Emotion In Music
Everyone knows that music can move you in so many ways. It can make you laugh, cry and even want to break things. It can put idyllic or majestic pictures in your mind and is even known to make people see colors. It triggers emotional and even physical responses in people. That to me is amazing! I suppose it's something hard wired into our brains over time and a way for us to communicate, explain or mimic the world around us. Such as a musical onomatopoeia. (Thanks Jeff W.)
For me, as a composer, that is one of the toughest things to achieve. Trying to translate what's in my mind into sounds and be able to trigger some kind of emotional response or put an image of something into someones mind. Music means different things to different people so ultimately when I write something it's all about how it makes me feel. However, when someone tells me how my music makes them feel it is an incredible feeling!!
I wrote a piece of music for chamber orchestra called "Overture To Fate" back in 03/04 I believe. It was performed by the Bloomsburg University/Community Chamber Orchestra. They did a good performance of it considering that not much time was put into it at rehearsals. As it was being performed I looked around to see how people were reacting. There were a couple people that, as far as I could tell, were really listening but most were stone-faced and politely fidgeting. But that's what people do at a "classical" music performance. After the performance I went back stage to thank everyone and was approached by a woman and her daughter. She literally had tears in her eyes. She said "Are you the composer of that piece that was performed?" I said "yes I am". She replied "that was such a beautiful piece of music." I was in shock and really didn't know how to respond to this. I have been told different things by people about how my music makes them feel but never have I made someone tear up. I said thank you and we went our separate ways. I have no idea who this person was and no idea how I did that to her. That feeling is indescribable and so amazing!!. That is what I strive for and reach towards being a composer and a performer...