A musical composition is akin to a story – a tale told through notes, rhythms, and melodies. Imagine a composer as a storyteller, using musical instruments as characters to convey emotions, moods, and ideas. Each musical note is like a word, and the way they are organised forms sentences and paragraphs that express the artist’s thoughts and feelings.

Modern examples of composition span a wide range of genres and styles. In popular music, we can look at the works of artists like Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran, who expertly compose their songs, penning lyrics that resonate with millions. In the classical realm, legendary composers like Ludwig van Beethoven or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart left behind timeless masterpieces that continue to inspire generations.

The process of composition often starts with an idea or inspiration, a fleeting melody or an emotion that the artist wishes to capture. From there, the composer meticulously selects instruments and arranges them in harmonious sequences, just like a painter carefully chooses colours to create a compelling picture. Each decision is deliberate, as the composer strives to create a cohesive and meaningful musical journey.

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