• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Are musical influences important to a composer, or is it necessary to be original?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Are musical influences important to the composer or is it necessary to be original? Throughout musical history, from medieval plainsong and chant, through to the serialism and minimilism of the 20th century, music has evolved. I believe this evolution has occurred due to a combination of influences and originality. All composers are given an education including musical theory and instrumental lessons. The facts they learn during their education, and the pieces they play when learning an instrument form the basis of their musical influences. It is impossible to play a piece without, to a certain extent, analysing it; whether one likes the piece, or dislikes it, it becomes part of your musical background that influences you. As such, and because all composers must learn the history of music, and play music written by other composers, I do not believe that musical influences are so much something that is important to the composer, as something that is unavoidable. ...read more.

Middle

ascending melodic line over an ostinato like bass line is accompanied by an extended crescendo; the Mannheim birds, which used higher register instruments to imitate the twittering of birds, and the Grand Pause, where the music stops to create a moment of complete silence, before it restarts again with vigour. Without the originality of the composers that were writing for the orchestra at Mannheim, it is quite possible that the style of music would not have developed as rapidly as it did during that period. However, one must consider not only if originality or musical influences are necessary, but also whether they are successful. A great many composers have relied on the fact that, by studying the techniques by other composers, whose music is known to be popular with the public and using them as influences, they will be able to produce music that will be equally popular. ...read more.

Conclusion

Despite his innovation and originality, he was often not well received; in March 1913, in a concert featuring his Chamber Symphony No.1 in E Major, clapping had to contend with hisses and laughter. A newspaper reported that "one could hear the shrill sound of door keys among the violent clapping and in the second gallery the first fight of the evening began", and later on, more fights erupted, as Schoenberg interrupted the performance to declare that any trouble makers would be thrown out. I conclude therefore, that their must be a fine balance between reliance upon the influences from other composers, and development of one's own original ideas; relying to heavily on influences from the past leaves music that is often popular in its day, but soon forgotten; too much originality and innovation, and a composer can find their music disliked by the general public, which makes building a name for oneself very difficult indeed. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Music section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

A nice essay that serves to weigh up the balance of original ideas with ideas 'borrowed' from other pieces. A balance that any new composer should address as they compose for themselves.

Marked by teacher Nathan Smith 08/01/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Music essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    AS Composition Commentary. I chose to write my piece for a woodwind quartet, ...

    4 star(s)

    the bassoon line more virtuosic and therefore added different types of rhythms in order to do this. Arpeggio influences from Vivaldi's bassoon concerto are used within this variation, played with a slur in order to add fluency to the piece and link ideas together.

  2. How does Jacques Loussier’s interpretation of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor differ from ...

    Beside's Loussier's arrangement, other variations of this piece include Vanessa Mae's dance remix and Stotowski / Ormandy's orchestral arrangement in 1927, which was also featured as the opening music in Walt Disney's 1940 Fantasia1. The opening melody, as shown in Figure 1, is now a classic horror theme associated with gothic elements and horror movies.

  1. Compare the decades 1910-1920 and 1930-1940 in the development of Jazz music.

    The group brought the New Orleans style to national prominence, and were probably the first U.S. band to generate mass popularity and make its members stars. Jelly Roll Morton travelled around America from 1907 to 1923 playing both in bands and solo, reaching Chicago by 1914 and settled there in 1922.

  2. Identify four aspects of John Williams' ET; 'Flying Theme' that makes the music immediately ...

    Another aspect that Williams uses is pitch. He uses pitch to make the music attractive and appealing by using the leit motif. Williams shows this by making the intervals in the main melody of piece get wider to signify the flying action of the onscreen characters.

  1. cadbury market research exercise part 3/4

    All of these are qualities of the very successful product Flake, also made by Cadbury. Ten of the twenty questioned said that they had accessed the internet 5-7 days a week. Six of the twenty accessed the internet 3-4 days a week and the other four accessed the internet at least one time a week.

  2. Performing Arts Written Commentary

    We rehearsed and finally found piece that would suite the theme of our piece. Once we had our outline of our piece we had to rehearse so the piece would be perfect. In the piece we used texture and harmony to produce a good piece that we recorded.

  1. What features of Handel's The King Shall Rejoice have made the anthem so memorable ...

    Possibly the most memorable part of TKSR is when the choir enters. They come in together at bar 30 and the declamatory style along with the trumpets and timpani create a massive opening statement, reflecting the ceremony and pomp of the occasion.

  2. Analysis of the Exposition of the First Movement of Beethoven's First Symphony

    This is then resolved in bar 69 with a G major chord. Between bars 69 and 77 there is a very high energy passage, played at a forte volume; there are several sforzandi between bars 71-74.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work