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    Default Did Great Classical Composers Learn from Others All their Lives?

    Do you think the top 100 composers learned from others all their lives?

    Any interesting examples of this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by regenmusic View Post
    Do you think the top 100 composers learned from others all their lives?

    Any interesting examples of this?
    Definitely. It's one of the defining traits of a great creative mind that it can absorb and utilize in fresh ways ideas from elsewhere. Composers never stop studying the work of their predecessors and sometimes their contemporaries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by regenmusic View Post
    Do you think the top 100 composers learned from others all their lives?

    Any interesting examples of this?
    An interesting example would be someone who never learned from anybody, and magically spawned music in his head.

    I am sure every single composer in the top 100 was/is a walking encyclopaedia of music.
    Last edited by Fabulin; Nov-11-2019 at 09:52.

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    Once you become addicted to organizing sound and silence, you automatically become curious as to how others have organized sound and silence. It's been a characteristic I have observed in every composer that I have personally known.
    "He who makes songs without feeling spoils both his words and his music. " ~ Guillaume de Machaut

    "Music that is born complex is not inherently better or worse than music that is born simple." ~ Aaron Copland.

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