Call for composers


Selection of one composer for the implementation of a debut opera

The Italian association based in Forlì, Associazione Musicale Bruno Maderna, in cooperation with Associacion Cultural “Amigos de la Orquesta Ciudad de Almeria (Spain) and Udruzenje Urban (Sarajevo, Bosnia) winners of the European project Eu.Terpe “A debut opera for an inclusive Europe” launches a selection to identify three composers that will participate in the making of a debut opera.

The musical composition will give its first performance in three concerts in 2018 (Forlì, Almeria, Sarajevo) and the whole production will be documented in a movie that will be presented in August 2018 in Sarajevo. The call is composed of two main steps. The first step is characterized by three different calls in Italy, Spain and Bosnia; the second step will be carried out by the three countries together.

Step 1

Selection of the composers

The participation is open to all composers, both students and professionals, resident or with Italian, Bosnian or Spain nationality, come of age (18 years old +)


All musicians will have to send one of their own compositions (or part of it) in digital format PDF (score), recording format mp3 (where possible) and a curriculum vitae.
In the case of graphic characters or unedited symbols, the authors will have to make explanatory tables for a proper understanding of those signs.

Registration will be completed by sending the application form, filled with the following information

– Name, surname, place and date of birth, nationality, address, e-mail, phone number
– Declaration of acceptance of the competition rules
– Declaration of consent and non- storage of the work made, keeping it free from copyright for the purposes of EU.TERPE project
– Declaration of consent to the processing of personal data of the participant in the competition (Italian Legislative Decree 196/03- Privacy Code)

– Declaration of participation to the transnational meeting in Sarajevo (From 10th to 12th October 2017) and to the first concert in Forlì (13th February 2018)
– Recent picture
– Photocopy of an identity document

The jury, chaired by Mr Mauro Montalbetti will be composed of: Mr Francesco Antonioni (Italy) and Mr Michael Thomas (Spain).

The decisions taken by the jury, whose authority is recognized by the candidates for the very fact that they are competing, are conclusive.

The results of the selection will be published on the website of www.eu-terpe.com Winners will also receive personal communication of their selection. The decisions of the Jury will be published by 25th September 2017

The scores and all documents must be sent exclusively by web: www.eu-terpe.com/call-for-composers by the 11th September 2017, 17.00 (CET)


The contest winner will receive:

– the performance of the score during three concerts in Forlì, Almeria, Sarajevo 2018

– audio and recording of the concerts that will be included in a documentary movie presented on movie projection in Sarajevo .

Step 2

The three selected composers (Italy, Spain, Bosnia) will share a common path in the making of an orchestral work. Guided by the principal conductor of the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra Mr. M. Baghboudarian. Musicians will meet in Sarajevo (October 2017) for a working stay and there , they will share their own creative journey. Each musical language will thus combine together with the Syrian musical tradition stressing the real purpose of this call: extend the interaction between different cultures.
From this meeting the composers will be inspired in the making of their own piece of music.

ORCHESTRA MEMBERS: The orchestra is composed of musicians coming from the Maderna Orchestra (Forlì – Italy), the Orquesta Ciutad de Almeria (Almeria – Spain), Sepo Orchestra (Syrian Expat Philarmonic Orchestra).


  • 2 flutes (of which 1 piccolo)
  • 2 oboes
  • 2 clarinets
  • 2 bassoons
  • 1 percussion
  • 6 first violins
  • 4 second violins
  • 4 violas
  • 3 cellos
  • 2 double basses

The three works will have to have a duration of 7 minutes maximum (each composition).

All travel costs, subsistence and accommodation will be covered by the Organization of the Competition.


I AUTHORISE to use my personal details only for institutional purposes related to the competition. My personal details will never be communicated or spread to third parts for purposes other than those concerning the competition.

I DECLARE to unconditionally accept the regulation of competition.

I DECLARE not to storage the composition, keeping it free from copyright until December 2019

I DECLARE to take part to the meeting in Sarajevo (October 2017) and to the first concert in Forlì, Italy (February 2018)

I AUTHORIZE the Association to perform, publish, record and broadcast my musical composition.

I confirm the authenticity of information provided in this application and agree to the terms and conditions listed in the application form.

The copyright holders retain full copyright to their work. Copyright holders of the shortlisted and winning compositions agree to grant the Organizers the right to unlimited and non-exclusive use of their compositions for the purpose of promotional activities in all sorts of media, including social, online and print media, in relation to the project, the concerts, the movie, the public archive, and all other promotional and educational activities for and under the auspices of the Organizer, without any remuneration being due.

The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the compositions does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to the Organizer. The copyright holders will hold Organizer harmless of any claims from third parties related hereto.

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