OLD BRIDGE COMPOSITION PRIZE - New Urban Symphony for Brass ensemble

The ITALIAN BRASS NETWORK with the support of Italian Brass Week, hereby announces the First Edition of the «Old Bridge» International Composition Prize. The competition aims to stimulate composers to create music compositions suitable to performing in one of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the world: Florence, with its Arno river, on front of the Old Bridge.

The Competition is open to all composers regardless of ages or nationality. Candidates should submit to the jury a composition (urban symphony) for large brass orchestra, small drum section and separate brass ensembles, lasting between 15 and 25 minutes, which is freely inspired by the river, the bridge and the city. For the first edition, the Organization has decided to accompany the execution of the winning piece of the competition with a virtual installation with pictorial games of lights and lasers created by the contemporary painter SIMAFRA (www.simafra.com). The composer should therefore freely be inspired by extra-musical themes such as water, gold and flowers, connotative elements of the city of Florence and subjects of the video installation by visual artist Simafra. The organization counts for about 100 brass instruments available for execution, divided between trumpets, horns, euphonium , trombones and tubas formed by students and professors of the Master Classes of the Italian Brass Week. The number may change according to members of the master classes.

Criteria for judging are musicianship and suitability for performance.
Submitted works must be unpublished, must never have been performed in public or have received any award, whether under their current title or any other, and must not have been previously commissioned.
Transcriptions, arrangements, paraphrases or works which includes musical references to other works are not accepted.

The competition will consist of 2 phases: the elimination phase and the final. After the elimination phase, a maximum of 10 scores will be selected by the jury by 15th May , 2018. The title of the works chosen for the final phase will be published on the site of the Competition on 16th May, 2018.
In the final phase, which will conclude by 31st May , 2018, the jury will select the winner. The title of the work chosen will be published on the site of the Competition on 1st June, 2018 and the winning composer will be informed by email.
By the date of 30th June , 2018. the winning composer must to send all the instrumental parts in pdf (A4 format) to the secretary's office via email.

Registration should be made through the site www.italianbrass.com All candidates must register on the site and fill in the online application form, following the instructions provided.
The composers must send three (3) files to segreteria@italianbrass.com
1 – The first must contain only the musical score (legible PDF no larger than A3 format 42 cm x29.7 cm)
2 – The second must be an audio file of the piece (MIDI or mp3 only)
3 – The third must contain the registration form filled and attachments* (PDF/WORD file – A4)

The jury will be composed by five members: Simon Leclerc, Dale Clevenger, Jurai Filas, Giancarlo Aquilanti, Francesco Traversi and Luca Benucci (Artistic Director of the Italian Brass Week) as a non-voting President of the Jury.

Prizes and expenses refund

The winner of the competition will be awarded by the “Old Bridge Composition Prize”, which includes:
- Live performance with video recording (DVD).
- award plaque “Old Bridge Composition Prize”.
- cash prize amounting to 500 Euros (refunded through paypal, Bank or similar)
- facility and small discount as a guest for attending the final event in Florence (hotel and ticket restaurant)


1 May 2018
Euro (EUR)