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Compost heap. This is the amount that is produ...

My problem is that I’m interested in too many things. I already have two blogs (Horn Insights, Improv Insights) and a web site (U of Iowa Horn Studio), but I was inspired this morning to start another one about a subject interests me that doesn’t really fit any of the others: musical composition. Horn Insights is about the instrument and various aspects of music; Improv Insights is about creating your own spontaneous music as a classical musician; Composition Insights will be a collection of inspirations, reflections, procedures, stories, and general whatnot about writing music down. Composing is a long-range activity where you constantly learn more about the process, which will affect what you compose and how you compose it. As you listen to more kinds of music and take it apart and experiment, skills and tastes change. I am going to treat this space as a kind of musical compost (maybe the site should be called Composting Insights or Compostition Insights) heap to record my experiences, old and new, on the subject. I hope that it will attract the thoughts of others who will be inspired to share their experiences and thoughts as we go along.

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