As part of the discussion I started about commissioning guitar scores from contemporary composers, I listed a few whose work I admire, including Michael Karmon
, who has written a lot of guitar music including pieces for Martha Masters, Denis Azabagic, and Michael Partington. He responded to the post enthusiastically, and came up with the idea of a group commission
. He describes it as, ""Backpack Pieces"... a suite of 10 movements, each under 2 minutes and with its own unique character. They will be easy to sight-read, play, and even memorize, and I envision it as music that exists purely for the joy of playing it." Michael wrote the first movement, available at http://michaelkarmon.com/pdf/BPsample.pdf
as a sample of the kind of music he has in mind.
Each of nine people (I've already signed up for the project) can commission
a movement that will be dedicated to them for a small fee. Once completed, the whole score will be available exclusively to the commissioners for 6 months to play, perform, record, or give away, but is not to be sold. After that time, it will be available as a free download from Michael's site. He will retain the copyright, as he would for any commission
Commissioners will have their choice of movement in order of their participation in the project. Payment would not be due until the piece is complete which should be by the end of the year.
If you are interested, please use this thread to verbally commit to a movement, then PM or email Michael or I to work out the details.
I think this is a great opportunity to have a piece of music of your own, to support the creation of new repertoire that is not aimed exclusively at professional-level players, and a gracious offer from Michael, who says, "I have two main reasons for wanting to write this piece. First, I intend it as a friendly gesture toward the many enthusiastic and energetic list members. And second, I've been wanting to write some relatively easy music, and this project seems like a perfect opportunity."
Too many guitars, not enough time.