Organicism in Music
The Elements of Music Composition gives composers the missing puzzle piece to create musical works that endure and become richer and more meaningful with each performance. Composers learn how a musical work can grow out of a single seed and connect the different disciplines within music composition. Applying the concepts in this book will help composers create highly effective works that resonate with audiences.
The education of a composer typically includes instruction in subject areas that are designed to teach composers about the methods that composers of the past used to create original works:
◆- Counterpoint teaches composers to combine multiple melodies that create harmony.
◆ - Music theory teaches chords, progressions, and how to write established harmonies.
◆ - Orchestration colors a musical work and adds depth.
◆ - Form serves as the container for expansive musical ideas.
These cornerstones of music composition are important to the development of a composer's technique and skill, but they do not teach how to think like a composer. The Elements of Music Composition introduces the concepts of coherence and comprehensibility, which results in a single theory of composition that is flexible and teaches composers to think like the master composers of the past. This book provides the missing puzzle piece for composers who want to learn how elements in music can work together to create an organic and coherent musical work.