Who Would Be A Composer?

Crash Ensemble

Who Would Be A Composer?

Michel Dervan, writing in the Irish Times, asks who would still want to be a composer today:

Why would anyone want to be a composer? It’s an incredibly demanding calling. It’s badly paid, save for a select few. It’s under-appreciated in the majority of cases, at least in the eyes of the composers themselves. And the ratio of work to quantifiable reward is crazily off the wrong end of the scale.

But people still want to compose. More than 100 scores were submitted for the Crash Ensemble’s Free State concert this year by composers ‘from or based in Ireland’. The Irish Composers’ Collective never seems to have a shortage of works to fill its monthly concert slots. And student ventures seem to be thriving, too.


Published on 18 December 2012

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