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Staying in Prague (which is in the heart of Europe), I used the Romani people and their culture as inspiration for this very short piece, that is in a dance-like character. I was approached by a Gypsy soothsayer whilst here, and this encounter inspired me to write music. The material is short and concise, and it borrows influence from Central European nomads as such. I'd love to hear your input and enjoy!
This is my work for the current competition. Notes (English and Spanish): Paul Klee Notes_ENG.pdf Paul Klee Notas_ESP.pdf Scores: 01 REFUGE - SCORE.pdf 02 ANCIENT SOUND - SCORE.pdf 03 MACHINE - SCORE.pdf 04 THE MIDDLE PATH - SCORE.pdf 05 SHE ROARS WE PLAY - SCORE.pdf 06 STILL LIFE - SCORE.pdf 07 AD PARNASSUM - SCORE.pdf 08 (TUNISIAN) SOUTHERN GARDENS - SCORE.pdf 09 DOMES - SCORE.pdf Audios: 01 REFUGE.mp3 02 ANCIENT SOUND.mp3 03 MACHINE.mp3 04 THE MIDDLE PATH.mp3 05 SHE ROARS WE PLAY.mp3 06 STILL LIFE.mp3 07 AD PARNASSUM.mp3 08 (TUNISIAN) SOUTHERN GARDENS.mp3 09 DOMES.mp3 Youtube version:
Does it constitute the creation of art of universal value? Or does it constitute spiritual revelation? Or is it an intellectual act with an intellectual rather than an artistic product? Does it constitute a message to humanity? Does it constitute a manifestation of human civilization, of human culture? More negatively perhaps, do composers via their compositions seek their own glory, attention, and praise? Does composition at some level constitute an instance of the vain human motivation of seeking recognition and praise? On the other hand, what is the contribution of composition - that a composer makes via composition - to life, to society, and to human history?
I thought it might be a good idea to start this thread as a place to share concerns and vent frustrations related to being a composer and working in the arts. I'm going to start by responding to this thread, which was veering off topic: http://forum.youngco...on/page__st__10 CO, I understand that struggle between goals/dreams and necessities as well. I'm starting to feel like continuing my education in a PhD program is a bad idea. I applied to five programs, was accepted into one, and I was offered zero financial aid. I accepted the offer of admission because it's a public school and much cheaper than most. I'm about to move into Manhattan so that I can be within twenty minutes of my school (I spent the last two years living in a a place where I couldn't have guests and traveling an hour and a half, one way, to get to school, so it's time for a change) and, as you know, this is not cheap. I'm very fortunate to be able work from home as a sheet music engraver. I can essentially work as much as I want and I'm trying really hard to pay for school without taking out more loans (I'm already over $30,000 in debt from undergrad and a master's program), but I don't think I'm going to be able to manage. In order to live in Manhattan, pay for loans, pay for school, and eat I need to work nearly full-time WHILE attending school. I am not looking forward to this upcoming year, in which I'll have to probably put friendships and new relationships on hold. I'm making music my life but I wonder if I'm going to end up feeling resentful and like I wasted my twenties. The thing is with my job I could just walk away from it all and live nearly anywhere in the U.S. I want, have extra money to travel, and actually live a life where I could set music aside at night and spend time with friends or pursuing other hobbies. The catch would be nearly giving up composing or teaching as a career, or coming back to it after years of paying off debt and saving money, by which point I might have a family to think about.