Something funny has happened over the past couple of months: Crashing Through Fences has taken off. A small flood of people have ordered the score and scheduled performances. If you’re one of those people, or are planning to become one, I’m going to come right out and ask: why? This is possibly, no definitely, my most annoying piece. Piccolo and glockenspiel— I mean, are you kidding? Is this the reason my more expedience-minded composition teachers told us to write percussion music? Do percussionists and flutists date each other a lot? I’m not complaining, in fact I’m thrilled— just a bit confused.