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The Mind's EarExercises for Improving the Musical Imagination for Performers, Composers, and Listeners$
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Bruce Adolphe

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197576311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197576311.001.0001

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Exercises in Composing

Exercises in Composing

(p.142) (p.143) V Exercises in Composing
The Mind's Ear

Bruce Adolphe

Oxford University Press

This part is designed primarily with composers in mind, yet while experience writing music would be helpful here, it is not absolutely required to enjoy doing these exercises. The exercises may be done by an individual alone, and they are also useable in a composition class, private lesson, theory seminar, or improvisation workshop. Part V opens with an essay about creativity in general that also explores ideas of truth and beauty in music. Beauty is not discussed in a mundane sense—not in the sense of prettiness or loveliness—but rather the concept of Beauty within music composition as it is embodied in the relation of the parts to the whole, a sense of proportion, and the aptness of technique to the idea expressed. This is followed by a series of exercises designed to inspire musical creativity. These involve a range of approaches, including: imitating models; channeling composers; creating alternatives to existing music; using spoken text as subtext for composition; stylistic juxtapositions and confrontations; altering parameters such as meter; rewriting pre-existing music; using structural analysis to create new music; cutting and pasting; group composing games; versions and variations of a phrase; deceptive endings, detours, and interruptions; and music based on physical manifestations of emotion discovered through acting.

Keywords:   : beauty, truth, composition, meter, subtext, arranging, analysis, versions, variations

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