Basics of Musical Composition


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11 June 2020   –     1300-1445    Thursdays for 6 weeks


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This course introduces the basic elements of composition and the kinds of media a composer inhabits. Students will have the opportunity to
write some short compositions and to receive feedback from the teacher and other students if applicable.
All concepts will be illustrated by musical examples that draw from multiple genres.

Week 1.
What is composition? Is it only on paper or are there other methods and media?
The problem of genre.
The role of repetition.
The concept of development.
Week 2.
Augmentation, diminution and transposition, retrograde.
Rhythmic manipulation
Week 3.
Pitch and rhythm. Consonance and dissonance.
Pitch manipulation.
Week 4
Methods we have looked at and how to use them to develop melody
Melody and singability.
Week 5
Harmonising a melody. Textures
Week 6
Counterpoint and contrapuntal writing, Invertible and non-invertible.