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How often do you get your works performed?

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I am having a piece of mine performed publicly for the second time today for the first time, I think that's a kind of composer milestone.

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hehe. Yup. It's called the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music High School Composition Competition. And, I won. I actually didn't technically get the money because they decided to give me a full scholarship anyway. Woot!

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But I remember back in 1998: I had 7 performances of my compositions, notably Divertimento grazioso for violin, cello and piano (I posted it already) which had three performances! It was a great success at that time. ;)

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Right now I've got three works lined up to be performed in April. However, I also had a dry spell last year and only got one work performed. This is in part due to me moving to a new school, getting to know people, spreading my web of influence etc etc. The trick is, at least for me, writing for friends and trying to get performers involved as you're writing. Not only does it make you a better composer via hearing things through the words of the people you try to get to perform your stuff, but your performers are more than likely going to want to perform it if they've helped shape it and have invested something in it other than "I'll play it b/c Presti needs me to." If you look at most famous composers throughout history, they were writing for somebody most of the time rather than just to write out of the blue. This can range from Mozart writing piano works for himself or friends to Poulenc writing chansons for Pierre Bernac out of friendship to Grieg writing songs for he and his wife to perform on tour!

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