Your definition of "fresh" new music, please
Date: June 6, 2011
A particularly thoughtful response to our "black hole" thread in the composer's community included the emphatic "And, above all, does it seem FRESH?" criterion for any new piece of music by a living composer that is being reviewed by a conductor/director.
I know that the concept may be an elusive one, and probably falls into the "I know it when I see it/hear it" category of music appreciation, but could some of you try, please, to define what "FRESH" means to you when considering a new composition for your choir(s)? It would be very helpful to learn what that descriptor does and also does not mean in your minds.