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Young Guitar Composers 2016





Competition for young composers who writes for the guitar.

Download the rules for the competition:

Below the full text of rules in English:


Young Guitar Composer ­ 2016

International Competition for young guitarists below 18 who like composing music.

The aim of the competition is to encourage young guitarists to write their own music. Besides, the competition can be used by teachers to form a small project to break the daily routine and hopefully inspire the students to be creative.

All compositions accepted will be rewarded, and there will be an extra bonus prize for the first, second and third place. In 2016, the prizes will be scores published by Bergmann Edition. We are also working on getting other sponsored rewards.

The jury will be a panel of experienced composers associated with Bergmann Edition, who write music for the guitar. The contributors will remain anonymous until the competition end.

All accepted compositions will be produced as pdf files in professional engraving, and a collection including all music contributed will be published.

The scores will also be available for sale as downloadable .pdf files from Bergmann Editions’ web store. All sales profit will be spent on prizes in next year’s competition.

Contributions must apply to the following conditions:

  1. The composition must be between 16 and 48 measures (It is possible to get dispensation from this rule).
  2. The genre is “instrumental guitar music” ­ in a broad sense. The compositions must be original, arrangements of existing music will not be accepted
  3. The composition must be written as a traditional score with notes, and it must be written in score writing programmes like MuseScore, GuitarPro, Primus or others. (It is possible to get dispensation from this rule).
  4. Besides the composition, the young composer must send us a video where he/she plays the music. A recording using a smartphone will be sufficient. The video will be published together with the score.
  5. The young composer must not be older than 18 years of age at the time of the application.
  6. We need a photo of the composer, a brief biography and short introduction to the piece (program note).

All text must be in English. All contributions will be evaluated before they are accepted in the competition. We claim the right to reject compositions which do not fit into the concept.

Contributions must be in our e­mail box before the 1st of November 2016. The winners will be published on the Bergmann Edition website the 2nd. of January 2017. All winners will be informed of the result by email.

Contributions can be sent by email: This email address is also used if you have questions or if you want compensation regarding points 1) and 2) above.

To the Student:

Have you ever tried to compose a piece of music of your own which you can play on your guitar? If you can answer “yes” to that question, you now have the opportunity to join an international competition for guitar composers younger than 18.

To join the competition, you must write the piece in ordinary notes using a score writing programme. We need both the score and a video where you play the music.

If this sounds like you, talk to you guitar teacher. He can help you.

Your composition will be published in a book together with all the other attendees music. Your music will also be put on sale from our web shop. All sales will be used for prizes in the next years competition.

There will be prizes to all participants and special prizes to the first, second and third places. Prizes will be scores and guitar gadgets.

Your composition must reach us before the 1st. of November 2016. The winners will be announced the 2nd. of January 2017.


We need the following from you:

  • Your name and full address
  • Your birth date
  • Your composition written in a score writing programme
  • A picture of you and a short biography in English
  • A video where you play the piece ­ you can use a smartphone
  • A short text telling about the music (how you got the idea, how it got its name etc.)

We would like to have your phone number too.

If you go to music school, we would like to know the name of the school and the name of your teacher.

To join the competition, please, send us an email with all information asked for. And remember to attach the score file, the video and a photo of yourself.

Send the email to:

We look forward hearing from you

Allan Bergmann Jensen

Bergmann Edition, Møllebakken 12, 4400 Kalundborg, Denmark, tel.: +45 61204717

About Bergmann Edition

Bergmann Edition is a new international publisher, specialized in producing scores for the classical guitar ­ primarily new contemporary music. It is run by Allan Bergmann Jensen. When he retired early a few years ago, he decided to use his skills producing scores for the classical guitar in sets of different versions. As a former music teacher, author of school books, it consultant, and consultant for blind and visually impaired children, all his competencies comes to play doing this work. For example, among other versions, many of the scores are published in Braille for the blind and as Big Print for the visual demanding.

Now, two years after the start, more than 30 international composers get their compositions published by Bergmann Edition. All continents except Africa are represented. The list of composers continually grow, and so does the interest in our publications. Many guitarists around the world like the ability to order scores in versions that fit their needs. Bergmann Edition is primarily aimed towards publishing those scores other publishers would find it difficult to handle, because established publishers must work within a commercial frame. Allan Bergmann Jensen considers himself as employed by the Danish State. Receiving a comfortable pension payment he can help younger (and older) composers to get their work published and promoted without being bound by commercial considerations.

Hence, it is natural to invest time and energy in supporting the youngest guitarist and hopefully motivate them to be creative. Which is the overall aim of this competition. The easiest way to be informed about Bergmann Editions new publications is following us on Facebook. All new publications (including the students) will be announced there:

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Bergmann Edition and the associated composers hope you will encourage and support your young guitar students to join the competition. We are looking forward to receiving their contributions.

All the best wishes,

Allan Bergmann Jensen

Bergmann Edition, Møllebakken 12, 4400 Kalundborg, Denmark, tel.: +45 61204717

Tuczeck, 36 Pieces Faciles Agreables

Tuczeck, 36 Pieces Faciles Agreables

tuczeck01Vincent Tomas Vaclav Tuczeck (c.1755  c.1820) was a Czech composer. His “36 Pieces Faciles  Agreables” (36 Pleasant Easy Pieces) for the classical guitar, is a collection of short and very short pieces. They vary from very easy to intermediate. Some of the pieces are programme music with titles like the hunt, the echo and the dispute.The rest is dances, rondos, variations, minuets and alike.

Pick up “Tuczeck, 36 Pieces Faciles Agreables” from our store






Lemieux, Prélude

storeEric Lemieux, Prélude
from suite No. 2

Eric Lemieux is a composer, guitarist and Canadian poet who creates original music for all types of ensembles.


(Example music played by Eric Lemieux)

Pick up “Eric Lemieux, Prélude from suite No. 2” in our store – it’s free…

Mertz, Tarantelle

J._K._MertzMertz, Tarantelle, Opus 13 No. 6

Johann Kaspar Mertz (Hungarian: János Gáspár Mertz, 1806 – 1856) was a Hungarian guitarist and composer.



The Bardenklänge (1847) are probably Mertz’s most important contribution to the guitar repertoire—a series of deceptively easy character pieces in the mould of Schumann. Tarantelle is no. 6 in this collection.

Pick up “Mertz, Tarantelle, Opus 13 No. 6” in our store


Moving free scores

From the beginning of 2014, I will move the free scores provided by Bergmann Edition to the Bergmann Edition Store. For me, it has the advantage that the workflow will be simpler. But more important there will be benefits for you – as user:

  • You can search and filter scores by a composer, levels and flavor.
  • You can listen to the music using the audio player before you download.
  • You can see a preview of the beginning of each piece before you download.
  • You can be notified by e-mail when new editions of the pieces you have downloaded are updated.
  • You can comment and give a star rating to the pieces.
  • You can subscribe to the newsletter, where all newly published works will be listed (in bundles – I don’t want to spam you).

I will still maintain the old list: Bergmann edition scores

I hope you will like the new concept – and use it.

Why aren’t all the scores free

Unfortunately, I will not be able to continue preparing all scores for free because the costs are becoming too high. I will keep prices low. I have decided that one piece should cost the same as a cup of coffee at Starbucks (check the price).

Somehow, it seems fair that you credit my work by offering me a cup of coffee 🙂


Carcassi opus 60 – Etude nr. 7

When I have had a longer break playing, and my right-hand feels a bit rusty, I always play this study.  The mix of arpeggio and tremolo seems to have a good effect to loosen up my right hand.

You can get the scores for free in the store:


Fernando Sor: Etude nr. 3 from Opus 6

This etude from Fernando Sor’s Opus 6 is not played often. But it is an excellent exercise for practicing slurs and pauses.
Choose between a CLEAN version without any fingering, an EDIT version with full fingering and a TAB version with tablature as well as a fingered version.

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Carcassi, Opus 60, No. 3


I use this lovely little exercise to warm up when I practice.

You three options as usual:

You can find the original in the Boije collection or in the Rischel og Birket-Smiths collection at the Royal Library, Copenhagen.

Sor: Etude nr. 2 from Opus 6


Time to publish this well-known etude from Fernando Sor’s Opus 6.

Available in varies versions: