Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Rubble Becomes Art – Score Editing


The final and crucial step of self-editing. Yes, I could catch the same mistakes on the computer screen, but there is something tangible and more immediate about editing on paper. I want to make sure that the performers’ experience is seamless and therefore want to see the score from their perspective. I used to work as a technical illustrator and still venture out into the world of graphic design, so yes, I am going to obsess about the distance between the barline and the first accidental. I also like my stems to be slightly longer than the Sibelius’ default. Blame it on my first music theory teacher who taught us the correct penmanship of the clefs, stems, accidentals, and noteheads. I am so very thrilled about presenting this commissioned work to Kate Steinbeck and Pan Harmonia and want everything to be perfect and elegant.


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