I got my annual royalty statement from Alfred Publishing recently, which outlines how many of each of my pieces they've sold in the past year, and first, let me just say
THANK YOU JAMES CAMERON!
You see, James Cameron decided to name what would become the highest-grossing movie of all time after a piece of music I wrote five years ago (kidding - the fact that we used the same titles was a complete coincidence). Anyway, it seems a lot of people mistook my music for James Horner's film score. Or they really enjoyed my music on its own considerable merits.
Here are my top five sellers this year (4/1/09 - 3/31/10):
So Avatar comes out of nowhere to become this year's number-one seller. Gauntlet and Gargoyles are perennial favorites and always seem to make the top five and I'm pleased to see that Agincourt has retained its popularity. Quicksilver was a new one last year and music often sells well in its first year. Plus, Quicksilver was performed at the Midwest Conference last December, giving it a huge boost.
Last year's other new pieces were Porcupine Pantomime, which would have come in sixth place, and A Hero's Welcome, which has a place further down in the rankings.
Now, this is just domestic sales of scores and parts. Scores are sold separately, for when orchestras go to contest and the judges need to follow along. Here are the sales of just the scores:
5. Westward Motion
Interesting - perhaps Avatar is becoming a contest staple like Gargoyles and Gauntlet. Or maybe people just want to see the score to Avatar, thinking that it's the film score.
There are still foreign sales and mechanical fees to report on as well as a certain long-standing bet to settle, but that's for a later post.