: 11th Michele Pittaluga
International Classical Guitar Composition
30th September -1st October 2016
The Permanent Committee for the Promotion of the Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition is proud to organise the 11th Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Composition Competition in honour of the founder of the prestigious festival in Alessandria, with the aim of enriching the contemporary repertoire for the six-string instrument.
Article 1 - Eligibility
The contest is open to composers of any nationality or age who have not won first prize in any of the previous editions
Article 2- Themes
This year's contest is for music for one or two six-string guitars and includes two categories. Each contestant may take part in either one or both of the categories with only one composition for each category
Category A: Album Page (Pagina d'album, Feuillet d'album, Albumblatt)
For one or two six-string guitars with a maximum length of around 4 minutes, an easily communicated piece using traditional language and with an average difficulty of execution. The winning piece, should it meet these requirements, is to be used as the introductory music for all future presentations on audio promotional material for the Michele Pittaluga International Guitar Competition
For one or two six-string guitars with a maximum length of around 8 minutes, free form and language.
Article 3 - Compositions entered for the contest must be unpublished and must never before have been performed in public
Article 4 - Each author shall be responsible for verifying the actual performability of the piece whether on one guitar or as a duet for two guitars. Not respecting this verification will lead to the piece being excluded from the contest. The authors may in any case include with their score such indications as they deem necessary for its performance (fingering, explanations of particular marks, notes or unusual techniques)
Article 5 - How to enter
To enter each candidate must
a) Send the completed downloadable form (www.pittaluga.org) to the Competition Secretariat, indicating the chosen motto or pseudonym
b) Send, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, the score/s in digital format, clearly showing their chosen motto or pseudonym (to ensure anonymity is maintained, it is forbidden to reveal the candidate’s real identity on any part of the score/s). The e-mail subject line must read “11° Concorso Pittaluga di composizione”. Any candidates with no or limited Internet access may write to the Competition Secretariat to agree an alternative means of sending their works.
c) Send via post the correctly compiled enrolment form, signed on every side and with : name, surname and full postal address, telephone number, fax, e-mail address, website and Skype contact,
- a signed declaration stating the composition is unpublished
- telephone number for possible contact after 30/09/2016
- two recent studio photographs of the composer signed on the back
- a CV/resumé
- copy of the details of enrolment fee payment
The package, with the necessary documentation, must be sent to the following address by the 30th June 2016
11o Concorso di Composizione per Chitarra "Michele Pittaluga"
Piazza Garibaldi, 16
15121 Alessandria Italy
In any case, the date on the postmark at the point of sending will be deemed the registration date
Article 6 - Failing to comply with any one of the above rules and regulations will lead to exclusion from the contest itself. Handwritten parts of the application and relevant declarations must be legible and in one of the three official languages of the Competition (English, French or Italian)
Article 7 - Payment terms
The enrolment fee for the Contest is €50 (fifty euros) for each category and may be paid directly via bank transfer to the following account
Banca Popolare di Novara
C/C n. 2037/004303
Bank code: ABI 05034 CAB 10402
IBAN: IT67 W 05034 10402 000000004303
payee Comitato Concorso "Michele Pittaluga" - Piazza Garibaldi, 16, 15121 Alessandria (Italy).
All bank charges must be met by the person making the transfer
Article 8 - The enrolment fee is not refundable
Article 9 – Jury
An international Jury made up of at least 5 (five) members, whose names will be revealed to the participants before the Competition, may indicate to the Permanent Committee for the Promotion a maximum of 2 (two) compositions to be awarded prizes, one for each category. The Jury may assign wholly or in part, or redistribute the aforementioned prizes as they see fit. The Jury's decisions are final and irrevocable.
The Jury may further attribute one or two special mentions for compositions which have not been awarded a prize but which are considered to have shown commendable artistic merit. The announcement of the winning entry will be on 1st October 2016
Article 10 - Prizes
- Category A: €1500 and publication by UT Orpheus Edizioni musicali, unless in the event of previous contractual commitments to other publishers. Première to be organised and undertaken by the Permanent Committee for the Promotion of the Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competiton at one of the events of said Contest, to be performed by first rate musicians.
- Category B: €1500 and publication by UT Orpheus Edizioni musicali, unless in the event of previous contractual commitments to other publishers. Première to be organised and undertaken by the Permanent Committee for the Promotion of the Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition at one of the events of said Competiton, to be performed by first rate musicians.
The undertaking of this first performance will be financed by the Premio "Isabella Boveri" Prize
The Permanent Committee for the Promotion of the Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition will also, within reason, support the diffusion of the prize-winning pieces through performance, associations, contests and radio airtime.
Article 11 - One copy of the candidates’ works will remain at the disposal of the library of the Conservatorio di Musica"Antonio Vivaldi", the Alessandria’ Music University
Article 12 - Application to take part in the Competition implies unconditional acceptance on the part of the contestant of all the rules and regulations set out herewith.
Article 13 - For any dispute deriving from this Contract the only legally valid text shall be this Contract in its Italian version, made up of 13 (thirteen) articles. The Court of Alessandria is exclusively competent in any dispute.
For information please send enquiries to:
Comitato Promotore del Concorso di Chitarra Classica "Michele Pittaluga"
Piazza Garibaldi 16
Fax: 0039 0131 253170
Tel: 0039 0131 253170 / 0039 0131 251207