What goes into the composition of music? This is a question I tend to encounter from many people, the moment they learn that I am a musician. And in order to obtain an answer to this question, one has to look at the three major aspects of musical composition. Once you have insights on these three major aspects of musical composition, you should, by inference, have some basic understanding of what exactly goes into musical composition. Today’s blog post focuses on the three major aspects of musical composition.
The first major aspect of musical composition is the one that entails the composition of musical melodies or musical tunes. This can be a very challenging aspect of musical composition: as it is normally very hard to come up with truly unique musical melodies or tunes. Sometimes you imagine that you have just come up with a truly ‘new’ (unique/original) tune or melody. Much later, you only come to realize that it is actually a tune or melody you had heard somewhere long ago. In the final analysis, true originality in these things is almost impossible. That’s why some people opt to simply figure out ways of rearranging the notes in the existing tunes/melodies, in order to make them somewhat ‘unique’.
The second aspect of musical composition is the one that entails the composition of musical lyrics. These have to be meaningful and ‘deep’ lyrics – ideally of the sort that speaks to the listeners’ hearts, rather than simple lyrics that only speak to the listeners’ minds.
The third aspect of musical composition is the one that entails instrumentation. This revolves around tasks like that of figuring out where the keyboard should come in (and how it should sound), where the guitar should come in, what drum beats to use… and so on and so forth.
It is worth noting that there are cases where you tend to find a single musician handling all these three aspects of musical composition by himself. There are other cases where each aspect of musical composition is handled by a ‘specialist’. This is where you may find a music production house where, firstly, there is a person who specializes in coming up with new melodies or tunes. Then you have another (second) person who specializes in developing nice lyrics to fit into the melodies or tunes created by the first person. And then you have yet another person, who specializes in developing instrumentation schemes for the songs that are created by the first two people…