In my last post, I declared the intention to complete my sixth string quartet by Tuesday.
Tuesday is tomorrow.
As it happens, I am nowhere close to finishing this piece. But the pressure I put on myself to get it done had some benefits. I now have some very clear parameters I’m working with:
- Two movements
- First movement is a long, excursive piece; second movement is much shorter, very concise.
- There are two possible endings for the first movement – I think that deciding how to end the first movement may be one of the last things that happens in the compositional process.
- There is a lot of work to be done on the second movement, but I think it’s mostly clerical work (making sure all the details are in order), as opposed to imaginative work (figuring out what needs to happen).
I still intend to set it aside on Wednesday for other projects. Can’t wait to see what I think of it when it returns front-and-center.