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

        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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