On New Year’s Day, I sent off PDFs of Fifteen Minutes and Mister Blister. A few days later, I got this response:
Thank you very much for your 16 pieces!
Both pieces are terrific and I’d like to definitely perform the whole 15 Minutes set and Mister Blister in my program. I’m currently learning all pieces and will be making “first-draft” recordings in the next few weeks to get responses from all composers. I’ll keep you posted.
Thank you again,
I hear many horror stories from composers about their dealings with clueless or malicious performers. I have to say I’ve been very fortunate in working with dedicated, curious, imaginative musicians pretty regularly. Sending the composer a rough-draft recording of a performance-in-progress is a new experience for me, though; I’m very impressed by Piotr’s initiative. At this point, if I’m not mistaken (and I hardly trust myself after my last blunder), he has several performances lined up this spring at New World Symphony, with others to come at Spoleto, Tanglewood and elsewhere.
You can learn more about Piotr here.