This student’s piece was based on William Blake, and, once finished, we started chatting about Blake. The student had run across a reference to a piece by Eve Beglarian based on Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. I plucked a score of the piece out of my file cabinet, and we opened it. There on the inside cover was a notice from Eve:
EVERYONE: I am definitely interested in hearing suggestions for improvement in the notation & orchestration of the piece. Please tell me of ANY difficulty or confusion or whatever….
[A phone number follows.]
Thanks, and I hope you have fun playing this piece!
What a refreshing jolt back into a less pretentious musical world! Only a woman, or perhaps only Eve, would have the balls to put a disclaimer like that: a note that says not, “I am a professional, I know all, and you must follow my every notated whim,” but, “I am an artist and I’m trying something no one’s ever done before, if it doesn’t work out for you give me some feedback.” What a dreary mausoleum the orchestra is. What a breath of fresh air Eve is.