄组和30 岁及以下（截至 2022 年 10 月 1 日）组。每组各设大奖一个，每个大奖得主除获3500 美元奖金之外其作品还将在获奖音乐会上公演。本比赛还特设若干每个奖金1000 美元的评委奖，以及每个奖金200 美元的参与奖。至少有两部获奖作品将于 2022 年12月29日在纽约卡内基音乐厅首演。关于编钟的详细规格和西洋管弦乐队的详细编制请参阅比赛规则。有问题请发电邮到 GBCompinfo@yahoo.com。
因获奖音乐会时间和场地的变化，提交参赛作品的截止日期也顺延至 2022 年 9 月 1 日。获邀首演其作品的作曲家提交其作品全套分谱的截止日期则顺延至 2022 年 11 月 1 日。
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