ANCA Composition Competition - THE RESULTS ARE IN!Wed Apr 17 2019
ANCA recently held its Inaugural Composition Competition to encourage and support Australian Composers. The results are in and winners were officially announced at Choralfest 2019.
Open section for chamber choir
Criteria: Entries were to be A capella or with piano accompaniment, with a maximum of 9 minutes duration.
2nd Place: Composer: Joshua Adams. Title of Piece: Come to Me in My Dreams
1st Place: Composer: Bryan Connell. Title of Piece: Secret Music
Poem by Siegfried Sassoon (1886 – 1967)
Secret Music was written in 1916 when Siegfried Sassoon was on the Western Front in Flanders.
The words “Secret Music” do not appear in the original poem except for the title, and have used the title as a ‘chorus’ between the setting of each of the three stanzas and to introduce and finalise the piece.
Secret Music wanders through different tonalities. However, the chord progressions, particularly from bar 23 onwards, are intended to create a sense of growth and wonder.
Ideally, this work requires a large, but well controlled choir to realise the dynamics and nuance of the writing – a choir that can sing gloriously beautiful pianissimos would be ideal. The sound in the quiet passages should have a mysterious, shimmering quality. Voices should be strong but not strident in the louder passages. The use of vibrato and ‘operatic’-style voices should be totally avoided.
Primary School Choir or Children’s Choir
Criteria: Entries had to be accompanied by piano and have a maximum of two vocal parts. Duration of these pieces were a maximum of 4 minutes.
3rd Place: Composer: Katherine Ruhle. Title of Piece: A Beautiful, Sparkling Diamond
2nd Place: Composer: Russ Bauer. Title of Piece: Horses, Camels & Kangaroos
1st Place: Composer: Glyn Lehmann. Title of Piece: Giant Of The Forest
In the south-west of Tasmania a massive Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) stands 100 metres tall. It is the world’s second tallest tree and the tallest flowering plant. For five hundred years it has survived fires and evaded the saws of humans – unlike other trees that were even taller. It was given the name Centurion, because it was the one-hundredth of the giant trees to be registered. The name however, perfectly embodies not just its height but also the character of this majestic survivor.
The song traces Centurion’s journey from a tiny seed, just 2 millimetres, striving to reach up into the light from the forest floor and to send its roots deep into the soil below. After five centuries it continues to grow. When finally its life ends, through the wonder of regeneration its seeds will take root and continue the legacy of the mighty Centurion – giant of the forest.