Tom Readmond replied to Anders Christensen's discussion Made my first sale today
"Congratulations! That's great!"
Jun 20, 2012
Adrian Allan replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"Agree 100%
Complicated and atonal work is fine, but ask the same composer to write something that is melodic and will be universally liked and memorable.
Which is the greater challenge?
You don't measure greatness by the number of marks on a page.…"
Jun 13, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"Well, ultimately Thematic ideas will have to come somewhere from inspiration.  However, you can "narrow down" what you are looking for based on your expressive aims.  For example, I'll give you the following idea I had for a Sonata: I wanted the…"
Jun 12, 2012
Nate Mitchell replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"I can tell you've spent a lot of time with Caplin, Jon :P

Now, I've done some research of my own of Sonata Form, using both Caplin and Hepokoski and Darcy.  I tend to follow Hepokoski and Darcy more primarily because while Caplin does a great job…"
Jun 12, 2012
B Gray replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"As for inspiration I often find it  in listening to and studying other musicians/composers I admire.  I recently set myself the challenge of transcribing parts the Schubert Quintet into Sibelius -- just so I could take a very close look at it.  And…"
Jun 8, 2012
Jon Brantingham replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"I don't have the exact quote with me, but Ravel said something to the effect of, "you'll never be able to predict the results you'll get from unintentional infidelity to a model." This has proven very helpful for me. Working with a model you will…"
Jun 8, 2012
Tom Readmond replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"I didn't mean to start a debate over whether to start with form or thematic material. I think if either approach works for someone, then that's the correct approach for that composer. What I was really hoping to hear about was how others stimulate…"
Jun 8, 2012
B Gray replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"Yes -- that was what I was also trying to say "inventing the form to fit the music." "
Jun 7, 2012
Jon Brantingham replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"Personally, I find using models from other composers to be helpful. While it doesn't seem to gel with the idea that music should be spontaneous or flow naturally, the fact is, it can be difficult to organize a work that is 5-7 minutes long, without…"
Jun 7, 2012
B Gray replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"Really I think a form should grow from the expression of the musical idea, not vice versa (eg: trying to shoehorn musical ideas into a pre-set form).
While Sonata Form can still be made functional in the modern free tonal/atonal world it grew from…"
Jun 6, 2012
Jon Brantingham replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"Tom,
I am with you, I like to have a clear plan when I am trying to write something a little longer. I have gotten bogged down and ended up feeling like my longer pieces were not reaching their potential. I've done a lot of research on sonata form…"
Jun 6, 2012
Tom Readmond replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"Thanks for your replies. I should clarify that traditionally I have written more from the inspirational approach, but time and again I've gotten bogged down in those details and come up with a disorganized mess. Even then, however, I had a terrible…"
Jun 5, 2012
Spiros Makris replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"You might be a bit too strict with your (planned) piece. Take it the other way around, develop a theme in a form, not extract a theme from a form. A theme can be adapted in various ways and it is the basic (one of those at least) musical ideas, a…"
Jun 5, 2012
David Stowell replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"With me, other than the instrumentation and the approximate length, everything else gradually comes into focus as the composition process progresses."
Jun 5, 2012
Boneman replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"No planniing things out for me I am afraid. More the other option."
Jun 5, 2012
Gavin Brown replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"Inspiration first, everything else second. I have to have at least a germ of a musical idea that excites me, or I can't compose."
Jun 5, 2012
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