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Are There Any Particular Pieces That Have Served You As Inspiration?


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This is a good question! Needless to say, that I would not compose if I would not get inspiration from the masters! Sometimes it starts off with a look in the scores of a certain piece I liked, then it continues with some little changes, e. g. I take a melody from the masters and rewrite it or I use a harmonic progression I found in one of the masters' works. Sometimes, good genuine ideas emerge from that process. Sometimes, I just try to compose "in the spirit" of a particular piece or well-known composer, e.g. in the spirit of Scott Joplin and Jelly-Roll Morton, or Chopin, or Mozart. Often, these attempts fail, but even then I often end up with some ideas I can use in other pieces.

I hope this provides an answer to your question, although I couldn't really name specific pieces.

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Yes, yes, yes! There are so many pieces which inspire many of my own compositions. Works by Debussy, Shostakovich, Copland, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and many others help me discover what to write. Perhaps a more recent composition of mine, A Distant View, was inspired by Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun". (Two things: first, if you've never heard this, pull it up NOW, and second, this piece is up on my profile, and I'd be delighted if anyone viewing this would review it!) I find that it is extremely important to listen to the music of the past compositional giants so I can know what perfectly crafted music sounds like (though I cannot craft perfect music myself... :headwall: )

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Beethoven's Grosse Fugue is the biggest inspiration of Fugue I have (and fugue is my favorite compositional technique^^). This piece has changed my whole conception of fugue! Also, Bach solo violin sonates and partites are among the best influence in writting for solo strings. I wish some day I could write for solo violin with the same property he did, but now in XXI century =D

For voice, I'd name Victorias "O magnum mysterium", and for piano solo, many works from Ravel, principally his Le Tombeau de Couperin. Rachmaninoff's prelude in G#m, Op. 32, is a great model for preludes, as well as some from Scriabin.

Still about fugue (I'll finish, I swear), I HAVE to mention Cesar Frank's Preludio, chorale and Fugue in Bm. A WONDERFUL work, to which I've never seen any other similar.

Briefly, I'd also put in the list Batók and Villa-lobos (mainly due to his fugues).

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