Herbert-Baumann Composition Competition for Mandolin, Mandolin Duet, Mandolin and Guitar / Piano

The Musikforum Schweinfurt e.V. is a community of musicians, music lovers and teachers. They have selected the following motto for their activities:

Im Mittelpunkt steht die Musik.

My translation (if you have a better translation please let me know):

In the center there is the music.

The Musikforum Schweinfurt e.V. arranges musical competitions every year. The last competition – the Michael-Tröster-Competion for Guitar Duos – took place this year.

In October 2011 the International Siegfried-Behrend-Competition for Mandolin Orchestras will take place.

And there will also be a competition for composers:

Herbert-Baumann-Kompositionswettbewerb: “Neue Musik für junge Mandolinenspieler”

Herbert-Baumann-Competition: “New Music for Young Mandolin Players”

This competition is advertised for new compositions in two categories, short pieces for the first and second grade (“Unterstufe” and “Mittelstufe” according to the syllabus of the Association of German Music Schools VdM) :

Category I:

  • Mandolin Solo
  • Duets for Two Mandolins


  • Mandolin and Piano
  • Mandoline and Guitar

On the homepage of the Musikforum Schweinfurt you can find an interesting 10-page document with a description of all possible techniques of the mandolin and the notations for those compiled by Marga Wilden-Hüsgen.

The winning compositions will be published in  two separate volumes titled Aachener Mandolinenbuch. I think this is a big chance to get a nice collection of new pieces for mandolin, mandolin duet, mandolin and guitar and mandolin and piano.

I have selected 3 videos with works that have been composed for the Herbert-Baumann-Competition in 2009 which was advertised for new composition for guitar. The winning compositions have been published in the Schweinfurter Gitarrenbuch. Michael Tröster plays three compositions:

Playlist Michael Tröster – Schweinfurter Gitarrenbuch

Additional Information

Musikforum Schweinfurt: http://www.musikforum-schweinfurt.de/

More competitions for composition: http://www.cmc.ie/opportunities/competitions.html

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