Inspiration

“Composers don’t just sit in a room and write things that are in their heads, they actually listen to a lot of music, pop music, jazz, rock & roll, any combination of music that catches their ear”

 

Hilary Hahn – Violinist

Are you in need of some inspiration to help you on your composing journey? You’ve come to the right place! Our Inspiration Page is all about getting you to listen to a variety of composers, musical genres and styles.  Click on each box below and you’ll find a piece to listen to, some points to listen out for and some questions to get you thinking.  Use the filter to narrow down your search.  New pieces will be added regularly, so keep checking  – you never know, you might discover your new favourite composer!

Choral tranquility
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Choral tranquility

If you're looking for a beautiful choral work to lift your spirits, this could be the piece for you ...
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Buzzing around
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Buzzing around

Rimsky-Korsakov skilfully conjures up a frantic bee in this popular display of musical brilliance ...
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Fiesta!
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Fiesta!

See if you can sit still whilst listening to this toe-tapping number from Mexican composer Arturo Marquez ...
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Chocolat
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Chocolat

Here is film scoring at it’s best, by oscar-winning British composer, Rachel Portman. Listen to the main theme from ‘Chocolat’, a film full of enchantment, romance and…chocolate of course! ...
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American fanfare
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American fanfare

This piece of music has one of the most powerful openings you'll ever hear. If you want to know how and why, then read on ...
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Chinese martial arts
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Chinese martial arts

This exciting score of western instruments and traditional Chinese ensembles creates the soundtrack for the Chinese warriors and their quest for the Green Destiny sword… ...
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Puppet Drama
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Puppet Drama

In his ballet music, 'Petrushka', Stravinsky uses Russian folk song in a novel way as well as pioneering a composition 'film-editing' technique called 'montage' ...
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Deep peace
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Deep peace

Debbie Wiseman composed the music for BBC1 series, ‘Dickensian’, where characters from Dickens’ novels are brought together in a London drama ...
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Mambo!
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Mambo!

A lively Latin American dance from Bernstein's 'West Side Story' that captures the energy and character of the Puerto Rican immigrants ...
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City of Stars
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City of Stars

Justin Hurwitz composed ‘City of Stars’ for the 2016 American musical ‘La la Land’ which follows a frustrated actress and jazz pianist trying to follow their dreams ...
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Indo-jazz fusion
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Indo-jazz fusion

John Mayer was an Indian composer who worked with a group called Indo-Jazz Fusions to create music with both Indian and Jazz influences ...
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Improvisation on a masterpiece
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Improvisation on a masterpiece

Listen to jazz legend, Herbie Hancock, improvise on the beautiful slow movement of Ravel's piano concerto - masterful! ...
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