Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition

Congratulations to Martin Sedek, winner of the 2nd annual Stephen Paulus Emerging Composers Competition!

The winning work, Martin Sedek’s “The Beauty of Cosmic Things,” was performed by True Concord in three concerts of American music that honor veterans and commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day.

The text for the piece was an excerpt from The Hosts, written by American poet Alan Seeger while he served in World War I, in which he was killed:

In their new dedication charged
With something heightened, enriched, enlarged,
That lends a light to their lusty brows
And a song to the rhythm of their trampling feet,
They are moved by the powers that force
The sea for ever to ebb and rise,
That hold Arcturus in his course,
And marshal at noon in tropic skies
The clouds that tower on some snow-capped chair
And drift out over the peopled plain.
They are big with the beauty of cosmic things.

This text is in the public domain.

Submissions were adjudicated by prominent American composers. Last year’s adjudicators were Dan Asia, Jocelyn Hagen and Dale Warland.