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Old 05-06-2016, 06:08 AM   #17
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Default Re: [Basic] Skill of the week: Musical Composition and Musical Instrument

Haydn's cello concertos (cello plus orchestra, but with the cello very much in the foreground) should be reasonable evidence that one doesn't need Musical Instrument skill to compose for that instrument – and yet he'd probably have been lost if someone had asked him to write a piece for the shakuhachi. It's possible to know very well what sounds an instrument can produce, without being able to play it at all, but I wouldn't represent that with skills; familiarities, perhaps.

I have successfully arranged pieces intended for a single singer into something for a four-part harmony group (with and without conductor), and I don't think I necessarily have skill=IQ in Singing – and I certainly don't in Conducting.

(At TL8 with score-arranging software this becomes even more wrong-headed, because you can throw a part onto a stave, test it with synthesisers, and let the software warn you that a real-life bassoon can't do that.)
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