Componeer een werk voor een jongenskoor

Festival European Sacred Music Schwäbisch Gmünd

To promote contemporary sacred music, every two years the Festival European Sacred Music Schwäbisch Gmünd (Germany) organizes a competition of composing alternating with ordering a composition by a chosen composer. For the year 2023 the festival organizes a competition of composing and provides a prize of 2.000 EUR.


  1. For the 2023 festival a work for a boy choir (SATB) is to be composed, which sets the following verses to music:

    Edward Estlin Cummings (1894 – 1962)

    when god decided to invent
    everything he took one
    breath bigger than a circustent
    and everything began

    when man determined to destroy
    himself he picked the was
    of shall and finding only why
    smashed it into because

    Mit freundlicher Genehmigung
    © e. e. cummings Trust, New York
  2. The work should take about 5 minutes to perform.
  3. The work chosen by the jury will be officially first performed in the opening service of the festival July 14th, 2023 by the Rottenburger Domsingknaben.


  1. An independent jury will take the decision. The jury members are:
    Prof. Reiner Schuhenn (Köln)
    Detlef Dörner (Stuttgart)
    Domkantor Robert Kopf, director of the Rottenburger Domsingknaben
    KMD Sonntraud Engels-Benz, member of the festivals directorate
  2. The scores will anonymously be presented to the jury. The decisions of the jury are final. Any legal recourse is excluded.
  3. The jury has the right to split the prize or to not award the prize.


  1. Only compositions that have not yet been performed or published may be submitted.
  2. Every participant is allowed to hand in only one composition.
  3. Former award winners are excluded from participation in the competition.
  4. The participating composers vest the organizer with the rights for the first performance during the opening service of the “Festival European Sacred Music” on July 14th, 2023. They provide the music scores free of cost and guarantee the performance without any rights of a third party.
  5. Five copies of the sheet music are to be submitted in legible form anonymously, not marked or signed by the author. Information on the composer (name, address, phone number, e-mail) must be enclosed with the shipment in a sealed envelope. A mp3 recording (CD/DVD) may be added.
  6. The participants will be informed about the decision of the competition and will receive one copy of the scores back.
  7. The composition must be sent in five copies by March 1, 2023 (postmark) at the latest to:

    Kulturbüro Schwäbisch Gmünd
    Marktplatz 7
    73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd

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