Music Composers Unite!
Today I finally got a chance to actually sit down at the piano (well, an electronic one, but still) and try to play my fugue in C# minor myself for the first time. And I was greatly dismayed to discover that I couldn't play it at all... What sounded relatively tame in midi turned out to be extremely difficult for me to play. That's probably a sign of how lousy my non-existent piano skills are, or perhaps fugues are just hard to play, period. I struggled just to even hit the right notes (nevermind getting the rhythms right, and don't even mention at tempo), and afterwards was left wondering to myself, Did I really write all this crazy-hard stuff?!!
In contrast, the 201 bars of my fantasia-sonata in G minor were no problem at all... mainly because it was primarily composed at the piano. :-P (Well, OK, I still struggled with the articulation of some passages, but it's miles ahead of my disappointing attempts to play my own fugue.) Which makes me wonder about how my fugues would have turned out if I had composed them at the piano rather than on the computer... and whether our contemporary generation of computer-based composers are churning out stuff that's unnecessarily hard to perform just because the difficulty is all but lost to us, no thanks to the prowess of technology.