Belshaw Composition Chosen for Publication

August 7, 2019

Head shot of Dr. Gary Belshaw
Dr. Gary Belshaw, retired professor of music composition at Wayland, was one of nine composers whose works were chosen for publication by a European based company.

PLAINVIEW – Putting a new twist on a classical style of music is nothing new for Dr. Gary Belshaw, composer and adjunct professor of music at Wayland Baptist University. This time, however, his hard work has paid off in recognition as one of the nine winners of RMN Classical 2019 Call for Piano Works contest.

According to an RMN press release, the contest was launched “to discover and promote composers and performers that would otherwise remain under the radar.” RMN said the aim is to “create a platform where contemporary classical music and artists can flourish.”

Belshaw is among nine composers whose work was selected for an album that will be distributed for sale worldwide.

“This is the first time I have ever been offered an opportunity to have one of my pieces publicly displayed in a venue that wasn’t created by someone I know,” Belshaw said.

Belshaw entered his composition Passacaglia, which can be heard on the American Ivory CD.  The CD was independently produced by Belshaw and Dr. Richard Fountain, who performed the compositions for piano.

According to Belshaw, passacaglia is an Italian word that refers to a form of music that saw a resurgence in the 20th century. Belshaw’s take on the passacaglia uses a 12-tone melody which he said is “very odd” for the form of composition.

Belshaw’s composition will be included with eight other composers on an album that will be produced and released later this year, according to RMN Classical. The release will also be added to the Sound of Music Archive of the British Library and distributed through outlets such as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Music, Deezer, Pandora and others. RMN is a European based record company.