In musical theatre, we have lyrics. Would you say, therefore, that you have to make sure you had the tune for this first before you added the brace for the grand staff for the melody and bass line? See, I’m wondering if you could construct a tune first and then go in and add a vocal line? I know it’s been done in the past. Look at Elgar’s LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY (March No. 1). These, however, I think, are rare occasions? It would be much easier no, to have the vocal line melody if we can call it that, first before you added in all the colours and textures of the main tune don’t you think?
See Richard Rodgers was famous for doing the music first, that’s before his partnership with Mr. Hammerstein. I can see this process taking such a long time, however. Say you had this rousing tune you managed to come up with, to then go in and add a vocal line would make this process much harder. Surely it’s much better to have this vocal line first?