I had three movements of my new brass trio “Where Three Are Gathered” read today. I was really happy about how it turned out. I still have to complete the fourth (last) movement but it’s all coming along nicely. I won’t have much in the way of revisions to take care of on the existing material. And I’m pretty sure it went over really well.
My main goal for this piece was to compose something that would be fun for the players. And I think from now on that’s going to be my main concern beyond keeping the process fun for myself as composer. This initial concern – my own enjoyment – will help ensure the piece gets written, especially where a deadline is not there to provide the extra push. But the secondary concern – the enjoyment of the players – is important, too, and not something I really thought about as much before. I’ve always thought more about the connection to the audience (trying not to think about this much during the composing though!)
I think if the players enjoy the piece, 1) it will get played more 2) the enjoyment will get translated to the audience. Two birds, right? So from now on it’s all about having fun and making it fun for the players.
Thankfully, I managed to get the reaction today that I was looking for. Success!