I have tried out Finale's part-making capabilities in version 25, and used linked parts for the first time. Here are my notes.
I have finished engraving the score to my latest orchestral work. I will be scanning and re-scanning it for a while, but for now the score is done.
As noted in my last post about this, my current work centers around engraving the score of an orchestral work composed in Finale version 25. So far I have 6 pages engraved, with 3 more pages of music and 2 more pages of cover/title information (the cover and inside cover will be made in Microsoft Word).
This book could occupy all of your time if you wished. It is an essential read for every composer, containing the manual that nearly all great classical composers learned from. Contemporary composers still use it today both as a way to learn and a tool for teaching their students.
My go-to studio monitors for years have been a pair of Yamaha HS5 powered studio monitors. They have helped me produce 3 albums, hours of electroacoustic music, and listen deeply to mixes I love so I can understand them.
I wanted to provide this score so we can evaluate the areas that need engraving. Here is a laundry list of things that need to be changed. You can go through the score and see how chaotic things are pre-engraving, and how much work needs to be done to make the music playable.
To attain peace of mind, we seek stability. To find stability, we make money. To make money, we work more than we would like to, more than is healthy, or we work in unhealthy ways (corruption, theft, etc.). To work, we lose peace of mind.
I write a lot about technology here. But there is no technology more important to a composer than paper. Whether one uses pen or pencil, the use of paper is integral to one's development as a beginning composer and as an advanced one.
For now, I think I will have better use of my studio monitors and second screen. Here is a look of my new desk layout.
“Now that you’ve completed your comp degree, some advice: really, write for whatever you want. Except, well, for the organ. Don’t write for that… it’s impossible to figure it out.” A friend once told me his comp professor (at a mid-west school that will remain unnamed…) rather unceremoniously offered this as advice. Being an organist,... Continue Reading →
As one progresses, one becomes more and more specialized. Coursework selection, private study, extra studies outside of the university, thesis and dissertation all hone one to become less diversified, and more specialized.