In composing the latest project for trumpet, toy piano, and percussion ensemble, it’s been a relatively quick process. From the initial sketches to a solidified form to writing it down has taken no time at all. Now that I only have one more section to complete, I’ve hit a roadblock in a way. Where earlier in the piece, I could spend one hour writing a unified, coherent one and a half to two minutes of music, I am now spending that amount of time on three to six measures at a time.
It could be a number of things such as the texture is dense enough to require this amount of effort, or distractions such as relocating to Brooklyn this summer or preparing for June in Buffalo. My goal is to have the piece completed by June, and I’m confident I can, but this slow going can be a bit discouraging.