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Call for Piano Pieces

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21 December 2018

London College of Music: Piano Syllabus 2021–2023

LCM publish a series of eight graded handbooks (Grades 1 to 8), to accompany each piano syllabus. We conduct piano exams around the world, and the pieces in these books will be performed by thousands of pianists during the lifetime of the syllabus. Recordings of the published pieces will also be made available to download from the LCME website.

We will select at least one piece from this call to be published in an LCM piano handbook for the next syllabus (2021–2023). We will pay a royalty to licence the piece during this period, and the copyright for the work will remain with the composer.

Guidelines

  • Pieces are to be written for solo piano, and must be suitable for performance on a standard upright piano with no preparation.

• Pieces will be played by a wide range of pianists of any age, but they will primarily be performed by children / young adults and this should be kept in mind when writing the music — for example, consider the hand size and finger strength of young learners.

• Consider the piece’s suitability for pedagogical use; we will be looking for pieces containing good teaching material.

• While it is advised to look at the pieces on the current LCM Piano Syllabus (2018–2020) for guidance as to the standard expected at each grade, submissions should not indicate the intended grade, as we will assess and grade each submitted piece.

• An overview of the technical standard and length of the pieces at each grade is given below.

General conditions

 • This call is open to composers of all ages.

• There are no requirements to write in particular styles; we welcome submissions in every style of music.

• Each composer may submit up to three pieces in total.

Submissions

 • Composers should supply two copies of each piece (submitted without names on).

• Submissions can be sent by email to: lcm.publications@uwl.ac.uk. Please include your name and contact details in the email.

Information

 • The handbooks and recordings will be published worldwide.

• The composers of the submitted scores retain their rights as copyright holders; LCM Examinations will licence selected works for the duration of the 2021–2023 syllabus.

• LCM Examinations retains the right to visually and acoustically document, record and reproduce all concerts and performances held featuring the selected pieces.

Grade descriptions

Grades 1 to 2

The musical material selected for these grades is of an essentially elementary nature. Only the most basic, and hence most common, time signatures and keys are used. Melodic and rhythmic material is simple. Indications of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will occur only sporadically in the music, and will be limited to the most basic types. The duration of pieces is generally limited to 1-2 minutes maximum.

Grades 3 to 4

The musical material selected for these grades is of a more demanding nature. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used is increased. Melodic and rhythmic material is more complex. Indications of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be a more regular feature of the music, and a wider variety of type will be used. The duration of pieces is approximately 2-3 minutes.

Grade 5

The musical material selected for Grade 5 is of a significantly more demanding nature than for previous grades. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to all but the most unusual and unlikely examples. Melodic and rhythmic material may include a moderate degree of complexity. Dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be varied and will often demand a degree of subtlety in performance. The duration of pieces is approximately 2-3 minutes. Musicality is judged to be an important element of assessment, and expectations of communication are higher.

Grades 6 to 7

The musical material selected for these grades may be described as being at the technically less demanding end of the continuum of professional repertoire. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to the full range of possibilities. Melodic and rhythmic material may include a significant degree of complexity. The music will include passages where dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation demand considerable dexterity and flexibility. The duration of pieces is approximately 3-4 minutes.

Grade 8

The musical material selected for this grade may be described as being technically some way inside the continuum of professional repertoire. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used extends to the full range of possibilities; furthermore, pieces may include variations and changes of key and metre. Melodic and rhythmic material will include a significant degree of complexity. The demands of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be consistent and considerable. The duration of pieces may be as much as 5 minutes or longer.

 

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