Have you ever had those moments when you hear a familiar tune, but can’t really pinpoint the artist who composed it? Classical music has its fair share of one-hit wonders, just like that actor that you once saw in a blockbuster hit, yet you never heard from again.

Although, composers of classical music can be quite difficult to judge because you seldom record or hear it wherever you go. Is it because none of their recent composes are as good or are they just neglected?

One-Hit vs. Multi-Hit Composers

Several anecdotes propose that one-hit wonders achieve great success early in their careers. Yet, not one study has really focused on their lifespan of creativity. Fortunately, a study led by Aaron Kozbelt of the Department of Psychology in Brooklyn College serves to focus on this particular issue.

Kozbelt utilized the recording count criteria to outline samples of 89 multi-hit and one-hit classical composers. Those one-hit composers peaked much more early than their multi-hit counterparts. The impact was greater between those who are more prototypical one-hit compared to multi-hit composers. Their age, historical year and lifespan at the acquisition of their expertise do not really explain the impact.

Compared to multi-hit composers, one-hit composers mostly prefer effortlessly expanded, small scale works, such as songs that inherently climax earlier than other genres. He used an arrangement of career breakthroughs using five music genres and an example of 394 composers that back up the interpretation.

Moreover, one-hit composers of operas are dominated by highlight versus multi-hit composers. His overall findings reveal that opportunity aspects play huge roles in the accomplishments of one-hit composers than multi-hit composers.

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