The ‘technical names’ in music are a set of 7 terms that give a label to every note of the scale. Every note is assigned a different technical name that reflects its position in the scale.
What is wrong is that the notes of a perfect fifth blend so well together that they almost sound like one note rather than two. This makes parallel fifths out of style IF that style demands independence of voices.
The difference between 3/4 and 6/8 is in the number of beats per bar and in their accents (the strong beats). In 3/4, we get three quarter note beats (out of which the first one is the strongest). In 6/8, we get two dotted quarter note beats (out of which the first one is the strongest).
September Music Composition Challenge – School of Composition – This month’s musical composition challenge is based on the Tone Painting lesson I published some days ago. Your task is simply to choose a short poem from the ones I selected below and put it to music. For guidelines and details please read ahead. By the […]
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A student recently asked me whether his music is really beautiful and I had to think long and hard about what to say. If you’ve ever had doubts about your own music or you want some ideas for how to judge your own work fairly, these thoughts are for you too. First off, let me […]
Tone painting is the technique of shaping vocal music according to the meaning of the words. For example, we’d write a melody that goes up on words such as ‘rising’, ‘uphill’ and ‘climbing’ or have the music go really quiet on words such as ‘soft’, ‘peaceful’ and ‘calm’.
Welcome to the first of the School of Composition’s Analysis series. Today we’re looking at the incredible motivic development of Beethoven’s 1st movement of the 6th Symphony. In the video below I show you how Beethoven uses his beautiful theme to build the whole of this first movement: I have color-coded the music so as […]
Welcome to a new music composition challenge – we’ve got an exciting one in store! For this month’s challenge, we’re partnering up with Crescendo Phoenixville, which in their own words is “a community music organization that provides high-quality music education to children who might otherwise not receive it.” (Check out their website here). The program is run […]
“Never have a favorite weapon.” That’s the advice of Miyamoto Musashi, a 16th century Japanese sword fighter. What he meant was that we shouldn’t have a favorite tool. A favorite tool will make you predictable. In war, that can be deadly. In the creative arts, it makes your boring (and that’s kind of the same […]
For this month’s composition challenge, I’m simply providing you with a rhythm. Your job is to use it anywhere, anyhow – the only requisite is that the rhythm must appear complete at least once, within your composition. The rhythm: You can change the meter and the tempo, and you can add to it at the beginning […]
Welcome to May’s composition challenge results! This challenge was about putting a picture of nature to music. The original challenge blog post is here but as a quick reminder, here are the 3 scenes composers could choose from: This month’s composers: 1. Markus Boyd: https://soundcloud.com/markuslexanderboyd/string-trio-in-g-revised 2. Ron Baptiste 3. Joshua Beresford: […]
I can’t believe it’s already time for June 2018’s composition challenge! Since this means that half the year is almost over, it’s time for something different! I started these challenges last January and they’ve been an amazing experience thanks to all your wonderful contributions. Over 40 composers from all around the world have contributed over […]
Today I want to show you 10 new pieces submitted to the School of Composition’s April Challenge. This challenge was based on a story from a student of mine. The short version is that he got sick with what would normally be a simple illness. A doctor named Barbara, who was also the mother of […]
Update: This challenge is now closed. Watch the results here. New month new composition challenge! For this month’s challenge, I’m inviting you to draw some inspiration from nature. Composers have done this for hundreds of years but for this challenge we’re doing it from a still image. I’ve chosen 3 scenic pictures from pixabay.com – […]