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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000149.txt from 2010/05

From: "Vann Turner" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Arizona's "Anti-Genius Policy" [Klarinet]
Date: Sat, 15 May 2010 09:44:21 -0400


I've read with interest your original post, and the many responses (some
rude and unkind) to it.

I think your ultimate vindication can only be achieved by dedicating
yourself to your art alone, and not trying to fight the system.

No composer needs a Ph.D. It may be necessary for an academic position, but
with your health concerns such a position is probably not in the cards.

Unfortunately, I've not had opportunity to hear any of your compositions.
The descriptions seem to be of huge works that would constitute considerable
cost to perform. I suggest you continue to follow your muse in that, but I
would like to propose a challenge as well, one that -- if you meet it
successfully -- could be of immediate financial benefit to you and enrich
the clarinet literature:

Compose a Sonata for Clarinet alone, as Bernstein did as his first musical

There are thousands of recitals around the country each year. There are tens
of thousands of players. Potential sales -- if it is truly excellent -- are

Make your Sonata 1) of musical integrity, 2) of audience accessibility, and
3) challenging yet enjoyable to play.

Following that, direct your attention to works for small ensembles, making
each a sheer delight for players and audience.

Following that, use Ticheli as an example, composing works for band,
including concertos. There are thousands of college, high school and
community bands. There is a market for excellent concertos for soloist and

In other words, follow the example of the classical composers who directed
their muse to conform to the particular group of musicians they had before
them to play.

Show 'em all up, Bear, by producing works players want to play and audience
want to hear. That's how you'll beat them.

Best wishes!
Vann Joe Turner

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