chapter  11
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Collaborating With and Supporting Composers

ByHarold Rosenbaum

One way to interact is for conductor to issue a call for scores, to obtain music, and to support composers who often struggle to have their works performed. If conductors advertise this venture as a competition, conductors may wish to request a small fee per piece, although composers naturally would prefer not to have to pay anything. It is a noble and time-honored tradition to commission composers to sustain their livelihoods and talents, and to add new pieces to the repertoire. After the commissioning agreement has been concluded, conductors should offer guidance throughout their creative process. If at the point where the score is offered as a first draft or in completed form conductor should see room for improvement, he/she should discuss this with the composer, who will appreciate the opportunity to learn from his/her feedback. With the presence of classical music diminishing throughout the world, it is important to encourage composers on all levels to pursue their ideals.