Choosing Your Style

In by phoenixgreen

It’s important that once you have made your choice of which brief to do, that you stick with it and don’t keep chopping and changing between briefs.


I see a lot of my students do this because they believe they are having a harder time than someone else who is doing a different brief. The truth is that some briefs are easy to get started and then they have challenges as the piece progresses and others are harder to get started but once the planning and preparation is done become a lot easier.


I guess what I’m trying to say is, stick with it. Do your research, think the piece through and understand how you intend to structure and develop the composition.


Brief 2: Walk to freedom

In this brief it is possible to compose in a popular music / song style (with a prominent lead vocal) or as a contemporary piece.


Make Your Stylistic Choice!


For this course, I have chosen to follow the route of Contemporary Piece and all of my research from this point on will be based on this stylistic choice.


Read The Text (to get a better understanding of meaning)


The Long Walk to Freedom (extract)


I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.


I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.

Nelson Mandela