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Scores for chamber pieces
Last post Sun, Oct 14 2018 by William, 22 replies.
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Posted on Sun, Oct 14 2018 01:42
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 391

I've been away this past week, but it's nice to see the additional comments from Paul, William, Anand, et al.  The struggle to gain recognition, respect, and financial success has always been and will always be a reality for composers.  I do try to avoid suggesting composition must inevitably be a hobby...surely it can be for many (most?) and especially those with musical training that pursued other avenues to earn a living and now compose in retirement (for which I know a few of our members like Paul and Jos do).  However, the connotation of "hobbyist" seems to undermine the extensive training, practice, and life-long learning/committment to our art and inevitably reinforces the opinion that most on the outside would have about musicians/composers.  For me, I consider model train building, camping, cooking, and a select few other activities to be my hobby, and music to be my "job."  No, it doesn't pay well, but the mindset of it being "work" allows me to produce more often/consistent than if I relegated it to hobby status.  

Dave

www.dearvillainmusic.com - music for live performance by David Carovillano

www.acclarion.ca - concert accordion & clarinet duo
Posted on Sun, Oct 14 2018 01:51
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5164

I agree with Dave - "hobby" is somewhat denigrating.  

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