From performer to composer - starting to write your own pieces
In the 18th and 19th century it was normal for a performer to also be a composer. Then in the 20th century composing was often seen as something too intellectual and specialised for performers to dabble in! However, happily those days are over. Now many performers, from students to international artists are composing their own pieces.
Christine Draeger started as a performer but have been composers for many years. She will talk about how she got started and give some practical strategies for participants to start writing their own pieces.
Coincidentally, three of the artists at the 2019 festival; Wissam Boustany, Matthias Ziegler and Ian Clarke are composers who started as performers.
Topics to be covered include
Why do you want to compose? Answering this question will shape your piece in a definite direction. Some answers might include;
- To write a virtuosic solo to show off my technique, tone, legato etc
- To write a piece to celebrate a birth, wedding, memorial, birthday etc
- Because I’m interested in the process of composing
Strategies to develop your ideas into a piece.
- Improvisation as a way into composing
- Arranging existing works for flute
- Writing for accompanying instruments
-Tools; notation programs, working with electronics
Participants should bring their flute, manuscript paper and a pencil.