I’m in an interesting place with a new piece I’ve begun, a place I’ve found myself several times before.
The piece is for saxophone quartet. I began with a strong, general concept, then I started sketching various musical ideas.
None of the musical ideas, though, really matched up with the overall concept. And I’m not really sold on any of them for their own merits, either.
My strategy, in this kind of situation, is to keep futzing with the sketches, in the hopes that at some point there will be a breakthrough, a moment of coalescence when details and outline fall into agreement. It’s an act of faith, really – there’s nothing in my work on this piece so far that guarantees the