Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Commissioning New Music – What Is It All About?

Would you like to do something extraordinary? Would you like to make history? Would you like to increase the measure of happiness and beauty in the world? Why not commission a new piece of music?

Who Can Commission New Music?

– An artist seeking to expand his or her repertoire
– An ensemble seeking a fresh way to define their style
– A choreographer, filmmaker, or visual artist wanting to add the aural dimension to their creative project
– An organization to celebrate community’s landmark
– A patron to honor an important family or social event
– A consortium of ensembles to bring a larger work to life at a shared expense

Why Not Simply Use Existing Music?

– Because its style, duration, and instrumentation have been tailored to someone else’s project or needs
– Because our generation has a responsibility to create our own legacy and to speak with our own voice. We don’t want to endlessly remake old movies or play Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
– Because cliché choices of preexisting music often break an otherwise compelling project

What Do You Get Out of Commissioning New Music?

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3 comments on “Commissioning New Music – What Is It All About?

  1. georgiaodette
    September 19, 2013

    Great Blog! Best wishes, Georgia x

    • Dosia McKay
      September 19, 2013

      Thank you for stopping by Georgia.

      • georgiaodette
        September 20, 2013

        You’re welcome! Would absolutely love you to have a look at my blog, I only started yesterday! Best wishes, Georgia x

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