Is a title important for a piece of instrumental music?
Even if the piece is non-programmatic and just intended as pure music?
Even if the piece is classical?
The title is the first thing a prospective listener sees, it is a part of what makes the listener decide whether or not he/she will invest any time listening to your music.
And in a world where we seem to have less and less time, how a person chooses to spend time is a very important decision!
So that title, lost in an ever-increasing sea of music, better grab that right listener, get the curiosity going, the interest peaked and the speakers going.
But what kind of title? Well, that’s my big problem these days.
Getting the right tone, the right attitude, something that says “classical” but also “fun”, “contemporary”, “new”, but without being pompous and arrogant.
It’s not easy.
Personally, if I see a piece called “Allegro” or “Andante” by a modern composer I tend to skip over it. I might be missing out, but that is what happens. I have limited time, and boring titles tend to make me think the piece will be boring as well.
On the other extreme, I usually avoid pieces with flowery and pretentious titles. You know, things like “As the bird flies in the sky of intense, unrelenting boredom” or something like that.
So this is why I still haven’t chosen a title for Sandro’s piece.
Here are my options…
- Storm of Whimsy
- Resisting Euphoria
- Edge of Catastrophe
- Skipping Through Mirrors
- Laugh at the Thought