Pianist Alexis Ffrench gives his advice for entering the Pianist 2021 Composing Competition


By Erica Worth

15 September 2020

What makes a winner? As the Pianist 2021 Composing Competition kicks off, Alexis Ffrench answers some questions from readers

 Enter your original piece for the chance to win a Kawai piano 

 

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?

 

Want more composing tips? Check out our 5 top tips for writing a great piece.