What do Composers do?Music Composers create works of music that can be performed by orchestras, voices, groups of musicians and soloists. The compositions may be in any style, such as classical, rock, soul, rhythm and blues, opera, pop, jazz, funk, blues, big band, country or folk. As well as music for live performance, Composers create music for film, radio, computer, hand held games and other media.
Composers create their compositions with rhythm, melody and texture in a variety of ways. Some Composers do not begin working on a composition until they have planned the outline, either on paper or in their head. Others like to make a series of short sketches before they put the whole work together.
Some Composers use electronic tools, such as computers and synthesizers in their writing. Whatever the instrumentation, they need to be aware of the possibilities and limitations of each instrument and the human voice.
Composers of any genre of music have usually had instrumental training and many are performers. They use this experience as their introduction to composing. Being a Composer or songwriter is rarely a full time occupation. Most Composers are self employed and are paid a fee for the commissions they take on. Many musicians adopt the role at some stage in their careers, often while working in other jobs.
Composers for film productions need to be able to compose in different styles. They must be able to improvise, and to create themes quickly to deadlines. The ability to listen to directors, and to translate their vision into musical terms, is crucial. Many Composers use samples, and produce electronic scores. Computer skills, and the ability to work with new technology are increasingly required. Composers must have a feel for drama and narrative, and the ability to write music to pictures. An understanding of the technical side of filmmaking, and an appreciation of how this affects the sound, are also important. Imagination and a passion for film and music are essential.
Composers usually have some form of musical training, but talent and the drive to write music for films are more important than qualifications. There are some specific courses in composing available, however, industry experience and knowledge are equally valued.
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|Composer/Producer, Holiday and Classical Music|
New York, NY
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