Creative Music Composition: The Young Composer's Voice by Margaret Lucy Wilkins

By Margaret Lucy Wilkins

Artistic tune Composition is designed to be an introductory textbook for track scholars. "Creative composition"-composing on your personal kind, instead of within the sort of a composer of the past-is embraced through track educators not just for composition scholars, yet for starting performers and tune educators, and is usually provided to all tune scholars and non-music majors who desire to improve their musical creativity. With 25 years of expertise instructing fledgling composers, the writer tackles the main components that make for winning composition, together with: stimulus to the musical mind's eye; dialogue of numerous present musical languages; research of many examples from modern rankings; technical routines; feedback as to the best way to begin a composition; constructions; and examinations of works from specific genres. Wilkins covers a number of musical languages, from folks and well known to serialism; analyses numerous rhythmic types; indicates methods for composing for quite a few tools, from conventional to digital ones, in addition to for the human voice; addresses the nuts and bolts of rating coaching; and gives occupation suggestion. For all composition students-and for tune scholars in general-Creative song Composition deals a transparent and concise creation that may allow them to arrive their own targets.

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Thus, it is prudent for composers to build styles that are appropriate to the capacities of the intended performers. Parameters The components, or parameters, of a musical style comprise the following elements: • • • • • • Rhythm (pulse) Pitch (line, melody; horizontal) Counterpoint (addition of horizontal lines, creating verticals) Harmony (conglomerate of vertical pitches) Timbre (individual sounds) Texture (counterpoint, combination of timbres) At the same time that one is considering each parameter independently, it has to be borne in mind that each note, or group of notes, contains combinations of several components.

Indb 49 4/28/06 11:01:46 AM 50 Creative Music Composition Additive Rhythm and Subdivisions. Western music is characterized by the rhythmic subdivision of the beat. The beat may be divided into 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or more parts. In general, the larger the number of subdivisions, the slower the pulse must be. Indian and African musics, on the other hand, use rapid pulses that are built into rhythmic patterns. ) This is the method of rhythmic construction that inspired Messiaen as well as the Minimalists.

Drawings were made of the pitch terrain and relative durations of the basic musical ideas. The work was fashioned into three continuous movements, the first and third being the positive and negative of each other. The titles of the movements describe their functions. 5 Graph of Movement I, Exposition, of Margaret Lucy Wilkins’ Symphony (1989). Reproduced by permission of the composer. (continued) I Exposition (a setting forth of ideas) II Juxtaposition (a placing side by side) III Opposition (“contrast, antithesis, a relationship between two propositions with the same subject and predicate, but differing in quality” [Oxford English Dictionary]) Movement I, Exposition, is dramatic with its orchestral glissandi and sculptured textures.

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