Trailing behind all of us is the catalogue of music we’ve already written. (In my case multiple works in most genres, with plenty to choose from in several mediums — a fair number also ‘living’ in recordings.)
But the musical universe likes to think of us primarily as creators of brand-new pieces. We’re sort of like the TV Western gunman, Paladin, whose calling card read “Have gun, will travel” –tweaked for composers into ”Have pencil….”
How do we balance serving our attention to future works with care also for extant works in their life-after-premiere?