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    The Performing Composer

    Well, I just got back from my church's Christmas concert. I played the Horn in its orchestra (a small orchestra: 1 flute, 2 clarinets, 1 horn, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, 1 piano, 2 violins, 1 trap set). The orchestra, of course, backed up the choir... but man, was it a blast. As a composer I often forget how important performers are. And then I am one--and boy did we make that music come alive. I again am reminded of how important it is as a composer to yourself perform, to work in an ensemble. Glorious!
    C. Foster Payne
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    I agree with that! I am a jazz player and I still have to practice 2 hours a day to keep my chops together. I compose each day as well. There have been times when I just want to quit and compose full time, but the money I make gigging feeds my tech budget for composing!

    Peace

    Rik

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    Re: The Performing Composer

    After almost 20 years of not playing I just took up trumpet again for this very reason. So far I am just taking lessons and practicing (i.e., not playing in an ensemble yet) but already I think my sense of music and feel for music is starting to improve.

    The only bad part is that I am also taking piano lessons and spending a lot of time practicing that. This leaves very little time for studying harmony, counterpoint, form, ear training and the rest, let alone actually composing.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Hey, thanks for sharing with us! I totally agree performing with others live is the best!
    Styxx

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    Re: The Performing Composer

    Quote Originally Posted by trentpmcd
    This leaves very little time for studying harmony, counterpoint, form, ear training and the rest, let alone actually composing.
    Not to mention making a living!
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    Re: The Performing Composer

    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Duncan
    Not to mention making a living!
    I know - I wish I could drop that and just concentrate on music
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Don't we all. Y'know, going into college I had this nice rosy idea of life: if I'm a good composer, I'll land a great job no problem! And now, I know I'm a good composer, but I have no idea how to begin finding a job. Life is not as clear as it should be.
    C. Foster Payne
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    Re: The Performing Composer

    FossMan,

    Step 1: Replace the word "Amateur" with "Professional" in your signature.

    -JF (Hobbyist)

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    Re: The Performing Composer

    Quote Originally Posted by JonFairhurst
    FossMan,

    Step 1: Replace the word "Amateur" with "Professional" in your signature.

    -JF (Hobbyist)
    Agreed!
    Styxx

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