Composition Competition 2018

“I am a man with two birthdays: I was born in March 1685. It was March 21 in the area of Eisenach, where the Julian calendar was still in use that time. Following the modern Gregorian calendar it was March 31. Anyway my birthday was 333 years ago.
Do you feel inspired to compose a canon which codes my name and 333? Take part in the competition and win a prize.
I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results. Try out and have fun!”

Terms of participation:

Create a canon about BACH 333.
The composition can be for vocalists or instrumentalists.
There are no constraints to the cast.
Mail your contribution to
with the following information

  • The score (pdf)
  • Music file (e.g. mp3, mp4, mid)
  • Some information about your person and composition
  • Your postal address for communication and sending in case of winning

Your personal data is used just for communication in matters of the competition. No data is sent to third parties. Participants of the contest concede to illustrate and animate the compositions and to publish the contributions – music and text – with the name of the composer online or in print media. The composers keep all rights for further publishing and performing.

The independent jury consists of international music experts. They judge the contributions and award prices to the best eight compositions. No recourse to legal action is permitted.

1. prize: 200 EUR 2. prize: 100 EUR 3. prize: 75 EUR 4. prize: 50 EUR
5. prize: BACH mat 6. prize: BACH mat 7. prize: Mousepad 8. prize: Mousepad

Closing date was Saturday March 31 2018.

Many thanks for your overwhelming contributions to the canon composition competition!

There were so many creative ideas – from two part crab canons to nine part music for chamber ensemble. It was a big task for the jury – and here they are, the winners of BACH333 CCC – Canon Composition Competition:

  Award Name State Voices Instrumentation
1 200 EUR Luke Dahn USA 9 Oboes
2 100 EUR Thomas M. J. Schäfer Germany 3 String Trio
3 75 EUR Richard Atkinson USA 3 ad lib
4 50 EUR Thibaut Trosset France 3 ad lib.
5 40 EUR Oliver Niemöller Germany 3 ad lib.
6 40 EUR Markus Karch Germany 3 Vocal
7 40 EUR Paul SanGregory Taiwan 2 Viola Duo
8 40 EUR Dr. Walter Börner Germany 3 Vocal

Furthermore there are Special Prices to announce:

 Categorie Award Name State Voices Instrumentation
Chamber Ensemble BACH mat Damjan Jovičin Serbia 9 Fl, Ob, 2 Cl, BCl, Fag., Vla, Vc, Db
Organ BACH mat Mikuláš Piňos Czech Republic 5 Organ
Graphical Score BACH mousepad Jawor Iwanow Austria 2 ad lib.
Audience Award BACH mousepad Susan Gerofsky Canada 3 Piano + Tablas

As a result of the composition competition see the animation of Thomas M. J. Schäfers canone permutativo al triangolo.