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THEORY

Information on techniques, analyses, instruments, and texts that help in learning and studying music theory.

 

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Part Writing

The main rules for part writing, also called voice leading.

 

Contrapuntal Variation as a Composition Tool

How to use basic techniques from fugues and canons to improve any compositions.

 

Alfred Blatter’s Instrumentation/Orchestration is a good introduction and reference tool covering in detail all the main instruments.  Included are descriptions of the instruments, their ranges, how to write for each, and how to approach various ensembles.

 

 

 

 

 

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“The Same But Different”

This article discusses a useful approach to composing music.

 

Instrumentation/Orchestration

Information on the text by Alfred Blatter and some other useful books.

 

Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm

Ideas for maintaining coherence in a composition.

 

Classical Music Forums

Places on the internet to find good discussion about classical music.

 

Part Writing

The main rules for part writing, also called voice leading.

 

Contrapuntal Variation as a Composition Tool

How to use basic techniques from fugues and canons to improve any compositions.

 

Related Articles in Piano, History, and Composition

 

Theory informs some of the other aspects in composition, piano, and music history, as shown in the articles below.

 

Learning to Compose

A short guide to learning how to write pieces of music.

 

Introduction to Classical Music

Information on the evolution of classical music, including some of the great works from each period.

 

How to Practice Arpeggios

Ideas for learning and practicing arpeggios, which help in learning harmony, developing technique, and improvisation.

 

Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm

Ideas for maintaining coherence in a composition.

 

Part Writing

The main rules for part writing, also called voice leading.

 

 

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