I am doing some writing on the subject of music composition, and would like to hear some of your thoughts on theory, its place in modern writing, and in particular its place in your own writing.
I would appreciate you answering one or more of the following questions:
1. Can having a solid knowledge of theory be a hindrance to creativity? If so, how?
2. Can following proven practices of voice-leading, harmony, etc be seen as a crutch? Can purposefully ignoring them also be a crutch?
3. Would it be possible to ignore what theory you know when you write?
4. When you write, how conscious are you of how deeply your music is steeped in tradition?
5. Do you ever worry about being writing music that is too tonal, or not tonal enough?
Thank you in advance for your response.
I find it is necessary to point out the following:
I am not talking about the relative merits of learning theory, or about those who chose not to learn it. I have a very strong knowledge of theory, and am always interested in going deeper. The questions have only to do with those who DO know theory, and who feel, if only on rare occasions, so engrossed in thought over it that it might throw up a writer's block, or steer them out of interesting compositional territory.