Having moved into running a music festival, I’m increasingly been pulled away from percussion and more into the world of wind and string chamber music.
It isn’t a bad world to live in, at all - Mozart, Schumann, Dvorak. It is the core of our art form, and represents some of the high points in western civilization
Increasingly, percussion music is finding its own masterpieces - and performance groups are out there like never before performing, teaching and pushing into the literature music that is as important and valuable as anything else that has been written.
However, I still struggle with our pedagogical literature - what we use to teach young musicians how to learn percussion chamber music. We still have major gaps in our rep, and I honestly wish more performers and ensembles of note would seek out not just the next great masterpiece, but high quality works written by real composers for younger musicians
I dare you!
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