So here it is...my first attempt at posting an arrangement online. This is actually not the complete version, but it is posted before the month is out. The pdf version is available on this post for you to view, download, and critique. My music will begin to get out this year, beginning with this first (if feeble) attempt.
So you're a modern-day composer looking to get paid for the music you write. Easier said than done, right? What is a source that can show you how to commission music? One resource you may be interested in looking into is the newly merged New Music USA, formerly known as American Music Center and Meet the Composer. Although the website isn't much right now, they seem to have a rich history and great plans for the future. I expect that after the dust settles on the merger, the combined resources will make this organization an excellent connection point for new music. One resource that they currently have available is a guide to commissioning a piece of music, entitled Commissioning Music: A Basic Guide. The pdf document contains some beneficial information, including some price guidelines based on the music marketplace today. Listed near the end of the document are some other resources that budding composers may find helpful. New music is important -- and it's also important for modern composers to connect with resources that can help them prosper. At Harmony Passion, we desire to help community and church musicians to thrive in their art. Keep composing!
Oftentimes modern music and culture does not take much time to think on things of the past. The common theme seems to be about the present, our current problems and successes, rather than reflecting on anything of a historical nature. But is there something missing when the past is forgotten?
As a musician, taking time to reflect on the past can give great insight into what is truly needed today. By studying how the great composers of past times created their great works, the modern composer can make a more meaningful contribution to today's world. One current composer that obviously does this kind of reflection is the choral composer John Rutter. In this video, Rutter explains how looking into a little history led to inspiration for his most recent recording, This is the Day: Music on Royal Occasions. By looking back even during the period of his lifetime, Rutter created a recording that told a story. See his explanation below:
For more insight from a great composer of our time, see more of John Rutter's commentary videos on his YouTube channel.
In what ways do you look back to the past in your music? Leave comments on this post and let us know.
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