Tool #50: Writing for Voice – Step 1

Instrumental composition is hard.  It is rewarding, but challenging nonetheless.  Even harder (in my opinion) than instrumental composition is vocal composition.  Here I would like to start talking about writing for the voice, and focus on working with text first. Step 1: selecting the text to work with There are a few questions you will …

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Tool #49: Retrograde

To continue my discussion on motivic development, I would like to explore a technique that is simple at first glance, but can be developed into a very complex process. Retrograding a motive is, at its simplest, reversing it.  So, a simple melody played backwards is the melody in retrograde. This is a very effective tool …

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