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As we enter into this last phase of rehearsing the four new pieces for our premiere at 14:00 in the Town Hall, I have been thinking about the journey that the four ECPDP composers have taken with Ensemble 10/10.
It is rare for composers to be given the opportunity to truly experiment with a large ensemble. Beginning in March of this year, we were given that chance. All four of us were allowed to try out sketches that used techniques and ideas that we might have been wary of using if we were in the typical situation of having only one or two rehearsals before an imminent concert. The ensemble made their best effort to realise everyone's sketches and gave honest and creative feedback in two workshops separated by several months. This process allowed each composer to stretch him/herself in new ways.
In the end, we have arrived at four distinct pieces for the same ensemble that emphasize very different aspects of the instrumental possibilities. Some of the pieces ask the ensemble to blend. Others aim for maximal instrumental differentiation. All of the works are in very different styles, but I think that, despite our great aesthetic differences, all four composers have benefited immensely from going through the rehearsal process with each other. Personally, I have found the process tremendously inspiring for my work going forward. I am very excited to hear the final products of our work with Ensemble 10/10 premiered tomorrow.
Elizabeth A Kelly ECPDP Composer working with Ensemble 10/10