Aria – Eugene Magalif

Okay, so you get a call to play in a couple days at one of your churches.

You perform at this particular church fairly frequently so you need the occasional new piece to add to your repertoire.

Where to find music?

Well, your physical copies of the standard repertoire are always useful. CD’s and DVD’s of .pdf sheet music certainly come in handy, but that’s all public domain music and composed by the decomposed. The same with the legal music at IMSLP.

So where to find living, breathing composers?

Well, Facebook is one place. If one posts one’s performances on FB, especially of pieces by other living composers, the occasional composer who perhaps is a FB friend of your posted piece’s composer might take note and contact you to promote his or her works.

As was the case with Eugene Magalif. He contacted me and introduced me to his works. And, this past Sunday, I was able to perform his Aria for flute and piano at the nomadic Church by the Sea Bal Harbour.

It’s a great piece – in the perfect idiom for the setting. I hope to perform more of Mr. Magalif’s works in the future.

So, we musicians are all in this together. Let’s all help each other out and promote living, breathing composers and, of course, performers. 🙂

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