Music Composition ProcessDifferent music composers have different approaches to composition. Some start with the lead line, which can be vocal or an instrument, and then build the composition around it. Some develop the chords first before building the rest of the music around it. Many composers swear by the Pegasus Method.
In this method, the rhythm is established before adding the melody to the mix. If a composer lacks inspiration, they may even build a unique mix around a sample from other songs or musical pieces. It is common for composers to take different approaches to different projects.
As an experienced composer with considerable experience under my belt, I adjust my method according to the project. Composing is a very personal and intimate process, so different moods or environments need different methods. I consider what the client wants, study their content, and then start working on a piece.
Elements of Music CompositionA composition will have several elements that dictate how the piece sounds and should be played. Here is a look at the most basic features of musical composition:
- Rhythm – Rhythm is the beat, tempo, meter, or syncopation of the music. It dictates the time or speed of a piece and is a vital element. For example, a fast rhythm can portray a sense of urgency, chaos, or excitement. In a music composing process, rhythm is expressed in terms like largo, adagio, andante, moderato, allegro, and presto.
- Dynamics – Dynamics indicate the volume of different elements of the composition. Music can start-out soft and grow louder as it reaches the chorus. Some instruments or vocals can be softer than others. Terms like pianissimo, piano, mezzo-piano, mezzo-forte, forte, and fortissimo are used to express the dynamics.
- Melodies – Melodies are one of the two most essential components of the composition. It is the linear representation of the music’s pitch and is often based on minor or major scales. They make a piece memorable and have the most impact on the audience. A melody can be smooth (conjunct), ragged (disjunct), or a combination of both.
- Harmony – Harmony is one of the two most important components of the composition. It is the vertical expression of the pitch, which is a combination of two or more tones or individual tracks. These pitches often combine to form chords, giving a resonance composition that particularly appeals to the ear.
Other factors that we professional music composers consider during this process include tone color or timbre, texture, musical form, and musical style.
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