Composition: Let the jigsaw commence

September 2, 2015

Second lesson with Phil yesterday. We were looking at my Phrygian Mode exercise, which had turned into a short (16 bar) piano and cello piece. We focussed on how to extend my initial ideas into something longer and more developed. This has always been a sticking point for me - how do you take "Da-Da-Da Daaah!" and turn it into over 7 minutes of music?! I know how you do it theory, of course, but when faced with your own little ideas it all becomes a tad more challenging.

 

So up onto my brand spanking new 6' x 3' corkboard it went! Seeing it laid out rather than on lots of pages in a manuscript book definitely helped, and creating sections (intro, theme, development) also helped. This week, my challege is to realise the extension, for string quartet. String writing - absolutely not my forte either.

 

 

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