Composer / Arranger / Performer Connections

Nov 29, 2018

I have an idea for something that can be done at some level just with the existing Groups facility, but I thought I'd get some feedback on whether it makes sense to have more structural support on the site.  Or maybe you can just point me to where this is already happening :-)

The idea is this: there are composers and arrangers who are writing music they want to hear performed by real ensembles, and there are ensembles out there looking for new music to perform.  Why not create a mechanism to connect them?

Obviously, there is a lot of music on this site for people to download and try to play, but not all of it is actually designed for performance.  The instrumentation often doesn't match that of any common ensemble formats, parts are not generated or edited to print reasonably, etc.  That's not a bad thing, but it does make this music not that well suited for ensembles looking for print-ready music.  So just finding the music actually designed for live performance is a challenge.

Also, there is no straightforward way to search the site for music of a particular ensemble type (string quartet, jazz big band, SATB choir, etc).  I mean, if I want string quartet music, I can filter on scores of 4 instruments that include violin, viola, and cello, and that does OK, but this isn't really a viable way to search for other common ensemble formats.  I see on the left sidebar of the Community page there is "Orchestra" and "Band" under "Styles and Categories", but that's about it.  If I want brass quintet, the best I can do is try to find a matching a group using the site search facility.  But maybe there aren't any good matches, or there is a group but it mostly dead, or there are multiple competing groups.  And in any case, many of the scores do not have formatted parts available, so they really aren't suited for musicians looking for music to perform.

So what I'm wanting to see is something like a set of moderated groups for specific ensemble formats, organized on the left sidebar of the Community page in the same way we have Styles & Categories.  Moderation would be to ensure that music added to the group actually fits the ensemble format and has print-ready parts.  I can certainly just create some groups and hope for the best, but I do think this sort of site support would be helpful.

My goal is to provide a place for ensemble musical directors (I'm one of those!) to find suitable music more easily, and also provide ways for the creators on this site (I'm one of those, too!) to get their music performed.  Hopefully, also some incentive for people to start thinking along those lines and going out of their way to write for these types of ensembles.



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