The Craft of Composition

There might be 'eternal verities' that apply to all composing, perhaps all art-making. Focus, proportion, identity, function, role and so on.

On the other hand, there are exquisite felicities in every style and voice of composing and music-making that are to be learnt, cultured and cherished and remade within that special field.

As well as material aspects there is also the approach, the attitude, the way in which a composer ensures invention and authenticity. ("Begin very day as if you’ve never written before"). The Institute will reflect on the craft and psychology of composing in all its forms.

In the autumn a series a films will be made with senior practitioners, starting with the new Institute Fellows, Richard Barrett, Colin Matthews, Evan Parker and Howard Skempton, about the art of composing, starting with simple questions, 'how do you begin?', 'how do you extend and develop material?'.

Music and Text

Brunel University, Aldeburgh Music and Dartington International Summer School are together planning a two year programme investigating the relationship of music and in English song to begin in January.


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