I recently wrote in my composition blog The Ear Is Always Correct about something that has been bothering me for some time.
Has anyone else here noticed the large number of composition competitions with upper age limits of 30, 35, and 40? Does anyone here think this is a good idea? I understand encouraging very young writers with "young composers' contests. But once we get past the very young, why impose any age limit at all?
It seems very clear to me that the best way of furthering the cause of new music is to find the very best new music being written by today's composers. If composers get better with age (as they indeed should) ignoring new music from older composers runs completely counter to the cause. How can we find the best music being written if we are not listening to music from our best composers?
You can read the complete text of my article here.
I'd be interested in your comments.