The Lalliox Composition Challenge

We love contemporary music – that is why we want to give all composers, aspiring or seasoned professionals the possibility to share their works with the world. The Lalliox Composition Challenge is open to everyone. It has three tiers, of increasing technical difficulty. The three top compositions selected by the public and the jury will be recorded professionally and published on our label. The top three composers will also split 50% of the aggregated streaming revenue from the videos related to the composition challenge on our Youtube-channel up until the day the winner is announced. First prize is 25%, second prize 15%, third prize is 10% of the revenue as of above.


Videos will be posted on our Youtube channel as soon as they are recorded. No submissions are accepted after 9/30/2021. Your submission has to be a pdf containing the score or a Musescore midi-file. Email your submissions to:

Tier 1

You are required to write a composition of maximally 30 minutes in playing-time for solo piano. All styles are accepted. There are no requirements regarding harmony or form, after  all the essence of music is to communicate feelings.

Tier 2

You are required to write a variation-work for solo piano consisting of a pop-theme of your choice, followed by at least six variations. Maximum playing-time of 30 minutes.

Tier 3

You are required to write a work for solo piano consisting of no more, and no less than 24 variations on the theme from the song S.O.S by ABBA. The work may not be longer than maximally 45 minutes when performed. One of the variations has to be a complete four-part fugue, i.e. must contain the following compositional solutions: a number of complete entries of the fugue theme in four voices in the key, entries in the theme’s relative minor or major, complete inversion of the theme in all voices, augmentation, parallel conduction of the voices (Parallellführung), stretta (Engführung). The introduction of additional themes, to create a complete double or triple fugue is allowed, but not mandatory. Also you may choose to work the theme out in even more complex ways, e.g. use the theme backwards, if you please, however, it is not mandatory. There are no formal requirements regarding the style, other than the fugue. However, since the theme is tonal, we believe it fits a fugue, even if the other parts of the work would be atonal. This is all your choice. After all, this is a real challenge, worthy of any of the great masters!