Another early start for me today, and I am about to load up the files for the symphony and get sketching on the second half, but thought that I would post first and work second. It will remove one excuse for walking away from the score earlier than I might otherwise have done.
There is another piece that I might write this month, but I would really need to get going on it today, so I need to make a decision about whether to plough on with the symphony (which might never be performed) or to devote a couple of weeks to something else (which might never be performed). Such weighty decisions!
With all these early starts there is, of course, the possibility that I could write both pieces, but I would find it tough to keep all that mental baggage in my mind at once. Even after all these years I have yet to work out whether I am happier concentrating exculsively on the single piece at any one time or instead spreading my efforts across three or four.
I know that folks such as Mozart spread their efforts, while others (Takemitsu, I think) excluded everything except the most important piece, and both Wolfgang and Toru are composers I admire greatly. I vaccilate, go from one thing to the other as necessity and my latest seemingly brilliant idea for productivity take me.
If a commission were to come in with a tight deadline then it might focus the mind and force me to decide what I should be doing, and perhaps it is the current luxury of time without pressure that is making me flail around. As with many pieces, enforcing constraints really does focus the mind.