This is not your typical book on music composition. It's based on the idea that composers need some basic direction to uncover the necessary skills to compose music effectively. You won't find music theory exercises or score analysis in this book. Instead, you'll discover the elements that any composer must master to become a successful composer.
This book sets composers on the right track to becoming successful and competent. This is an essential book for anyone who hasn't had formal instruction in music composition and for those who are just starting out in the craft.
This text can save composers from countless hours of searching for the information a composer needs to develop the essential skills required of a composer. This text doesn't teach you those skills because there are plenty of options on the market to accomplish that goal. Composers will enjoy unprecedented access to insider information and concepts that are typically only learned when studying from established composers.
What You Need to Know That Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mahler Knew
While the styles of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mahler couldn't be more different from each other, each of these composers understood the elements of music composition in a deep and intuitive way.
These composers knew the fundamental principles and skills that were essential for a composer to write timeless compositions.
The techniques are every bit as relevant today as they were back in the 16th Century when the tritone was considered the "Devil in Music" and dissonances had to be sidestepped and coddled to avoid offense.
The elements of music composition are techniques that work in most styles of music, and they are the basis for a solid foundation in music composition.
The study of music composition will last you the rest of your life. You're engaged in a discipline that has no upper limit. The more you study, the deeper and more involved will the answers your questions become.
Elements of Music Composition is designed to serve as your road map. It gives you the information you need to ask the right questions and apply your precious time to the most important concepts and skills a composer can hope to learn.
Albert Einstein is famously quoted as stating that once he knows the right question to ask, he could solve any problem in an hour. This text tell you the questions to ask, and gives you good advice on how to accomplish your goals as a composer.
The text introduces you to the core training areas, and it provides a philosophy that you need as a composer to make the most out of your time and learn to write inventive musical works.
The Concepts You Must Learn to Compose Effective Music
Elements of Music Composition consists of three extensive chapters that address the concepts every composer must know to compete in our modern musical climate.
Chapter One focuses on the very nature of music composition itself, and it introduces you to the concepts necessary for you to develop your ability to compose works like a master composer:
• Organic Music: Discover the concept of organic music, and how this simple approach to composition can take your compositions to the next level.
• Composition Technique: Learn how to develop a solid composition technique so when inspiration hits you have the skill to accurately and effortlessly notate your ideas.
• A Cohesive Approach: Uncover the clues to integrating the various subsets of the study of music composition so you understand how the orchestration, motives, harmony, and instrument choice are intricately related.
Chapter Two begins a discussion of the elements that greatly affect the success of your music.
• Music Theory: Learn why music theory is important, and discover why it also doesn't matter as much as you think.
• Writing Original Works: Uncover the key to writing truly original music, and why writing an original work is virtually impossible without the right training.
• Music's Building Blocks: Discover what master composers have known for years: a musical composition consists of building blocks that can be used to develop your composition.
• Harness Inspiration: Find out how to make inspiration work for you and stop waiting for the perfect melody to fall from the sky.
Chapter Three is where you'll finally learn about the elements of music composition. These are the concepts that master composers have spent years of their lives mastering and perfecting:
• Fundamentals of Music Composition: Discover the subjects that you must study to become an accomplished composer.
• Philosophy of Composition: Learn how simple modes of thinking can turn an average piece into a phenomenal work of art.
• Registral Space: Walk in the realm of registral space. Discover how this concept gives your music a finished and professional touch that the vast majority of composers fail to take advantage of.
How the Elements of Music Composition Will Help You
Elements of Music Composition won't turn you into a master composer overnight. There is no trick or technique that can turn you from an average whittler of melodies to a masterful designer of symphonies in a single day. Tricks and shortcuts only help bad composers compose music more quickly.
This text is designed to do one thing very well -- It provides a road map for your development as a composer.
The book gives you the information needed to plant a seed that will sprout and grow into a powerful, immovable oak tree and make you capable of notating anything you imagine.
Without a single complicated theory assignment or score analysis, you'll learn the core concepts that are necessary for any serious composer. The truth is that if you don't study music composition formally, you're at a disadvantage. Formal instruction introduces you to the principles and insider information that's essential to giving you a head-start on your competition.
Invest in your future, and begin to fill in the gaps in your technique by learning what you absolutely must know to compose timeless, beautiful and lasting music.