Composers spend a lot of time honing their craft, first in schools under mentorship, and then in practice. The mechanics of writing eventually become fully sublimated, much like the rules of grammar to a writer. As a composer I trust my technique, and I have come to believe that it is through technique that a good piece, effective and moving piece can be made.
Recently, my family expanded from two early-30’s adults and an old dog to include a now-three-month-old baby. As a composer and performer I regularly make my helpless kid endure contemporary music concerts, choir rehearsals and the odd encounter with Beethoven and Mozart. But I wondered—what should my husband and I inflict on the baby’s innocent little ears at home on the stereo?