“Is it theoretically possible to not
know theory and still write music?” The answer is yes.
However, you would need an arranger or composer close at hand, available
to transcribe all of your inner thoughts and melodies. Oh ya, you
would also need something else… money. A ready and able composer
requires money for their time.
Serious composers usually take pride in being
able to write their own music. If you’re game, then you’ll
need resources and references, an indispensable part of a composer’s
knowledge is a pre-requisite for composing and notating
effective compositions. Advanced theory and orchestration
are also important tools for writing with more complexity and in
is a list of resources useful for both budding composers and experienced
composers in need of resource reference books.
and Jazz Theory Books
Rudiments of Music
Jazz Theory Book
(Music Book Index)
Music for the Real World: Classical and Commercial Aspects (Book
& CD set)
and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer
Theory, Orchestration and Piano Method Book