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Questions tagged [composition]

For questions about the creation of new music and the techniques used to do so.

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What are some examples of seminal chords? [closed]

I consider the James Bond chord to be a seminal chord. What are some other examples of seminal chords, if we come to define a seminal chord as a chord that defined an artist or band, made famous by ...
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Why are thirds used with chromatic mediants and not other intervals?

I was watching this video about chromatic mediants (the video calls them chromatic thirds for some reason). And it made me wonder what is it about thirds that makes them popular. So we talk about ...
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Examples in “Fundamentals of Musical Composition” by Schoenberg [closed]

I am working with Schoenberg's Fundamentals of Musical Composition, amd would like to know if anyone is aware of a website that has the examples in audio format, or if some saint here has sequenced ...
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Do I have to prepare and resolve non-chord tones in certain ways?

I keep getting feedback from certain people on a classical music forum that I prepare and resolve my dissonances wrongly and that my counterpoint is off. And this is regardless of what type of ...
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Which key to modulate to? [closed]

So I have finished the A section of my waltz and am wanting to go to another key for the B section. The waltz is in the key of D major. So these chords are diatonic to it: My melody in the A section ...
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Advice on writing for music boxes?

I need to write two different short pieces for music boxes. The main limitations I'm facing are that I have to stay within 2 octaves and I can only(ish) write in the key of C major (or just C, D, E, F,...
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Software for microtonal MIDI? [closed]

I'm looking to make some microtonal music (19/22 tone equal temperament). I want to produce it with midi. Timidity++ used to be able to produce a WAV file from a microtonal tuned .MID file, but it is ...
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How to make melodies/chords more interesting [closed]

I’m a noob when it comes to making music but I have a little problem when creating melodies/chords. I made a nice loop in fl studio but I feel it’s to repetitive. I’ve tried adding more chords and ...
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Key signature for writing in modes other than major and minor

I have trouble deciding what accidentals to put in the key signature for pieces in Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian or Mixolydian modes. There seem to be trade-offs associated with each choice. For example, ...
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Is it okay to end a period with an IAC? [closed]

So I started writing a waltz. I have been mainly focusing on the bass line because I got advice from someone that if I focus on the bass progression, the basic melody will just come to me. And once I ...
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How best to coordinate parts spacing when composing by hand?

Forgive my enactment, but it seems like the easiest way to explain: Let's say, hypothetically, it's a piano piece. I'm on a train, composing on paper, no piano in sight. I have a strong idea for a ...
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Why do EDM musicians often create an intro that is 15/30/45/60/120 seconds long?

Not all tracks have intros, and usually those are extended mixes that have them (sometimes can be original mixes and remixes). However, I notice that often their intros are 15/30/45/60/120 seconds ...
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How am I supposed to go about writing a waltz? [closed]

This and other dances in general I have kind of been avoiding for the first 10 years that I composed. But I figured that if I am going to start composing dance music as well as sonatas, symphonies, ...
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are there piano pieces where the hands play in different keys?

Do you know music for piano where the two hands don't have to play in the same key?
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Is a chromatic mediant considered a modulation?

Say I go from a C major chord to an E major chord. I understand that this is a chromatic mediant. Does this change my key from C to E though? said differently, does non-functional harmony change ...
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Using thirds in melody rule [closed]

I'm expecting responses from the composition principles. I'm asking for a rule that explains when and why to use thirds in melody. (sorry for my english) I will visualize this problem on two diffrent ...
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Is there any significance of key change of 3 semitones in pop songs?

I was listening to Nightwish's Nemo and noticed they have a key change of 3 semitones from Dm to Fm out of the blue that just sounds pretty good/unnoticeable: And ...
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Audiation: dealing with key changes when you hear in terms of solfege

So, I'm a musician who believes very much in the value of audiation: that is, not only hearing pitches in my head, but also hearing them in terms of both the current harmony and the current tonal ...
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Are seventh and extended chords used to create dream-like and fantasy music? [closed]

There's an arpeggio that I've heard in different songs and it usually signifies some kind of transition into a "dream world". Here's an example of it, which happens for the first few seconds of Great ...
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What are some effective ways to use a key change during a song?

In my own songwriting, I might change keys to reinforce a change in the direction of the lyrics. For example if the first two verses are first person but the last verse is 3rd person, I might ...
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How to avoid being pianocentric in my compositions?

I have heard of 1 thing to do to make your music less pianocentric. That is to play other instruments. Thing is my commitment to guitar has always been on and off and while with an acoustic I don't ...
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Music play along score animation software [closed]

I've been looking for a software that lets me animate a score for playing along in the classroom. The thing that comes closest to what I am looking for is Mario Paint Composer. The problem with it ...
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Can someone teach me [closed]

Can someone teach me how to write melodies like: I know basic theory but I don't know how to generate melodies.
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What is a parallel mode?

What is a parallel mode? How are the parallel modes used in composition and/or improvisation?
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How do I find suitable chords for a melody or a song? Or How do I come up with chord progression?

I have spent some time reading a book that taught me different types of chords and different scales and I understand them very well. But the book didn't really expand on how to actually use these ...
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How do I get out of my song writing rut and compose something new and fresh for a change?

I have been writing melodies for my original lyrics since 2008 and have written quite a few songs in that time. But the more songs I write, the more difficult it becomes to write melodies that don't ...
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Distinguish music devices: Sequencer, Launchpad, Sampler, Synthesizer

I've been having a hard time figuring out function of these below music devices: 1. Beatstep sequencer 2. Launchpad | Ableton Push 3. Sampler 4. Sequencer 5. Synthesizer For example, if I use ...
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Help with multiple voice harmonization

I recently started composing using software, before that I only used guitar and memory, so this opened up lots of new possibilities with voices, intervals, ranges, etc. I started composing a chorale ...
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How should I write a SATB piece in Musescore with respect to its voice soundfont?

I'm currently writing a vocal piece for a high school SATB chorus in Musescore. Throughout the composition process, I've been using the Musescore playback, which presents all voice syllables in a ...
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How to create nested tuplets in MuseScore

When I created nested tuplets in Musescore, there was always a connected line between notes that I couldn't delete. How can I do to remove them. (Redundant lines are underlined in red in the detached ...
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How to keep going in the fugue

So I decided to start over my fugue writing. I had a good subject but it was overwhelming to compose it and I forgot so much about the fugue that I am restarting it. I have been doing all these ...
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Countersubject strategy, is my strategy a good one? [closed]

Introduction So, I have always been kind of on and off about writing fugues. Bach keeps encouraging me to write a fugue and when I am in fugue mode, Bach is all I listen to. After all, who better to ...
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Understanding Time Signature: How do I identify the time signature of a song?

I have played music for years and I still don't understand what a time signature actually signifies. I understand it from a superficial sense. If given sheet music I could tell you what time ...
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Melodic Composition Tips?

This question (and my attempted answer) is from a practise test booklet for the RCM Grade 8 Exam I'm going to take. I have a few questions regarding composing melodies and also cadences. So in part ...
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What is the range for the flute for a high school band?

I'm writing a song for a high school band, but I'm unsure of the range for flute players. I know flute players play really high, but I'm not sure where the limit is (both high and low). What range ...
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Help with a cello cadenza (Boccherini Concerto No 3 in G Maj)

Here’s a cadenza my daughter came up with, by mixing parts of the original score and changing them a little bit, e.g changing the key. She is unsatisfied with two things here. Maybe you could give me ...
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Is it possible there are beautiful songs that take more than two hands to play? [on hold]

This is a very speculative question. Suppose somewhere in the universe there's a civilization that's invented the [insert favourite musical instrument here], but only have one hand. They can write ...
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Trying to figure out the scale of a piece I am writing

I am writing something and am unsure of how I can work out exactly what key it is in, not that it really matters but I'm interested. I think I have narrowed it down to C or G minor, as the notes in ...
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What do I need to notate as I play?

I hope this isn’t a silly enquiry. My daughter improvises on our piano, classical style, and I would like to know if there’s a means to notate on computer as she plays. We bought Sibelius software ...
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Convert midi data into lead sheet with roman numeral theory

I am working on making an original composition for a uni assignment and I am wondering how to notate this progression into essentially sheet music, I have converted it into a score with musescore, but ...
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Is there a name for this sort of ambiguity with respect to the rhythm of a piece, and/or is this a recognized technique in composition?

If you listen to the first 40 seconds or so of Veridis Quo by Daft Punk, you'll probably feel like you have a pretty good idea of the beat of the song, each of the chords starting on the first beat of ...
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How to make the dominant preparation less boring?

This is one thing that I have always noticed when I compose a sonata. Even if I can get through most of the development section in sonata form, the dominant preparation sort of grinds my gears. I'm ...
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How to synchronize sustain strings with the rest of the orchestra

I am trying to write a track that has sustain strings and when I listen to it, it seems to me that the strings are delayed with respect to the rest of the orchestra. Strings have a slower attack and ...
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Notation precedent for alternative ending when playing movement as standalone piece?

I’m writing a piece with a movement that has two different endings: one to use if continuing on to the next movement, and one to use if playing the movement as a standalone piece. The players take ...
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What makes a Turkish March a Turkish March?

I can only find 2 pieces called Turkish March. There is the 5th movement of The Ruins of Athens by Beethoven. Then there is the infamous Rondo Alla Turka by Mozart. And when I search Turkish March ...
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What genre of music is this? Is there a technical term or name for this structure?

I noticed that I made my favourite own tracks with this technic: take an ostinato build from a 4 bar phrase, repeat it over and over after a little repetition take a pure chord progression (Chord ...
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I wrote a subject for a fugue which I wanted to write. Is it adequate? [closed]

Hi, I'm having trouble writing a fugue. I wrote this subject and also two different counter-subjects, but I'm not sure how to really introduce all the voices for the exposition. Is the subject two ...
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How are the 4 French Horn parts in an orchestral piece paired/arranged range-wise?

I am composing a piece for full orchestra and want to make sure that my parts are conventional. I know that there are typically four horn parts, but are 1 and 2 high parts, 1 and 3, or something else?
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Dynamic markings and relative sound levels of instuments

In an orchestra, various instruments have different "perceived output volume" capabilities and these change across registers. For example, flutes get louder in their higher register, bassoons are ...
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Can any melody / motif be turned into a good sounding melody? (Theoretical and practical question.) [closed]

I've read and experienced and I noticed that rhythm, rest placing and even very minor (no pun inteded) changes to the melody, for example some flat or sharp can change it drastically. My question is ...