Composing Music: A New Approach

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226732169
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/1988
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 491,586
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2001

    Excellent resource

    I'm just going to say one thing. If you're serious about music, and what to begin composing, or if you're already a composer looking for new ideas, i strongly reccommend this book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Motivation to write some songs

    This author is a little uptight (do it my way!) but probably the discipline is what some people need. A step by step book for learning theory and putting ideas down. It was written before computer music composition like Apple's GarageBand existed, but fits in nicely with new technology. I've been using it with Finale's Songwriter 2010.

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