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Fit To Print: A “Hyperhistory” of the Current State of American Music Publishing

John RobinsonPhoto by Melissa Richard The English verb “to publish” is derived from the Latin verb publicare, meaning “to make available.” Most people think that music publishing is similar to book publishing, and many aspects are parallel. Selection: Publishers of both books and music employ editors who sift through countless submissions by aspiring writers and […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why Randall Davidson

Randall Davidsonphoto courtesy of Boys Art Music Self-publishing contemporary music is not at the glamorous end of the tide-pool. As a result, very little of my time is spent addressing the ocean of conductor/producers in the world who “might” use my music. I’m more aware of what’s close at hand, of the subtle currents that […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdonphoto by Patented Photos I basically do everything that an established publishing house does: I take orders from customers, print scores and parts, do the binding, mail the music, do the billing, report performances to ASCAP, and negotiate contracts for commissions. The duplication of music is not that difficult – any copy place can […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why Donald Martino

Donald Martinophoto by Lourdes Awad, courtesy of Dantalian, Inc. If not the first, I am certainly very nearly the first composer to establish by himself, for himself, and without banding together with other composers, a fully commercial publishing house which produces engraved or autographed editions in quantity by offset printing. It was the emerging tendency […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why Terry Riley

Terry Rileyphoto courtesy New Albion Records For many years my written music was being handled for me by a publisher which was somewhat unfamiliar with what is needed to send out scores and parts to orchestras and other chamber groups. I supplied them with masters that were for the most part printed out from my […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why Amy Rubin

Amy Rubinphoto courtesy of Musicians Accord Self-publishing has permitted me to circulate my music to a wide variety of performers throughout the United States and Europe. I send perusal scores as quickly as possible to ensembles and soloists who express general interest in my work, and in addition I answer “calls for scores” listed in […]

How do you listen to music most of the time?

I am an incurable record collector. For me, the ability to hear something whenever I want it is more alluring than most live concert experiences. And there are so musicians I want to hear whom I would never be able to hear any other way than on a recording, due to both geographic and chronological […]

How does the venue and the audience affect the music you play? Oliver Lake

Oliver LakePhoto by Chris Drukker It’s very difficult to describe the effect that different venues have on my performances. Certain audiences have different energies. Often the audience becomes a part of the performance and that can affect the performance in different ways. The more intimate, the better. I primarily play for myself and hope that […]