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7. ten golden rules


I’ve compiled a list of ideas that express some of the most important guiding principles I’ve discovered in my own development as a writer. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but I call them my “ten golden rules.”

  1. Write the music to fit the performance situation.
  2. Every performer in the ensemble should have a good part.
  3. Decide how much control each player should have over the music and how much control you should retain. Then write accordingly.
  4. Get the musical effect you want with the least effort.
  5. Always use the best players you can find.
  6. You should be able to sing your music.
  7. When you get stuck, don’t stop.
  8. Transcribing is the second best way to learn to write music.
  9. Develop, revise, rewrite, re-use!
  10. Always try to include something new or unusual in your work.

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