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Composing Music

A New Approach

Aimed at those who have some knowledge of music but not formal training in composition, this concise introduction to composing starts right in with a brief composition exercise, then proceeds step by step through a series of increasingly complex and challenging problems, gradually expanding the student’s musical grammar.

"This is a wonderful book for anyone who is developing improvising skills or who would like a fun way to explore music."—Jim Stockford, Co-Evolution Quarterly

240 pages | music examples throughout | 8-1/2 x 11 | © 1983

Music: General Music

Table of Contents

Preface
General Rules for the Exercises
1. The Cell, the Row, and Some Scales
2. Harmony
3. Transformation
4. The Small Theme and the Large Theme
5. More Scales and the 12-tone Row
6. Isomelody and Isorhythm, Combined
7. Ostinato
8. Accompaniment Procedures
9. Harmony (II)
10. Counterpoint
11. Organum
12. Imitation: a Useful Game
13. Words and Music
14. Picture Music
15. Popular Music as a Source
16. Minimalism
Appendix A: Instrument Ranges
Appendix B: Musical Symbols
Appendix C: Bibliography
Index

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