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Composing with Finale® by Mark Johnson

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Chapter 13. Instrumental Ensembles

It seems like most folks, including myself, spend the balance of their worldly effort struggling to make things easy: work overtime, receive extra coin, hire dude to clean out the gutters so you don’t have to. Composers have it completely backward: leave work early, place hands on keyboard, brazenly write yourself into completely unknown territory and then agonize over every note, navigating your ill-prepared butt out. Only we can know the true limits of our potential, which we blithely overestimate, but with luck emerge from the chaos stronger. The trade-off seems to be wisdom as we desperately seek that next self-inflicted torture device. Masochism— it’s the innovator’s favorite dish.

And throughout this process ...

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