Composing is the creation and design of a work of art. Basically, it is creating, but in a physical sense. Anything that is composed is put together piece-by-piece and thought out originally.
Creativity relates because composing is a type of creating. It is what allows for compositions to be different since everybody’s mind and imagination is different, and that is what affects one’s creativity.
Ideas are almost always inspired by something, and it usually is a way for someone to try to improve upon something they have seen. This is why people are advised to travel the world, because different places and cultures may inspire ideas in different creative ways.
At one point in my life I confronted this idea, but ended up siding with it. The idea that one’s own compositions are influenced by someone else’s a concept that I deeply agree with. For instance, look at music. Music has constantly evolved throughout the ages and that is because creativity in music usually comes from inspiration rather than experimentation. One can create experimentally, but in my opinion, inspiration is a major factor in most instances.
I’m sort of on the fence. I agree that works can contain pieces of other works (pop art, remix music, sampled music). At the same time though, each piece of art that contains pieces of others is its own piece. I believe that there should be a limit on how much of a one piece can be used in the collaboration or inclusion of another.