Correcting Proofs

One of the great things about working with a publisher is that they get to re-engrave your music, and then send it so that you can proof read through it.  While this can get really tedious at times, it allows me to look at the piece again from a whole new perspective.  It’s not just about correcting errors that pop up, it’s about looking at the smallest details and asking, “is that really the best way to say that?”  “Is this the clearest way I can say this?”  “Is this a detail that will help someone at first glance, or make them think twice?”

Doing this for “Midnight Clear,” has been an interesting way to look at the piece again and ask these questions.  There’s been a few things that I found and decided to change to reflect better what I want and how it was recording by the BYU Singers.  I love the way it was recorded so much and after listening to it a few times, I can see how to better reflect what I want through the way it turned out.  Does that make sense?  It’s almost like having it spelled out in the recording what it should say in the score.  Although these types of changes have been very few.

This reminds me of what sound engineers say about making movies, “Movies are never finished, they just escape.”  I guess you can say the same about music scores.


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