The question asks to find the weaknesses or problems (based on the general guidelines for melody writing presented in the preceding section) in the following melodic contour (tunes without rhythm or meter) written in D minor.
I am struggling to find any problem with this contour, and these are my comments in response to each of the guidelines:
- The melody begins on the member of the tonic triad 1 and resolves with a 2-1 melodic cadence.
- The range of the melody is a minor sixth, so a very comfortable range.
- The melody moves primarily in steps and makes two skips that don't create any new problems (e.g. dissonant intervals).
- There are no more than two repeats of a patterns or sequence (e.g. 1-2-3, 2-3-4, 3-4-5). The second half of the melody is a retrograde of the first half, but this is only one repeat and it's not an identical repeat, so I don't see a problem here.
- There is only one melodic climax in the middle of the contour.
The wording of the question also asserts that there is such a weakness or problem.