Orchestral commission: taking the time
The core idea for the VMO commissioned piece has been chosen and it’s time to write. Today I am exploring the idea freely, seeing where it takes me instead of going straight to paper. I will not write anything final today.
I am jotting ideas down and recording myself improvising freely. I am exploring the sound world of the melody and harmony, seeing where this “character” will take me. (See previous post.)
Gradually, I am getting a sense of the whole, of the possibilities, of the form, of the arc of the piece, of what I need in terms of contrast and climax.
I am always looking for different avenues beyond what is obvious. I always fear that the obvious will be cliché, and it often is. So I look further and dig deeper. I could not do that if I started writing the final right away, at least not without fear of screwing up!
So for now I play and explore without committing to anything. Tomorrow I will likely start writing if I like what I have and if I can see where I am going. Otherwise I will explore some more.
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