I while ago in my composition studio class we discussed how long is life of a piece of music. We discussed the life of a piece of music; from when first final double bar line is placed to the first, second, and maybe final performances or publication. We also discussed what composers do to ensure that their pieces live on. So I ask you...
What is the average life of your pieces?
What steps do you take to ensure an read through, first, second, and/or third performance?
Do you even intend for your pieces read through by performers or heard by an audience or the mainly for your listening pleasure only?
Are you satisfied with the sample sounds you get from your computer or do you try for the real thing?
Are your pieces written in such a way that they can only be heard within the confines of your computer?
Discuss: The Life of a Piece of Music.