If you are interested in commissioning a work or starting a consortium, use the form to get a general estimate of how much a commission would cost you.
What type of work are you looking for?
New works cost more and take more time since I would be writing music from scratch. Since someone has already composed the work for an arrangement, I have material to work with. This means less work for me and less cost to you.
Is this for a soloist?
Writing works for a soloist is a different experience than writing works for an ensemble. Solo works generally require me to keep the spotlight on the soloist through idiomatic writing that makes your soloist shine through loud and soft passages. With this in mind, solo works will increase the price a little bit.
What is the ideal ensemble for the work?
What is the ideal ensemble accompanying the soloist?
For every part I write, I have to make sure that part is presentable for the performer and I also have to make sure is presentable for the conductor in the score. The more parts I have to work with, the more work it takes to write and engrave it... so the more expensive it will be.
Number of different instrument parts
Why do you consider a non-standard ensemble differently than a standard one? Working with non-standard ensembles come with unique challenges based on the variety of timbres present. It is easier to compose/arrange brass quintet music as opposed to a marimba / alto saxophone / trombone / string bass / electric guitar ensemble. Both have 5 instruments, but the mixed ensemble poses unique challenges that affect my composition process.
What is the ideal skill level of the soloist?
The more skilled the soloist, the harder the music. Writing more technical and idiomatic music requires more knowledge of the instrument and often results in more notes, more engraving (preparing the parts and score), and results in a slightly higher price.
What is the ideal skill level of the ensemble?
What is the ideal skill level of the pianist?
The more skilled the ensemble (or pianist for solo and piano), the harder the music. Writing more technical and idiomatic music requires more knowledge of the instruments and often results in more notes, more engraving (preparing the parts and score), and results in a higher price.
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