Composition Toolbox: Practical Ideas To Inspire

Composition Toolbox: Practical Ideas To Inspire

Composition Toolbox: Practical Ideas to Inspire

I've been in your shoes.

Staring down a blank piece of manuscript paper, deadline approaching, and no idea how to proceed.


As a kind of “insurance policy” against these periodic dry spells, I began to collect different ideas when they came to me and socking them away. (Some have actually turned into my more successful pieces!)

That collection of ideas grew over the years into this book. Some of these “prompts” describe a general spirit or direction of a potential piece; others are more prescriptive. The point is to get that pen moving again!

Composers of all backgrounds will find something stimulating in these pages!

About the Author
Brandon Nelson (b. 1982) is an American composer who invites listeners to explore the esoteric, the ephemeral, and other curios of existence from which he finds fertile creative ground. Embracing a wide palette of styles and methods, he is equally at home writing for students as for professionals. A prolific composer who is much sought-after for commissions, his compositions have been performed widely throughout the U.S. and Europe. He holds music degrees from Northern Michigan University and...

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