Have been puttering with pen and paper for a week or more; the time came to start messing about in the Sibelius environment. Feels like a good start has gotten been.
To roll back the video tape: In the Artist’s Studio (There’s a wide world in there) is a scored (or, is in the process of being scored) for Eb sopranino clarinet, three oboes, alto flute, English horn, Bb tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, contrabassoon, four horns, two tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba & harp.
Although I have some mental flexibility, and am willing to go wherever the material seems to want to take me . . . at present I am thinking of a 20-minute piece. When you’ve a new piece, and a large-ish ensemble, a certain critial mass of rehearsal time is demanded. My feeling is that if you have a large group of people sweating to realize a new score, they deserve more of a musical payoff than a five-minute squib.
Having said that: no, offhand I do not know of anyone who will “need” the piece, of anyone who will even necessarily read it. It is the piece I want to write, now. That, Gentle Reader, is artistic freedom. And the fact that I write the music out of my own motivation, and in a condition of perfect freedom (which is to say, I myself determine what if any limits the composition must abide by) is a flame which will burn in the heart of the piece, so that its very integrity will be one of its attractions.