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What Drives Creativity In Compositions?

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Sure, let's assume all the great composers have talent. What then drove them?
Emotions, the example of other composers, religion, literary works (i.e. Faust) money, audiences, a desire to challenge themselves...

Religion didn't motivate Janacek, and money did not motivate Schubert, but JS Bach and Donizetti were motivated in large part by God and money respectively.

However, I think the key ingredient is ego and recognition of one's own abilities. Without that, the great composers would have quailed.
 
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