Since I can’t sleep, and if I stare at Sibelius (this one, not this one) any longer today my brain may start to bleed, I guess it’s as good a time as any for an update. (I almost said, “I figure it’s as good a time as any…,” but that may have geographically pegged me a little too specifically) This week’s never-ending project has been to tame said notation software into submission, allowing me to create an appropriate score for Ponder, the piece I’m writing for the 2012 Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts at Brandeis (for more info, see my previous blog).

The issue at hand is creating a score of musical “cells”, rather than continuous measures on a staff. Of course, Sibelius doesn’t always like to be helpful, and so the only way I’ve found is, to put it mildly, extremely convuluted and non-user friendly. I won’t bore you with details (I’ll just keep complaining instead).


So because of the technological hurdles, things are moving slowly but surely (And don’t call me Shirley), and not really in the “I’m savoring the art, blah, blah…” kind of way. More like in the “It’s been four hours and I finally have a page of the score formatted” kind of way. But I have begun to figure it out, so hopefully the rest of the parts will go more quickly.

What is making the whole thing bearable, however, is that I’m still very excited about the project! The end product, in my head at least, should be very cool, and fun to perform. As a teaser, here’s a look at the first page of the score for Part 1:












That’s it for now. If I’m going to stay awake, I should probably actually get something done. More soon!




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