We are pleased to announce the winner and runners-up of the 2014 Outdoor Composition Contest:
Winner: "If You Could Only See the Frog" by Paul Richards
Runner-Up: "Lake Charlevoix Celebration" by Jim Territo
Runner-Up: "Symphonic Suite No. 1" by Chad Hughes
Our winner, Paul Richards, will receive $1000 and we will play and record his piece during our 2015 Summer Season. Mr. Richards, born in New York City, is a talented composer of a diverse array of styles and instrumentations, including works for orchestra, vocal, chamber groups, and theater. He holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Theory and Composition from the University of Arizona and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Mr. Richards, is a Professor of Composition at the University of Florida, and he previously taught at Baylor University.
His OCC-winning work is the exciting and unexpected "If You Could Only See The Frog." Mr. Richards has this to say about his piece on his website:
“Si Veriash a la Rana” (“If You Could Only See the Frog”) is the title of a children’s song from Bulgaria sung by exiled Jews in the Spanish-Jewish dialect of Ladino:
If you could only see the little frog sitting on the oven, frying her fritas and sharing with her sisters!
If you could only see the little mouse sitting in the corner, shelling walnuts and sharing with her sisters!
If you could only see the little camel sitting on the dough-board, rolling out filo thinner than hair!
The deceptively simple and playful tune stems from a wide range of cultural influences, combining typically Ladino melodic figurations with a traditional Bulgarian metric construction, punctuated by a curious refrain in Turkish that simply means, “I love you so much”.
This concert band piece is a percussion-driven exploration of this infectious and time-tested melody.
For more information on Mr. Richards and his other works, please visit his website. We couldn't be more excited to performing this piece next summer!