Max Karios wrote:Demanding that a piece should have a melody that "haunts" you, means that you are basically asking for immediate gratification. "Don't dare write a fugue -- this is above my head and therefore evil. I am the audience and the only legitimate judge of all things!" That is the domain of entertainment, not of art.
Not at all! If a melody "haunts" you, it has a depth to it that your mind savors. All of the flavors are not immediately apparent; it takes time for the complete weight of the piece to be felt. That is not immediate gratification.
Never would I say "Don't dare write a fugue-- this is above my head and therefore evil", so I hope that quote was not attributed to me in your mind, as I never said anything of the sort. Never did I say that the "audience was the only legitimate judge of all things", either. If the OP writes for his own creative outlet and does not care whether the audience likes it or not, no problem.... write whatever floats your boat. If the OP writes for both creative outlet and to reach an audience and communicate something to them
, then I provide only my humble opinion as to what I appreciate in music when going to a live performance.
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