What makes a winner? As the Pianist 2021 Composing Competition kicks off, Alexis Ffrench answers some questions from readers
What will inspire me to begin?
How can I turn that little tune I’ve made up into a fully-fledged piece for the Competition?
Any pointers on how to structure the piece?
How can I create a left-hand part to accompany the melody?
How do I know if the harmony is ‘right’?
Is it fine to write a new piece in an older style – such as Baroque, Classical or Romantic?
What level do you recommend
I pitch my piece at?
What will the jury be looking for?
What about writing it down – should I use manuscript paper or is there a simple notation program I could use?
Once I have written it down, should I play my piece for others before I send it off to Pianist?
Finally, what’s the best advice you could give about composing?
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