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The Twenty-seventh Year

Bard of the Mists Competition -- Principality of the Mists

September 12, 1992 (AS XXVII)

From The Page (September, 1992):

The Bardic Competition will start at 2 P.M. Each competitor should prepare four pieces:

1. A period (pre-1600) song, instrumental piece, recitation or story. This piece should be documented: a 3" x 5" card listing the source and date of the piece should suffice (the current Bard is not a documentation glutton).

2. An original piece in period style. This piece should also have documentation (see above) for the period piece or body of work whose style you are imitating.

3. Masterwork: The piece you consider your best (whether composed by you or composed by someone else and performed by you).

4. Bard's Choice: A piece in praise of a lady. You can write about your own lady if you have one, or about your sister, your daughter, your mother, the Earth Mother, the Queen of Heaven, the Queen of the West, the Princess of the Mists, yes, even about the Princess of Cynagua. (But you had better not write about the current Bard because she would have to declare contlict-of-interest.)

5. The fifth piece, which you can't prepare for, will consist of an impromptu composition in which you must use three words that you pull from a hat.

The feast, still in the planning stages at press time, will be Scandinavian in style, with Asher Truefriend as master cook. Information on feast tickets has been sent to the branch seneschals or call the autocrat. As was done last year, rounds of competition will be held between courses.

Autocrat: Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin (name/contact info).

Directions: (omitted)

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