Occasionally, Sequenza21 contributors have a discussion about what constitutes a “professional” composer. I always chuckle. Saying you are a “composer” is like a janitor calling himself a “mopper”:
“My mopping talents aren’t as appreciated as they should be, so I sweep and deodorize on the side.”
This week I’ll research extended tuba techniques for a commission I’m
working on, discuss libretti with a couple of sopranos, coordinate
outreach for a residency I’m doing in Wyoming, remix one of my
installation works for stereo/live performance, jury some pop music
recordings, teach a few guitar lessons, gather programs for royalties,
and try to hustle even more work of this nature. None of these distract from the others.
They all feed each other.
Most composers aren’t composers. They’re”¦
Or am I the only one?