Jean Lesage, Committee Chair

Deadline: 14 April 2008
Length: 6,000 words maximum
Language: French or English

The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) and the journal Circuit, musiques contemporaines are proud to announce the first international scholarly essay-writing competition, the “Concours hommage”, which will be held biannually alongside the “Tribute Series” of the Montréal / New Music Festival. Every two years, a composer is honoured by MNM, and Circuit will publish a special issue devoted to this composer in which the winning essay will be published.

Writers, music-lovers, musicians and musicologists are invited to submit texts dealing with composer Claude Vivier, as this season marks the sixtieth anniversary of his birth, and twenty-five years since his untimely death. The jury, composed of musicologists and prominent composers, whose co-presidents are the composer Jean Lesage and the musicologist Jonathan Goldman, will meet in April 2008 to choose the winning text, which will appear in Circuit’s Fall 2008 issue (vol. 18, no. 3). The selected writer will win a prize of $1000CAD, in addition to the usual honorarium given to contributors. Thanks to their vast network of contacts, the SMCQ and Circuit, musiques contemporaines will ensure that this article is widely disseminated internationally.

Terms of application

  • The articles must deal with a subject of the author’s choice dealing with the composer Claude Vivier;
  • The texts must contain no more than 6000 words;
  • The authors may submit their texts in French or English (the winning paper will be published in the language in which it was written);
  • The winner must make any possible changes suggested by the committee before publication;
  • Documents must adhere as closely as possible to the editorial norms of Circuit, which are available for download here:
  • The documents must be received no later than April 14, 2008, as an email attachment ( or to the following address (postmarked on or before April 14, 2008):

300, boulevard de Maisonneuve Est
Montréal, Qc
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