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Oratorios are similar to operas, but are unstaged, and are based on religious topics. Some common examples include: Handel's Messiah, Saul, Israel in Egypt, and Esther; Bach's Christmas Oratorio (and, arguably, his two Passions, which are essentially similar in form), Haydn's Creation, and Mendelssohn's Elijah and Christus. The best thing you can do is "dig ...


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An oratorio is essentially an opera that can be performed in a church. It is a concert piece rather than a staged piece and it is usually religious; other than that, you can basically approach it in the same way your would approach an opera, which is to say, in many different ways. As for structure: traditionally, you would have an overture, and then ...


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The best resources I know are a pair of books by French composers, André Gedalge's "Traité de la fugue" and Charles Koechlin's "Étude sur l'écriture de la fugue d'école". This is possibly because scholastic fugue (fugue d'école) is very much part of the French Conservatoire system's curriculum, while it seems to be very uncommon in the English-speaking ...


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You need to have a clear concept of what constitutes a "pleasing" sequence. For some people, the sequence should be all diatonic. For others, entirely dissonant intervals are more preferable. As others have noted, the speed of the sequence is gestural and not melodic, therefore greater attention must be paid to beginning / ending notes of the sequence ...


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After writing a short piece using this idea I would like to highlight a few points that I found to be kind of unique. Choosing the Modes Since the technique uses two different modes picking them and noting the similarities and differences between them. Picking two modes that are very close in what notes they use kind of defeats the purpose of this ...


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Repeating the cantus firmus (c.f.) would not have been wrong at all, and it is done a lot. However, there are other options of course: You just play the harmony, i.e., the keyboard plays moreorless only large choords in some proper way, by both hands. The right hand plays another melody that you think out. There are several possibilities: You can play a ...


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Scott Bradlee is a pianist well-known for his ragtime/swing/vintage style arrangements of modern pop songs. He has written an e-book called Ragtimify in which he explains the basics of the ragtime style that he uses in his arrangement process. (Disclaimer: I am in no way financially associated with him or this product.) Without going into the level of ...


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My answer is short: "oompah" bass with chords on beats two and four chromatic mediants augmented sixth chords (a fan of Joplin will see them everywhere) heavy right hand syncopation in counterpoint to steady left hand tuneful melodies straightforward forms: binary (simple / rounded), ternary, rondo, etc. tempi typically vary from Andante to Allegro, hardly ...


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These are all very good answers. For a more in-depth dig into the issue, I recommend "Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting" by Jimmy Web, who was a highly successful professional pop music songwriter. "Tunesmith" gives you the music theory that is essential for songwriting and actually takes you through the process of composing a pop song. Jimmy's ...


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Let's take two archetypal rags - Black and White Rag and The Entertainer. The left hand mostly plays a steady pattern of a bass note on the 1 and 3, and a chord on the 2 and 4. 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 LH chord * * * * LH bass * * * * Pretty much all ragtime has this regular oom-pah backing throughout, along with lead-ins and linking ...


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My favorite ragtime artist is Scott Joplin. So that's the style I mean when I say ragtime. Well, that's sort of like "how do I compose baroque music? My favorite baroque artist is J.S. Bach. So that's the style I mean when I say baroque." Scott Joplin killed ragtime just like Bach killed baroque music, leaving not much leeway to say anything sufficiently ...


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Ragtime is a style of music that makes use of off-beat or syncopated rhythms, giving it a "ragged" feeling. Scott Joplin is the most well-known ragtime composer. Writing Ragtime Piano Music: Step 1 To get started, you need a melody. Rather than make up my own, I've taken the first four notes from Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" to give me something to ...


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The feelings that you want to transmit es very relevant with scale or chords that you use. For example: Minor scale and chords sound dark and sad (ballads). Major scale and chords sound bright and happy (classic pop). Power chords sound powerfull, with a lot of energy (rock, metal, punk). At last, all this musical resources are very related, but they ...


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One thing you should understand is the relative minor theory. It will be much easier to write songs when you know this. You can create good music with a few major chords and their relative minor chords mixed in. I have been playing and writing music for 10 years, and not until recently have I started studying music theory. That concept really opened up ...


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How to begin writing songs? In my experience, generating songs without an instrument in hand can drive your acquisition of musical knowledge, and can drive and inspire you to improve your skills on whatever instruments you play. For a time I worked as a lawyer's clerk, and walked all over town. While walking, I would compose songs, of course with no ...


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Understand chord progressions starting with I IV V from a blues song. You must know tension and resolution. In the blues progression it is easy to hear it. Then listen or get sheet music of songs you like and look at the chord progressions. The chords setup a template to put a melody over it. The challenge is the melody since many writers use common chord ...


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Your question is very vague, but I'll try to answer it to you anyway. You are actually pointing at three different skills: Songwriting Composition Musical Knowledge I'll explain to you what these skills are and how to learn them. Songwriting Have you ever seen a dude with a guitar playing love-songs in a corner surrounded by pretty girls? Yeah, ...



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