UPDATE: Entries are now Closed for this Challenge! Be on the look out for videos on the MET YouTube channel for the reviews!
Here’s a new, exciting event we’re going to do on Music Engraving Tips! An engraving challenge, hopefully the first of many we will do. It is intended as a learning experience so engravers can share tips and solutions to thorny engraving problems. If you’re familiar to Thomas Goss’ Orchestration Challenges on Orchestration Online, this is a similar format.
For the month of June 2020, engravers will have the chance to engrave a piece by Amy Beach, her Romance, Op. 23 for violin and piano. It has all sorts of interesting problems to solve and I hope you’ll join us!
Here’s how it will work:
- Download Amy Beach’s Romance in PDF and MusicXML. The MusicXML is completely devoid of layout or engraving cleaning, it only has all the musical objects from the PDF published edition.
- Import the MusicXML into your music notation software of choice. Engrave the piece using best practices. Engrave the piano score and a separate violin part. Some guidelines to keep in mind:
- – Layout should fit on a 9×12 inch paper, or similar.
- – Approach as if you were engraving a modern edition, not as a reproduction of an old edition or urtext.
- – Don’t change the composer’s original intention as much as possible, but some notation choices of the original edition may not be optimal.
- – Keep in mind to include good page turns where applicable.
- – Reference Gould’s Behind Bars and other repertoire of a similar instrumentation for inspiration.
- – Feel free to post your in-progress entries to Music Engraving Tips for feedback from other members.
- Submit your engraving to this form. You must submit a PDF of the piano score and violin part. You may also submit notation software files if you so desire. All entries must be received by June 30, 2020 at 10:00pm EDT.
- In the month of July, we will have a feedback period where multiple entries will be reviewed by Justin Tokke on YouTube. Feedback from other members is also encouraged.
Hope to see many of you submitting! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.