|posted: 10/11/2003 at 2:45:10 PM ET|
Being a composer myself, I say it is very difficult if you're not creative and don't know what you're doing. It also helps to have a lot of knowledge on the subject of music theory, but if you're good enough, you can even compose without an extreme amount of knowledge. You must know about the instruments you are writing for, though. I write for string orchestras, because I don't exactly understand Bb, Eb, and A instruments, and I don't know the ranges of many band type instruments. On the contrary, I know almost everything about the string family.
Some people are experts at music theory and instruments, but can't write music, or are not good at it. It's highly a natural talent, but you must also learn and acquire other skills as well. You must also have the heart to do it.
just my 2 cents