can come from anywhere… love, hate, fear, a visa bill…
The mystery of inspiration is timeless. When an artist is hit with
it that is where the magic begins.
it is difficult for a composer to get one of their orchestral
compositions performed by a symphony or chamber orchestra, it
is still worthwhile persisting. The power, color and contrast in
sound that is available from a modern day orchestra make the orchestral
debut or world orchestral premiere of a composer’s work a
list of top-notch orchestral composers would be exhaustive, but
here are some of the top composers in this genre:
There are others from all eras including C.P.E.
Bach, Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky
the list is huge. Well, if that many composers felt strongly about
orchestral, and especially symphonic material, it is impossible
to dismiss writing for this massive force.
are practical pros and cons in pursuing orchestral compositions.
Here are the pros:
Gained knowledge of individual instruments.
Gained knowledge of orchestration.
Increased opportunities in meeting new contacts and musicians.
Increased opportunities of gaining a commissioned work, with the
potential of monetary gain through private or government grants.
Fairly decent royalty benefits per performance, depending on the
orchestra and the concert attendance.
are the dreaded cons:
Time consuming composing due to the complexities of composing
for a large number of instruments.
Limited amount of repeat performances.
Increased chance of a less than average performance, depending
on the difficulty of your composed work.
respect to the last bullet point, amateur and/or semi-professional
orchestras often request newly composed orchestral works. This is
a mixed blessing in that an ambitious composer is actually getting
a performance, but it is often under rehearsed, or too difficult
for the quality and experience of the players involved. To remedy
this, I would suggest presenting these types of orchestras with
slightly easier material.