Welcome to thew new and improved www.deweyfleszar.com! Here you can find the latest news about my goings on, purchase sheet music, and listen to my music both new and old. Building a website - like writing a song - is very much a labor of love that requires time, patience, and attention to detail, and I hope that you are as pleased with the final result as I am.
Spring 2016 has been an artistically fruitful time for me, with steady forward momentum on all of my active projects. After taking a brief hiatus from writing to build this website and spend some time in the sun, I am grateful for the chance to re-focus on writing with a fresh mind after some much-needed time away. There is plenty to do: Emily Peters and I are chipping away at the (highly complex!) Act One Finale of FIRST YEAR, and I'm rounding the corner on a complete second draft of an outline for ELIZABETH. In addition to writing new work, I'm also devoting some time to recording demos of some of my older work to feature here, because as Sondheim (via George) reminds me, "A vision's just a vision if it's in your head / If no one gets to see it, it's as good as dead."
At Ithaca College I was fortunate to study with a guy named Greg Woodward, who in addition to being a world-class composer and pedagog in his own right, also became a mentor and friend to me. He taught me many valuable lessons about composition that have stuck with me over the years, though none quite so tenaciously as the concept of stewing time: the time in a project's compositional lifecycle where you take a step back and focus on other things, allowing your subconscious to connect dots that your conscious mind can't.
I'm a tremendous believer in this approach and the benefits it yields, which is one of the reasons that I relish in side projects - such as building a new website - that temporarily pull my focus from writing. It's also the reason I like to work on multiple projects at the same time: after focusing on one, I'll put it on the back burner to "stew" and shift my focus to another. Weeks later when I go back to the first project, my brain is - somehow! - full of fresh ideas for how to creatively solve problems.
All of which is to say, there is a lot going on right now - and I wouldn't have it any other way :) Check back soon for more updates!