The GCNA is pleased to offer a grant program to commission student composer-and-performer pairs to compose and premiere new works for carillon.
Grants of $1,000 are awarded to two collaborative composer-and-performer pairs for the composition and performance of new works for the carillon. Each award is shared evenly between the composer and carillonneur ($500 each). Payment is made upon completion of the project.
As a result of the inaugural application process, the Franco Committee selected the following two student composer/performer pairs to receive grant funding to collaborate to compose and premiere a new work for carillon:
The two pairs collaborated over the several months to compose and premiere a new work for carillon.
The premiere performances were recorded and are available below.
Link to the world premiere on YouTube: https://youtu.be/RucPzEPNP8E
Listen on SoundCloud for a higher quality audio recording.
Notes from the composer: Life is full of new beginnings and old memories. As we progress through our own journeys, we consistently trade old hobbies and friends with new passions. Although moving on can be hard, it is a guarantee of living. Often it can be fun to wonder what your life will look like in several years, but always remember to enjoy the present, because soon it will just be a distant memory. “Wonder Onward” was written amidst me and Emily completing the final months of our undergraduate degrees. We both are looking forward to exploring new horizons, but feel bittersweet about leaving our home. We dedicate “Wonder Onward” to all those who find themselves reminiscing on their past but also hold a wonderful excitement for their future. “Wonder Onward” was written and premiered at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Storke Tower. The piece is a celebration of the symbol of home and belonging that the tower brings to all UC Santa Barbara students. Because the 175 foot tall campanile is visible everywhere on campus and is featured on all University merchandise, thousands of students and alumni recognize the landmark as a symbol for such an important era of their lives. This piece is meant to honor Storke’s symbolic impact as well as unite all those who have found a home at the most beautiful university of all time.
Link to the world premiere on Facebook: https://fb.watch/dzR9h6nG1U/
The performance begins with the hour chimes, then the first movement at 15 minutes past the hour, the second movement at 30 minutes past the hour, and so forth. There are four movements.
Notes from the composer: Fractured Chronology is a celebration of the Hour. The piece’s structure is based on civilization’s global organization of time (what we refer to when we ask the date and time from a friend), as opposed to the more typical (in music) independent discrete units of time (ex. what we mean when we say something will only take 5 minutes) It does this by basing itself off the quarter hour framework of the Westminster Chimes. One of the four movements is played every quarter of an Hour. No matter how you spend the time before and after each movement, I hope that when you pause to listen to each movement, that the music will tie your disparate experiences into something greater.
All applicants (composers and performers) must be enrolled as full- or part-time students at an accredited North American college, university, or conservatory with a traditional carillon, as defined by the GCNA, in the vicinity. There are no restrictions with regard to compositional style, and the composer need not be a carillonneur. Existing works are ineligible for submission. Membership in the GCNA is not required.
Each composer-and-performer pair will submit one joint application. Application materials must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each completed application will include the following:
In addition to creative vision, applications will be judged on evidence of a sound working relationship between the composer and performer. It is expected that each composer and performer will already be familiar with their partner’s goals and skills, and that they both embrace the challenges and opportunities of working as a duo.
The Franco Committee, upon receiving the score, will determine whether the GCNA will publish the score in the 2023 collection of new music. Composers agree to grant full copyright and licensing of the work to the GCNA, in accordance with the terms of the GCNA’s standard copyright assignment and publication agreement. If the GCNA declines to publish the score, the score will remain the property of the composer.
Questions? Contact the Franco Committee at email@example.com
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