New Directions

Composition Competition

Calling All Young Composers!

The New Directions Composition Competition exists in order to encourage young people, from all walks of life, to create music and to explore the possibilities of communication and creativity that music can bring.

The competition is for anyone below the age of 18. You may compose in any style or genre (a song, an instrumental work, a piece on Logic, hip-hop, ambient etc.). The more inventive the better!

All the information needed can be found in the PDF shown, or interactive versions can be found below. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at robinsoncollegemusicsociety@gmail.com.

Briefs

Brief 1: Use one of the following poems by either Zukofsky or A.A. Milne as a starting point for a composition:

A 14, Louis Zukofsky

An
orange
our
sun
fire
pulp

whets
us
(everyday)
for
us
eat
it
its
fire’s
unconsumed

Wind On The Hill, A. A. Milne

No one can tell me,
Nobody knows,
Where the wind comes from,
Where the wind goes.

It’s flying from somewhere
As fast as it can,
I couldn’t keep up with it,
Not if I ran.

But if I stopped holding
The string of my kite,
It would blow with the wind
For a day and a night.

And then when I found it,
Wherever it blew,
I should know that the wind
Had been going there too.

So then I could tell them
Where the wind goes…
But where the wind comes from
Nobody knows.

Brief 2: Create a composition from the notes C, F#, E, G#, Eb

Brief 3: Depict a stormy sea in music

Brief 4: Using this photograph of the Robinson College Chapel’s stained-glass window by John Piper as a starting point, create a piece of music:

Brief 5: Using the following sequence of numbers (interpreting them however you’d like) to compose a work of music: 5, 7, 4, 3, 0, 1, 3, 6

Introducing Some Instruments

Bassoon

Francis Bushell shares his enthusiasm for – as well as some fascinating features of – the bassoon, sampling some famous pieces in explanation.

Piano

The wonderful Aristo Sham introduces some of the exciting techniques and sonorities made possible when writing for the piano. https://www.aristosham.net/

Guitar

Calvin Preston introduces a variety of fascinating techniques and genres as well as how they can be applied to writing music for guitar.

Trombone

Carl Ashworth explores some of the wonderful features of the trombone.

Music Production

Monty Hancock (Miro) discusses three fundamental aspects of music production, clearly and expertly. https://www.montyhancock.com/miro

Violin

Hetta McFarlane teaches about the exciting qualities and mechanics of the violin, providing some charming musical examples.