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2) Musical composition

[Post # 2] The term musical composition can refer to two things:
1) an original piece of music;
2) the compositional activity that leads to the creation of original music.

This two meanings are clearly related to each other. A musical composition is created by the process of composition, or in other words, the compositional activity can lead to the creation of original music.

We are interested for the moment at the primary meaning of the term. If we are going to compose a song we must keep in mind that it must have at least among its features the following:
  • must be the work of our intelligence;
  • must contain a combination of factors such as rhythm, tempo, melody, harmony, dynamics etc.;
  • must include the combination and the organization of various thematic elements (musical ideas), which together should form a whole;
  • must be built according to strict rules and structure, or according to the systematic violation of pattern and rules already given, or as a mix of compliance and conscious violation of this rules and schemes. 
A musical composition is an original and completed song (not in the sense of finished, done, but in the sense of "stand-alone") that contains and combines within it different musical ideas and distinctive elements (rhythm, time, etc..) organized in structure and rules chosen by the composer.

A musical composition is closely linked to the following elements:
1) the historical era in which it is created;
2) the personality of the composer;
3) cultural factors.

The combination of these three elements determines what is called style, both in general (baroque music, romantic music, etc..) and in particular terms ("the style of the musician").

The combination of the previous elements determines instead the style of the song, again both in general (classical composition, pop music, etc..) and in particular terms (nightmusic, waltz, etc.).

Finally, a musical composition may come out from improvisation (instant composition, spontaneous or extemporaneous), or from the activity of systematic composition. In the first case, the music performance comes first and then eventually the score. In the second case the score precedes the performance.

In the next post will write something about the source of inspirations of the musician.


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