As I shared in a previous post, renowned composer Dan Forrest visited the college this weekend as a guest speaker. It was quite a whirlwind of a weekend, but we all had a wonderful time as Dr. Forrest spoke in several of the music classes, met individually with the composition students for a private lesson, gave a public practicum session, and performed in a concert of that works last night.
I was able to present to Dr. Forrest my current work on The Light Princess in both a private lesson and in front of an audience where he gave suggestions and advice on how to improve my piece. I presented two movements from The Light Princess using the Garritan Sounds through Finale playback that I had tweaked to sound much better. For the tenor solo that the prince sings in the story, I asked Richard Dinsmoor to play the part of the prince.
Dr. Forrest had several great suggestions, but I think my biggest takeaway from the meeting was that I need to work hard to notate the music exactly as I want the players to perform it and not leave as much up to their interpretation. Secondly, I learned that I need to find the right balance between words and music in order to tell the story the best way possible.
I am very thankful to Dr. Forrest for his kind words and advice. It was a pleasure to meet him again and I look forward to his next visit!