Ends on February 1, 2018

$17.00 USD

Ablaze Records PIERROT ENSEMBLE Series

Would you like to have your music for small chamber group recorded and released on CD to a worldwide audience and gain increased exposure for your work? Now is your chance with the ABLAZE Records call for SCORES for its third PIERROT ENSEMBLE series disc. For this series ABLAZE will record your work with the tremendous BRNO Pierrot Players conducted by new music specialist conductor Mikel Toms. Then we will expertly edit, mix and master your music and manufacture CDs for worldwide release.

Send a score of your work to us for your chance to win a place on our Pierrot Ensemble Series, Vol. 3 CD. If our expert panel of composers chooses your work, you will win a spot on our Pierrot Ensemble Series CD. This will entitle you to a partially subsidized commercial release of your work worldwide in 2018.

1. The works can be for the classic Pierrot Ensemble as established by Schoenberg, namely: Flute (doubling Piccolo/Alto Flute), Clarinet (doubling Bass Clarinet), Piano, Violin (doubling Viola) and Cello. Unlike the classic Schoenberg work this call does not include voice in the ensemble. The ensemble may include one percussionist and/or two channel fixed format electronics. Works that do not conform to these specific instrumentation possibilities are not eligible.

4. The works can be of any duration.

5. The score must be a computer engraved (Finale, Sibelius, etc) score.

6. The composer will be responsible for supplying ABLAZE with computer engraved hard copies of parts prepared to MOLA standards.

7. The composer will supply notes about the composer and work.

8. The composer will supply a high quality photograph of his/herself for use in the CD booklet and ABLAZE website.

9. If electronics are included they must be supplied as a WAV/BWAV file at the original recorded sample rate (please do not 'upsample' or 'downsample' your electronics) and at 24bit resolution (you may change the bit depth, but please do not change the sample rate).

What we are looking for:
1. Very high quality compositions
2. Very high quality prepared scores and parts to MOLA Guidelines

Who is Eligible:
Any composer without restriction as to style of music, age or nationality of the composer may submit a score for consideration.

Submission Deadline
FEBRUARY 1, 2018

About ABLAZE Records

ABLAZE Records is a new Australian/USA company that issues recordings worldwide on iTunes and through Amazon.com. The focus of the company is on new music composition and classical music performance. ABLAZE discs are digitally distributed worldwide by Naxos of America and iTunes and available in hard copy through Albany Music Distributors and Amazon.com.

About the Prize
This competition is for original compositions only and not arrangements of other material.

ABLAZE will extend to all winners a subsidized rate for the recording. This means that usual costs for final recorded music will be subsidized by ABLAZE so that we can offer to the winners a place on this disc at very competitive rates. This is ABLAZE’s commitment to new music and we are very excited to hear/see your submissions.

This competition aims to discover chamber works for the above outlined 'Pierrot' Ensemble of composers that have not yet been recorded and mastered to a full and commercially released CD. Many musicians have works they would be happy to release but may not have enough material or the means to issue a full CD of their work. It is with the thought of assisting such composers that ABLAZE has issued its call for scores. Once we compile a range of scores ABLAZE records will:

  • Oversee the preparation and production of the recording sessions
  • Produce an edited final version of the work
  • Have the work/disc professionally mastered
  • Have the disc meticulously replicated (rather than duplicated)
  • Custom design the artwork and digital booklet
  • Compile liner notes for the accompanying booklet
  • Complete all contracts with composers (who retain full ownership of their work)
  • Manufacture the disc run
  • Distribute hard copies to Albany Music Distributors and Amazon.com
  • Distribute digital masters to Naxos of America, iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other digital outlets
  • Promote, advertise and seek reviews of the release

The subsidized costs to all participants are to cover the expenses of the above services such that we can ensure the highest quality product to those who have entrusted their music to us.

What to submit:
1. A PDF file of your score. A printed and bound score of your submission will be requested if your work passes the first round adjudication
2. An audio file of a previous performance or MIDI rendering if available
3. Completed Application Form
4. Application fee (US$17)


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