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      UreMusic Education: The Elements of Music Composition (DRM Free)

      The Elements of Music Composition takes composers beyond theory and systems of composition for composing original music. Readers learn how the elements and cornerstones in music work together and build an organic music composition. This book serves as the missing piece of the puzzle for composers who have studied the major music subject areas but feel there is something missing in their musical understanding and technique.

      Designed for Composers of All Levels

      Pulling back the veil to reveal how master composers create original works

      Directed towards musicians who have some understanding of music theory and composing but lack formal training in music composition, this book deconstructs the dogma associated with the seemingly impenetrable art of music composition. Composers are taught the concept of organic music and begin to develop an understanding of how coherence and comprehensibility play a major role in the creation of musical works.

      Understand the Principles Composers Use to Create Masterworks

      Music theory is only a stepping stone to the creation of original music compositions

      Music theory fails to account for an individual's capacity to experience beauty and emotion in a musical work, and it only teaches a composer to replicate an established style. Music theory is an excellent training tool, but the composer who wants to go beyond the ordinary must dissect the composing process and reveal its mysteries must understand the concepts outlined in The Elements of Music Composition.

      Go Beyond Music Theory to Create Effective Musical Works

      Teaching the principles of construction gives composers the ability to create original works

      While student composers need to learn established systems of music theory and composition, systems should be abandoned when it comes time to compose authentic works of art. This text describes how a composer can use melody, harmony, form, orchestration, and timbre in a connected process where every element contributes to the composition and serves a role.

      A Practical Approach to Music Composition Without Arbitrary Exercises

      The craft of music composition is revealed through a careful review of the elements of music

      Composers will not complete exercises, improve technique, or learn the typical concepts addressed in your average music composition course. This text aims to get deep inside the process of composing to reveal fundamental principles that apply to several musical styles. Generic exercises that instruct a composer to create a melody on an established chord progression, fix voice leading errors, and create modulations to scripted keys do not promote original thought. Composers must be taught the principles behind the theories to understand how to compose original music that stems from a deep understanding of the nature of music.

      Suitable for the Casual Listener or the Professional Composer and Musician

      Learn to compose music not through the study of other composers theories, but through universal principles that apply to musical works.

      The best composers in history learned to write music by following in the footsteps of those who came before. Composers created music based on principles of voice leading and counterpoint before the advent of music theory. Beethoven was notorious for carefully working out counterpoint exercises, and he went to great lengths to ensure his exercises followed the proper procedures. Mozart used counterpoint to teach his own students. This book reveals the basic underlying principles of music composition so composers can create effective musical works based on sound principles of music composition.

      Table of Contents

      Introduction 1

      Intended Audience 2

      The Author 3

      Composing Original Music 8

      Systems of Music Composition 12

      Schillinger System of Music Composition 21

      Twelve-Tone System of Music Composition 24

      A Final Note About Systems 36

      Building a Solid Technique 38

      The State of Music 41

      Elements and Cornerstones 50

      Elements 51

      Motives 53

      Rhythm 54

      Using Rhythm to Increase Tension 56

      Using Rhythm to Introduce New Sections 57

      Dynamics 57

      Improper Use of Dynamics 58

      Relative Dynamics 58

      Counterintuitive Dynamics 59

      Unrealistic Dynamics 60

      Awkward Placement 62

      Proper Use of Dynamics 63

      Climactic Emphasis 63

      Entrances 63

      Mood, Character, and Meaning 64

      Tempo 65

      Tension 65

      Pitch 66

      Timbre 67

      Placement Affects Timbre 67

      Pitch Alteration 68

      Articulations 69

      Registral Space 70

      Cornerstones 73

      Melody 73

      Form 75

      Texture 76

      Harmony 77

      Circle of Fifths Progression 78

      The I Chord 80

      Dominant Function 81

      Predominant Function 82

      The vi and iii 82

      The IV and vii० 82

      Using the Chord Schematic 83

      Voice Leading Guidelines 83

      Orchestration 85

      Counterpoint 86

      Organic Music 87

      Musical Coherence and Comprehensibility 92

      Organizing a Musical Composition 94

      When Music Should Function Organically 98

      Postface 100

      A Primer on Music Composition 101

      Additional Resources 109

      In-Depth Discussions 110

      The Craft of Music Composition 110

      The Art of Composing 110

      Self-Study Music Composition Courses 112

      Free Updates 112

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