Ep 131-Jonathan Newman on Doing What Works

Ep 131-Jonathan Newman on Doing What Works

Jonathan Newman composes music rich with rhythmic drive and intricate sophistication, creating broadly colored musical works that incorporate styles of pop, blues, jazz, folk, and funk into otherwise classical models. Recent works include MERIDIAN for orchestra, and BLOW IT UP, START AGAIN, which has been performed by orchestras worldwide. He is currently composing a MASS, commissioned by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and serves as Dir. of Composition at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia.

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Composer Jonathan Newman discusses doing what works, communicating clearly through your scores, the power of having an assistant and why you need to know who you’re writing for.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • BCM International
  • Forums & bulletin boards
  • Fast communication between notation and performance
  • Robert Heinlein
  • What works
  • Not listening to naysayers
  • Composing is problem solving
  • A forced jump into composition
  • Being a copyist
  • Having a portfolio of income generating activities
  • Hiring an assistant
  • Sarah Meals
  • Having a functional website
  • What publishing means
  • Know who you’re writing for
  • Find the ensembles who want the music you’re writing
  • Make performance materials professional
  • Show that you care
  • Show tunes


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