I mention this just to point out that, while technology offers composers today astonishing tools for their work, all that is really needed is a pencil and a piece of paper--possibly with staves drawn on it. All the rest is just your mind, thinking. Sometimes we like to obsess about our professional tools, but I recall an occasion when I was talking to someone after a concert and she commented on what a great guitar I had. Yes, I did and still have the same guitar, but I found the comment irksome because the guitar is just a medium. The quality of sound really comes from your head, through the fingers. It is wanting to make a certain sound that gives you the ability to do so.there is a (likely apocryphal) story that tells the tale of an encounter between famous novelist Ernest Hemingway and famous photographer Ansel Adams. In the story, Hemingway is purported to have praised Adams’ photographs, saying, "You take the most amazing pictures. What kind of camera do you use?"Adams frowned and then replied, "You write the most amazing stories. What kind of typewriter do you use?"
I like the technology available now. I compose on a 27' iMac running Finale and I use Bose for playback. With the usual caveats about synthesized instruments, it is quite useful. I have a keyboard plugged in as well, but frankly, I never use it. But none of the music I compose has anything to do with the tools I use. It all comes from my head (and of course, from fifty years of listening closely to music).
But if you don't actually have an orchestra in the next room, as Haydn did, modern technology offers some pretty cool substitutes:
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