How do different composers convey the concept of changing perspective?

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"The way we view the world is constantly changing". Change is necessary for growth and progress, and without it, life would be very stagnant. More specifically, a human being's perspective (how one sees the world) is constantly changing in relation to a variety of issues. Everyone has their own perspective on certain issues and these perspectives are often only changed by time, or in some cases, a single moment. It is a very important component of life, and therefore, is a popular subject for composers to base their work on. Change in perspective always incorporates three distinct components. Firstly there is the original perspective, then, an essential catalyst or event must trigger the change. It is here that composers use techniques to convey the change. Finally we have the 'new' perspective. After the change has occurred, it usually opens new 'doors' to opportunity, which almost always have some sort of positive effect.

"...even if nothing is there, go and open the door. At least there'll be a draught." (The Door, Miroslav Holub) Some composers generally portray changes in perspective by utilising a range of techniques, related to their chosen media form. Ethnic Background and Family Relationships, two issues found in Looking for Alibrandi (Kate Woods) and Greek Chic (Claudia Sammut); and a close study of Sky High (Hannah Robert), display how different composers, dealing with similar or different changes in perspective, portray them in their own unique way.

Racism, discrimination, assimilation, social acceptance, the 'White Australia Policy' etc, all can be traced back to ethnic background. It's a sad fact, but people are judged on their ethnic background. There are exceptions, but most of the 'inferior' people that are subjected to any sort of racism will eventually become insecure about their background, believing the negative things people say...