Birmingham Contemporary Music Group puts out international call for scores

Composition competition launched to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has joined forces with the Karl Marx Ausstellungsgesellschaft Trier, Kammermusikalische Vereinigung Trier and Hessicher Rundfunk to launch an international call for scores.

Composers are invited to submit scores that reflect on Marx’s findings, and overriding concerns for the advancement of society that continue to influence social, political and artistic thought today. Prizes total over €18,000, with the winning works in three categories – ensemble, duo, and sound art/radiophonic - performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in Marx’s birthplace, Trier, and in Birmingham in September 2018. The competition is being organised by Verein zur Förderung des Jubiläumsprogrammes des Karl Marx Jahres in Trier.

The closing date for score submissions is 9am on 29 June 2018. Full details at

Karl Marx was born in Trier on 5 May 1818. He became a journalist, editing the Rheinische Zeitung in Cologne, which was prohibited by the Prussian censor. Marx and his wife Jenny were forced to leave the country, and he spent the rest of his life in London as a refugee, without nationality or passport. He died in 1883. Although he rarely wrote about aesthetics, as a student Marx published a collection of poems entitled Wilde Lieder (Wild Songs), from which the competition takes its name.

Compositions are sought in three categories:
Ensemble (€4000 1st prize, with 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded €3000 and €2000 euros respectively).
Duo – voice and instrument (€3000 1st prize, €2000 2nd prize, €1000 3rd prize).
Sound art/radiophonic (to be premiered on hr2-kultur Hessicher Rundfunk – Radio Frankfurt, plus public performances and installations (€1000 1st prize, €750 2nd prize, €500 3rd prize).

The winner in each category will have their work premiered by BCMG on 1 and 2 September in Trier, followed by UK performances in Birmingham.

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