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Arranging Competition - SPIAC

The 1st Seconda Prattica International Arrangement Competition for Solo Guitar

As SP.org continues to grow and become the preeminent online PDF-only publisher, we are pleased to announce the 1st International Arrangement Competition for Solo Guitar. SP.org is pleased to announce that it is working with international recording artist, composer, arranger, and performing artist Roland Dyens to create an arranging competition relevant to the 21st century.

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The Great Lakes Guitar Society

2014 Guitar Festival

 

The 1st Seconda Prattica

International Arrangement Competition

for

Solo Guitar

September 12-14, 2014

Buffalo State College 1300 Elmwood Ave Buffalo NY 14222 

The Great Lakes Guitar Society (GLGS) will be host to the 2014 Guitar Festival at Buffalo State College, which will include the Inaugural International Arrangement Competition for Solo Guitar (S.P.I.A.C). Following in the tradition of the classical and romantic eras, the objective of this competition is to inspire new arrangements to be created at the highest possible artistic levels for the classical guitar. In the 21st century, the composer/performer most associated with the gold standard of arrangements is Roland Dyens, who is internationally recognized as advancing the art of arranging to the highest level the guitar has seen to date. Following in the footsteps of the past greats such as Francisco Tarrega, Miguel Llobet, and Emilio Pujol, Roland Dyens has had a profound impact on the guitar repertoire and has personally birthed the idea of the arrangement competition to promote and advance this vital musical genre.  

 

  

Categories/Compositions

(only these selections are eligible for submission) 

  

Free Choice Requirements: (*NEW !!!)  

sp-free-choice-np.jpgFree Choice ... more info

  • This work must be an original arrangement open to the preference of the arranger
  • Duration of this arrangement must be no more than 8 minutes in length
  • Submissions will be in PDF format; when your arrangement is ready for submission, click to this link - "Publish With Us" and fill out all required fields - this will constitute you application form
  • The $40 (USD) application fee is paid by Downloading the official score From secondaprattica.org; simply ADD TO CART this score and check out. Your purchase of this score will constitute compliance and acceptance to the SPIAC Competition and its terms and conditions
  • An arranger may submit more than one arrangement, in either the same category or in any of the other categories as long as the arranger fills out a separate "Publish With Us" form and pays the new $40 fee associated with that submission
  • (In order to publish your score you must own the copyright to your arrangement)

 

 

Folksong Requirements: 

sp-loch-lomond-p.jpgThe Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond ... more info

  • To be arranged complete with "personal stylings," (individual cultural influences, harmonic colorings, textural treatments, etc.)
  • Scordatura tunings are allowed and open to the preference of the arranger
  • Duration parameters for this arrangement must be 3:30-5:30 minutes in length
  • Submissions will be in PDF format; when your arrangement is ready for submission, click to this link - "Publish With Us" and fill out all required fields - this is application form
  • The $40 (USD) application fee is paid by Downloading the official score From secondaprattica.org; simply ADD TO CART this score and check out. Your purchase of this score will constitute compliance and acceptance to the SPIAC Competition and its terms and conditions
  • An arranger may submit more than one arrangement, in either the same category or in any of the other categories as long as the arranger fills out a separate "Publish With Us" form and pays the new $40 fee associated with that submission 

 

Requirements for non-guitar "Classical" repertoire:   

sp-debussy-golliwog-s-cakewalk-p.jpgPièce pour le vêtement du blessé and 

Golliwog's Cakewalk by Debussy... more info

  • The arrangement should utilize extended techniques while being a true representation of the style and score. The arranger should feel free to incoperate all elements of the 21st century guitar techniques.
  • Scordatura tunings are allowed and open to the preference of the arranger
  • Duration parameters for this arrangement must be 3:30-5:30 minutes in length
  • Submissions will be in PDF format; when your arrangement is ready for submission, click to this link - "Publish With Us" and fill out all required fields - this is application form
  • The $40 (USD) application fee is paid by Downloading the official score From secondaprattica.org; simply ADD TO CART this score and check out. Your purchase of this score will constitute compliance and acceptance to the SPIAC Competition and its terms and conditions
  • An arranger may submit more than one arrangement, in either the same category or in any of the other categories as long as the arranger fills out a separate "Publish With Us" form and pays the new $40 fee associated with that submission 
 
  • This arrangement should be in the style of Reinhardt as as exemplified in the video below. Feel free to use any riffs, motives and/or improvisations in your arrangement of this Jazz Standard 
  • To be arranged complete with "personal stylings," (individual cultural influences, harmonic colorings, textural treatments, etc.)
  • Scordatura tunings are allowed and open to the preference of the arranger
  • Duration parameters for this arrangement must be 3:30-5:30 minutes in length
  • Submissions will be in PDF format; when your arrangement is ready for submission, click to this link - "Publish With Us" and fill out all required fields - this will constitute you application form
  • The $40 (USD) application fee is paid by Downloading the official score From secondaprattica.org; simply ADD TO CART this score and check out. Your purchase of this score will constitute compliance and acceptance to the SPIAC Competition and its terms and conditions
  • An arranger may submit more than one arrangement, in either the same category or in any of the other categories as long as the arranger fills out a separate "Publish With Us" form and pays the new $40 fee associated with that submission 

 

 

Prizes

 1. Dyens Prize 

  1. A First Place medallion
  2. A cash prize of $1,000 USD
  3. The selected arrangement will be published by Seconda Prattica
  4. A comission by Seconda Prattica for an original arrangement worth $200, to be performed at the 2015 GLGS Festival
  5. Video of the final performance posted on www.SecondaPrattica.org 

 

2.    Tarrega Prize

  1. A Second Place medallion
  2. A cash prize of $700 USD
  3. A comission by Seconda Prattica for an original arrangement worth $200, to be performed at the 2015 GLGS Festival
  4. Video of the final performance posted on www.SecondaPrattica.org
     

 

3.     Llobet Prize

  1. A Third Place medallion
  2. A cash prize of $300 USD
  3. Video of of the final performance posted on www.SecondaPrattica.org

 

4.     Pujol Award

  1. Prize of Recognition: Audience favorite
  2. A cash prize of $200 USD (If the audience favorite also happens to be one of the top three prizewinning selections, the $200 will be added to the pertinent cash award)
  3. The Pujol Award arrangement will be published by Seconda Prattica.

                                                                                    

The top prizes may be selected from any combination of the three music categories (jazz, folk and classical). Depending on the assessed quality of the submissions, the judging panel will reserve the right to not present a particular prize (1st, 2nd or 3rd).

During the festival, the public performances of all nine arrangements selected for the final round will be broadcast worldwide, live on the internet. 

o   All prize-winning works performed at the festival will be recorded (audio and video) by Buffalo State, The State University of New York 
o   The winning pieces will be available for purchase on Seconda Prattica website
o   A link to recordings will be emailed to all members of the Seconda Prattica website

 

Timeline

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 Preliminary Round: Judges 

 

Procedures for Preliminary Review: 

  • The scores will be divided equally into thirds and will be emailed to judges as they are received (pseudonyms will be used instead of arrangers' names)
  • Each judge will complete a judge’s evaluation form for each submission
  • Each of the three judges will review the submitted scores and select their top three in each of the three competition categories, resulting in nine total selections made by each judge, reducing the total submissions to the selected twenty-seven.
  • After reviewing and grading all twenty-seven selected scores, the judges will meet online or in person (August 1-3) and vote to select nine arrangements, three for each category, to be performed at the festival on September 13, 2014. For the first time, the actual names of the arrangers will then be revealed.
  • When the nine scores have been selected (three from each category), the names of the arrangers will be posted on the SecondaPractica.org website.
  • The selected arrangers will be notified by email 

 

Performing the Nine Selected Arrangements:

  • Three pieces each will be selected and given to:
  • Kenneth Myers (Syracuse University)
  • Matthew Slotkin (Bloomsberg University)
  • MarK Delpriora (Juilliard/Manhattan School of Music)  
  • Each performer will receive their scores on August 4, 2014
  • The arrangers' names will be unknown to the performers
  • The nine selected works will be performed during 2014 GLGS on September 13, at 3 PM

 

Final Round: Judges

 

Procedures for Finals

  • Finals Concert will take place Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Judges will review scores as pieces are performed
  • Judges will deliberate in a closed session from 5:15-6:15 pm
  • Winners will be announced during intermission of 8:00pm festival closing concert

 

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Submit your Application: Please fill out the Publish With Us form before August 1st, 2014

Application Fee: Please Download (purchase) your desired work from the REQUIRED SELECTIONS below - simply ADD TO CART and check out. Your purchase will constitute compliance and acceptance to the SPIAC Competition. You will receive an editable file of the selected work in .MUS and .XML to aid you.

Your score to be reviewed for submission (pdf format only): When your arrangement is ready, please upload a PDF of your  digital score through the Publish With Us form, no hand written scores will be accepted. It goes without saying that your arrangement must be original and yours without infringement of copyright laws. Should you need help digitizing your score please feel free to contact us. 

Audio file (.mp3): Please upload an audio file for your composition through the Publish With Us form, as this will expedite the screening process. Note that we do allow audio files created from MIDI files (most editing programs will allow you to create an audio file of a MIDI file)

 

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to Contact Us 


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Your purchase will constitute compliance and acceptance to the prelinary round of the SPIAC for Solo Guitar Competition.

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