Musical Composition

ISBN-10: 0193171074
ISBN-13: 9780193171077
Edition: 1986
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Description: Musical composition is a key discipline in music programs in conservatories, colleges, and universities. Many teachers consider it as important in the development of young musicians as listening and performance. It can be argued that through  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/6/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594

Musical composition is a key discipline in music programs in conservatories, colleges, and universities. Many teachers consider it as important in the development of young musicians as listening and performance. It can be argued that through compositions musicians achieve the deepest insight into the composer and his music. Musical Composition takes the student through the elements--melody, harmony, counterpoint, and rhythm--before covering a variety of special subjects such as writing vocal and choral music, accompaniments, and film and TV music. Chapters are devoted to recent techniques including free diatonicism, serialism, and indeterminacy. Over 200 examples illustrate points in the text and there are exercises for each chapter.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Composition: key to musicianship
First ideas
Formal principles
Melody
Harmony and counterpoint
Vocal writing
Accompaniments
The piece as a whole
Choral music
Technical expansions: 1 (Free pentatonic music; Free diatonicism; The whole-tone scale; Bitonality and polytonality; Harmony in fourths)
Technical expansions: 2 (Towards atonality; Atonality; Free chromaticism or free twelve-note music; Twelve-note harmony)
Serialism
Indeterminacy, graph scores, text scores, improvisation
Practical applications
Exercises
Index

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