Individual submissions

INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSIONS

Individual Submissions for the 2021 ISCM World New Music Days to be held in Shanghai and Nanning must be submitted by an independent composer or a composer’s authorized representative.  Submissions should be submitted using the attached form below.  Please note, an entry fee of €53.05 applies to individual submissions, and proof of payment (receipt) to the ISCM’s Paypal account is an essential part of a completed submission.

INFORMATION REQUIRED

Once submitted, you will not be able to reopen the form.  Before you start, you will need to have the following information readily to hand:

  1. The composer’s personal and contact information: Given names; Family name; Name as it should appear in the programme; Date of birth; full Mailing address; Gender; Phone no.; email address; website (if applicable).
  2. Work information: Title; Submission Category (see below); Accurate duration; Year of composition; Statement of whether the work has been previously performed.
  3. The score (.pdf document preferred), or audio/video documentation if the work does not have a written score – as described in the Work Categories.
  4. An audio or video recording of the work (if available).
  5. Programme notes for the submitted work in English (maximum 100 words).
  6. Technical rider specifying all equipment necessary to perform the work.
  7. Short biography of the composer in English (maximum 100 words).
  8. High-resolution digital photograph of the composer. 

Please note, individual submissions are not guaranteed a performance. Space for individual submissions is limited, but we will consider all submissions to the best of our ability.  Note also that by submitting works to this Call, composers are agreeing that if their work is selected for performance/presentation then they grant automatic permission for the ISCM performance/presentation of their work to be recorded, broadcast, and streamed from the website, as well as for the composer’s photo, bio, and program note to be reprinted in programs, all without additional financial liability to the ISCM or the Festival Organizers. 

WORK CATEGORIES

Category I: Orchestral Works
Instrumentation: 3 fl (II=picc, III=picc,afl). 3 ob (III=corA). 3 cl (III=bcl). 3 bn (III=dbn). – 4 hn. 3 tpt. 2 trbn. 1 btrbn. 1 tuba – 3 perc. 1 timp. 1 hrp – full strings
Soloists are NOT allowed in the Composition, nor Piano.
Works shorter than [12 minutes] will be given priority.

Category II: Works for Chinese Orchestra
Instrumentation: 2 Bangdi (I=Xiaodi, II=Qudi 2). 1 Qudi. 2 Xindi. 2 Soprano Sheng, 2 Alto Sheng. 1 Bass Sheng. 2 Soprano Suona.1 Alto Suona. 1 Tenor Suona. 1 Bass Suona. 1 Guan in C. 2 Yangqin. 2 Liuqin(II=Zhongruan). 4 Pipa. 4 Zhongruan. 2 Daruan. 1 Sanxian. 2 Guzheng. Timpani. 3 perc. Chinese Strings (Gaohu, Erhu, Zhonghu, Violoncello, Double Bass).

Soloists are NOT allowed in the Composition, nor Piano.
Works shorter than 12 minutes will be given priority.

Category III: String Quartet
Works shorter than 8 minutes will be given priority.
Extended techniques are allowed.

Category IV: Chamber Music Group A
Works shorter than 8 minutes will be given priority.
Instrumentation: 1 fl. 1 cl. 1 vln. 1 vc. 1 pno.
Composers may choose any combination of 2 – 5 among the above instruments.
Extended techniques on each instrument allowed.

Category V: Chamber Music Group B
Works shorter than 8 minutes will be given priority.
Instrumentation: 1fl. 1ob. 1cl. 1trbn. 1perc. 1pno. 2vln. 1vla. 1vc. 1db. 1dizi 1erhu 1pipa
Composers may choose any combination of 6 – 14 among the above instruments, but at least 1 must be included from Dizi, Erhu, or Pipa.
Extended techniques on each instrument allowed.
The intro video of Chinese Instruments: Dizi, Erhu, and Pipa will be posted on the official website: https://nmw.shcmusic.edu.cn/.
The list of percussion instruments is attached at the end of Call for Works.

Category VI: Choir Works (SATB)
Works shorter than 5 minutes will be given priority.
It can be a capella. If not, the only instrument that can be included is piano.
Extended piano techniques will not be accepted.

Category VII: Solo Piano Works
Works shorter than 8 minutes will be given priority.
Extended techniques allowed on piano, performers are allowed to play inside the piano.
Prepared piano works will not be accepted.

Category VIII: Percussion Works
Works shorter than 8 minutes will be given priority.
The list of percussion instruments that can be used is:

  • 6 Tom-toms
  • 5 Suspended Cymbals
  • 2 Tambourine
  • 2 Snare Drums
  • 3 Triangles
  • 1 Bass Drum
  • 1 Marimba
  • 1 Vibraphone
  • 1 Glockenspiel
  • 1 Xylophone
  • 1 Cymbals (paired)
  • 1 Wind Chime
  • 2 Maracas
  • 1 Tempo Block (5 Blocks) 2 Bongo
  • 2 Conga
  • 1 Tam-tam
  • 4 Timpani

If the work requires any percussion instrument not listed above, the composer must bring the instrument to the rehearsals and concert.

Compositions may be for 2-8 percussionists.

Category IX, X, XI, XII: Electronic Music
Works shorter than 10 minutes will be given priority.
There are four (4) Electronic Music Categories; be sure that the composition submitted fits one of these.

Category IX : Electronic Music (Fixed Media/Tape Music Only)
Composers must provide an audio file of the work in .wav format. The audio file can have maximum 8 channels. (Format options are: stereo; 4 channels; 5.1; and 8 channels.)
Composers must supply a diagram showing the speaker layout.

Category X : Electronic Music with 1 Instrumentalist (Fixed Media/Tape Music)
Composers must provide an audio file of the work in .wav format. The audio file can have maximum 8 channels. (Format options are: stereo; 4 channels; 5.1; and 8 channels.)
Composers must supply a diagram showing the speaker layout.
Only one (1) instrument should be included, selected from the following instruments: Flute; Oboe; Clarinet; Bassoon; Horn; Trumpet; Trombone; Violin; Viola; Violoncello; Dizi; Erhu; or Pipa.

Category XI : Electronic Music (Live Electronics Only)
Only one (1) Operator is allowed for live performance.
It is recommended that the Composer or the operator bring their own laptop for the live performance. Only 1 laptop is allowed in the performance.
No instrument can be linked to the electronics in this Category. The work can have maximum 8 channels, and the composer must supply a diagram showing the speaker layout.
Any special sensor or devices that the composer used should be brought to the performance by themselves. We don’t provide any kind of sensor or trigger devices.
If the composer needs to use our Mac or PC for performance, the only software we can provide is Max-MSP. We strongly recommend you bring your own laptop.

Category XII: Electronic Music (Live Electronics with 1 instrumentalist)
The performance allows only 1 operator and 1 instrumentalist in this Category.
Only one instrument may be selected from following instruments: Flute; Oboe; Clarinet; Bassoon; Horn; Trumpet; Trombone; Violin; Viola; Violoncello; Dizi; Erhu; or Pipa.

The selected instrument can be linked to the electronics. But the sensor or any linked devices should be provided by the composer.
We strongly recommend that the devices that the composer provides are common and universal, with connecting ports such as USB2.0, USB3.0, USB-C or any audio port. Bluetooth is recommended for any wireless connections.
We suggest the Composer or the operator brings their own laptop for the live performance. Only 1 laptop allowed in the performance.
The work can have maximum 8 channels, and the composer must supply a diagram showing the preferred speaker layout.

The individual submission for 2021 is now closed.