Discussion in 'Composing' started by Rich Batsford, Feb 23, 2011.
It's not the repetition that bothers me but that what you are repeating is too simple.
Why make like complicated?
To stop it getting boring! Put it this way: if you just repeated the note middle C over and over again, and nothing else, not many people would be interested. You need a certain amount of complexity to hold people's attention. As for how much complexity, that's a matter of taste, and you'll never please anyone...
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Oh yes indeed. Simple short motifs, repeated over and over again, are what the modern music lover wants :roll:
that would certainly seem to explain rock and roll, pop, the blues, krautrock, electronica ...
Not all of the above, probably. It certainly sums up the poppy drivel that goes for music on MTV and TMF.
I hope it's not going to sum up your music... If repeating simple themes over and over again is your game, there is IMHO
little hope for you in classical music. Unless maybe you are a Glass, Reich, Adams, or Ten Holt, and know a trick or two
how to make things interesting from within the repetition.
Im not in "classical music", just "music" and I write what seems good to me. I am strongly influnced by classical music tho and thought, for that reason at least, that my work might be of interest to others on this forum.
Regardless of classification, I do think your work is interesting. It may not have the characteristics of a genuine classical piano music, but it has its beaty and is surely appreciated by many people (including me).
thanks Perrotta - I appreciate your kind words.
Hi Mr. Batsford,
I do enjoy your music. I have reservations calling it classical, but I certainly could be wrong. Some of what historic piano composers wrote could be challenged today, as to whether or not it belongs in the piano repertoire
labelling is a bit of a tricky one. I think youre right, in the pure sense of the term, Classical isnt right for my compositions (altho classical composers probably may well constitute the majority of my influences when it comes to my piano instrumentals).
On the other hand, I dont consider myself New Age, as I feel my work has more structure and purpose and a wider emotional range than much of what I hear in that area.
Contemporary works, but isnt very descriptive.
I sometimes go with meditative but again, dont feel thats quite right.
But when communicating about my music to others, some kind of labelling is of course very useful. I find I adopt different ones according to context.
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