Emma Liddle, 13, has been composing music for the piano for three years. In July, she learned that one of her original compositions, Boat on a Stormy Sea, was selected by Vox Novus to be performed on September 18, 2011 for the Composer’s Voice concert in New York City featuring pianist Sophia Yan, an award winning pianist and a four-time First Prize winner of the Steinway Society Competition.
Boat on a Stormy Sea is 60-seconds long and will be played with fourteen other original compositions one after another in Fifteen Minutes of Fame, a collection of fifteen one-minute acoustic works composed specifically for a specific performer or ensemble. Vox Novus places a call for scores and fifteen pieces are chosen from the works submitted. The works are then premiered on the Composer Voice concert series. The idea grew out of a celebratory concert for the birthday of Vox Novus’ founder Robert Voisey who is known for his work and the creation of 60×60. Vox Novus is a collective of composers, musicians, and music enthusiasts collaborating together to create, produce, promote, and enjoy the new music of today.
“I was elated,” said Liddle when her piece was chosen. This was the second time Liddle had entered a composition contest. The first contest was through Zeitgeist and although she didn’t win the judges complemented her submission and suggested she listen to Prelude by Debussy. They said her piece had similar elements.
Miriam Gerberg, Liddle’s piano teacher, recommended the contests and encouraged Liddle’s composing.
“I like composing because it is a good way to get ideas out,” said Liddle. “I have lots of ideas about different notes.”
Boat on a Stormy Sea is about a boat, a man and a storm. Liddle said, “A man is floating on the sea alone in his boat and lightning strikes. The rain is pouring and a big wave comes in and the man falls off his boat and goes under. He swims to the top, gets back in his boat, grabs the oars and starts going again out into the stormy sea.”
The Composer’s Voice concert is a free concert at Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street in New York City. Organizers are accepting food and clothing donations for the Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program.
Although there is no official word yet if Emma Liddle is the youngest composer ever chosen for the Fifteen Minutes of Fame, the voxnovus.com Web site had biographies for 105 previously selected composers which included classically trained musicians, Juilliard alumni, music professors, accomplished composers and award winning conductors.
There have been six Fifteen Minutes of Fame performed since March 27, 2011. To see past Fifteen Minutes of Fame visit www.voxnovus.com and select Fifteen Minutes of Fame and then Concerts. Also, check the same Web site after September 18, 2011 to hear Fifteen Minutes of Fame with Boat on a Stormy Sea.