Friday, September 18, 2015

Twelve-Tone Composition

So... This one was pretty intense, huh? But you got through it! And now it's time to hone your skills with it. Let's go!

1) Let's start with the transformations. Below is a randomly generated row. It sounds... actually pretty good for a random sequence. But don't worry about that. Just find the retrograde, the inversion, and the retrograde inversion. And while you're at it, maybe try transposing it up a whole step as well? Why not, you're already here.

2) Make your own row! A good technique is to pick an interval and try to work that in a bunch. Not every leap of course, but you can fit it in 5 or 6 times without problems. The row in the episode had five minor thirds in it. You don't have to use that technique, though: Just make one that you think sounds good and see what happens. Maybe try the transformations on it too!

3) Try writing a piece, with either the row from the first exercise or the one you made in the second. It can be short, maybe four or eight bars, and it can just be one hand. Try the transformations, play with rhythms, transpose to your heart's content... Just make something you enjoy. If you don't have the resources or expertise to play it, send it to me and I'll try to get you a recording so you can hear what it sounds like.

And that's it! See you next week!

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