A Conversation for How to Compose a Musical Masterpiece


Post 1

Nearly Normal Neville

Keith Richards of the "Stones" said "we're all a big
gang of beggars and thieves" in reference to rock musicians
"stealing" licks/riffs etc. from each other. It's true!


Post 2


In classical music also there is an extensive history of plagiarism. In the renaissance the use of themes written by another composer was considered a compliment. This practice continued through the baroque period and into the early classical period.

JS Bach was particularly adept at plagiarising himself. The B-minor mass has substantial sections lifted from his previous pieces. I don’t know if Mr. Bach was consciously complimenting himself or not.

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