This is one of my earlier compositions, but not more than 15 years old. Remember the bad old days before composing software, when cut and paste meant with a scissors and a glue stick, and Wite Out was a composer's best friend? Just think how Bach composed with a quill and ink, by candle light and no bifocals. I wonder if his first practices went like ours.
Jim: Hey, Larry , is this an A or a G?
Larry: “Well, it looks like an A but it could be a G. Ask Rod, he has his glasses on.
Rod: It's a G. It's definitely a G, but it sounds wrong.
Jim: That's because you're playing it on a trumpet. Play it up a step.
Rod: It still sounds wrong.
Larry: You have the music up-side down. It's an B.
Rod: It's still wrong.
Jim: Oh, wait. It was a pizza stain. It brushed right off. Never mind.
This piece was composed on paper for chamber orchestra and was performed about 12 years ago. This March I gave it a Beethoven orchestration to use in the symphony. It only works if you listen carefully. So turn up the volumn and consentrate.