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Inspired by the nonfiction literary history book by novelist Nicole Evelina, our project will focus on Queen Guinevere and her evolving portrayal through a millennium of Arthurian legend retellings. The most popular of Arthurian legend (Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory) ends publication in 1634, and the legend mostly dies out in literary form before resurfacing in the 19th century. Because of this timeline, there is little musical connection to our ensemble (traverso/harpsichord) that we can reasonably play or transcribe for performance. 


We saw this musical shortage as an opportunity to realize our mission: to feature the works of female composers, to commission new works for the traverso and harpsichord, and to connect music with other humanities such as literature. 

Guinevere’s character arc has gone through many changes throughout Arthurian lore, making her an interesting feminist icon in a predominantly male-dominated story. To connect further with her backstory, our call for scores is exclusively for composers that identify themselves as female regardless of age or race. 


We ask that composers submit the following:

  1. A PDF score of the work, along with a short description of the work and how it could relate to Queen Guinevere’s story.

  2. A short biography detailing your previous work as a composer.


Guidelines for scores:

  • Pieces to be no longer than 8 minutes in duration

  • Instrumentation: Traverso, Harpsichord (solo or duo works) 

  • Optional: Spoken text in the piece

  • Works chosen are to be professionally recorded. New works that have not been recorded yet are highly encouraged. 

General Info:

  • Three prize winners

  • We reserve the right to reject any and all scores from this call for scores

  • Accepting submissions now through December 18, 2020

  • Notification of selection by January 1, 2021

  • Selected compositions will be performed by Amaranti Ensemble as part of the “Guinevere’s Tale” concert series. Recordings will become available within a year of selection.

  • Monetary reward of $250 for each composer selected

  • Email all materials to

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