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Would you like to be sung to sleep? Or, if sleep really is unattainable, how about some soothing, calming music, music without words, to listen to while you are awake?

Megan Ihnen is commissioning over 25 composers, including yours truly, to compose wordless lulllabies for the sleepless, which she will then record. I'm very pleased to be involved. I saw her quote-tweet Shaya Lyon, who said, "On my list of fantasy commissioning projects: wordless lullabies for the sleepless, sung by @mezzoihnen". Megan wanted to know if composers were interested; I thought it was such a good idea that I jotted down a rough draft pretty much immediately.

But we need your help to make it happen. Wordless Lullabies for the Sleepless is a project that takes time, commitment, and resources. Megan is insistent that every composer should be paid, for which I'm very grateful. And of course, each lullaby will take planning, rehearsal, recording, and editing.

So there's a Kickstarter for the project. It ends on Monday 10th April. Please join us. And sleep well.

worklogs

Mar. 29th, 2017 05:53 pm
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Saturday: organ recital at lunchtime, chat with Ali Willis in the afternoon. It was work, honest! Do not be deceived by the fact that we had icecreams and were sitting on the beach!

Sunday: Church in the morning (Mothering Sunday, often a difficult one for me and this year no exception), then sang in Lenten reflective concert sort of thing in the afternoon, including the Magnificat from Paul Mealor's Selwyn Service -- under-rehearsed. Most of the music quite beautiful though. In the evening, a wind band/concert band concert at the Beach Ballroom, which seems like quite a good venue for such things.

Monday: sort-of a day off but there was Composers' Forum in the late afternoon/early evening, which was interesting. I don't often get to go. This was four of the Carlaw/Ogston Prize winners presenting about their pieces. Walked back with AW afterward and we had another chat over dinner, which I found very helpful and clarifying; more on that in another post.

Tuesday: not an amazingly productive day. Too much feeling overwhelmed by deadlines, not enough actually doing anything about them. Realised I can't use West Gallery piece I've been sitting on for ages until I have permission to use the text (I have implicit permission but need explicit). Thought about using 'Fall, Leaves, Fall' since I even have a demo recording of that one but I really want to leave it until I've found a choir to premiere it; must poke Dissenters Choir about it. They schedule things really far in advance so that would be maybe 2018. Wondering if I can find anyone to do it sooner than that, and write something else for Dissenters Choir. Set up Hootsuite to do some auto-promotion. Replied to e-mail about forthcoming Kickstarter project, due to launch Real Soon Now. Transcribed West Gallery piece I've been sitting on for ages, but part of the reason I was sitting on it is that my setting of the third verse is weak and needs to be scrapped and re-written. Panicked about deadlines some more. (OK, tha'ts more productive than it felt.)

Today: Some more futzing about with deadlines. Realised I could submit "O sweet and blessed country" for ORTUS and *also* use it for my Patreon piece this month; I mean, it would be better to get a choir to premiere it first, but given that I'm not writing especially fast and I need to get something up by Friday... yeah. I could use 'O Nata Lux' but I made some changes after Friday's workshop and I want time to let them settle, also there's a choir in Ireland interested in performing them and I'd like to give them a premiere. And there's 'Round Me Falls The Night' but that's still away at a competition which I haven't heard back from (and won't until 1st June), which means I can't put it online yet. And 'Winter Stars' is also in a competition and the winners won't be announced until "mid-June, with an official announcement by the end of that month." So, that's a thing. Did an initial draft of an SATB setting of Plowman's Song by Raymond Knister, a Canadian poet. I have in mind to do a setting of The Quiet Snow too. Maybe with another couple of short seasonal poems they could make a set?

Anyway, that's all fine, but I still want to write something for MASNOU and it needs to be at least three minutes long and I ned to finish it by Friday.

--

I think what's happening, here, is that I'm getting my work performed more, or at least exploring avenues for performance more, and I'm entering more competitions... and between that and sortof preferring (at least for the SATB stuff) to get at least a demo recording before putting new things online, actually releasing music is happening much later now, rather than just when I write stuff. I'm sitting on at least three pieces, four really if I wanted to get 'O Nata Lux' out quickly. Which is fine, but I want to get paid every month. Hmm. The answer, as always, is "write more music".

I'm still enamoured of the idea of finishing one composition or arrangement every week, but I have not really started arranging, and I think it's fair to say that I can't compose one item a week unless a lot of them are hymn tunes.

I also, at some stage, need to look at the next lot of competition deadlines, and make some decisions about which ones to enter; I've seen some interesting ones going past so need to check the usual places. Maybe I'll do that this evening; I want to try for a draft of the MASNOU piece first though, and to do that, I have to settle on a text.

EDIT: I also really need to get a first draft of the Cathedral commission done! arghhhhh etc.

worklog

Mar. 24th, 2017 02:05 pm
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This morning: Juice vocal ensemble workshopped my setting of O nata lux. It went well; I have a few minor changes to make based on the feedback: slightly faster tempo indication, two bars made slightly shorter, see if I can get the pitches sorted out better on the last page. Maybe an open 5th at the end.

Then I had a meeting with 2 of the other composers on the Beethoven project with me. That went...reasonably, but we need more information to proceed.

One of them has an upper-voices choir and asked if they could perform O nata lux, so that's pretty neat.
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Wot it syas in the title, basically. But the supervision was okay, even if I felt a bit under-prepared; and the tutorial was excellent: a good balance of encouraging and stretching, with some recommendations for my composing and for my listening. I've written up the supervision and the tutorial for my reference.

The concert was also good: Juice vocal ensemble doing their stuff excellently despite malfunctioning lights and heating (actually rather appropriate for the spookiness of the programme they were singing). I particularly enjoyed Philip Cooke's premiere... perhaps because in a programme that used what I would think of as non-standard techniques in almost every piece, something a little more normal was welcome.

In the interval a cathedral organist was talking to my someone else and asked about an unaccompanied Nunc dimittis suitable for Compline, which the someone else hadn't written; so I piped up and said he could have mine if he likes. I sent the e-mail when people were leaving the concert, then went along to the pub. I hope I didn't appear too keen, but... it's a risk, I guess.

On the way home from the pub I was caught up to by another PhD student who studies remotely, and who is staying in the same place as me. Lovely stuff, and good not to walk on my own. And we'll breakfast together with a third person, who I also met (earlier in the day) and who is staying here... good. I mean, I'm also perfectly happy to breakfast alone, but part of the point of being here is networking, and I may be better at this over breakfast than in a noisy crowded pub anyway.

worklog

Mar. 22nd, 2017 10:50 am
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Monday: A four-hour-long meeting that basically ate the entire rest of my day. Oof. It was good, it was just... long and tiring.

Tuesday: My Evening Canticles were sung at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, Parliament, by ULCC Choir (in which I sing tenor, unless I'm singing alto). This was very nifty. I couldn't hang about afterward but I am told that the chaplain (one Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who I believe [personal profile] liv encountered recently) was pleased, and that one person in the congregation asked if they could have Evensong every day. That latter strikes me as a bit odd as Westminster Abbey does, in fact, have Evensong most days. And it was good to see Nicholas O'Neill again, and I met a former member of the choir who is interested in hearing more of my work.

I then went and caught a train to Aberdeen. I think I like the concept of the Caledonian Sleeper more than the reality; and that is mostly because, well, I don't get a lot of sleep on it. I have been contemplating alternate names, like the Caledonian Lie-er Awake All Night, or the Caledonian Tosser; obviously these would be unsuitable for promotional purposes. But I think I am gradually settling on the Caledonian Dozer, as that was what happened last night; I dozed for a few hours, then gave up on trying to lie down and read a book for a while, and then dozed a bit again before the 6.30am breakfast call.

Tomorrow I have a supervision, a tutorial with Michael Zaugg, and there is a concert by Juice vocal ensemble in the evening. So I am attempting to take today gently; I'll mooch around town a bit longer, then when I'm allowed to check-in to where I'm staying I'll do that, hang up clothes so the wrinkles come out (they'll have been stuffed in a bag for 24h by then), have a nap, and then figure out whether there is a concert I'm suppposed to attend tonight as well.

Internet here is rather bitty, so I may end up posting this later.

worklog

Mar. 18th, 2017 01:36 pm
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Thursday was a day off, and mostly stayed that way.

Friday... not as productive as I'd have liked, and I had a social engagement in the afternoon. But I had an idea for a sort of folk-y setting of yet another of [personal profile] marnanel's poems, which I'll get in touch about in due course. I think it's folk-y enough to not really work as a choral piece; I still want to explore what to do with some of these pieces. When my body is behaving, I think "folk-y album on Bandcamp" is the way to go,

I've realised that for the Malta competition I'll need to make an international bank transfer for the fees, and do it in time to be able to send them the proof of the transfer happening. That would be fine, except that I'll be in Aberdeen and my address is in London, and the bank isn't going to send me the bit of paper to the right place before the deadline of 31st March.

I'm not sure what I can do about this. It's possible that I could get on the phone and wrangle the bank into giving me either a) soemthing in print to the address I need or b) something I can print out myself, but given there is another deadline the same day, and also one the next day, and neither of them have the same problem regarding payment and I haven't written them yet either... I'm thinking I should drop it unless I actually write three pieces between now and then, and focus my admin energies instead on getting the next West Gallery piece ready for publication online so I can get paid.
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This morning I started over with "The Rest is Noise" by Alex Ross.

I'm taking notes as I go along, and note-taking is not a very strong skill for me, so it took me 45 minutes to get through four pages. The writing itself is enjoyable, which helps a lot; I'm reading this book because the other book I could easily get about the bit of music history I need to learn was rather dense and a bit too much of a slog. I'm hoping that this will be a good warm-up for that book, as well as a good way to hone my note-taking skills.

Other reading this week? Not much, I'm afraid. I've still not started the Lent book that an online group are working through. I was teaching all weekend which didn't lend itself to a lot of reading. I have, as usual, been reading various feeds online, but much of it is incidental rather than directed. So, I don't have much to report.

Worklog:
-reading and note-taking, as detailed above
-checked abdn e-mail, replied to a thing
-wrangling of ULCC dates
-wrangling of Aberdeen dates
-booked next trip to Aberdeen


And then I need to figure out when I might go up in April and May. May is going to be particularly difficult. April has Easter in it. I should figure out when term dates are, and stuff.
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Got very little done today. Had lunch with my old boss, Fr Jack, and spent some time journalling about an issue that is eating me, and now it is time for Date Night and I am still sitting here not having done any composing or removed any items from my list.

Given that I did not take a day off this weekend, this is... not exactly unexpected. If my clergy friends did this I would be telling them off. But it would have been better had today been a planned day off, rather than an unplanned one.

I think I shall plan to take Thursday off properly, at any rate. Tomorrow is Reading Wednesday and I want to do some actual academic reading, and some more PhD-related admin too, some of which is mildly time-sensitive. And it's also LGQ in the evening so there is music work to do anyway.
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A rather bitty day, with an appointment in the middle of it. And I'm still tired from working all weekend.

So, I did some small, bitty tasks:
-sent entry form for Da Capo competition (having sent my submission and arranged for payment last night)
-sent Benslow invoice
-poked MC about Talvilaulu recording
-decided not to enter Fissinger competition (fiddly, has entry fee, meh)
-fixed "Round Me Falls the Night" so if it doesn't win competition I sent it in for, it is ready to publish online -- though it would be better to wait until I have a demo recording of it
-looked at some more competitions
-decided that for the Malta competition I'll probably use a text for All Souls, since the festival starts on that day.

I don't quite know how this took me until 11pm, but never mind; it's done.

Grah

Mar. 13th, 2017 06:42 pm
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Reviewing various choral composition competition things, and one of them says:

"The winner will receive a monetary prize of €1000 (one thousand Euro), a diploma and a recording of his opus."

Emphasis mine.

Not going to burn my words on this, because it's directly related to my PhD area and it may well be due to prejudice on the part of the translators rather than the organisers, but this sort of thing does rather get up my nose.
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That was... a lot of work.

Friday I printed some music, packed my bags, and took the train to Hitchen, to arrive at Benslow Music Centre in time for supper.

The schedule was:
18.30 supper
20.00-21.00 Session

Saturday
Breakfast
9.15-10.45 Session
break
11.15-12.45 Session
break and lunch
14.30-16.00 Session/Free time (we had free time)
break
16.30-18.00 Session
supper
20.00-21.00 Session

Sunday
Breakfast
9.15-10.45 Session
break
11.15-12.45 Session
break and lunch
14.30-16.00 Session (we had ours slihgtly early, from 14.00-15.30, in order to get away a bit earlier)

The West Gallery course was rather low in numbers, I think probably the minimum to make it viable really: I had six people, two playing the violin, one playing the ophicleide or singing bass, and three only singing (SAA). So we did a lot of three-part stuff, and I ended up singing tenor nearly all the time. The Ophicleide was great, but way way too loud for those numbers and administration, so he gave up partway through Saturday and switched to singing. He also had to leave early, so for the Sunday afternoon service we switched to me playing bass on the piano and singing what I could while also directing... it sortof worked.

At these things there are a few obvious dangers. One is that people feel they haven't had enough to do, they are there to sing/play but you keep talking at them and they get frustrated. Another is that you only give them easy music and they get bored. A third danger is working them a bit too hard, so that they're exhausted.

I think I erred slightly on the side of exhaustion; with more planning on my part, we would have done a bit less singing in some of the Saturday morning sessions, then a bit more Saturday evening (the last session of the day was almost entirely readings).

The thing that I wasn't keen on was the bit where I couldn't get to church on Sunday morning (or indeed Sunday evening, by the time I got back to London); I'd really prefer not to do that.

All in all it was a good experience and I am already thinking about workshops I could run, perhaps in such a way as to not interfere with Sundays.

Meanwhile -- got the Da Capo entry done, ended up having to ask my mother (who is in Canada) to send them a cheque as I have neither access to a Canadian chequebook of my own, nor the ability to purchase, in the UK, a postal money order that will be accepted in Canada.

Next up: looks like the Uncommon Music call for scores has been extended to 15th March. I don't know if I can finish my piece for it by then but it's worth a go. But after that I really have to work on MALTA, MASNAU and ORTUS competitions/calls, all due at the end of March/start of April.

worklog

Mar. 9th, 2017 08:45 pm
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Today I managed to listen to some podcasts, but I didn't last very long at it. This is a sort of way of easing myself into listening; I am very much out of the habit of listening to music, and have been for some years, and that needs to change given I am doing a PhD in composition.

Spent what felt like ages getting the Patreon rewards for this month ready to send out.

Did some laundry, ran some errands (which included another thing to take to the post office), got back at too-late-for-the-post-office. Also I overdid the walking and am in considerable pain. Fie.

I need to look through the 100 quotes for Benslow that F gave me and print out some of them (20 or 30 should suffice), and make sure the Powerpoint thing works on this machine, and stuff.

Spouse was going to be out, but now is going to be home, but I don't know at what time; this means I am trying to decide whether to make dinner now or later. Fie again. (I have eaten enough that I am not going to have difficulty on that account, I just can't decide how to spend my time.)
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[personal profile] siderea wrote a post on the strike she'd like to see women hold and I find I agree, wholeheartedly.

I have not, on Twitter or elsewhere, had to deal with serious online abuse. I'm not entirely sure why this is, but I suspect it is at least partly because I don't tend to speak out about any one subject strongly, and partly because I censor myself.

This is wrong. I shouldn't have to self-censor to avoid playing block-a-mole with trolls; I shouldn't have to make my words private if I don't want to deal with shitposters.

This structure privileges people who are not reliant on social media for support: people who can just walk away, who can say "it's only the internet". It privileges people who are popular enough that, intentionally or not, they command vast armies of sockpuppets. It privileges people who have the time and energy and wherewithal to wade through the noise. It makes speaking out more costly -- too costly. The post I'm linking to says, "The cost of speaking one's mind, if one is a free thinker, becomes astronomical in managing strife and hostility. One's feed may simply be flooded – back in the days of email, we called this a "mail bomb" – to unusablility." I can well recall similar incidents on IRC.

It doesn't have to be like this, and Dreamwidth is one example of another way to structure social media. No, it isn't as easy to read or interact with on a smartphone, and that's a pain. No, it doesn't allow the short sound-bites of Twitter, or the viral possibilities of an RT. But neither of those things are inherent to the structure of the platform, and there are mitigating conveniences (proper comment threading springs to mind). Dreamwidth could, theoretically, implement a quick re-post function for public posts and sort out a smartphone client, and those things would both make it different, but they wouldn't make it less safe.

So, as [personal profile] siderea suggests, I am burning my words. I'm going on strike from social media platforms where I am not allowed to control my own space.

I only found out about this earlier today, so I'm doing 24 hours: 13.00 GMT Wednesday to 13.00 GMT Thursday.

But then, I'm planning on doing this again next Wednesday. I'll tweet on Tuesday, and again on Thursday, but Wednesdays are off-limits. I'll do it next Wednesday, and every Wednesday, until Twitter is safe again, or until I find something better.

Join me?
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Just read this Women's Strike post:
https://siderea.dreamwidth.org/1322850.html

I think it's a splendid idea, so I'm doing it for 24h from 13.00 GMT today.

wrklog

Mar. 7th, 2017 11:03 pm
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It always takes me a few days to get back into the swing of things after oming back from Aberdeen.

Friday:
-dealt with a postcard issue, did legwork for getting Art House online properly
Saturday:
-day off
Sunday:
-sang Trad Rite Choral Eucharist with ULCC at Southwark Cathedral. Went to Evensong beforehand, it seemed like the choir had concentrated on the Howells anthem at the expense of the psalm and responses.
Monday:
-slow-ish day, but some organising of myself happened, and in the evening I went to Polyphony Down the Pub, which is always great

Today, I finally put Art House online properly, rather than just having it on Patreon (which always feels like cheating, but I hope patrons undertand is sometimes necessary). I also ran some errands, and fixed Winter Stars, at least on paper -- I still need to put the changes into the computer.

I was offered a sort of collaborative commission at Aberdeen, and said yes; and there is this potential project that came up on Twitter.

Tomorrow: off to see F to find out what I need to know to lead a course at Benslow this weekend.
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First supervision since *mumble mumble*

Notes:

In general:
I feel as if I haven't done much in the last couple of months. Supervisor thinks I've been pretty prolific. This is reassuring in some ways, but also makes me wonder what would happen if I were able to work more consistently.

I now have a second supervisor! I'll probably see him once per term, once he is back from sabbatical. He likes polyphony and is more of a musicologist than Supervisor 1, so will probably be helpful on the analysis front.

On listening, reading and writing:
I do still need to get into the habit of actually listening to music. And I do still need to do more writing, more analysis. But what I'm doing now -- the worklogs, the reading of various columns and blogs -- is a good start. "The Rest is Noise" is a good thing for me to be reading to get into the material, but the other two books will have what I really, really need to know solidly. The abecedarium, whether for arrangements or as an exercise in composing from scratch, is a really good idea, but keep the pieces short, and remember arrangements can't go in the PhD portfolio.

In a viva I will need to be able to answer:
1) How are you making an original contribution to the repertoire?
2) Where do you place yourself/categorise yourself within the music being written [in your tradition/in the Western academic canon]?

For both of these I'll need to do lots of analysis of my own work. It isn't enough to say that I like harmonic instability, changes of metre, word-painting and cross relations; it isn't enough to say that I give the text primacy; I need to look for patterns in this. Where do I use word-painting and where do I not? What drives the changes of metre?

Things I need to do next year:
-present a few pieces to the Composers' Forum
-present to the Research Forum
-eventually, decide what my Big Piece is going to be. (There has to be a Big Piece, I can't just have 235872987 little ones.) I have lots of ideas.


On various pieces:
cut for length )

This leaves my to-do list looking something like:
This week:
-Ash Weds service this evening, probably a chat about commission text
-Sweeney Todd rehearsal sit-in if I am up to it (I really ought to)
-Pack to go back to London
-Train back to London
-Finish O nata lux by Friday and send it to Juice
-Sort out underlay, midi robots for Art House, put online properly
-postcards for patrons
-business cards (really would be good to have some before Friday, but that seems unlikely)
-start thinking about texts for competitons MASNAU, MALTA and ORTUS
-post-trip laundry and decompression
-ULCC rehearsal
-Hymnathon at St Michael's

Next week:
-ULCC at Southwark Cathedral
-Polyphony Down the Pub
-Gemma
-fix Winter Stars and send that entry off
-start writing MANAU, MALTA or ORTUS; or, preferably, all three
-fix Reminiscences (this is the first one to fix because if it's going to be a test piece *this year* people need copies soon).
-fix Round me Falls the Night so I can order a recording and put it in the "waiting to publish" box
-reading
-listening
-start a list of names for the abecedarium

Plus, you know, all the routine bits, and the non-composing stuff. Oof.

Must dash.

worklog

Feb. 28th, 2017 05:43 pm
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Finished O nata lux. Didn't finish the piece for the Uncommon Music Festival, and I don't think I'll be able to get it done before tomorrow. Bother. Though as it's SATB and piano, at least I'll be able to use what i ahve another time.

Supervision is tomorrow, not today, which is... not when I thought it was, but okay. I was quite relieved.

Induction was all right; I arrived late due to oversleeping (oops) and ended up sitting on the table with someone who was involved in the organisation, and she is really interested in learning about how a PhD-by-portfolio works. So there's that. I told her I haven't quite figured it out myself yet but the person to ask is my supervisor, which is kindof what I'm doing this week.

Have gone a bit splat, but need to get going to pancake day thing very shortly.

Scheduling is a bit skew-iff: I'm at the pancake thing tonight when I could be at chamber choir, and then singing in an Ash Wednesday service tomorrow when I could be sitting in on another rehearsal. I'll have to watch for that next time.

worklog

Feb. 27th, 2017 09:38 pm
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Managed some composing today. I decided to try writing in Latin and see if that distracted the anxiety quirrels enough to let me get on with things, and it did. Good! Not really enough, though.

I was going to go to the Composers' Forum and learn about writing for bassoon. I arrived late enough that going in would have been disruptive for others and embarrassing for me. I went to the loo, and came back.

Tomorrow:
09.00-14.30: PGR Induction, continued. This includes a session on "Tools for Resilience" but does not appear to include a session in which we get to eat lunch, which is making me wonder whether they have entirely thought this through. (14.30-17.00 is online ethics stuff but I am going to do that another time.)

15.00: Supervision

19:00-21:00: Pancakes and Silent Auction at the cathedral

Also: Date Night, and my father's birthday.

So, while I've been trying to get my sleep habits a bit more sorted out, I think tonight may be rather a late one.

Stuff I would like to finish before the supervision:
-Juice piece (half a draft done)
-Uncommon Music piece (one full draft done but it needs a piano part, so, this is difficult
-brief notes on what I've actually been doing since last supervision in *mumble mumble* -- this isn't so hard, but I do need to write it down.

I might be able to get away with the "what I've been up to" notes being something that I jot down during the induction stuff, but the actual composing needs to be on the computer before then. Whee!

And then, of course, it's the end of the month and I'll need to put something on Patreon if I'm going to get paid. So, tomorrow might be a late night too.

Onward.

worklog

Feb. 25th, 2017 09:23 pm
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Had a bit of a slow start; I have lurgy. But I did go to the MacRobert building, and got some actual composing done, and got some more done after I got bck. I now have a first draft of the piece for the Uncommon Music competition, subject to permission to use the text. The due date for that is Wednesday, so I'm cutting it a bit fine.

I have, however, entirely gone off the idea of using The New Colossus for the Juice vocal ensemble piece, due Tuesday. I think I've figured out why I'm having such trouble with this one; it's because I did submit Talvilaulu to their Call for Scores this year, and it wasn't chosen, and I had no feedback. So of course the brain squirrels are trying to figure out why it wasn't chosen, and one option is that the text is, frankly, depressing as all get-out, making it harder to program. That's the "safest" option: all other options have to do with my handling of the text. "No, that's fine," cry the squirrels, "it was definitely the text. We shall find a perfect text for you! Perfect! It has to be perfect!" They are very devoted. They want to keep me safe from rejection, at all costs.

Unfortunately, the squirrels can't read, so they are deciding all texts are imperfect and therefore unsuitable.

This is suboptimal.

I suspect the best way to work around it is going to be to find a humourous text.

worklog

Feb. 24th, 2017 10:07 pm
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Went to a lunchtime concert, to hear new music by a colleague, and a Beethoven piano trio.

I liked the new music, but having heard it only once I can't write much about it.

The Beethoven was Op. 1 No. 3 in C minor, which I thought I didn't know but which was somewhat familiar. The pianist was seriously struggling with some of the scale passages, I felt bad for him and wondered if he had an injury, or just misjudged his practice. The piano in that space isn't amazing anyway. There were some flat entries by the violin. The 'cello was good. Overall, a spirited performance, but there were definitely bits where the three players were making something greater than the sum of its parts, and bits where they were playing the notes in order to get through that bit.

Went for a walk. Definitely getting lurgy. Walked further than I should have, but I think staring at the sea did me some good, mentally. Trying not to beat myself up about the "lost" time. Sometimes creative work requires staring at the sea.

Did #choralhour on Twitter. Found out my Magnificat might be sung by a choir in Edinburgh in April. Made contact with an Anglican choir in Berlin.

May have found a text for the Juice piece; someone suggested I set The New Colossus. This is appropriate, and topical, and I could also use it for the Choirs Against Racism project.

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