John Rotar

Composing a musical identity: negotiating pluralism in contemporary contexts



If one is to fashion themselves a career as a contemporary composer one must be extremely creatively flexible. In order to be a viable person to be considered for projects and commissions one must be able to produce art which conforms to the strictures and expectations of a number of different stylistic parameters. This tends to result in many a younger composer being something of a stylistic chameleon. This, of course, is not purely out of the necessity to do so but also a natural product of the way that we discover and digest our creative influences in the modern, interconnected, digital age. Thus, having an output that is so a pluralistic on the surface, how may one define their own personal artistic identity and consequently nurture their own voice.

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