Music Composers Unite!
Organicism. Compositional integrity. Motivic development. Logical arguments.
Ok now I do realize that blah blah blah and so on and so forth so don't even go there. LOL
When I listen to who is perhaps the granddaddy of thematic unity and development, the master of all masters, J.S. Bach, I am delighted, awed, amazed, and very quickly bored. It's as if he made model after model of the most exquisite cuckoo clocks the world has ever seen. But how many of those do we really need? Why can't there be more compositions with 5% butterscotch ripple?
(notice what Wonka does with the clock at the end)
How can any of us ever hope to match the brilliance of the world's most prodigious clock maker anyways?
Also consider that in Bach's day there was not the wide variety of styles available that there are now. When he used his imagination, which was immense, he thought of fugues and oratorios and concertos. If one is to truly use one's musical imagination today, one will think of jazz, rock, Milton Babbit, Stravinksky, The Pointer Sisters, etc etc. Follow me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination!
Final analysis: Writing music is not like writing an essay for a debate. The final product should be an imaginatively shaped experience that doesn't bore people to tears. I say.
Note: I don't really hold these positions so much, just looking for a way out of trying to write "perfect" music, which I seem to have trouble doing. Sour grapes for sure, but there may be a nugget of truth in here somewhere.