I have taken so many knocks for a while, and it seems like ages since I have had a happy thing to post. Today, I have just such a thing: a very inspiring rehearsal process!
From now on, when I wake up feeling like composing is the worst possible occupation for me, I will request to see Tristan Bruns. Why? Because, after driving in the "SURPRISE, IT'S STILL WINTER" Chicago sleet and snow to our rehearsal, and after Tristan basically nailed every idea I've written down AND put careful choreographic notes of his own into the score, Tristan says things like:
"I really enjoy 'playing' your music."
And when I'm trying to find just the right explosively energetic thing for the end of a piece to trigger the next:
"How about I improvise a cadenza at the end of the third movement to kick off the string quartet that comes right after me?"
"Yeah, how about that, sir? You got something in mind?"
Uh, yeah. He and his Chicago Bears shirt has something in mind, alright. Here is just one of a thousand options right off the top of my pal Tristan's head.