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Is there a way to recognize the canonic (or generally imitative) potential in a given harmonic progression?

Suppose given a bass melody with either thoroughbass figuring or Roman numeral analysis. Is there a way to quasi-instantly recognize whether this bass melody admits of a canonic (or more generally, ...
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Are there composers who consciously apply Leonard Meyer's theories on patterns and expectations?

In response to one of my previous questions (on deciding when to continue or break broken chord patterns), someone recommended that I read Leonard B. Meyer's Emotion and Meaning in Music. I'm ...
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Term for One person performing a whole Arrangement with nothing else accompanying (As a Cover)

Like how "Unplugged Version" means the Original Song has been performed with 0 usage of technology-stuff (other than Microphone) [No editing, Acoustic Instruments only, No Faders, No ...
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How does sound design affect musical composition?

For the purposes of this question, I'm using definitions commonly used in electronic music production: Sound design: The creation of single sounds, that can be used in a composition. For example, ...
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Piano Rhapsody of a Theme of Paganini: Varation 18: Confusing note count [duplicate]

I am studying Variation 18 from a Rhapsody of a Theme of Paganini. I have stumbled uppon a confusing set of notes. I see this comming back in the measures. In the first picture below you start, for ...
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What's the best way to imitate the harp's bisbigliando effect on a piano?

If I want to transcribe/arrange a harp piece for the piano, and the piece contains lots of bisbigliando passages, what would be the best way to imitate that charming effect on the piano, and how would ...
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Word for the list of compositions of a Classical composer?

Either I'm being stupid or my brain is not working properly... Is there a word for the list of compositions of a Classical composer? I can only think of 'discography' for a performer but that's not ...
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Film composition and tempo/cue matching

Do film composers generally write standard tempo markings in the score (e.g. 120 bpm) even if this doesn't exactly add up to the write SMPTE cue? For example, a passage to get to the next cue might ...
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List of all possible melodic sequences (2-note, 3-note, etc)

Does anyone know where I can get a list of all possible 2-note, 3-note etc melodic sequences? I could use a script to generate them myself, but if someone else has already done the work this would ...
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Serialism and the the twelve-tone period

I'm really confused about 'Serial composers'. While studying Igor Stravinsky, in his later life, he was regarded as a 'Serial composer'. I would love to know if composers despised this categorisation ...
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Converting a 3/4 melody to a 2/4 march, any tips?

So, I'm writing a Theme and Variations piece using the Happy Birthday melody. And I am writing it for a string quartet. I know I will have or already have these variations: Eighth note variation - ...
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Is there a theory behind knowing when to break an ostinato pattern?

I happen to like Baroque-style ostinato patterns (mostly broken chords) for use in my compositions, but I'm always a bit unsure when is an opportune moment to break the pattern and change into ...
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How do you decide which key signature a certain music is in by ear, from hearing it?

When I hear a song or a melodious tune, I can often figure out the relative pitches and play the tune on the piano. But I usually only play it on C major (the simplest scale for me--occasionally G ...
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Leggierissimo line

The 3rd bar on the top has a run. They're written as 8th notes, but that doesn't make any sense to me. Why are they written as 8th notes? Or does it actually rhythmically make sense?
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Is there a rational method to find out which minor scale sounds best in a given situation?

By rational I mean a method that doesn't entirely depend on one's subjective aesthetics, but rather one that has some kind of system behind it. The obvious rule that you should use the ascending ...
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What's the term for the duplication of a note, when a singer has to repeat a verse but it's a syllable longer?

This is something I mostly associate with nursery rhymes and songs that use a specific melody repeated over and over. An example, from a version of London Bridge Is Falling Down: Build it up with ...
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Are there note patterns on each string instrument that can not be played?

I am a high school band kid who is trying to compose orchestral music for the first time. I have done several band compositions, be it jazz or classical, but this is my first time composing orchestra ...
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How did baroque composers write sequences that are both imitative and modulatory?

Still working on my Bach-style fugue. And I wonder, how did composers of that time-period come up with all those sequential episodes in their fugues? I know that there is a certain standard ...
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How would one go about composing a Tintinnabuli piece?

I've been doing some research on the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt lately, known best for his simple yet highly emotive Tintinnabuli compositions. The theory behind it is incredibly dense and difficult ...
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In music what is style as it relates to instruments?

In music what is style I mean accompaniment styles? How does one play with style as it relates to instruments? Like make their own 16 ballad style. https://musicterms.artopium.com/s/Style.htm ...
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Can an original composition be an arrangement?

Sometimes I'll see on discogs.com a song will say string arrangements by so and so... and it's an original song by them. Can original compositions be arrangements? What makes an arrangement? Can ...
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How does one compose in a certain style of a musician or musicians? [closed]

How do you compose in the style of a musician, or musicians that has a peculiar sound, but make it uniquely yours? I want to make my own accompaniment tracks on my keyboard and play in different ...
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What is a musical pattern and how do you use it in style?

In music theory what is a music pattern as it relates to style? Here is a quote I got from this website to help one get my question about style... and the use of "musical pattern. " "Style refers to ...
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What is more important, avoiding parallel octaves between non-chord tones, or keeping a stretto exact?

I'm writing a fugue, and I've managed an almost perfect two-voiced stretto. Except that I get parallel octaves between two notes in the figuration. See image, last beat of m. 15. Which would be ...
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How would you analyze this chord progression and the function of Am7 here?

Disclaimer: Novice songwriter here. I've started to write a new song, started with a 16 bar funky bass line in C natural minor and kept adding some chords which I think might not be fully correct but ...
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If we play a melody backward will its characteristics be the same?

I have tried with the melody from "love will tear us apart" and I think it's beautiful.
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How do/did composers deal with very many contrapuntal voices?

A work that I've admired as long as I've known about it is Antonio Caldara's Crucifixus for 16 voices. YouTube video here. It does make me wonder how a composer like Caldara (or Thomas Tallis for ...
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What is the correlation between money notes and scale used in a song when singing? [closed]

I wonder what is the correlation between the scale I chose for a song and the "money notes" I'm going to sing in the more tense moments of the song, like in the prechorus. They are usually going to be ...
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What makes the Hungarian rhapsodies sound… Hungarian?

More generally, how can a piece of music be made to sound, for want of a better word, foreign? I was listening to some of Chopin's mazurkas and the one that struck me the most was Mazurka No. 34 in C ...
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is fourth to fifth in parallel motion permittable in satb?

I am currently working out some SATB composition and I am wondering a bit about the alto-tenor part. There is fourth to fifth in parallel motion in the first measure. Is this permitted in strict SATB?...
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Question on antecedent phrase and Secondary Dominant Chord

I am interested in the discussion entitled "Proper Uses of Minor Seventh Chords" in this question proper uses of minor seventh chords. Chord I7 is "secondary dominant" meaning that it has dominant ...
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Why is Baroque composition called “more complex” than Classical composition?

I've been researching the difference between Baroque and Classical and every time it mentions that the former is far more complex than the latter. Looking at the two most prominent composers in both ...
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Question about cross-staff beaming, unnecessary rests, Debussy

Two questions: 1) Why in Debussy's Arabesque No. 1 the first two measures written without the rests? What's the rule? 2) If I write notes in different clefs and beam them together, what clef will ...
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Rhythm & Composing

Can someone help me fully understand rhythm. To my understanding as a new artist, Songwriters have focus on 2 rhythms at a time during composition. 1. The rhythm of english using metric feet, and 2. ...
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Polyrhythmic clash, how to get rid of the rhythmic dissonance without losing the polyrhythm?

So I'm midway through composing a movement of a suite I am working on and I have reached this section that is primarily triplets. It starts off as a solo violin, and then later, more instruments are ...
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Why does Bach sometimes end with flat 7ths?

I've been studying the Bach inventions, and I see a common patterns in the first 3 inventions: They tend to include the flat 7ths in the very end. Examples: C major: D major: E♭ major: From a ...
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Why are Tarantellas usually in a minor key?

Why are Tarantellas usually written in a minor key? Is this an unwritten convention?
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Anything else I need to know about the Tarantella before I compose one?

So, the thought just crossed my mind of composing a Tarantella. But the thing is, I have only listened to and played a few of them in my 10 years of piano playing, so I don't know much about what is ...
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What percentage of the time did Bach and others use chord inversions in chorales?

I know the frequencies of his "Normal Fundamental Harmonic Progressions" i.e., the progression of chord roots. I'd like to know the percentage of time that he used 1st or 2nd inversions in his ...
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Associating modulations with emotions

I once read a book (pdf) from imslp or forgottenbooks that was about composition (or harmony), and it had a list of every possible modulation and its emotional association. For example, Up a perfect ...
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Are there any other tempo descriptors that imply melancholy?

So I got this inspirational idea for composing a piece from a fellow composer: His life was good, a girlfriend, friends and a nice family; then out of nowhere, he loses the love of his life for ...
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What criteria do composers use to choose the key of a song? [duplicate]

I would like to know what criteria composers use when choosing the key of a song. In the case of music composed for orchestra or, in general, for instruments with limited tessitura or tuned in a ...
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What is the theory behind this chord progression?

first time posting here, although I've read quite a few posts before. So, I was analyzing the theory behind a song (Savatage - Gutter Ballet), and while it is primarily in the key of D Minor, it ...
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Using an augmented chord to modulate to a distant key, will this work?

So, in the same piece for which I asked about how to notate my 2 layered staccato, I'm halfway through writing the piece and I feel like I want to modulate again. Here are my modulations so far: E ...
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Am I notating this 2 layered staccato right?

How should I notate syncopations happening at the level of the sixteenth note? I'm composing a piece and in the piano accompaniment, there are 2 layers of staccato, one being on beat eighth notes so 1 ...
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Is the C chord here C minor or C major?

I’m composing a funeral march and I have noticed that just from looking at the bass, the C chord is ambiguous. The piece is in the key of F minor. That doesn’t really help because both C minor and C ...
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Substitution of minor chord for major VI chord

I came up with this progression while trying to make a song that involves guitar arpeggios and string sections: Em Cm Em/B C6 Em C B-B+ Cm6 (Em/B I mean with a chord inversion and B-B+ I mean half ...
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Bach Reference in “The Penitent Man Will Pass” [from Indiana Jones]

I was recently listening to the composition John Williams - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Penitent Man Will Pass and was wondering if the first few notes of the theme of that composition are ...
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Alternate Criterias for MA in Music (or any other Degree that increases likelihood of getting Orchestras play my works) [closed]

Greetings MusicStackExchange, I put my intention first (I'm in HighSchool, You might need this information to understand why I'm asking this question) : I wish to work with Orchestras and Hopefully ...
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What type of bass clef is used for the organ pedal?

regular bass clef or 8va bassa?

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