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New (relatively) trio

Here's a link to a relatively new trio for flute, viola and contrebass. Why these instruments? Well, the work was written in response to a call for scores. Thoughts?

https://soundcloud.com/bill-joel/trio-b-1

Added by William J. Joel on February 12, 2015 at 3:17pm — 2 Comments

Frustration

How can I say this, gently ... I am so frustrated that there are insufficient avenues for the amateur composer to have their works read/played. And worse, it seems that many believe that only folks under thirty can be called new composers. What is someone, like me, started seriously composing late in life, after dealing a non-musical career? Are we to be penalized because we're "old"?

Nuff said!

Added by William J. Joel on February 12, 2015 at 12:02pm — 7 Comments

Getting your stuff played

What I find the hardest thing do, for someone with composition as an advocation, is to find groups to perform my stuff. Occasionally, I've been able to get students at my school to do a cold reading of a work, but that's getting harder to do. And forget about local groups. So where do I go?

Added by William J. Joel on January 8, 2011 at 7:01pm — 5 Comments

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