There I sat at this concert of classical music and opera. It was the symphony that interested me – Don Juan by Richard Strauss.
Here’s what I was able to make out. Each section had one or two main themes. They were both stated at different times in their entirety. Then another tertiary theme came in for a short while. Themes one and two played games with the third. The original theme interrupted the tertiary in bits and pieces. The secondary did the same thing. After a while the original was brought back again, faster or slower than the first time. The original theme was also bantered about by each section of the orchestra.
Can this idea be useful in writing? Can we have two themes play with each other and a third, the common connection between them all? Has anyone tried this?
Please comment. I am here to learn.
I have always been a curious person. As a child I was always asking questions. My father said I must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle. He had a weird sense of humor. Yes, I said phonograph not even eight track. I am that old.
I was a musician first. i studied piano for a number of years, loved it and even won a competition in my age group, twelve years old. Then I studied voice – something I continued most of my life. I had a nice career singing opera and I got to perform with many of the famous singers of those years.
I came to writing just a few years ago and have worked hard to learn the craft. I have one first draft of a novel that needs a revision and a second novel with the first draft almost complete.
The other night I was at a concert and I found myself listening in a completely new way. I tried to figure out why I tensed at times. Why did I sigh with relief other times? What was happening in the music that I reacted to and how could it help me go deeper in my writing and/or help with the revision process.
I am not an expert. I merely want to explore this new experience. If anyone has comments on this idea I would love to hear them.