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Compose. Composition.
« on: April 17, 2018, 02:32:46 PM »
Compose. Composition.

What is it? I always look at the Latin word stems. Compono. Componere. Composita. Compositio.
Compos means "involved in something". Compono means "put together, form, shape, build".
Componere means "compose". However, composition is called "modi" in Latin. "Modus" means type and tune (musically).

What a fine art of composing is evident in every symphony or opera, melodies in layers, interacting, counterpointing, merging and transcending.
Pitches, instruments, depth, overlays, connections, similarities.
The string instruments, for example, and the wind instruments, as well as choirs, complement and overlap in pitches. That is very fascinating.
The reverb is also a real instrument in compositions. Sometimes a similar play of several directions arises from the strings and combines into a reverb-like effect.
Echoes work just as well out of the instruments and notes.

Composing is really being involved in something. Somehow the theme (the tune) is the cause of a whole series of independent developments.
These can be controlled to a degree. Everything else is part of the whole, larger. The orchestra, the room, the ambience.
The notes are just one of the parts of composing.

That's what I wanted to say.