Today, I finished the last editorial touches on a trio for Alto Saxophone, flute, and piano. I was excited to package it up, along with some recordings my friends Mike Sakash and Julia Hendrickson and John Cotter helped with. I'll be mailing it to Cincinnati tomorrow to be part of the National contest for "Distinguished Composer of the Year," a program of the Music Teachers' National Association. I am also posting it here, in case there are other trios like ours out there who want to play it.
Now some of you may ask whether I have copy-righted the music. Well, I do have my name clearly emblazoned on the scores. But I do want to share the experience of my music. That is I want people to hear it. To be living music, it needs players and an audience.
So if you would like to play this music, please do. All I ask is that you credit me with its composition in your performance and let me know if you plan to perform it. I'd like to know that my music is being played and (I hope) enjoyed in different places. Beyond those two things, I'd like you to you think a bit about how it might be possible to compensate me. I have considered putting a donate button on this site, but I haven't done that yet, nor am I convinced it's the right thing to do. I compose because I must. I earn my living as a music teacher (which occupation I dearly love). But more economic freedom would certainly buy me more time for composing. So if you like the music, think about this issue a bit and let me know what you think. What would be a convenient way for you to express your valuation of it? What would be fair? What would help more art flourish in the world?
Please follow this link to the folder with the sheet music in it
Files for Trio for Alto Saxophone, Flute, and Piano