Reorchestrating

Jeremy is in the midst of reorchestrating our opera, THE LONG WALK, in preparation for its second outing in Utah this coming March. That's a lot of links in one sentence, but all worthy ones. Orchestrating is an intricate business that demands an intrepid soul at its helm. Especially these days, when the world seems to be spinning out of control all around us. To my eye, orchestrating is a little like building Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia. The composer erects a multifarious, visionary structure out of an endless web of detail. The work is so complex, days can be spent on a minute of music. When a new scene arrives in my inbox, I print out the score and sit down to listen and read along, attempting to make sense of 18 simultaneous lines of information all stacked one on top of the other. Each page goes flying by in a flash. After reading a score I feel somehow smarter, as if I've exercised muscles in my brain I didn't know I had. In other words, I am in awe of what Jeremy is doing.

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