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Part 1, Project 4 – Word setting

I decided upon Lewis Carroll for this exercise.  I’m not sure whether his poem “The Crocodile” has ever been set to music but I enjoyed working this out, initially with a rhythmic structure and then composing the melody line: And … Continue reading

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Part 1, Project 4 – Word setting – Modes

Research on traditional modes from Eric Taylor’s “AB Guide to Music Theory-Part II” has given me a greater outline about what these are and how they paved the way for more widely known scalic formats that are used today. Thinking … Continue reading

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Part 1, Project 4 – Word setting

To consider words that are set to music and learn how the process works, I need to get an understanding of when it works and why. Lionel Bart’s “Food, Glorious Food” from “Oliver!” I chose this song because I love … Continue reading

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Part 1, Project 3: Accompaniments

For the exercise of composing an accompaniment part to a folk song, I chose to write one for Example 12c. This was the composition: Part 1, Project 3 Compose accompaniment to a folk song And this is what it sounds … Continue reading

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Part 1, Project 3: Accompaniments

For the start of this project, I researched some of Cecil Sharp’s folk songs.  “Scarborough Fair” – this has a flowing, broken chord accompaniment together with static chords creating variation in the mid-section.  This compliments the melody; when a piece … Continue reading

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Part 1, Project 2: Reviving Skeletons

The first exercise in this project was to take Vivaldi’s “Winter”, the fourth concerto from his “Four Seasons” piece, and create my own composition based around the first 8 bars of harmonic structure. This is what I created, and what … Continue reading

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Part 1, Project 1: Colouring harmonies

I listened to Jacques Loussier’s “Bach to Bach Trio” playing “Toccata & Fugue in D Minor” by Bach. This has a strong piano opening, a cymbal roll and the first hint of a jazz element enters with brushed cymbals.  The … Continue reading

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