Songwriting genius Burt Bacharach is dead: masters of magical melodies – culture


Oliver Hochkeppel

In 2013, Burt Bacharach’s autobiography showed how difficult easy things can be. The “King of Easy”, the composer and arranger, who was able to turn melodies into unforgettable catchy tunes like no other, described how hard he had to work for it: No song was ever the result of a lightning-fast inspiration, he had to work through each one laboriously and tediously must. He composes in his head, never at the piano, and always listens to the instrumentation and arrangement, which is why everything has to be recorded together, Bacharach said. He also chronically distrusts the first ideas and constantly works on the melodies. He suffered from insomnia all his life because of this.

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