Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The New Program

I have started a composing program, one aimed at productivity. While this means, of course, that longer works must be put aside, as well as revisions to the concerti, an artist should be able to look at their output and fill what is missing. In my case: smaller works, works that are simpler to play, works for more diverse ensembles.

The goal can be summarized as follows: 3 minutes of new music a day on average, and 3 works every two weeks for a year. That is 75 new works, and 1100 minutes of music. While one can't measure production solely in volume – scribbling isn't composing – there are times to put theory to the test: can a volume of ideas be produced in a variety of shapes and groups.

This program began with the Opus 46 Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, English Horn, and Bassoon entitled "Prayers Ascending". The second work is Opus 47 Sextet for Piano & Winds, which will have a movement posted shortly, and the short Opus 48 Prelude for Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, and Bassoon. 37 minutes in 11 days so far, on the very foothills of a mountain.

In a way this is much like blogging in music: write quickly for any grouping that is to hand, drop anything blocked, and use a different route, hit ideas over and over again in varied form, and above, keep moving.

Yes few care about this, but that is because eyes and ears are elsewhere. When laboring obscurity, labor, and because the obscurity will most assuredly take care of itself.