Composers and authors of music

Composers and Authors

Have you have been noodling around with chord progressions or penning some poetry to be set to music? Here’s a heads up! You may already be experimenting with tasks typically assigned to composers and authors.

Two key roles in creating music are composers and authors. Both composers and authors will take on specific tasks in the process of creating musical works. Understanding how to make music starts with knowing the roles and tasks involved in writing music.

COMPOSERS of music

Composers create and arrange the rhythmic and melodic parts within a musical work using musical notation. Essentially, composers design sequences of beats and notes which make up the musical piece. Music composition includes setting the key, time signature and tempo. Composers also create the musical structure, chord patterns, instrumental parts and vocal melodies.

A great musical score will enhance the story in theatre, film and tv. Media professionals award contracts to composers with experience and good reputation. Traditional music composition has expanded to include new media and online platforms. For example, sound designers create musical pieces to synch with the actions in video games.

Movie score composer and sound design for video games

Composers organize the structure of a music piece by sections, such as verses, choruses, bridges, pre-choruses, post-choruses, and outros. When creating Instrumental parts, the composer groups the instruments by type, as in the horn section, especially in genres like classical or musical theatre. In all genres of music, music composers assign rhythm styles or specific notes for solos to individual instruments.

Composition of music also includes the creation of the vocal melody and harmony lines. Music genres from opera, blues, folk, jazz, and modern pop often feature prominent vocal parts. A composer may create a soaring vocal lead with subtle, selective harmony notes or richly layered backup harmonies. But even so, the author often creates or at least contributes to creating the vocal notes, since the vocal lyrics and melody mesh together.

AuthorS of music

Authors are the modern day storytellers and poets in the creation of musical works. The author’s main function is to write the lyrics for the vocal parts of a song. It is quite natural for the author to write the lyrics while creating the melody notes at the same time. This is where writing music lyrics differs from writing poetry. Since the words are set to music, the choice of pitch, note length and other factors will affect the emotion and meaning of the lyrics.

Lyrics are a very special kind of writing. A lyricist must develop core skills in poetry such as creating rhyming schemes and lines with good flow and equal beats. But a music author must also be aware of the ease of singing the written lyrics in any language. Further, the author must use rhythm skills to fit the poetic lines into the music’s bars, tempo and time signature. Genres such as rap focus on percussive vocals; beat heavy lyrics with internal rhyming schemes and perfect cadence form the basis of the most popular rap songs.

The melodic vocal parts will tell the story and carry through the song’s structure. Lyrics may populate each section of a song, most frequently within the verses, choruses and bridges. However, many songs contain instrumental breaks in one or more sections of the song, giving reprieve to the singers.

Harmonies Count, too

If the song includes vocal harmonies, it is common practice in popular music for the harmony parts to layer the main melody either above or below the pitch. Backup vocalists may sing the same lyric in unison with the melody singer. Harmonies may also flow before and after the melody, and this sometimes calls for distinctive harmony note patterns. Depending on the genre and song, the author may also write lyrical parts for backup vocalists that are separate from but complimentary to the lead vocalist’s part.

A skilled lyricist also knows how certain words, consonants and vowels allow the singers to carry notes and add color to their performance. Well written lyrics will enable each vocalist to express the emotion of the song’s message. Indeed, music authorship is so much more than simply filling in words for a verse-chorus-bridge song.

Both composers and authors focus on creating a memorable and pleasurable central part of a song, also known as the “The hook”.

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Composers and Authors Connect

The lines can and often do become blurred between the composer and author roles. An author’s inspiration may come packaged with the lyrics and melody combined. The mood of a musical piece may be so evocative that the composer may form a storyline or theme for the lyrics while making the music.

Composers and Authors Collab

Both composers and authors focus on creating a memorable and pleasurable central point of a song, also known as “the hook”. Whether in the chorus or verses, the song’s most catchy feature weighs heavily in music creation. The composer or the author may create this critical hook of the song, either solely or in musical collaboration.

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