<< -- 3 -- Patric Standford CREATING 'THE EMPEROR'S ORCHESTRA'
14 September 2000
Phone calls from Ian K. Dates of performances will be March 2001; Barrie
Rutter unlikely to be the narrator, pressure of work (true, he's planning
productions of King John in the spring and, it seems, he doesn't much like
the story!). And most important, what is my fee? Applications to the RVW
Trust and Yorkshire Arts are in preparation to be sent next week, latest.
It would seem that the project is on. Better wait to see if they can get
any money together.
19 September 2000
Received funding application forms to sign. Wrote a short fanfare for
the Emperor. Can't get serious about it until there is a contract;
composers should always be careful to secure the business side before devoting
too much time to what could be an involved and intricate task. Stravinsky
always recommended having the piece written before getting the commission
for it. But he always was ahead of himself.
8 October 2000
But one has to be prepared. Knowing that something might be wanted is
too inviting to prevent some preparatory work being done. Began some preliminary
drafting and decided it was going to be difficult to create a distinction
between the orchestra's bored and inspired times. Sketched out a few bars
of 'boring' music. Became rather suspicious that this was quite easy -- and
I was unable to think of anything 'inspired'. Is there going to be something
in this project that tells me more about myself than I want to know? Wrote
another fanfare which was supposed to be good; played it to my son (who
generally visits on Sunday for food) and he thought it was awful. And he's
a typical member of a 'family audience'.
Copyright © 8 May 2001
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