The piece will be premiering on November 17th, 2014 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. It will be performed by the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra as part of their 50th anniversary season.
Risks and challenges
Any orchestral concert requires a substantial amount of money. These costs encompass renting the concert hall and rehearsal space, hiring the musicians, renting the music, etc. This is all part of the orchestra’s normal operating budget. With a brand new piece, there are even more costs involved in bringing the music from the composer’s mind to the listener’s ear.
The composer’s fee is a standard rate of pay which is set by the Canadian League of Composers, and is adhered to by all funding agencies and orchestras in Canada. Once the piece is written and all the pitches notated for each instrument, the music then goes to a music engraver. This individual is a very specialized file editor who is not only a musician, but also familiar with music-notation software, and the music editing “laws” set out by the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association. This ensures that each member of the orchestra, the conductor, and the soloist receives a part (the individual piece of music that sits on the music stand) that is legible and error-free. This process is vital to the performance of the piece as it ensures that all musicians have their correct parts as was intended by the composer. Once the music engraver has completed this work, the parts then have to be photocopied onto standard music-part paper and taped.
With this particular piece, Blue on Blue, we will also be hiring a soloist. This means that the orchestra is obliged to pay the artist’s fee and travel expenses for the 3-day rehearsal period and the performance. Soloists are busy people and can be flying in from practically anywhere as they go from one gig to the next!
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