Composition Competition

Pro Musica Rara announces a competition for an original composition incorporating Frederick the Great’s “Royal Theme,” the basis of J.S. Bach’s Musical Offering. The winning composer will receive a cash prize of $250 and the winning selection will be performed at Pro Musica Rara’s annual SuperBach Sunday concert, February 3, 2013 at the Towson University Center for the Arts. Winner will receive complimentary tickets to the performance and a live recording. Entries will be judged by Artistic Director Allen Whear in consultation with PMR musicians and board members.

Students  currently enrolled in the Baltimore-Washington area are eligible. Pro Musica Rara invites applicants to submit a composition of up to 6 minutes in length The composition may not have been previously performed. Although any musical style is acceptable, Frederick’s theme must be incorporated in some way. The work must be suitably and idiomatically scored for period instruments (transverse flute, baroque violin, baroque viola, baroque cello, harpsichord) performing at A=415. Any combination of the above instruments is acceptable; a second violin part may also be included. Entries may be submitted in printed format to Pro Musica Rara, P.O. Box 16397, Baltimore, MD 21210 or electronically in PDF format to awhear@aol.com.  Entrants should also include a resume with contact information. Scores will not be returned. Deadline for submission is January 10, 2013.

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Pro Musica Rara is a period instrument chamber music ensemble performing baroque, classical, and early romantic repertoire. Founded in 1974, its musicians include Baltimore area professionals, early music specialists from throughout the eastern seaboard and world-renown guest artists. As Artists-in-Residence at Towson University Center for the Arts, PMR presents an annual subscription series and offers pre-concert lectures, master classes, and open dress rehearsals for students. In recent years, PMR has also given performances in important area venues such as the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Peabody Conservatory, and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.