MUSIC IS A MORAL LAW,
IT GIVES SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE
WINGS TO THE MIND.
FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION
A CHARM TO SADNESS
GAIETY AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING.
IT IS THE ESSENCE
OF ORDER AND LENDS TO ALL
THAT IS GOOD,JUST, AND BEAUTIFUL.
PLATO

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After the editing of Te Deum, a large Choral/Orchestral work with 4 soloists (which took a year or two,) my editor commented!! 'I think you should rewrite Te Deum ' .

 You can probably imagine my feelings about that after writing the original Piano/Vocal score in 2000 and then spending a few years feeling my way into orchestrating my own works ( not something I studied in my youth ). I felt very downcast by this comment because I think so highly of Pete ( my editor ),  his experience and knowledge. I replied that it would be impossible for me to rewrite something that flowed so easily and naturally. It has been in a draw ever since!

 As I am thinking of Premiering this work myself next year here at Vence, I thought I would ask him to comment in more detail. This is what he wrote....Quote.

'My comment is about the piece as a whole – I think there are too many different new sections, too many ideas in one piece.  For me, it's a patchwork – a good patchwork though!  That's just my reaction.  It's the same reaction I have towards, say Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue and that's a classic (and also a favourite piece of mine).  It's not something that is easily 'fixed' or 'corrected'.  
It's very difficult giving feedback to fellow composers.  I've always taken the view that one must speak honestly about one's own reactions else what' the point?  But the flipside of that is that if the comments don't chime in a positive way with you, in a way that leads to a creative breakthrough or unblocking or some revelation or other then it's just an opinion.' end of quote.
How's that for generosity of Spirit without compromising Honesty and Integrity??? I am very fortunate!!
 Since 2005 Pete has edited for new Music Composers at Ricordi Publishing amongst others and ' know's his oats' as we say.
 So Jil...what's the verdict on Te Deum?? I am going ahead with a ' good patchwork' !! Shortly, Pete and I will be working through the editing of Venus Conjunct Mars...Concerto for Violin and Cello Solo and Orchestra. I look forward to it. The whole process is fun, humorous, and always enlightening !!