The recent thread on composing got me thinking. All the great composers I can think of (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Wagner etc. impossible to list here) wrote music that utilised tradition in some respects but broke 'rules' and evolved the compositional style used up to that day. They often shocked audiences with what was then considered their modernity, yet today they are considered classics. So to make a composer great, or at least worth listening to, do they have to say something new? Does their music have to reflect the current 'style' while building on it, and thus making the whole writing of music evolve in some respect? Or does our culture today now mean that any evolution is unlikely to influence future generations, or even be noticed?
It seems to me that composition today has reached such a state of freedom that it seems there are no limits to what counts as music (even a couple of minutes of silence seems to count now). So where does a composer start? Has every possibility in composition been exhausted?
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