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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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How do I compose idiomatically for brass instruments?

I'm thinking of composing pieces for small ensembles with varied instrumentation. Typically I compose on a keyboard. How do I determine if the musician can easily play on brass instruments such as ...
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developing rhythmical phrasing

Recently i've become more and more interested in phrasing for melodic instruments, and how one could develop a strong sense for making interesting arrangements, particularly when you work with three ...
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What are some strategies to compose a rather simple melody?

I'm pressing some keys on the piano but I can't seem to get any ideas for creating a simple melody? Can anyone offer any suggestions?
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When composing parts for different instruments, how do I find out if the part is playable? [closed]

I'm thinking of composing pieces for small ensembles with varied instrumentation. Typically I compose on a keyboard. How do I determine if the musician can easily play the parts I write for them? ...
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Off beat chord change in progression [closed]

I'm self learning to compose something using a daw. I'm a self tough on theory and quite poor so please but hope the question make some sense. I followed a tutorial that suggest the possibility to ...
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Optimal harmonic audiation techniques

I am trying to learn to audiate harmonies in order to be able to compose without instruments. I can already audiate melodies, but harmony is a real beast. (Edit: To be clear, I can recognize chords, ...
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Places to publish compositions [closed]

Over the years I have compiled a number of original compositions (orchestral, choir, string quartet, etc...). I would now like to share/make them public. However, I have no knowledge of where people ...
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How to start learning music theory?

I have been playing clarinet for over 5 years and music is something that is deeply ingrained in my life. I am in high school and I am thinking I will most likely major in music (specifically go into ...
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Notating a melody over a free-flowing arpeggio

I'm very new to composing and notating, and sheet music has never been my forte (no pun intended). I've already composed a piece and I'm now trying to notate it. What I want is two voices - in the ...
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How can I make my music less dull, dry, and orchestrate better? [closed]

I recently worked on my new track 'Awakening' which was modeled off of 'Star Sky' by Two Steps From Hell. I had to use spaces in the links to post them because it wasn't letting me. Just remove the ...
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Converting midi composition into orcherstral arrangement

I have re-discovered several of my old compositions from several years ago, and would now like to work on/finish them. Unfortunately, they are in MIDI format written in a very "un-arranged" manner, i....
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How to compose a new song when inspired by existing song?

Sometimes when I listen to a song, especially in foreign language, I get inspired by its atmosphere, and write some great lyrics. Question: Are there any tips or techniques on how to compose a new, ...
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Is rap / hip-hop music composed the same way like rock and pop music?

I'm wondering if rap/hip-hop music is composed of using a musical instrument like a piano and writing down notes on sheet music?
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How do I go about selling my musical composition?

I've been studying music on and off for several years now and I've finally composed a pop music like piece. It has no lyrics yet as I don't know how to integrate in the words yet. How do I seek people ...
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In a TTTTBBBB arrangement, what do you call each group of singers?

I can assume the BBBB can be divided into Baritone I & II and Bass 1 & II, but what about tenors (assuming they’re all tenors and not countertenors)? Is there another name or does it go from ...
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What differentiates great music from good? [closed]

Obviously sometimes a piece of music is so discordant that people cringe when they hear it, but what I don't understand is what makes people prefer one tune over another when both are free from ...
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Significance of pop songs with progressions that alternate one chord with one that's three semitones below it

I've noticed a couple of pop songs that use one chord progression that alternates between swapping one chord (either fifth or fourth) with one that's three semitones below it (to third or second): ...
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What is the effect of “Conglomerising” your percussion?

When writing music, I use a program called Fruity Loops. Of the music that I write that has percussion, some of them are written with all the percussion instruments being grouped into one pattern. ...
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Arpeggios and arranging songs like an epic film score

I saw Tommee Profitt's Carol of the Bells on YouTube and was wondering if there is some theory behind the creation of the runs used he used in this arrangement. I know that these are very much ...
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What do these measures mean at the beginning of this choral piece?

The piece is Es ist ein Ros Entsprungen, and it was composed in the 1600s by Michael Praetorius. This score is edited.
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What contributes to an artist's melodic “signature?”

Studying the vocal melodies in recorded pop music, from a theoretical perspective, I have the impression that there are certain musical characteristics that make up the melodic"fingerprint" of an ...
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How does AMEB exams mark melody writing?

I just did an AMEB music theory exam online, since it is a practice exam it doesn't get marked (music theory from grade 4 and up is manually marked, instead of marked by a computer). One of the ...
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Too many Dotted Notes per Measure

I have the following sheet music: As you can see, almost every single note is dotted and/or tied. Actually, no: Every single note is dotted or tied. I don't have any formal composition training, and ...
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Do composers often compose one instrument 'section' at a time?

Whilst learning more about the art of composition for traditional classical music, I have come across a question that I always wish I knew the answer to. Multilayered classical 'songs' are so ...
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Should my vocal line leap?

I am currently creating a song, and right now I'm doing the vocal line for a verse. Should vocal lines leap and take big intervals or only small leaps?
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Computer and electronic softwares for professional musicians and composers [closed]

What I want to know is specific. I want to start experimenting and developing skills and knowledge in music production and composition by computers. I have read that Digital Audio Workstations like ...
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Can one's musical ‘ear’ be trained with practice and dedication? [duplicate]

These great composers of the past: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and my personal favourite Elgar, all lived in a time where they had only a piano to work out their various symphonies ...
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Messiaen Prelude Colors

According to wikipedia, each of Messiaen's 8 preludes is associated with various colors. 1 La colombe (The dove) Orange, with violet veins. 2 Chant d'extase dans un paysage triste (Song of ...
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How to simplify a midi file similar to the same limitations of a player piano

Please bear with me because I'm very new with working with music. I've been searching for a really long time and reading the manuals of various software I've download and have not been able to figure ...
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How do I own the music?

Bear with me with this non musical analogy: I am a driving instructor and one of the things we look for is for a pupil to know they can drive by themselves. One of the questions they will eventually ...
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Could Charles Valentin Alkan play his own compositions?

Could Charles Valentin Alkan play his own compositions? I'm very curious, since his compositions are extremely difficult, and I've only seen a few pianists who were able to play these compositions. ...
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What is the meaning of the word ‘gracile’?

I am currently in the process of learning a piece that my piano teacher composed. As a bit of homework, in addition to deciphering the first page of music, he asked me to find out the meaning of the ...
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Why was Brahms's music considered 'too academic'?

I posted on here before about learning to compose, after hearing some classical music that moved me enormously. I have been researching many of the famous composers from all over the world; Brahms ...
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Is it possible to describe how referees in composition competitions (typically) work?

Would it be possible that someone having a working knowledge in these matters (ideally, someone who has much experience being a referee in composition competitions) to give an overview, to a person ...
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How to replicate the lead guitars used in synthwave songs?

As part of my musical composition self-learning effort, I am trying now to compose some synthwave songs, which are, musically speaking, simple. The problem is that I have no knowledge whatsoever ...
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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 turn a “tune” into a “symphonic melody”?

I'm a hobbyist composer and I just started reading Piston's Harmony handbook to recover the basics I never learned. One of the limits I'm trying to overcome is my inability to conceive melodies that ...
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Should you return to the original key?

So I've begun writing several orchestral pieces (forgive me if I use incorrect names, I didn't study orchestrastion or composition beyond my GCSEs). When writing a piece, you often change the key ...
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Difficulty on deciding when to use grace notes

Writing down exact lengths this is what a piece of my melody (4/8) looks like: I assume this is a text book case of it being better to use a grace note like this: I'm having a bit of a hard time on ...
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Most practical way to compose classical music on PC

I write in Sibelius but I do not like the its sounds. I like Reaper's sounds but its notation editor is not practical. Thus, I export a midi file from sibelius which I import in reaper. However, I ...
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Many, seemingly random time signature changes

So, I'm an intuitive composer. I start noting the music down as it comes to my mind. I'm very, very exact in this, it has to be exactly as in my head. So I just have a score in 4/4 and set a tempo and ...
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Recorded song in MP3 format has 30% lesser volume than any other songs

These are the steps I followed to record the songs of my composition. Write a melody using Musescore with determined scale, key, time signature and tempo by selecting voice option. Write lyrics ...
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Can you help me find the harmony for the following melody?

I've recently composed a melody and I've been struggling to find a suitable harmony for it. For now I've got the harmony as Cm, Gm, Fm, G - Cm, G, D#aug5, Fm Chords change every two beats.
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Chords and Melody

I have a chord progression in Octave 3 , Bassline in Octave 1 , and the chorus and verse melody in Octave 2. ( Verse melody is lower pitch than chorus melody ) I wrote the verse and chorus melody in ...
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Proper way to notate a half measure rest in between sections

I'm working on a score in 4/4 and would like to insert a half-measure rest in between sections. What would be the most appropriate/readable way to do this? Switch to 2/4 and back, like this: Or just ...
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Beginning composer wanting to know where to start

I'm a seventeen-year-old aspiring film composer. I have twelve years of piano and theory experience, but beyond that, I have no experience with anything else musicwise. I am homeschooled with no easy ...
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How to write sheet music without having pitch reference?

As someone who doesn't have perfect pitch, I always need to have an instrument around to write sheet music for a song. If I know the key already I can figure out melodies but not more complicated ...
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How much of a jazz composition is defined by the composer, and how much by the musicians?

Do jazz music composers need to write all notes for the every instrument, do the players write themselves a new suitable extravaganza or do they completely improvise the song?
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Morton Feldman: Triadic Memories? [closed]

Can someone make sense of this piece? It's written as if to purposefully discourage performers: The piece is in 3/8 when it should've been in 4/8; every measure except maybe three* is a 4-tuplet and ...
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What kind of music theory do I have to learn in order to be able to compose like this? [closed]

(strings are lovely) (optional) (optional) Despite being a ...