Oxingale Music Announces New Composition Competition for Cello and Voice

May 29, 2014

Oxingale Music, publisher of a range of contemporary sheet music from award-winning composers, announces the first in a series of composition competitions aimed at building the repertoire for cello and unusual ensembles. The nucleus of Oxingale Music is a catalogue of works written for, premiered by, and recorded by Grammy-nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz.

For the 2014 Composition Competition Oxingale Music and Matt Haimovitz join UK vocal trio Voice in inviting composers of all ages and nationalities to submit a work for cello and three voices, using text from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 8, 30, or 60. Works should be under ten minutes in duration. There is no fee to submit. For additional details, please see below.

Prizes:

- The winning composition will be premiered by Matt Haimovitz and Voice in February, 2015 in New York State with the possibility of further performances in 2016.
- Oxingale Music will provide the composer a stipend of up to $500 towards travel and accommodation to attend rehearsals and the concert.
- The composer will be provided an archive recording of the performance, if available.
- The winning composition will be considered for publication on Oxingale Music.

Guidelines:

- Submission deadline: October 15, 2014
- Composers of any age or nationality may submit one original work.
- Duration: up to 10 minutes
- Text must be taken from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 8, 30, or 60. Sonnets may be used in whole or in part, individually or combined, at the composer’s discretion.
- Work must be for acoustic cello and un-amplified voices. (No electronics please)
- Works must be submitted electronically via dropbox or other file-transfer method. Please see required submission package contents below. Please do not submit materials via email or postal mail.

Vocal ranges:

Victoria = A4 to C6. Happy to sing in a folky chest register up to D5.

Emily = G3 to B6.

Clemmie = E3 to G5. She is most comfortable A3 to E5.

Please visit Voice’s website where you can listen to recordings and get an idea of the three singers’ blend on different tracks. If you have specific questions regarding the vocalists, please direct your inquiries to Victoria at voicetrio@gmail.com.
Submission package must include:

- Complete submission form (below)
- PDF of full score
- XML or .sib file of full score
- Biography/CV of composer
-Program notes
- Photo of composer

For more information on the artists and Oxingale Music please visit:

http://www.matthaimovitz.com
http://www.voicetrio.co.uk
http://www.oxingalemusic.com
The fine print:

- The competition organizers reserve the right not to select a winner.
- By submitting a work to this competition you certify that the composition is original and does not rely on the copyrighted material of any other person.
- Payment of stipend will be made in the form of reimbursement of expenses. Documentation of expenses must be received no later than 30 days after the premiere.
- Archive recording may be used for promotional purposes only. Any commercial use or public broadcast must be approved separately.
- By submitting a work to this competition you certify that there is no legal impediment to Oxingale Music acting as publisher for this work. If any conflict exists, please disclose it on the submission form. Oxingale Music reserves the right not to publish the winning composition.

General inquiries can be sent to info@oxingale.com Please do not email submissions.

Application

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The New York Times: Classical Playlist: John Adams, Handel, Lewis Spratlan and More

June 6, 2014

LEWIS SPRATLAN: ‘Apollo and Daphne Variations’; other works
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose, conductor
Eliot Gattegno, on soprano and alto saxophones
(BMOP/Sound)
The American composer Lewis Spratlan, born in 1940, gained wide attention in 2000 when a concert version of Act II of his opera “Life Is a Dream,” which was completed in 1978 but had never been staged, won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. This welcome new recording from the impressive Boston Modern Orchestra Project offers three ingeniously written and distinctive Spratlan works. “A Summer’s Day” (2008) uses a simple, dreamy Celtic tune at the start as a jumping-off place for an elusive, complex suite that ruminates on the tensions below the surface of an inviting day. In his Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra (2006), Mr. Spratlan finds a gripping, fresh approach to what might seem an awkward classical music genre; the music evolves from mystical musings to raw, jazzy vehemence. “Apollo and Daphne Variations” is like a Spratlan version of a Schumann suite, with alternating episodes of whimsy, frenzy and innocence. (Anthony Tommasini)

Read at: The New York Times

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Mountain Lake, PBS: Mélange à Trois

May 17, 2014
MÉLANGE À TROIS is an instrumental theater work, set for violin, cello and percussion. In this voiceless opera, each musician embodies a character in an enchanting tale of misplaced love.

MÉLANGE À TROIS is an instrumental theater work, set for violin, cello and percussion. In this voiceless opera, each musician embodies a character in an enchanting tale of misplaced love.

After first hearing Krystina Marcoux’s fiery, solo performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto back in 2013, it was with a lot of anticipation that I attended Luna Pearl Woolf’s original voiceless opera Mélange à Trois with the BIK ensemble last Friday, May 16th at McGill University’s Pollack Hall.

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Vespers Cantata: Hesperus Is Phosphorus

By Lewis Spratlan | SATB Choir and 6 instruments | 60′ Continue reading

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Horn Quartet

By Lewis Spratlan | For Horn Quartet | 15′

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