At 9/18/12 12:45 PM, TroisNyxEtienne wrote:
At 9/18/12 11:01 AM, Bosa wrote:
You all are nuts lol. All you have to do in order to win is to find a four leaf clover, pray to God, and cross your fingers. It works every time for me.If there were clover patches around, I'd find one -- nonetheless, divine intervention FTW! <3
Truly though, I've come in to have tons of fun, and An Uair am Feill was fun to make and the others fun to listen to, even though my submission had a painfully long break midway... D:
I auto-win as Ireland then since I must have tons of four-leaf clovers. :D
I do think Computer had a point that a LOT of people somehow keep missing... the theory, the instrumentation, the style- they do NOT ALWAYS define a genre or a ethnic feel. You can write a polka for a rock band or a polka for a marching band and it's still a polka (as long as you have those oom-pas).
From what I have read, from the words of the creator of this competition, this is as much about understanding the ethnic backgrounds- both regarding composition and instrumentation, but also involving the smaller aspects- those abstract ideas behind each style. For example, for my Greece piece in the last round, I could have written a piece that sounded just like that greek folk CD, but I decided to instead use a full orchestra. I was not only giving a nod in the direction of the greek style, but I was elaborating, building, and giving it a "samulis feel".
It isn't wrong to build on the works of others, in fact, I would say that this contest is mostly about building on the works of others! If you merely are emulating, what will you learn? What will emulation give to the community that we cannot already find at our fingertips?
I am pleased that someone pointed out (however crudely and rudely) that the task at hand is to "represent a country through their music in a variety of creative ways," not to "exactingly emulate the folk music of a country in an unoriginal manner." For example, Bosa could have taken "America the Beautiful" and arranged it and called it his entry, but he didn't... he drewinspirationfrom American "Hollywood" and "Broadway" music and created an original piece that, quite frankly, wouldn't make me think of banjos and American folk!
This contest was a lot of fun, and I'm glad that I was able to create a piece in time, however controversial. I do wish to continue doing these and I sincerely hope that they will continue to be hosted, as they are valuable learning experiences. I remember at a composition lecture a few months ago, the speaker gave one of the best tips for composing I have heard to this date- "When you are stuck, instead of trying to work with more things, limit yourself to a certain requirement. There you will find your creativity." When we limit ourselves to the task of building upon the music, in whatever genre, of a nation, we will better find our creativity and our ability.