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Thoughts about passive voice

Thursday 2 August, 2012

It is time for another composition. I’ll stick with the active/passive thing, so it’s time for passive voice!

I want to start with a very small motif, and change the world around it. In active voice, the main motif was only 4 notes, but they were spread across the scale and had a lot of rhythm so it seemed more complex. To get a really simple theme I may only use 3 notes which are close together, C D E, and only crotchets and minims. The melody should stay in the same pitch, and never vary in rhythm: the melody will stand still. The accompaniment will move around making it feel like the melody is changing.

One thing I need to be more careful about this time is progression of chords; the last one had a jarring transition in the middle because I thought I was writing a simple major-minor transition but accidentally moved to a different tonic pitch (whoops).

Another thing I want to do with this is give myself enough time to polish it afterwards. Therefore there will be 2 due dates: draft due 8th August, and final due 15th August. Hopefully there will be a recording as well, but I promise nothing.

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4 Comments
  1. Hi Luke,
    I like very much that you are making compositions! The only way to improve is to continue! I took a look at your exercises so far; a hint that I can for sure tell you is that dynamics, tempo and expressive indications and articulations are completely absent from your scores. Unless you *consciously* asking the performer to make their own (which I don’t think you are doing), you want to put your own in. Next is, since I sense music theory and proportions are not the easiest right now, find out what Schumann, Tchaikovsky, or Chopin have done with their miniatures. We can learn a lot from the great composers… How long do their melodies take to bear out? How long do they stay in a key? How long do they take to establish a key? If they change keys, are those keys related?
    (Schumann: Träumerei) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV3D_D37JIQ
    (Chopin: Mazurka Op. 63 No. 3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNWJt4orpZc

    Best of luck! Always looking forward to new composers!
    ET

    • Thank-you for your detailed comment! Those two pieces you linked are incredible. Chopin certainly has a way with tonal gymnastics, unexpectedly changing keys and making it work. I think I’ve learned something from analysing the pieces with regard for your questions, and hopefully that shows in my next piece.

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