Creative Music Composition: The Young Composer's Voice

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Overview

Creative Music Composition is designed to be an introductory textbook for music students. "Creative composition"-composing in your own style, rather than in the style of a composer of the past-is embraced by music educators not only for composition students, but for beginning performers and music educators, and is often offered to all music students and non-music majors who wish to enhance their musical creativity.

With 25 years of experience teaching fledgling composers, the author tackles the key ingredients that make for successful composition, including: stimulus to the musical imagination; discussion of a variety of current musical languages; analysis of many examples from contemporary scores; technical exercises; suggestions as to how to start a composition; structures; and examinations of works from particular genres. Wilkins covers several musical languages, from folk and popular to serialism; analyses various rhythmic forms; suggests approaches for composing for a variety of instruments, from traditional to electronic ones, as well as for the human voice; addresses the nuts and bolts of score preparation; and offers career advice.

For all composition students-and for music students in general-Creative Music Composition offers a clear and concise introduction that will enable them to reach their personal goals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415974677
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 975,621
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Lucy Wilkins is a noted composer and educator. From 1976 until her retirement in 2003, she directed the Composition program at the University of Huddersfield (UK), where 250 students a year enroll in a "free composition" course. She also is a well-known composer and conductor, with many commissions for her own work.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Young composers and a creative environment 7
Ch. 2 Concepts of the imagination : getting started 15
Ch. 3 Structures : traditional/invented 23
Ch. 4 Musical languages : multiplicity of styles 43
Ch. 5 Technical exercises 103
Ch. 6 Exploring instruments 117
Ch. 7 Composing for traditional ensembles 151
Ch. 8 Composing for voices 199
Ch. 9 Composing for a monodic instrument 235
Ch. 10 Moving ahead 255
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