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!

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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Baroque instrumental
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Baroque instrumental

J.S Bach's Brandenburg concertos are regarded as some of the finest Baroque instrumental pieces. Listen here to Concerto no.2 in F major ...
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Haunting Emotion
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Haunting Emotion

This well-known theme from multi award-winning film, ‘Schindler’s List’ may be one of the most emotive melodies you'll hear ...
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Atmospheric Choral
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Atmospheric Choral

This unaccompanied choral work is simple yet uses clever composition techniques ...
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Tango!
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Tango!

Argentinian composer, Piazzolla, is famous for his many tangos. Enjoy this memorable performance of 'Libertango' ...
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Fiery Drama
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Fiery Drama

'The Firebird’ ballet music, by Stravinsky was hailed a huge success after its debut performance in 1910. Listen to find out why ...
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Lyrical Reflection
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Lyrical Reflection

This haunting pavane, by French composer, Ravel, was originally written for solo piano. Listen to the masterful orchestration ...
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English Orchestral
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English Orchestral

One of the quietest and most serene symphonies by Vaughan Williams, though with some dark undertones ...
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Reflective Piano
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Reflective Piano

This is the music composed for the film ‘Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence’ which is a film about the experiences of a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II ...
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