The changing status of composers today

The Oscar-nominated composer on his new ballet, and life as 'a pencil for hire'

Most of my working life as a composer has been spent as what the late James Horner captured in the phrase ‘a pencil for hire’, creating music on demand for drama in film, TV, and theatre. At the least, we pencils have to be prepared to alter the ideas we come up with to suit other people’s tastes. At worst, our entire contribution can .....

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