Global Composition Contest 


The Epic of Gilgamesh, from ancient Mesopotamia, begins with five Sumerian poems about Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, dating from the Third Dynasty of Ur (c. 2100 BC). The Epic is recorded on a set of twelve clay tablets dating to the seventh century BC, found in the Library of Ashurbanipal in the Assyrian capital of Nineveh. Gilgamesh became the hero par excellence of the ancient world—an adventurous, brave, but tragic figure symbolizing man's vain but endless drive for fame, glory, and immortality. We are looking for chamber music that is inspired by the story of Gilgamesh and Assyrian culture.


- 1 -8 Instruments: Flute (Piccolo), Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), French Horn, Violin, ‘Cello, Piano, Percussion & Duduk

- Duration: 5-8 min

- Format: PDF, Anonymous

- Audio Recording: Live Performance, Studio Recording or MIDI

- $20 per submission [this will need a PayPal link]

- Biography, Program Notes, Contact Information


- 1st Place: $1500

- 2nd Place: $750 

- 3rd Place: $350

- Ten pieces will be performed, recorded (audio and video) and published at the event.


- Competition Opens: February 1st, 2020

- Scores Due: July 1st, 2020

- Announcement of Performance Winners: August 1st, 2020

- Performance & Final Prize Announcement: October, 2020 (TBD)

Additional Details

- Downloadable PDF of The Epic of Gilgamesh

- Information about the Duduk

- Jury Information [TBD]

© 2020 Gilgamesh Art & Culture Foundation

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