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Article: The Face - Ashleigh Wilson meets Andrew Schultz (composer)

  • by Ashleigh Wilson — © News Limited
  • Source: Source: The Australian, 21 June 2008 pg.3
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THERE'S a moment in one of Andrew Schultz's early compositions, an alluring prelude for flute and piano, when you may be tempted to feel sympathy for the flautist. The runs, the rapid leaps from high to low notes, the control of tone in different registers: the demands for mastery of the instrument are clear.

Schultz smiles. He agrees that his piece can be tough, but there's no need to feel sympathy for the performer. Other composers are far more technically challenging, he says, although difficulty in music clearly means little by itself.

``There's a difference between what's extending a performer and what's a challenge, and what's just bad writing,'' he says.

``Performers on the whole actually ...