August 10, 2009
This just in by email last night from a composer back East.
(Iâ€™ve been corresponding with a number of composers since my newest Music/Art video came out last week â€“ â€œBorealisâ€. )
Here is an experienced composer speaking from his heart:
“I dream of the day when I can find large enough uninterrupted periods of time to actually write music as I
want to. Knowing even as I do how hard it is to get any of performed — most of the music I’ve written has been for specific programming needs for specific groups I’ve been involved with so it’s always gotten performed, and I haven’t had the problem of writing something and then hoping someone
wants it performed. But that also has limited me in what I could write since I had to take the technical limitations of
the personnel in the groups into account. And ultimately the greatest limiting factor was the lack of time to
experiment, change, re-listen, explore and finally end with works which allowed/forced me to work beyond what I had thought my capabilities are.”
Weâ€™re in an era of funding contraction. And I fearthat makes it ever more challenging today for an American composer to establish a distinct personality in new music â€“ one which may not gibe so readily with established styles.
Yet some of us continue to make that statement, take that risk.
J L Zaimont
â€œLâ€™audace, toujours lâ€™audace!â€ â€“ Georges Danton