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I have to have a work performed at least 2 times a year to stay in music school (for composition degree... that's not nearly my only major, though).

So. hahah. At least twice. But, I have been averaging 5-10 performances of my works a year.

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Since I am not in school in the past few years I have been getting 1- 3 performances per year.

Very impressed Morivou - 5-10? What are you doing?

Well, first off: my friends are performing this stuff. Like, they always ask me to write them "voice/piano" songs to sing. I have to church those out monthly to keep up with that. And, they don't perform them at the school. At Jacobs, this far, I have only had one performance. But, I have three scheduled for next semester. A Wind Quartet, I am doing my own song cycle of Rumi poems (v/p), and a set of piano etudes.

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I have to have a work performed at least 2 times a year to stay in music school (for composition degree... that's not nearly my only major, though).

So. hahah. At least twice. But, I have been averaging 5-10 performances of my works a year.

What school do you go to?

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Well, at Juilliard last year I got 1 piece performed and 2 read. This year I'll have at least that, and going into a year from now a full blown orchestral work I am working on (my 10th symphony!)

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yes, Graham will have more symphonies than Haydn and Mozart together


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Oh that's nice of you frog.

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yes, Graham will have more symphonies than Haydn and Mozart together


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Oh that's nice of you frog.

His music is awesome. As Schönberg once said: "I wish I could write music like that" (referring to Grieg's piano concerto though)

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Does anyone here ever get their music played by professional ensembles or orchestras? I have had one piece recorded on a small music label and two pieces played by professional musicians in the past four years I've been composing.

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It's not so easy in America. Over here, we have SO many musicians that are doing professional works that there isn't a market for emerging composers to just get stuff performed.

How it works here: In general, you have to get lucky, or you have to win competitions.

Competitions aren't too bad. I have won a couple. I got 40,000 dollars for my Toccata and it was performed by professional musicians. I consider that pretty good for a 17 year old at the time. But, then again, it's the only composition I have ever entered into a competition. hahaha.

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I don't know how this will read, but anything I compose will get performed... The frequency of when something comes out is a mildly complicated issue that cannot be explained right now, but my goal for a few years now is to NOT compose unless it will be performed (and paid one way or another)...

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thank you I feel so special :) yes my 10th symphony! if I counted the 5 I don't like it would be 15; but I wrote those when I was 5 and 6 and my music wasn't good yet :P

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I don't know how this will read, but anything I compose will get performed... The frequency of when something comes out is a mildly complicated issue that cannot be explained right now, but my goal for a few years now is to NOT compose unless it will be performed (and paid one way or another)...

If you're doing it for a living... it only makes sense. haha.

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thank you I feel so special :) yes my 10th symphony! if I counted the 5 I don't like it would be 15; but I wrote those when I was 5 and 6 and my music wasn't good yet :P

Try fixing those up so you can say that you've written 15!

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If you're doing it for a living... it only makes sense. haha.

Yes, true that. But I wasn't always making a living from composing directly (for example when studying)... So it wasn't only for making a living... (it was trying to make a living perhaps... hehe).

However, I was thinking about this thread since yesterday and I realised that this attitude has led me to a very specific path: That where I have not composed for reall big forces... I knew, until recently, that I wouldn't be able to get a piano concerto performed and thus I skipped composing one. Same goes for big orchestral forces. Recently this seems to have changed and thus I will be entering the field of composing for orchestra... For better or worst... :P

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Don't worry. Composing for orchestra can be fun. I like to explore the different tone colours I can get by doubling specific instruments. I just finished my 8 pieces for orchestra to enter in the SSO's competition to celebrate 80 years together. If it wins, then I would get it performed ant the Sydney Opera House concert hall in march next year under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy.

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Don't worry. Composing for orchestra can be fun. I like to explore the different tone colours I can get by doubling specific instruments. I just finished my 8 pieces for orchestra to enter in the SSO's competition to celebrate 80 years together. If it wins, then I would get it performed ant the Sydney Opera House concert hall in march next year under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Careful, Froggy.

This guy has an advanced degree. ;)

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