Composing Tip #10: Write Idiomatically

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Write idiomatically for the instrument; write stuff that sounds impressive, but lies well and is relatively easy to play; don’t write stuff that sounds easy but is difficult to play well. Players will praise your name for writing the former – or curse you if you write the latter. Keep asking yourself, would I like to perform this? – if you can’t answer an enthusiastic yes, start over.

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