Composing Tips #11: Evocative Titles

Porcupine

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Use evocative titles. A catchy title can generate interest among audiences or performers who haven’t heard your piece, and will keep it in their minds after they have heard it. Writing practice pieces is easier if you start with an interesting title: adjective + noun. E.g. “The Intoxicated Philosopher”; “The Amorous Porcupine”; “The Off-Balance Ballerina”. You have my permission to retitle them later as Sonata No. 4, Nordic Etude No. 1, etc. and then show them to friends.

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