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COMPOSITION one

The tone row assignment helps you become familiar with the compositional techniques and begin to work with them accurately. 

 

TONE ROW manipulation

Composition:  Tone row with four manipulations

  1. Melody Row: Use all 12 notes of the chromatic scale (one octave) only once in a melody.  Some ideas for assigning the notes are rolling dice, randomly drawing note names out of a hat, etc.  Odds are this will not sound good.
  2. Rhythm: This may be random, or planned as needed.
  3. Manipulations:
    • Melodic Inversion
    • Rhythmic Augmentation
    • Rhythmic Diminution
    • Rhythmic Retrograde

Label each compositional device clearly in the music.

You may read additional sources on tone rows, serial music, and 12 tone techniques, but this exercise does not address the minutia for this type of music.  A description of the Twelve Tone Technique is available at this link: 12 Tone Technique (Wikipedia)

This assignment is not "art".  It is like a math problem in that you need to work to demonstrate you understand the compositional techniques listed above.  By understanding these basic compositional techniques, you will be able to recognize them during music analysis and use them while composing.

 

COMPOSITION instruction pages

All compositions need to be completed on music software or artistically notated.

COMPOSITION one

COMPOSITION two

COMPOSITION three

COMPOSITION four

COMPOSITION rubric

COMPOSITION main page

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