“A good composer does not imitate; he steals” - a phrase attributed to composer Igor Stravinsky and the age-old retort of all imitators and plagiarists of art.

But the idea of imitation of goes far beyond the realm of merely art – it surrounds the world around us. Mother Nature, for example, is the most capable imitator and we see the same successful patterns of natural selection reproduced in living beings separated by millions of years of evolution.

In the same way, the great composers we know and listen to today, continue to be celebrated because of their ability to compose music that is aesthetically pleasing to a great many people. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven et al, are of course still renowned because the genius of their music endures. Celebrated musical works lives on, the rest fade into the distance of the past and obscurity.

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