I am Bryan Anderson, an organist at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. I'm asking you to help me to commission Andrew Hsu, a rising young composer at Curtis. He has won many awards, including multiple ASCAP Morton Gould Awards and the BMI William Schuman Prize. The Kalamazoo Gazette recently described his music as "deftly [demonstrating] the unity that can exist within enormous musical, textural, and thematic diversity." If you want to read more about Andrew's work or listen to some of it, you can visit his website at andrewhsumusic.com or hear recordings of his music at his SoundCloud account: soundcloud.com/blacknwhitekeys.
This is an exciting project, as large-scale new organ works are a rarity in today's compositional scene. The work, when completed, will be of use to many musicians not only in a concert setting, but also liturgical settings. It will be premiered at my graduation recital in the 2014-2015 season and will be subsequently available for purchase. Please join me in supporting Andrew's composition.
Risks and challenges
Andrew Hsu here. Music Composition, like any another artistic endeavor, is a grueling task. Unlike most other fields of study, there is no right or wrong answer to anything. Thus, composition is a combination of following instinct and drawing from a vast legacy of music already written by others.
However, there are times when one feels that one cannot trust one's instinct, or feels intimidated by music one is exposed to. There are times when inspiration runs dry: writers call this "writers' block". In any case, as evidenced by the notebooks of great masters like Beethoven and Schumann, this process is difficult and arduous, yet it all pays off when one puts the final double bar at the end of a drafted work. Work never finishes either: once the piece is drafted, it goes on continuous revision, even long after the premiere of the work.
However, like all other composers before me, I go through this process again and again because of simple reasons: I love it (I can't really imagine myself doing anything else) and I have something to say. In this case, something related to Bryan and the organ.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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