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PRESENTATION


  1. The Association El Cor Canta convenes the second edition of the International Composition Competition for Choir and Orchestra EL COR CANTA, focused on a level appropriate for amateur choirs and destined to promote the creation of new symphonic-choral music.

  2. El Cor Canta is a choral formation of an amateur nature and made of more than 140 singers of different ages, training and musical experience.

  3. The competition focuses on the composition of original works on text that will be determined in each edition and for a group made up of an orchestra, a choir and a soprano soloist.

  4. The winning works will be announced as of 30 April 2021.

  5. The winning works will be premiered when El Cor Canta determines that the circumstances caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic allow for it, possibly during the spring of 2022.


RULES

Darrera actualització 15 de novembre del 2020

  1. Contestants
  2. The Compositions
  3. Characteristics of the text
  4. The performers
  5. Presentation of the works
  6. Terms and place of presentation
  7. Jury
  8. Winnings works
  9. Veredict
  10. Prizes
  11. Material
  12. Publishing rights
  13. Return of the submitted works
  14. Acceptance and interpretation of the rules
  • Appendix A - Registration form
  • Appendix B - Title page
  • Appendix C - Copyright assignment document
  • Appendix D - Example of a DIN A4 score
  • Appendix E - PGP key to encrypt messages to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1. Contestants

There are 2 categories for the compositions. There are no registration fees.

The International Composition Competition for Choir and Orchestra EL COR CANTA is open to all without restrictions of age or origin. There are no registration fees.

There are two categories:

  • Professionals

    for those born before 01/01/1986

  • Young composers

    for those born after 31/12/1985.

These participants may also choose to participate directly in the professional category, indicating such on the entry form.

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2. The Compositions

A composition may be presented in only 1 of the 2 categories. It must be based on copyright-free texts.

The submitted works in both categories must be compositions of symphonic-choral music of the following basic characteristics, which will be further explained in "4. The performers of the composition":

  1. Must be scored for:

    1. A professional orchestra described in "4. The performers of the composition",

    2. A professional soprano soloist; and

    3. A mixed amateur choir which must be the principal protagonist of the work

  2. Maximum estimated duration of the work:

    1. Professional Category 1: 15 minutes (+/- 3 minutes);

    2. Young Composer Category 1: 10 minutes (+/- 2 minutes); and

1 No works will be admitted the durations of which vary by more or less than 20%

The submitted works must be original, not previously premiered nor awarded prizes in any other competition. Adaptations or versions of existing works by the same composers that have already been performed or published will not be accepted.

The style of the new symphonic choral work is discretionary.

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3. Characteristics of the text

The text of the composition will be based on the poetic work of a Catalan author, free of copyright. It must be a text originally written in the Catalan language (translated texts will not be admitted). The chosen text, at the discretion of the composer, can be based on a single poem or on a collection of poems.

If the chosen text is not copyright free this must be noted in the registration form and, furthermore, the copyright assignment document found at the end of this document in appendix C must be attached.

In any case, if the text is a poetic work with copyright, the rights will be assumed and will be borne by the competing composer, without El Cor Canta having to assume any liability.

In Spain the copyrights shall be in force during the life of the author plus 80 years after his or her death or declaration of death for authors who die before the 8th of December 1987 and up to 70 years for those who die after this date.”

Catalan National Library [online] [date of consultation: 7 november 2020]

Available at: https://www.bnc.cat/Professionals/Propietat-intel-lectual

For more information about the current legislation about copyright, please consult:

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4. The performers

The compositions must be composed and scored for:

  • Large choir (SATB) + Soprano Soloist + Orchestra

For the professional component of the work, you must include:

  1. Professional Orchestra:

    1. Strings: 6/5/4/3/2

    2. Brass (no woodwinds):

      1. 2 trumpets;

      2. 2 French horns;

      3. 2 trombones; and

      4. 1 tuba

    3. Percussion: 2

      1. 4 timpani

      2. vibraphone, snare drum, tom-toms, temple blocks, cymbals and glockenspiel

    4. Harp (optional)

  2. Professional Soloist:

    Soprano

N.B. The proposed number of instruments is the maximum allowed but to obtain equilibrium amongst all the works that will be performed, the variation of these instruments must be minimized.

For the non-professional component:

  1. Choir (SATB):

    1. A mixed amateur choir must be the principal protagonist of the work.

    2. It must be made up of the traditional SATB configuration.

    3. The choir that will premiere the winning work is currently made up of about 140 amateur singers divided into SATB, aged between 35 and 75 years old, with varying degrees of training and musical experience.

It is imperative that the submitted works be appropriate to the characteristics of vocal and technical training that detailed below:

  1. Tessituras:

    1. Sopranos: from do 3 to la 4

    2. Contraltos: from sol 2 to mi 4

    3. Tenors: from do 2 to sol 3

    4. Basses: from fa 1 to mi 3

  2. Divisi: There may occasionally be divisi of up to two voices for each of the four groups.

  3. The musical treatment of the voices, voice leading, and reference points that will facilitate the successful rehearsal and execution of the submitted works will be greatly valued. It must be kept in mind that the work should be of an average difficulty. By way of reference, a few examples of the numbers interpreted by the choir in their previous concerts are attached in appendix D.

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5. Presentation of the works

Material which must be submitted:

  • Registration form (appendix A) in a sealed envelope with the alias of the composer written on it

  • Six paper copies of the score using paper size DIN-A4

  • Score in PDF format

  • Audio recording in MP3 format (produced from MIDI files and fonts)

  • Additionally, a piano reduction can be sent (this will be asked for if the work is the chosen winner)

The material must comply with the following specifications:

  1. The composers may present more than one work, but each work may be submitted in only one category.

  2. Six (6) printed copies of the work(s) must be presented on paper with the following format and content:

    1. Size: bound in DIN-A4 in the vertical position

    2. Legibility: the pages must be numbered, legible, clear and free of ambiguities and amendments

    3. Cover page: must include the template which can be found at the end of this document in appendix B

      1. Alias (in lieu of the name of the composer)

      2. The title of the work

      3. The category in which it is presented

      4. The date

    4. 1st page: the orchestration must be specified

    5. 2nd page: to be left blank

    6. 3rd and 4th pages: the text used in the composition. Both pages must be included even if the 2nd of the two is left blank.

    7. 5th and successive pages: the score. At the end of this document in appendix D are examples.

    8. No reference or hint may be included in the document which would allow the jury to guess the composer of the work.

    9. Failure to comply with these specifications could cause the disqualification of the submission unless the jury, exceptionally, decides otherwise.

  3. Separately, a sealed envelope must be attached on the outside on which the alias of the composer must be written. Inside the envelope, please include the signed and completed registration form which should include all of the information about the work and the personal information of the composer asked for.

  4. The score must also be sent in PDF format. This PDF score must be exactly like the one on the printed copies.

  5. An MP3 audio file of the printed score must also be sent. The jury will keep in mind that it is merely a reference, taking into consideration its limitations in regard to sound and the interpretation of the composition.

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6. Terms and place of presentation

The deadline for submission of works is 31 May 2021 at midnight CET.

  1. The printed material must be submitted or sent by mail in a sealed envelope or package to the following address:

    In Care of:

    EL COR CANTA

    Regarding:

    Second International Composition Competition for Choir and Orchestra EL COR CANTA

    Address:

    Ateneu El Poblet
    C. Nàpols, 268
    08025 BARCELONA
    Catalunya - Espanya
  2. The digital material (PDF and MP3) should be submitted by email to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    • In the subject field, please indicate the alias of the composer. Anonymity before the jury will be guaranteed.

    • Please see appendix E for a public key (PGP) which can be used to encrypt the content of the message.

    • Applications such as Wetransfer may be used if the volume of the files makes sending them via email impossible. The sender accepts the responsibility for the proper delivery of the material via 3rd parties. El Cor Canta accepts no responsibility for the use made of the material, its privacy policies or the security offered by said 3rd parties.

  3. Exceptionally and only in very specific cases, one can petition to present the material digitally only. To do so, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please explain clearly the reasons for the petition. This information will be forwarded anonymously to the jury and to the competition organizers so that they can evaluate the petition and come to a decision.

  4. Should the petition be accepted, the cost of printing the material would be borne by the petitioner. A bank transfer to the account of the Association El Cor Canta would need to be made. The petitioner would be advised of the exact amount.

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7. Jury

The jury of this Second Competition Contest will be composed of the following internationally prestigious directors, composers and performers:

  • President:

    Antoni Ros Marbà, orchestral conductor and composer

  • Members:

    Salvador Brotons, orchestral conductor and composer

    Elisenda Carrasco i Ribot, orchestral and choral conductor and also the director of El Cor Canta

    Jordi Lluch i Arenas, orchestral and choral conductor and the assistant director of El Cor Canta

    Noé Cantú, bassoonist Barcelona Symphony Orchestra

  • Secretari ¹:

    Miquel Borlan, production manager for El Cor Canta

 1 The secretary does not vote nor voice opinions during the voting but does care for the submitted materials and guarantees its anonymity.

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8. Winnings works

The jury will select a winner for each category of the competition. It may also designate some works as honorable mention. Additionally, the jury could decide not to award any prizes if it considers that none of submitted compositions merit them.

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9. Veredict

  1. The jury will issue the verdict in a private act in Barcelona.

  2. The verdict will be communicated individually to the winners.

  3. It will later be made public on 30 April 2021.

  4. Finally, it will be published in the media and specialized magazines.

  5. The verdict of the jury will be final.

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10. Prizes

The minimum amount of the prizes will be 3.000€ in the Professional category; 2.000€ in the Young Composer.

The winning work in the professional category will be acknowledged via:

  1. The aforementioned prize money, subject to taxes, which will be paid in the form detailed in the box of this same point.

  2. Its premiere when EL COR CANTA determines that the circumstances caused by the pandemic allow for it, possibly during the spring of 2022.

  3. The publication of the score by Brotons & Mercadal.

  4. The recording of one of the premiere concerts.

The winning work in the young composer category will be acknowledged via:

  1. The aforementioned prize money, subject to taxes, which will be paid in the form detailed in the box of this same point.

  2. Its possible premiere by EL COR CANTA if its directors determine that the work would be a good fit for the overall program.

  3. The publication of the score by Brotons & Mercadal if it is premiered in the ECC concerts.

Prizes will be paid as follows:

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY PRIZE

To be determined by a mixed and flexible formula which consists of the following:

Part of the prize is defined as a “service lease”, is valued at 1.200 euros, and will be paid 90 days after the start of rehearsals.

Another part of the prize is defined as a “copyright advance”, is valued at 900 euros, and will be paid 30 days after the last concert of the project.

Finally, to the two aforementioned quantities will be added the copyright paid by the SGAE (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores or the Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers) for the performance of the winning composition.

  • Should the sum of the three aforementioned quantities total less than 3.000€, this will be supplemented by El Cor Canta so that the total will be 3.000€.

  • Should the sum of the three aforementioned quantities total more than 3.000€, the amount that is more than the 3.000€ will be completely for the winning composer and no other complement will be paid.

 

YOUNG COMPOSER CATEGORY PRIZE

In the event that the work will not be premiered at the concerts performed by the El Cor Canta Association:

The prize of 2,000 euros will be paid in cash before 31/12/2021.

In the event that the work will be premiered at the concerts performed by the El Cor Canta Association:

To be determined by a mixed and flexible formula which consists of the following:

Part of the prize is defined as a “service lease”, is valued at 800 euros, and will be paid 90 days after the start of rehearsals.

Another part of the prize is defined as a “copyright advance”, is valued at 600 euros, and will be paid 30 days after the last concert of the project.

Finally, to the two aforementioned quantities will be added the copyright paid by the SGAE (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores or the Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers) for the performance of the winning composition.

  • Should the sum of the three aforementioned quantities total less than 2.000€, this will be supplemented by El Cor Canta so that the total will be 2.000€.

  • Should the sum of the three aforementioned quantities total more than 2.000€, the amount that is more than the 2.000€ will be completely for the winning composer and no other complement will be paid.

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11. Material

The winners will have to provide for free the material necessary for the performance of the work at the aforementioned concerts.

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12. Publishing rights

The Associació El Cor Canta reserves the exclusive right to publish the winning works for a period of three years from the date of issue of the verdict. This will not affect the intellectual property rights, which will be the composer´s for all other effects.

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13. Return of the submitted works

  1. Within a period of two months from the publication of the verdict, participants may request the return of works not awarded any prizes.

  2. The Associació El Cor Canta reserves the right to preserve one of the copies of the works for its own archive.

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14. Acceptance and interpretation of the Rules

  1. Participation in this contest presupposes the acceptance of these rules.

  2. The interpretation and any aspect not provided in these rules will be resolved by the organization, after consulting, if necessary, the members of the jury.

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Appendix A - Registration form

Appendix B - Title page

Appendix C - Copyright assignment document

Appendix D - Example of a DIN A4 score

Appendix E - PGP key to encrypt messages to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information and Contact:

el cor canta

Ateneu El Poblet

C. Nàpols, 268

08025 BARCELONA

Catalonia - Spain

www.elcorcanta.cat

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