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Old 4th September 2009
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Add Irving Berlin to the "untrained" list.

That said, add Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart - and 1000 people you've forgotten about to the "trained". Forget about if you are self-taugh or school-taught, if you don't understand the properties of the materials you work with you will always struggle to have a consistent workflow and to escape the boundaries of the material as it appears before you. Learn and experiment, any way you can.

PS - as far as Elfman goes, I have always found his scores to be a bit stiff, mechanical, and lacking true nuances or flourish. That's my opinion in the moan zone . . . The John Williams Star Wars suite shreds anything that Elfman has ever done.