I’ve sold my first composition!!!!
I recently added a new section to the website to sell my compositions and, with the help of my dad Gal Baras (check out his website), I’m really happy with the end product and it’s working too!
Not too soon after I finished adding everything I got a message from one of my friend’s private students who was looking for a piece to play at his school’s percussion soiree. I was really glad that he was interested and very thankful that Tom Sweeper sent him to my website.
It turns out that the high school teacher is a good friend of mine from high school and the school ended up buying my composition ‘Junglemania’ within the next few days! The composition was performed by the four senior percussion students at the Percussion Soiree on the 12th of November at Mansfield State High School and it was a brilliant effort and excellent performance!
This has definitely got me into gear especially in relation to formatting pieces. Originally I’d ignored that side of composition, but now I think it’s very important to get it out of the way as soon as possible. It took about 2 hours to format: mainly getting the score looking good and the parts readable and comfortable with page turns. Surprisingly enough, formatting a composition involves also deciding the font of the piece, removing repeats from the score, putting in tempo markings, putting in dynamics, phrasing and making sure that generally everything looks good (no overlaps).
Overall, I’m really happy with how it all turned out! I think the ensemble did a fantastic job, especially considering the level of the piece and the short time frame.
Congratulations to the students for putting on such a great performance and especially to Maddison O’Reilly for teaching these fantastic students and Mansfield State High School for putting together such a fantastic music program!