Over the past several months, several former and current students have asked me to read over some of their new compositions. Last week, another fine musician who is actually studying to be a pharmacist asked if I would read one of his compositions.
It is always exciting for me to read new works by young composers. I am always particularly intrigued by the enormous amount of energy that seems to leap from each page, drawing me into the heart and soul of their music. Quite often, the requests to read new works will be peppered with apologies, expressing the young composer’s inexperience. The fresh young composers never realize just how invigorated I am with their desire and effort to attempt such a feat. Composing is no easy task. Just the fact that they are even trying their hand at something like this is impressive to me.
The other thing they don’t realize is just how honored I am, and even touched, by the fact that they’ve invited me to share a very personal moment in their music development. Being asked to listen to, or read, a new score is much like someone letting you in on their heart’s deepest and most precious secret. A composer is giving birth to a creation just as a mother does with the newborn baby – It is very personal.
I am eager to receive my next composition to read. I do not even know the young composer personally, but we have shared several years of Facebook interaction. I do remember him as a high school musician, but our paths never crossed. I am eager, and very appreciative, to share this young man’s passion and love for music.
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